I've been using 50% glycolic acid and the 40% lactic acid peels from MUAC every few weeks for about a year now with decent results, but decided that it was finally time to step up my game. Like most women in their late 30's, I had a little scarring from teenage and hormonal breakouts, enlarged pores, uneven tone, a bit of freckling and a few fine lines here and there. Basically I needed to freshen up my skin a bit. So after reading everyone's reviews on this site as well as doing a bit of internet research I decided to go ahead and order the trial size 12.5% TCA peel and give it a try. I prepped my skin per the instructions that came with my peel and per suggestions that I read on a few different sites which basically includes just washing your face with a mild cleanser and using a strong acetone or alcohol based toner to "defat" your skin to get the best results. I just used my Clinique cleanser and toner. Then used a cotton swab to quickly swipe the acid all over my face in a back and forth motion starting at the top of the forehead working my way down to my chin. You're q-tip should be thoroughly dipped in the solution without dripping because this stuff is pretty watery. Anyway, I didn't feel anything for the first two or three minutes then just started to feel a slight tingle that turned into a "cool" burning (if that makes sense). It wasn't nearly as unpleasant as I thought it was might be even at the full 5 minute mark. Even the smell wasn't unpleasant. Based on some of the reviews I read I was half expecting my face to burst into flames like I was an extra on 30 Days of Night or True Blood! My face was a little flushed looking, but I didn't even experience frosting. So I decided to do a second layer - this time using my q-tip in an up and down motion - on a few old acne scars and open pores on my cheeks. Well the second layer certainly kicked the burning up a notch. It was a little intense, but still nothing unbearable. After one minute I did a third layer on my scarring. That's when I got a little frosting. So after one minute with a the third layer, I decided to neutralize the peel with my little bowl of cool water and baking soda that I had prepared before starting my peel. The neutralizing stung a little bit, but after following with a few cold splashes of water, my skin felt fine. Though I certainly made sure I had antibiotic ointment on hand in case I needed it, since my skin didn't feel raw and because I'm fairly acne prone and it tends to delay the peeling process I decided to skip the antibiotic ointment. It's been two days and I've kept my skin clean using Cetaphil bar soap and dabbing a drop of MUAC's argan oil for moisture. It looks like I have a tiny sunburn on my cheeks and I've noticed that my skin was kind of crepy after washing it this morning, particularly in the areas where I layered the acid and frosting occurred. I'll have to say, that aside from the couple minutes of slight stinging during the process, this has been a much less unpleasant experience than I thought it was going to be. I haven't even experience the itching that the instructions said would happen. I even decided to dust on a little of my Bare Escentuals mineral powder last night and go out for a couple of drinks. My friends said that my skin look really clear and like I spent the afternoon in the park. I could be singin' a totally different tune in a few days once the peeling starts so I'll make sure to post an update, but at this moment I would advise anyone who has been on the fence about this peel to give it a try, especially if you've tried other peels and have had success tolerating it. Everyone's skin is different and everyone's pain tolerance is difference so I would say to make sure you read other people's posts and follow the directions carefully, but most importantly go with your gut. If you put on the peel and your skin starts burning beyond your comfort level within three minutes instead of the five minutes that are in the instructions, rinse it off. No one knows your skin more than YOU do. And you can always do another one in a few weeks. Update to follow in a few days. Good luck ladies!
I have been using Obagi Nu-Derm facial wash, toner, Clear and Exfoliating cream for over a year and my skin looks better than it ever ever has. But - of course, I still have lots of acne scarring that just won't go away. I had been checking out Obagi's Blue Peel but who wants to turn BLUE for even a few days AND spend HUNDREDS of dollars to do it??!!
I went surfing for alternatives andI found MUAC's site. When I read that the TCA peel has the same ingredients as Obagi's peel, I was ready to check it out.
I ordered the 18% TCA and was happily surprised when it arrived w/in 3 days of my order. This company rocks!!
Yesterday, I did my peel. Within a minute of applying the solution to my skin, I started to see slight frosting. But - the directions were fabulous and I simply dabbed the neutralizer (ordered w/ peel) on those areas which cooled them right down. I left the rest of the solution on for the 5 minutes, removed all traces with the neutralizer solution and then washed w/ the green tea soap they provide with your peel.
My skin looked pink and fresh and felt taut and smooth. I am glowing!
Today is the next day and my skin looks rosy like I have a little sunburn. I've been putting on Cortaid cream and my skin feels great! Just slightly taut.
I'm waiting to see if I'll have any peeling, and I plan to do another one in 3 weeks and will report back.
I highly recommended this right now and feel this peel is one of the BEST deals on the internet today. The Blue Peel is $600-$700 per peel and just like this one, you need to do 2 or 3 for the best results. The TCA peel solution and neutralizer cost less than $30 and I've got enough solution to do at least 10 more peels....
Ok this is my review for the 21% tca peel.i will keep updated because i just applied tonight.when i first applied it it burned then my skin became red and frosted in the 10 seconds it was on my skin i have to admit that i went str8 into panic mode.i was watching a youtube video by someone name misssweetkakez or something like that and she said frosting is good.it seemed like the 5 mins was a hour omg.
Saturday April 9th,11 1:19 am:finshed applying peel rinse with baking soda and washed with green tea cleanser.skin is still red but frosting is gone.and skin is super tight.
Sunday April 10th,11 3:10 am:Ok no major diffrence skin got tighter spots that where frosted look a little darker.skin is wrinkely and shiny
Monday April 11th,11 3:45 am: Peeling began from in the afternoon on sunday i guess because i took a long hot shower(hope that didnt harm my skin)Peeling is just around my nose,lip,mouth,and chin area.cheeks are stll wrinkley and no matter how much i moisturize its so hard to move my freaking face.
OK sorry for not updating but overall the product really didnt do anything it peeled but brought back my face to its normal state.no baby soft skin and dark spots didnt seem to fade as much as i expected and guess what.i got 3 new pimples.and before trying it i was clear of acne.ok so i will wait a month before trying again.and i will try to prep with hydroquinone.i will update on how the second try goes.
OK TIME FOR THE SECOND TRY....HERE GOES NOTHING
ok Monday at 8:37pm i applied the peel.this time frosting was so much its was more than just the grayish white that i seen on my last peel instead it was really white im trying to think of how to describe the white lets say it was more of a toothpaste white,it burned more and my face got super red.like a strawberry red.i expect that preping my skin with the hydroquinone and my walgreens alpha hydrox cream helped.i mean frosting was everywhere guys not just in spots EVERYWHERE.ok so i washed my face with aloe and cucumber soap that i have and applied a&d ointment and went off to bed.
Tuesday 11:36pm I woke up and my face was tight and places where i frosted which was everywhere had gotten darker not super dark but a burnt red kinda dark.i washed my face twice during the day.in the morning i applied the a&d ointment again and tonight i was looking for it and couldnt find it so i burst open one of my vitamin A pills and applied it to my face.
Wednesday day 3 peeling started around my mouth.I read somewhere online that when peeling starts you can use a scrub with no grains something that has enzymes so I used my freeman enzyme mask and washed it off both in the morning and night and applied my a&d ointment(yes I found it..lol)
Thursday 2:26pm when I woke up and wask my face chunks of skin was washing off with it and I wasn't really applying any pressure just splashing water then I washed my face with my aloe and cucumber soap.all that's left to peel is lower sides of my cheek parts of my forhead.and some underneath my eyes.but I think that after my shower tonight that peeling left on my cheeks will be all done continued >>
Great results! Couldn't be happier. I've used this brand and others, which are cheaper and provided same outstanding results. Prefer to apply a base of Jessner's peel first.
Found this link helpful: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1829120-overview
Just to give you a little back ground, I am used to getting 30 % TCA chemical peels from a plastic surgeon. I had two of them. I paid only 200.00 for each. When I moved to the north, they wanted 1600.00 and up. I am not going to pay that much, but I do want my skin to look good. I heard about MUAC and so I decided to try the 12.5 %, it is now day 5, I am almost done peeling, my skin is still a little pink, but doesn't look that bad. I have noticed that my pores are smaller. I did not think it was that painful compared to the 30%. My freckles are lighter in some areas, but no change in others. I just purchased the 18% and will try it in three weeks and see how that goes.
With these reviews everyone has to understand one thing, all our skin is different, and what works for me may not work for you. You have to take into account sun damage is way down in the epidermis, and wrinkles are in the dermis, in order to see improvement with this peel you will have to continue to do them and take care of your skin. If you do it and not take care of it, you are just hurting it and making yourself more susceptible to skin cancer. Wear your sunscreen.
UPDATE: my skin has finally stopped peeling and the skin looks great, I did some spot treatment with the 12.5 % TCA three layers and noticed the hyperpigmentation is really less noticable now. Waiting until the middle of feb. to do the 18 % TCA, will update with results.
I purchased the 8% TCA peel from MUAC in an attempt to firm up my face and get rid of fine lines. I am biracial, and was afraid to use anything stronger because of my coloring. I used two layers on my forehead, and one layer on the rest of my face. I left it on for five min. It burned a little, but didn't peel at all. I tried it again two weeks later, this time layering three layers on my forehead, and one layer on the rest of my face. I immediately got 'frosting' around my eyes. I washed the eye area off after five min (it burned like hell). My undereyes and crows feet looked terrible for almost a week. I looked 80 years old (I am 39) with wrinkles and redness. After a week or so, I cannot believe the results. My undereye fine lines are GONE, and my crows feet have improved significantly!!! I am sooooo happy! Unfortunately, my forehead looks the same. I will need a higher strength peel for the forehead, obviously. I am a Retin-A user, so I am assuming that I have tough skin.
I purchased the MUAC TCA 30% Adjustable Kit recently and have mixed it from a 15% to a 20% solution. The thing is you have to start with a low strength between and 8% to 15 % and work your way up from there. It doesn't matter if you think your skin is "tough" because if you use too strong of a solution you can get discolorations and that will take some time to get ride of. So, all in all, use it correctly and you will see results and if you use it incorrectly you will end up getting discolorations.
This may very well be holy grail material. I have a major problem with oily skin, though underneath it is very dry and irritated. I would also get major flakes after washing my face, itd be dry, tight, and itchy with major pilling. I rediscovered the TCA peel while cleaning my room and decided to use it on a whim. I used the 8% like a toner - applied with a cotton swab all over my face. I left on for 6 minutes then rinsed with warm water. OMG the results are great. I've only used it once but now I no longer have flakes or tightness after washing my face. Also my makeup goes on a lot smoother, lasts longer, and my face is less oily. I couldn't believe such a large difference was produced by one use. I really like this product and highly recommend it.
I have been wanting to try a TCA peel for quite some time to remove stubborn pigmentation and some acne scarring. Even though this was my first time using a TCA peel (I have previously used MUAC's lactic peels), I wanted to get some results the first time around and take advantage of the week off from work - so I started with the 15 % peel.
I followed the instructions religiously, and applied one layer with a Q tip for 5 minutes and neutralized the peel using the baking soda and water mixture. I had no burning and no redness. Being quite impatient, on the third day, I tried the peel again on my problem areas and applied two layers (the first layer for 5 minutes, and the second for 3 minutes) before I neutralised. The second layer had a slight sting (I have felt more sting with a lactic acid peel), with redness but no frosting. On the fourth day, I reapplied two layers with the peel staying on for five minutes for each layer. Again - just redness, but no frosting.
It is day 6 now, and my skin is looking dry and creepey and there are layers of dry skin on areas that I've treated. I've applied makeup and it does not look too bad (as if I have some dry skin, but the downtime (if any) has been fairly minor. Will update this post, once the peeling is complete, to see whether there have been any noticeable changes to my skin *fingers crossed*
This is for the 12% TCA Peel.
Holy Mother of Pearl this stuff is intense. I've tried the Lactic Acid 40% peel which did nothing for me so I decided to jump in with the 12% TCA. This is my first time with this peel so I followed the directions perfectly. During the application wasn't so bad, just some tingling. But the tingling just grew and became more robust until it was B-U-R-N-I-N-G. I was trying to think happy thoughts while I watched the seconds sloooooooooooooooowy tick away. Then at about 4min 32sec I noticed some slightly white-ish patches which I decided was "frosting" so I immediately neutralized. I didn't want to risk another 28sec, better safe than sorry, right? So my face immediately afterwards was red and puffy but this morning it's just a little pink and half as puffy. Can't even really tell I did anything except that my skin feels tight and sorta raw. Worst part now is the gross shiny look because I'm applying Polysporin for the next two days, fun. No peeling yet but I figure day 3 or 4 is when that fun starts.