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How long to wait between TCA peels?

How long to wait between TCA peels?

Postby Ricechex » Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:12 am

Hi All,
I did my first 12.5% TCA peel 3 weeks ago. The directions from MAUC said to do one each 3 weeks for 2 more times for the best results, but then not again for 6 months to a year.

However, reading this board, it seems that some say to wait 6 weeks. My skin reacted well to it, frosted, though there is some minor hyperpigmentation that still needs to clear. Also, I have more pimples (which is freaking me out at my age) and I don't know if the peel is the cause or if it is hormonal.

What are you doing? How often should one use TCA a year?
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Postby tribecalledquest » Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:15 am

did you apply vaseline, neosporin or aquaphor on your face during the peel? if so then im sure that broke you out as i did many people including me. Im on my 7th day and i see some tiny pimples from my clogged pores due to the aquaphor.
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Postby Ricechex » Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:29 am

Tribe--yep I used aquaphor. But, I am a lot older than you, and have already cleared up the acne problem many moons ago. So, it's kind of weird.
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Postby kylesmom9 » Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:38 am

Hi Ricechex,

12.5% is a lower level of TCA so sometimes it is done in a "series" to approach the results of a higher percentage one time peel. I would do the three as per instructions unless you still notice any redness or irritation at the three week mark.

My routine is to work a TCA in about 4 times a year or every three months...though I am overdue because I don't have the downtime.

Oh, and the TCA itself can sometimes cause whitehead like pimples to form, it is common, but I am not sure why that happens. I have even had it occur with a strong glycolic.
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