TCA 50% arms - day 8

The top of this post is a repeat.  See the bottom for new picture.

I applied 50% TCA chemical peel solution to my arms EIGHT days ago, and here's a BEFORE picture:



Here's a picture just after applying the solution; you can see the redness and the frosting:


...and here's day 3.  The redness has turned brown and leathery.


And here's day 8 of the same arm.  I haven´t taken any because nothing really happened for about three days, and well, it was the weekend.



 I'm very curious to see what effect the 50% will have on my freckles...I'm hoping at least for something...  I should have at least one more post on this arm peel to see before and afters.

10 comments:

  1. Hi Gabi,

    I was looking for a 50% chemical for my arms but I could not find any. I bought the skin obssesion 25% I will try this week. I have a lot sun damage on my arms and I have tried other peels before but they did not work. Do you do any preparation on your arm before the peel?
    Thanks
    Gina

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  3. Hi Gabi,
    I did the 25% tca peel on my arms. It has been 4 days and there is no peel. My skin looks dry and that's it. Did it ever happened to you? Should I apply again?

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  4. Regina, Yes, the body takes longer to peel than the face; I think in this arm peel post, it was 5-6 days before I really started peeling. Just keep moisturizing, and it will peel. No, don't reapply...you'll peel.

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  5. Hi Gabi,

    I was wondering if you did layers? (duration?)
    Also did your freckles clear??

    Thanks

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    1. I did not do layers with this peel because the percentage was so high and the pH level was low. The freckles lightened but did not disappear! I have been able to get rid of some freckles on my face, but it's taken multiple spot treatments and kojic acid in between. Wish I'd worn sunscreen all those years ago :-/

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    2. How long did you leave the solution before neutralizing?

      thanks again :D

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    3. I did not neutralize! Someone had made a comment about not neutralizing - said it penetrate more, although I haven't been able to find any literature on that, but I decided to try it on my arms (instead of my face). I'm not sure if it did penetrate deeper, but I did get a great peel from not neutralizing. Some acids self neutralize, but the instructions with mine did not state that it did, so I was a bit nervous about trying that on my face :-/

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  6. Whats the difference between this and the tca peel they do at the dermotoligst? i called and they want 125 for the treatment. which do you recommend. my sunspots are pretty big and dark on my arms i hate them. i now regret all the tanning bed and beach days.

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    1. Hi, I'm not sure which peel(s) you discussed with the derm, but I had several peels done professionally before trying it at home, just because it's a valuable lesson and I got to ask sooooo many questions. Good luck, whatever you decide to do. Yes, I think we all regret soaking up those rays (fake and real)--now if we could only convince our kids ;-)

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