The Procedure of a Chemical Skin Peel
It is always best to perform a patch test before a peel is done to determine the reaction of a chemical towards your skin. Everyone’s skin might not necessarily work in the same way, at least towards your skin. 25% TCA concentration works for most skin types. But a solution weaker than 25% might be required for your skin. Using a solution which is too strong may result in darkening of the skin and scarring. Stronger is not necessarily better with skin peels. A full facial treatment with high concentration of 50% is not recommended at all. It can only be used for spot issues like acne scars, warts, moles, and tattoos. Again, metal bowls or utensils must not be used for mixing. Whenever you do a patch test you must do it exactly the way you do a complete peel. You must keep it moist with an ointment and keep it away from the sun for a week or so. There are a number of factors come into play, such as allergies, previous peels, etc. You are the one who is finally responsible for what happens to you.
Cleanse the skin properly with a mild cleanser and remove all oils from the surface of the skin. To protect your eyes, you can apply a little bit of ointment around the eyes to protect the area. A 25% average strength solution is. Using too strong a solution on your skin may lead to scarring or discoloration. You must be careful not to get the solution too close to your eyes as the skin around the eyes is a lot thinner. After the patch test is completed, apply an even coat of the TCA peel using a cotton swab. The skin is likely to burn a fair bit. The treated skin should turn frosty very soon. If it doesn’t happen, apply a second coat. The frost indicates that the TCA solution is penetrating the skin and working the way it is supposed to. The solution is supposed to be left on the skin depending on the type of skin, and the results desired. Rinse the area with cool water and gently apply a compress. You must not rub the area as it is very sensitive. A neutralizer is not necessary, but if you have one at hand, you can use it. The treated area will look pinkish after the treatment is done. Apply a thin coat of protective antibacterial ointment to prevent any infection. The skin is likely to feel a lot better during this time, even though a slight burning sensation is likely to persist for quite a bit of time.
Taking care of your peeling skin is necessary, and a good sunscreen should be enough, although ideally, you should avoid any exposure to the sun at all. This is the basic process of how a TCA peel is performed, but you will be well advised to go to a proper specialist to get the chemical peel treatment done for yourself.