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Preparing for a tca peel

Preparing for a tca peel

Postby caroline381 » Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:44 pm

Hi Lekat,
If I want to do a peel on my arms and legs to get rid of sun spots (nice term) or age spots, how would I go about it?

I have done tca peels on my face (12.5%)

What % would I use for arms and legs?
What would I have to do to prepare my arms and legs for a peel?

Also, when I do a tca (12.5%). can I go down onto my neck and chest area--do I have to prepare my chest area with retin a for a peel.

I do use the retin a for my face and neck--should I also be using it on my chest area, and if I do, how long would I have to prepare this particular area.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Postby lekat » Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:58 am

Hello Caroline:

It is best to prep all area's before the tca- glycolic and/or retina a (you don't need much) a few weeks ahead of time. That will loosen the outer skin layer and help for a more even peel.

If pemem is a concern, which it sounds like it is in your case, adding a topical 'bleaching cream' to the prepping regime will help (for example, something with say Hydroquinone and Kojic acid).

MD Forte makes a decent topical, http://www.makemeheal.com/mmh/product.do?id=10165
It has Hyrdoquinone and the gylcolic in it, it is a great prep for tca pigment
peels.

While using this, you really need to use sunblock and stay out of the sun.

A series of TCA peels will most likely be needed to get where you want to be.

Start light, do a patch test- you can move up to 20%.

Keep in mind the skin that is not part of the face is much less vascularized and has less glands in it. You may not peel right away, but you still need to start slow because that skin does not have the same healing capability as the face skin.

Let us know how it goes!
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