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Chemical Peel Nightmare

By Closetrehab @Closet_Rehab

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons defines a chemical peel, also called chemexfoliation or derma peeling, as a one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layer.

Among the many types of skin peels, TCA Peel (Trichloroacetic acid) sounded most appealing to me. “Fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, acne as well as an uneven skin tone can all serve to benefit from a TCA Peel. It’s supposed to improve skin tone, texture and clarity. TCA may increase collagen and elastin production. Trichloroacetic Acid is also beneficial for gradually removing unwanted freckles, tattoos and scars.”

Sounds great. Let’s do this!

Before we get started, we should learn more about the side effects. Right? Well, those include a temporary burning sensation upon initial contact as well as heightened skin sensitivity, flaking, light frosting, redness and swelling. Vigilant broad-spectrum sunscreen use is crucial for post-peel success.

Okay, well, those side effects sound reasonable. I’ve certainly had to experience far worse. So far, so good.

I tried the peel last night. I followed instructions. I applied to one cheek and began to apply to the other cheek when suddenly they both started burning. It wasn’t a light burn but a scorching burn. My husband tells me today that it looks like someone took a blowtorch and ran it across both sides of my face. That’s exactly how it felt last night.

It doesn’t feel much better today. It’s still stinging very badly, it’s swollen and the color seems to be getting darker. I’m beside myself right now. I had no idea this would be such a traumatic experience. I need more time to let this settle in. I pray the results are only temporary side effects and not permanent. Luckily, I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow regarding something else and I should be able to get a better idea on what’s happening with my face.

The reason of this article is to warn other women curious about performing an at home chemical peel. Initially, I didn’t think applying it would be a big deal. In my mind, it would be like trying a new moisturizer or hair color. I don’t know if my results are typical but they are real. Please be very cautious the next time you consider a home peel. 

My face is far much worse in person. My camera is a piece of crap not the greatest and I had a heck of a time trying to capture the burns.



Have you ever had a chemical peel (either professional or at-home)? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience below.

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By Grace Wong
posted on 01 November at 19:09

Hi! would you email me. Would you be amenable to telling us your story on camera? [email protected]

By Teachers Growth
posted on 17 June at 13:20

O boy. That looks painful. I am an Indian woman, thinking of chemical peel, but def outside at the doctors. I read that the whole peeling off process will take a week. Is it true ?