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I have done three 20% TCA peels over the last 3 months. I do weekly 40% gly peels (6 minutes). I would like to find something that will clean out blackheads on nose and then help shrink pores on my nose and elsewhere.
From all I read I should apply a salicylic acid. Maybe starting with a 15% and moving up over time.
Thanks so much.
Salicylic acid is definitely helpful for blackheads (as it’s lipid-soluble), but I’m not sure if it can completely eliminate them. From my experience with using a weekly 10% peel (which is mild), it does help. It has definitely reduced blackheads for me, but it hasn’t eliminated them in some areas. It may just be a matter of increasing the strength or frequency of use. Frankly, if I had to do it over, I’d probably start with a 20% peel. In my opinion, 15% sounds like a good starting concentration as long as you get a sample size.
Mandelic acid also seems to work for some people, and I’ve heard positive things about vinegar. You may want to google “Mandelic acid is amazing against blackheads” and “Apple Cider Vinegar Pictures On First Page” for some interesting threads to read. I have no experience with either of those methods (and I suppose that the vinegar one is not what one would call a standard treatment), so the only one I could personally recommend is salicylic acid at the right concentration for you.
I hope you find something that works well for you. Good luck. :]
You are right that salicylic acid is your best bet. If you feel the need to go as high as 15% or 20%, that's probably fine . I have been using an 8% solution from MUAC and this has worked better than any other peel product, retinoid, etc at clearing up pores, even at a lower concentration.
As far as shrinking pores goes, I have had very little success at achieving that in any lasting way. TCA and glycolics seem to do little if anything and my dear, sweet retin-a (which I recently re-started) has yet to create more than superficial improvements (though it of course also helps in clearing pores). If you find a way to actually shrink the buggers, please let me know!
They both worked really well. Tazorac is pricey, it's my feeling that generic tretinoin at 1% should work equally as well for blackheads.
I had 90% clearing of all blackheads on my nose (stubborn area) with the beta hydroxy (salicylic acid).
I find that you have to keep up with it, however. The areas like nose & chin tend to be oilier so they'll be more stubborn. Keep up your maintenance due to this.
There is no such thing as "pore shrinkage". They appear smaller because all of the dirt, oil, sebum and dead skin has been extracted, thus reducing pore diameter. So the pores become less visible, which gives the illusion of "shrinkage".
Thank's to all of you for your help. ekhy, I will get a sample size of 15% as you suggested. I should be able to get at least two applications and get an idea of how it works.
Zach, if I find something that reduces pore size or improves their appearance I will let you know. Ibm1975, I also use tretinoin. I get a product call Locacid in Vietnam. It is manufactured in France by Pierre Fabre. I can't determine the results of tretinoin since I have only used it for about 6-7 months while at the same time doing a series of 20% TCA peels. Since TCA peels provide immediate results, it can hide the slow and subtle improvements from continued tretinoin use.
I also use hydroquinone, a product called HiQueen. It is manufactured in Korea by Samchully Pharm. Co. It cost about $2.25 for a 20 gr tube.
Again, thanks to the three of you for your suggestions.
Hopefully you can get a sample size that can give you a few more applications than that? I wasn’t able to tell just how effective the peel was until I’d used it 3-4 times. Just wanted to mention that. Best of luck!
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