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Exactly why people attempt to do it at home. I think it is ridiculous what they charge for applying a very mild peel. It is why, other than body, for face I would opt only for full face CO2 Laser.
 

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Well Lexi I just did 18% on my top lip and several areas of my face with 18% 2 layers and only 2 min each, it was PAINFUL. ( I may have managed 3 min with the first layer ) More like OMG SO if you do your face just prepare yourself be sure to get the Neosporian ointment with pain relief because that really puts the fire out. I mean it BURNS girl. I do NOT know how Sandia does the 25%.
 

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Goatlady I have to say I was thinking about using some tca at some point for as you said a few minuites on my face mainly to give a nice peel but may be I need to think again about this!

Lexi a company here in the UK charges £400 for tca peels, crazy really!
 

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I guess it is some security to know you aren't going to burn your face off the first time to have it done professionally.

Goatlady, I need your expert advice: I am not getting anything from the 12.5% two layer peel I did on my upper lip 4 days ago (on the 22nd)! Would I be better waiting a couple weeks and doing it again with 12.5% or upping the % to 18%??? Hell, I'd like to bite the bullet and go for 25% and just "get 'er done"!! One of my favorite sayings is "Vanity is the best anesthetic." I could probably take out my own appendix if I knew where it was......to save money.



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[email protected] appendix!! Eek!!!

I totally concur. This stuff is addicting as all get-out! It's the new crack!
 

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Fancy Pants - how are your legs doing? Anything?'
Srsly don't you think we are brave doing this ourselves!!!...or just foolish?

Another saying I have is, "Frugality is a good anesthetic." The better to save for the new boots - something I cannot possibly make for myself and I refuse to wear second-hand shoes!



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Fawnie--I am with you! I just did the 12.5% and 21% patch tests and did not even get frosting! AND I did two layers of 21%. I have 30% and will do that on my arms and hands after a patch test and will be doing at least an 18% on other areas. I was told by a dermatologist friend NOT to do more than 12.5% on neck/decolletage as risk of discolouration and scarring increases but I seem to have tough skin. I am not worried about the pain, vanity truly is a narcotic.
 

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Vanity is a very addicting drug! You are so right!
yes, I am leery Lexi of using anything strong on my decolllete! Just using RA there made me scratch like a hound!



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Well I am thinking if this 18% doesn't give me a good enough result it might be better to just do 25% and git R done Fawnie just like you said. But holy crap the 18% burned like HELL, but after a few min it is all over ya know but you have to get through those few minutes of pure hell. I did 12.5% on my neck and upper chest and the itching was damn near unbearable. So do NOT go any higher than that! Really I am wanting to believe the TAZ gel will take care of that area. I'd rather pay 30bux to do this than to over pay a derm a thousand times over to do it for me! Vain and thrifty makes me crazy?
 

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Vanity is a very addicting drug! You are so right!
yes, I am leery Lexi of using anything strong on my decolllete! Just using RA there made me scratch like a hound!
I was dancing around the room with the glycolic on my decollete and neck--they have to be the itchiest areas without a doubt.

BTW goatlady--resident TCA expert---is it normal to look "more wrinkley" where you do the patch tests as opposed to surrounding area? I have just shine and more crepe-like look there-this was the 21% two layered.
 

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Fancy Pants - how are your legs doing? Anything?'
Srsly don't you think we are brave doing this ourselves!!!...or just foolish?

Another saying I have is, "Frugality is a good anesthetic." The better to save for the new boots - something I cannot possibly make for myself and I refuse to wear second-hand shoes!
My legs are still peeling like crazy! But I'm trying like heck not to put anything on them and let them peel, but man does it itch!!! I keep putting the hydrocortisone cream on the peeling areas and I'm dabbing the emu oil on the places where it's peeled to start taking care of the new skin.
 

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Yep it gets brown and crinkly/shiny where the TCA touches your skin. You should peel in 4-5 days from the first day you put it on. Right now I am just slightly pink but I frosted pretty good when I put the second layer on. This crazy nut job did my nose. I had freckles on my nose and hated them. I sure hope that got em if not.........here I go again
 

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I tell you that Emu oil is the best for the peelies. I have several oils and that one is really thick and coats my skin and really sticks the best. I love it for the peels. Talk about soft skin, but coat your legs with it real good then take a shower and just let it stay on there and just wipe with your micro fiber cloth gently if you have one. NICE!
 

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TCA is like Rhtec Portrait Plasma which was a promising weapon that was not well marketed. It basically used plasma to penetrate the lower layers of skin leaving the upper intact. It caused damage (controlled damage) at the dermal level probably a bit deeper than TCA but in a similar fashion. After a few days the outer layer, which acted like a protectant, appearead brown and tanned then would peel like a sunburn revealing new, younger, tighter, smoother skin. Shame they went out of business I would have loved to try that!
 

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Well Lexi I just did 18% on my top lip and several areas of my face with 18% 2 layers and only 2 min each, it was PAINFUL. ( I may have managed 3 min with the first layer ) More like OMG SO if you do your face just prepare yourself be sure to get the Neosporian ointment with pain relief because that really puts the fire out. I mean it BURNS girl. I do NOT know how Sandia does the 25%.
Honestly as short a period as it has to stay on for the blanching the 25% isn't bad at all. I was WAY more uncomfortable layering the 12.5%. I was thinking it would burn way worse and it does burn, but it acts FAST, so that sorta negates it for me!
 

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Well I am thinking if this 18% doesn't give me a good enough result it might be better to just do 25% and git R done Fawnie just like you said. But holy crap the 18% burned like HELL, but after a few min it is all over ya know but you have to get through those few minutes of pure hell. I did 12.5% on my neck and upper chest and the itching was damn near unbearable. So do NOT go any higher than that! Really I am wanting to believe the TAZ gel will take care of that area. I'd rather pay 30bux to do this than to over pay a derm a thousand times over to do it for me! Vain and thrifty makes me crazy?
I put 15% on my neck and it itched for 2 months, I think! I won't use TCA on my neck any time soon. I also got spots sorta like pimples, but they never got a head on them- sorta like a rash or contact dermatitis?? I don't know, but TCA ain't going on my neck or around my collar bones/chest again until I figure out what the problem was.
 

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where can i buy TCA and i have never used it so i need some good advice. I want to do this at home to save the expense.. any input would be appreciated. I have used glycolic peel and my skin is used to that and i dont even itch with 40%..or peel maybe is should try easy off haha
 

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I have not tried the tca peel im just reading about what you guys are going through with the tca peel to see if il go ahead with it at some point or not!

However though cause I have some congestion on my upper lips I put some of the viterol a on my upper lip to help them peel quicker and get rid of my congestion, at the mo though I dont know if this is helping me at all but I do get peeling from this on my upper lip!

At the mo though my upper lips looks a bit like wrinkled up hope I have not made them worse, OH DEAR!


Also for anyone looking at doing at home peels in the uk I find this company really helpful Mediderma Medi-spa Professional Chemical Peels know I posted the link for them before dont know how they compare to makeup artists but thought id mention it again anyway!
 

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Sandia I got those same red itchy bumps on my neck and upper chest/collar bone area just like you. It was so itchy it about drove me mad. I am not sure why I was such a weenie with the TCA yesterday. I am normally quite pain tolerate. It seems the older I get the less I can tolerate and I am not talking just about pain either
Today I don't even appear to have put the stuff on but then again that is normal tomorrow I should be shiny and crinkly

Janetisobel you can get TCA from makeup artist choice
 
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