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I'm a long time lurker, and experienced chemical peeler.
I have a question for you all. I've been using 12.5% TCA for the last 5 months (treatments every 6 weeks) to clear up acne on my face, back, and chest.
Every time I've used it I've always experienced burning and redness - no frosting which I didn't really expect at this strength.
When I ran out of the 12.5% I figured it was safe to move up to 15%, since I had tolerated the 12.5% so well, and really wasn't seeing the improvement I needed.
So, I apply the peel and set my fan to the hurricane setting in anticipation, only to experience ...nothing. No burning, no redness, no tingling; nothing. I waited 5 minutes and applyed a second layer and experienced only the *slightest* tingling in a few places.
Have any of you experienced this? Before I was using TCA, I used a 30% Glycolic peel once a week and holy hotdogs, it was intense.
The peel is from the same company. My first thought was that maybe I had received some bad product. It smelled like TCA, and when I tested a drop on the back of my hand - it tingled a bit.
When I'm doing a peel that burns a lot (the supposedly gentle lactic acid makes my face feel like it's going to melt off) I always turn on my oversized fan (which is really loud and could possibly double as a jet engine), sit back, and imagine I'm in that old Maxell cassestte tape commercial. It helps.
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