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Do I apply lotion after 25% TCA to face?

Do I apply lotion after 25% TCA to face?

Postby suckerpunch » Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:40 pm

Okay, I did three layers of 25% TCA Thurs. night and got a moderate frost and now Sat. morning my skin has wrinkled up pretty good under my eyes and along my upper cheeks. I have washed my face with warm water and mild soap to help loosen the dead layer of skin as I have read this is helpful. My question is do I apply lotion or moisturizer to face to relax wrinkles and prevent new ones from the wrinkled skin or do I leave well enough alone and let the skin crack and peel? Any thoughts appreciated.
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Re: Do I apply lotion after 25% TCA to face?

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:10 pm

Some people believe that it is best to leave it alone and that you peel faster. I have read countless first hand posts on this by people who have tried both ways and it seems that it really is best to moisturize, starting from the time you first do the peel (although not too late now). Anything I have read by the medical community says definitely moisturize. As well my own doc did a TCA on me years ago and he had me gobbling oil on from the moment they did the peel.

So, yes, definitely do. You want to be careful in moving your face, because if you crack you can tear the tender new skin and it can have the same effect as if you peeled it yourself, which is a big no no. I had bad red marks from my face cracking, and they lasted months.

Wow, that is a strong triple layer you did there! Please let us know how this goes and I wish you the best.
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