Had a TCA 20% Peel For Active Acne and Acne Scarring
The year 2015 was a dark time for me. My skin was in bad shape. Why? Because that year I had really severe acne and very dull skin. I was a 20 year old girl and had bad acne because of hormonal fluctuations from my periods. My biggest problem area seemed to be my forehead area. By 2016, my skin condition started to improve, but I had already been left with dark spots and post acne red marks. My clinic doctor, who usually did facial treatments for my skin, suggest I try a chemical peel to improve my scarring. The name of the place I got my peel was Aesthetic Clinic Jakarta.
The chemical peel process only takes minutes. The treatment involves the use of an acid to remove dead skin cells. By removing the dead skin cells, your body's collagen production is stimulated and your clogged pores, blackheads and scars are improved. The chemical peel also causes your body to increase its hyaluronic acid production, which makes your skin look younger.
Knowing the advantages of a chemical peel, without a second thought, I immediately obliged and decided to try a peel for the first time. The doctor suggested a low dose chemical peel, since this was my first time doing it. The peel I got was a 20% TCA Peel.
My doctor recommended I get a peel every 2 weeks. He said that if we eliminated the dead skin cells on a regular basis, this would help prevent clogged pores, which lead to acne. He would increase the strength of the peel with each return visit to the clinic. For example, I would be given TCA 25% during the next visit.
So, you're probably wondering how the chemical peel process was? Simply put, it's very simple. First, your face is cleaned by the beautician. Then, an anesthic cream is applied to the thinner, more sensitive skin on your face (e.g. the area under your eyes and lip tip). After that, the doctor takes over and applies the chemical peel evenly on your face using a brush. The first sensation after the peel was applied was a feeling of burning and itchiness. However, the burning and itchiness were not bad enough I couldn't take it. I was very happy, because while the doctor applied the fluid, the beautifican calmed my face with a small fan and this eased the burning and itching.
After all of the various fluids for the peel were applied, I was left with them on for 5 minutes. After the fluid seeps into your skin, the pain is not like when it is first applied. I guess that's why they say beauty is painful.
The next step was neutralizing the chemical fluid that had been applied earlier. The neautralizer looked like a pen with a rounded ball on the end. It containted a liquid that feels very cold when it touches the skin. After my face was neautralized, the burning and itchiness immediately disappeared.
Next up was the use of a face mask. This was my favorite part. The beautician chose to use a charcoal mask, which is good for oily acne prone skin types. Before the mask was applied, my skin was cleaned again, so that the charcoal mask could make better contact with my skin.
The mask was left on for 15 minutes and then it was done! The first effect I felt when the mask was removed was a very tight sensation, like my face was being pulled. But according to the nurse, that's normal.
Later the next day, my skin had returned to normal. In some cases, people will have dull loooking skin for 2-3 days until all of their dead skin falls off and is replaced with new, shiney skin. However, there are also some people whose exfoliation is not very visible. Fortunately, the exfoliation I experienced was not too scary. On the first day, my skin still looked normal but it felt a little tight and dry. On the second day, the skin where the acne scars were began to dry and peel. It peeled gradually for 2-4 days. During the first 3 days, you are not allowed to use the night cream. I only used sunblock and moisturizer.
After 5 days, I felt my skin had peeled off perfectly. The results that I saw were: my skin feels brighter and the acne scars started to fade. My breakouts are almost all gone and a pimple I had at the time of the peel quickly dried up and faded.
So, what are my overall thoughts on chemical peels? I think it's worth trying if you're suffering with acne and scarring. It's a quick way to heal your skin. I recommend them!