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on 4/16/2007 4:11:00 AM
More reviews by gracesantacruz
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
15% TCA Peel for the first time ever. I used this to remove hyperpigmentation from sun damage and acne scars. I have a lots of dark spots. I was very nervous, but the product came with good instruction, which explained what to expect and how to avoid/prevent problem very well. As the instruction says, patch test is a must, and it familialized me with how to apply the acid before putting it on all over the face.It was a bit tricky to see how much I should put on. In my case, I should have put more acid, but I was being careful. Now I know much better, so second time will be even better.Process: First 5 minutes, a little burning. First 2 days, my face felt tight and darker (especially sun-damaged spots). Next 4 days, skin started to peel gradually, exposing brighter, softer new skin. I did not have to hide away during the peel. Just looked like I had sun burn and peeling.Result: After 7 days, my skin is one tone lighter and brighter. Dark spots are still there, but 40% lighter in color or smaller. My skin is much softer, and I was told my skin looks younger than a year ago.I will update my review after my second peel next month. I hope my dark spots will be further lighter and clear.
9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
on 6/13/2006 2:51:00 PM
More reviews by mosesmom
Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
Interesting experience with this product. I'm past 30 and now noticing the results of skin abuse in my teens and 20s (sun, tanning beds), so I purchased this product to improve texture and pigmentation. As the peel has been accurately described below, I'll simply share my process. A first time user, I applied the 12.5% peel conservatively per the provided MUAC directions (which are very helpful and incredibly thorough - a big plus!) and left on for about 8 minutes total. I had some frosting on the upper cheeks, but nowhere else, and did experience some burning (not severe). By day 2 my skin had hardened and had turned brownish in the areas which had frosted, and simply looked a bit shiny and ready to shed on the forehead, nose, and chin. I began to peel on day three and peeled about three days. The peel strength was not strong enough for me to peel off in sheets - instead, I peeled in little bits, and I did not peel evenly. In retrospect I wish I'd added an additional layer of TCA, but that's the benefit of hindsight. The peeled areas looked very pretty and fresh - not as pink as a deeper peel would have provided, but definitely better. My lower cheeks never peeled, and I now feel they don't exactly match the texture of the rest of my face. As others have mentioned, I had minimal peeling in areas I did not frost.This TCA peel was a good purchase, and I'm going to do a series of these lighter peels throughout the summer. The biggest drawback for me is the need to apply sunscreen to my newly peeled skin (and yes, this is a MUST), because all sunscreens, physical or chemical, seem to badly dry my skin. I therefore feel like I'm abusing my pretty new skin, even though I know it's better than exposing the new skin to the sun. My experience with MUAC was good - the price is exceptional when compared to what this would have cost if applied by a dermatologist, and I really feel a peel this mild can be handled at home. I have continued to use the tea tree soap which came in the TCA kit. I have my next round planned one week from now and will report my progress then. Overall, I think this is a good tool for improving one's complexion and I would repurchase. EDIT: I'm now five days into my second peel - the MUAC instructions state that users may need a series of 2-3 peels to get their desired result. Still peeling - started yesterday, one day later than last time. I was more agressive with peel #2 and did two full layers, and I believer my results will be much better this time. I do not peel in sheets, but rather have little flakies that slough off each time I apply Aquaphor or wash. My new skin looks very pretty - pink, healthy, less lined. I have no deep wrinkles (and this product wouldn't cure them, anyway), but do have onion-paper-like skin on forhead and lower cheeks. Neither of these areas peeled last time, but they are peeling now and look great! I suspect I'll finish peeling tomorrow, and will decide later if I want to do a third peel. My results thus far: I would estimate a 25-30% improvement in surface texture, which I consider significant, particularly for a $35 investment. I do imagine I will upgrade to a stronger peel once this bottle is finished, because my skin seems to tolerate the acids fine. Changing review to five lippies.
on 1/29/2006 10:26:00 AM
More reviews by jam225
Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
Thought I would post my experience thusfar with this and will edit/repost as I progress. Ordered this through MUAC, trial sample at around $20, quick service, but the gloves and soap were missing from the shipment; sent email, waiting for reply. At any rate I had leftovers of the soap from other peels so I was still able to proceed. I ordered the 8% and 12.5% level, low levels. The 8% is for careful spot use around eyes. MUAC instructions state not to use higher than 8% solution around eyes. To prepare for the TCA peel, as recommended by MUAC, I used combo prep peels for 3-4 weeks; lactic acid(30%) and glycolic acid(40%...all came packaged in same size trial bottles....the TCA peel, on me, took more solution than product level used with either of the other 2 peels...something that seemed odd, but it is just a tad more serum like than the lactic and glycolic....not sure on that since it is so miniscule...but definitely used more product on TCA...perhaps that might also be because the lactic and glycolic is applied with fingertip and TCA with q-tip, though like another poster here instead I used a small taklon brush....felt it would apply more evenly and quickly since this is a timed procedure....just seems timing would be awkwardly impacted since applying w/q-tip takes much longer to do entire face and from what point do ya commence timing....clearly areas applied first are going to be at least 2-4 min more advanced than the areas applied last...and minutes make difference with acid on your face, lol. You can actually strengthen level of peel within the same % level by layering applications with 5 minutes between layers up to 3 layers only...each layer boosts the level of the peel by 25%. Additionally the TCA peel process is recommended as 3-series, but can be done only once if you want....recommendation is 3 applications, 3 weeks apart every 6 months with lactic acid and/or glycolic acid 1-2xweekly maintenance peels in between the 6months TCA peels. The goal is to achieve that optimum balance level and then you can increase/adjust your % levels and length of times applied for each product to find what gives you the best results. Anyway, personal experiences/impressions thusfar is this product at 8% level stung less than the 30% lactic acid, the mildest peel, so go figure. On me the lactic acid peel stings like hell. I am 55, fairly dry-normal quite fair skinned, burn easily--so commencing with all low levels and building gradually. The TCA 8% on me only very slightly stung and passed within a couple of minutes of application. After successfully doing patch test with absolutely no redness, swelling, and barely any sensation at all I proceeded w/no concerns. First application was one layer only; no frosting or problems; results were pigmented areas somewhat lightened, and wrinkles slightly softened. Second 8% application consisted of 2 layer application process; pigmentation substantially lifted and wrinkles very noticeably reduced, no frosting/problems. Third 8% application; before applying the 8% all over I dabbed the 12.5% on wrinkles first waited til the sting left (and yes it does sting more than 8%, lol)and then followed with 3 layers of 8% w/very slight frosting on areas where the 12.5% had been applied first...too early to know on results....just did it a couple of hours ago...had some redness and slight swelling where the 12.5% was applied, but that is very normal. My dermatologist recommended I follow peels with Curel Natural Healing w/green tea, aloe, & cucumber.....its a healing lotion available at any drugstore.....apparently it's a favorite w/tatoo artists for healing tatoo areas....I have never had a tatoo, but this stuff has worked great for me for after peels and after skin cancer treatment. Heals skin up quick and very soothing!!
9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.
on 3/3/2015 4:57:00 PM
More reviews by HappyUnicornSmile
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
PEEL 1 I purchased and used the 15% TCA peel from MUAC. This was the first skin peel I had ever done, so I was very nervous, frightened even. For 48 hours prior to the peel I made sure not to use anything abrasive or chemically strong on my face. Then I followed the directions to the best of my ability that are provided with the little kit I purchased. I cleansed my face with the included green tea cleanser. I put on the gloves. I took a round cotton pad and applied TCA onto it, and went over my face with one layer. I avoided getting it near my eyes, nostrils, and mouth. I think next time I will go in closer with Q-tips in those areas and apply some, because I'd like my under eye area to improve as well as the space above my lips and below my nose. I felt a tingle, but no pain whatsoever. On the pain scale, with 10 being the worst and 1 being hardly any, it was a big fat 0. I saw no frosting. I left it on for the full five minutes, then neutralized with the included neutralizing solution and washed my face once again with the green tea cleanser. Then I applied Neosporin all over my face. My acne scars, which is what I'm trying to get rid of, were bright red following the peel. It took 4 full days for ANY skin shedding to occur, which is not what I was expecting. It is now day 8 and my skin is still flaky. I experienced almost no flaking anywhere except my lower cheeks next to my jawline. I'm not going to lie, I'm disappointed. I've been doing my best to take pictures every day to monitor my skin's reaction and to see if there are any reductions in my scarring, but I really haven't noticed reductions. I did have a few active pimples that I went over with the acid when I did my peel, and those all flattened out right after the peel and no longer exist, so that's nice. I will wait a couple of weeks and do the peel again. This time I plan on going over my face and leaving it for five minutes, and then going over it again with a second layer and leaving it for about two minutes or so. I will be prepping my skin for the next peel by using a skin cleanser with PHA acid, which is similar to glycolic acid but is better for sensitive skin. I've started using this cleanser yesterday. I was expecting better results from this and I am not happy. I expected frosting, my skin peeling off in sheets, and seeing new beautiful skin underneath. What I got was zero frosting, me sitting in the bathroom wondering if it was even working or if I somehow got a lemon, flaky skin as if it was just dry skin, and no discernible improvement to my problem areas. I'm aware this works according to skin type, and I never expected my skin to be tough because it's always been so sensitive before, so I'm open to trying again.PEEL 2 So I waited approximately a month before doing the peel again. Unfortunately, I did it very close to Easter without realizing it so I went to a few Easter get togethers without makeup and a peeling face. I did it on the evening of March 29 so it has now been officially 11 days. Last time I did it it was almost as if I didn't even do a peel at all. There was no discernible sensations on my face to let me know the peel was working while I had it on and there were no differences in my skin afterword. The peeling "process" was light flaking on my cheeks for about 3 days. This time I prepped by using Neostrata's PHP face wash (which is similar to glycolic face wash) off and on for the month. I couldn't use only that because it did nothing for preventing blemishes so I had to use my regular Trader Joe's Tea Tree Oil cleanser a lot of the time. 48 hours before I planned to do the peel I stopped using products on my face and left it alone. I used Q tips to apply the 15% peel all over my face, including under my eyes about 4 cm away from my eyes (I have really noticeable bags that I wanted to reduce, it's a family trait and I've had them since I was a kid). The fumes stung my eyes enough to make them a little watery, but it wasn't bad. I love the Q tip method instead of the cotton pad I used before. I thought it would be inefficient but it wasn't at all. The peel tingled very slightly, more than last time because I could actually feel something, but nothing amounting to pain. I waited the full five minutes and then put on a second layer all over my face except for under my eyes. The skin is thin there so I didn't want to injure it. It stung a little in some places on my face and remained tingly in others. The places that stung seemed to be my upper cheeks and under my eyes. I left the second layer for five minutes as well. So in total I had TCA on for 10 minutes. I still didn't see any frosting. I neutralized with the solution in the kit placed on a wash cloth. Then I washed my face again with the cleanser included in the kit. Then I put Neosporin all over my face. I applied Neosporin again on day 5 but these occasions were the only time I put anything additional on my face; I was careful not to over-moisturize in case that may have happened last time. 3 days later I noticed some peeling starting to occur. Over that time up until now, day 11, it started out as flaking and then progressed to peeling. It didn't come off in sheets as I saw it has with others on YouTube; it came off as if I had put liquid glue on my face and it was peeling/flaking off bit by bit. Now after the full 10 day period has already elapsed I can tell you that I am MUCH happier with this product and fully recommend it. I am upping its rating from 2 to 5 because it works wonderfully once you figure out what your skin needs. This was the first peel of any kind I had ever done so I had no idea my skin would react so differently from what I read about or viewed online. My pores are noticeably smaller. Icepick scars have filled in about half of their former depth. They're still there, but definitely more shallow which I love. Redness from others decreased. My skin looks better
8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.
on 2/3/2015 2:24:00 PM
More reviews by Sara44
Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
So I did two of these. I did the 12.5 and the 30% The 12.5 didn't do anything really for my skin and felt cool and tingly but not really painful at all. But remember this is prepping your skin up for more layers or high percentages so you don't just dive in and damage your skin. I did the 30 % as more of a spot treatment, and BOY this one HURT A LOTT. But the thing to remember with this is, the pain is strong when you apply it and maybe for the first minute, but after it's really fine, it goes away. But fanning your face REALLY helps with it. So the results from the 30% have blown me away. With only one use of this little ice picks are GONE, and the bigger ones have improved quite a bit. Also some discolouration I developed from using benzyol peroxide on open skin (stupid me) left me with BAD redness, this totally cleared it up and I feel like I haven't seen my skin this clear and flawless in years, a nice, clean layer has come through. THRILLED with these peels and will keep doing them. But remember results don't happen right away and after the peel your skin needs to produce collagen to heal it, THATS when you start seeing results. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS! DO the patch test, stop using glycolic acids and lactic acid after the peel is done until skin heals, and LET IT PEEL naturally else you will end up making scars much worse.
8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
on 4/11/2013 8:58:00 AM
More reviews by Mrsrhew
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
Let me start off by giving you some skin history. I have always had great skin that was only problematic once a month. That all changed after my husband, my children and myself moved to germany. I have no idea what happened. Maybe it was the stress, maybe it was the air, maybe it was lack of air conditioning in the summer, but my face freaked out! Within weeks of moving there, my perfect skin was the worst of my life. I didn't know what to do with it. It was sensitive to products designed for acne, but anything else seemed to clog my pores even more. After almost a year I found muac. I bought the 12.5 % TCA peel, but couldn't bring myself to use it. After having it for months and doing more research i decided to buy the 25% mandelic acid and 40% lactic acid. My skin is very fair, extremely ruddy, horrible hyperpigmentation, minor ice pick scars on the tops of cheeks, and extreme blackheads all over nose with a slight smattering over the rest of my face. I started with the lactic acid. It is awesome. Then i moved on the alternating the lactic and mandelic acids for about 3 weeks to a month before I finally decided to take the dive and do the TCA. Day one:I washed with neutrogena naturals fresh cleansing and makeup remover and used the ph prep step. I then prepared my neutralizer and set my timer. I took a q-tip and applied the 12.5% tca all over my face. The burn was awful. My face is sensitive and the lactic acid feels like sharp bug legs crawling all over my face. This was worse. I sat in front of my fan set to high, gritted my teeth and begged my husband to talk to me to try and help me get through as many minutes as i could stand. I lasted five minutes before i nuetralized. I didn't know this was going to burn so much. After neutralizing i rinsed my face with cool water and patted it dry. I then applied embryolisse lait creme concentre and went to sleep. My face was pink and slightly tender.Day two:I looked great. My skin was taught but not too dry, and I could see a more evenness, if thats a word.Used the same wash and moisturizer as the first day and they worked just fine.Day three:I look like leatherface. Horrible. Plus my skin is breaking out in a few places. Mostly there are just a few whiteheads peeking out, but i also have to deep painful pimples side by side on the top of my cheek. Day four:Still slightly breaking out with whiteheads, but my two painful pimples dried up all on their own and now i just have a very thick patch of red dry skin there. My skin is peeling soooo badly. I look horrible. My skin is extremely taught and dry, but i can see my new skin peeking out and it looks really great. Day five:Same as day four. Day six:Most of my peeling has subsided, everything but my forehead, which doesnt look that bad. Im hoping my face will be done peeling because this weekend is supposed to actually be nice in germany. Overall, I am very happy I used this peel. The results from the lactc and mandelic acid were already pretty great, this is just awesome. I can't wait until I can do another. I plan to maintain this peel with my other peels and I will update after all my peeling is finished.Update 2/18/15This is still a winner in my book. I don't use it often because I don't have to. Once you get your skin to the way you want it all you have to do is maintain it. I haven't used stronger than 12.5 because my skin is sensitive and this is perfect for me, still awesome.
8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
on 3/29/2012 5:57:00 PM
More reviews by Nanou2
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
Love this! So cheap compared to other sites selling TCA peels. The shipping to Canada was a little steep $25 for a little box BUT it arrived in 3days! I bought the fan brush with the peel. I would recommend NOT buying this. I had to pour the product into a little bowl to be able to use the brush. I had to pour more product than what was needed. The brush soaked all the product up and didn't want to let go of it. I had to pour even more product to finish the peel. The brush is also quite big. nearly impossible to use it for areas around the eyes, on the nose and around the mouth. Quite stupid actually. Second time around I used a q-tip. I was able to apply an even thin layer and use the right amount of product without any waste. I love the green tea cleanser included!I bought the 12.5% peel as it was my first time. I have large scarred pores and very faint fine lines. I did my first peel a couple of weeks ago. I did 1 layer and frosted almost instantly on some areas. I started peeling on the second day and was done peeling by the 7th day. My skin felt tighter and looked slightly radiant. My problem scarred pores remained somewhat the same.I'm on day 4 of my second peel. I did 2 layers this time and the 2nd layer I really felt the burn! I frosted but not as much as the first time. All around my mouth and some of my cheeks have peeled away. I can see my problem areas are looking better. The scarred pores look less deep and smaller. I'll finish off my bottle probably on the 5th peel. It was a 10peel bottle but I'm half way into it already.I plan on finished this bottle of and buying a stronger peel.
on 1/25/2012 11:24:00 PM
More reviews by carissarose
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool
One of the best TCA peels I've tried. Please let the record show, YOU DON'T HAVE TO 'PEEL' FOR A CHEMICAL PEEL TO WORK!!! That is one of the most annoying things for an esthetician to hear. You don't have to shed like a snake for the next week in order to get results from a chemical peel. Just because you don't experience major peeling means absolutely nothing. It's going to work exactly the same. In my experience you don't peel as much with TCA's but the effects are much more prominent and worthwhile.
on 1/18/2012 11:41:00 PM
More reviews by innapark
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I'm in my 40's, Asian with dry skin, fine wrinkles in the usual places, some mild blemishes from sun damage and scarring (I'm a picker). I have tough skin. In my 30's I started on renova, eventually moving up to retin A with excellent results. Then at some point the benefits seemed to wear off. I've been lax with my skincare in the last 8 years aside from occasional mechanical exfoliation or masks. I received the tca 18% solution in a swap and diluted it to 9% and gave it a go. No burning; no frosting; no real peeling. Just that totally annoying tight mask-like feeling and random flaking for 10 days. I did moisturize (not knowing that it's better not to). But overall I was disappointed. Just the tiniest fading of some blemishes. The best part was the 'firming' up it did. I liked that it tightened up my face a bit.For my second round i prepped with acetone. it burned a little bit and I did a second swipe 1/2way through the 10 minutes. One area frosted and eventually turned dark brown and peeled deeply. The skin underneath was fresh. I minimized the lotion. But again the tight mask-like face, random flakies and no real peel over the course of 10 days. My hope was kept alive by the eventual residual firmness that I loved. And a glimmer of freshness.So I read up on this more and decided to do a month of the 30% glycolic acid peel to prep my skin for the TCA. Once or twice a week for a month. Easy peasy. Painless. And it polished up the surface of my skin. I was hopeful that by polishing the skin and evening out any microscopically patchy areas, the TCA would apply and penetrate more evenly. So tonight I did the 9% TCA again. Prepped with acetone. Then, the TCA. It really BURNED (!) like I had expected it to the first time I tried months ago. There was light diffuse frosting on my cheekbone which I neutralized with a qtip and solution. At 5 min, I did a second swipe and got the same frosting on the other cheekbone. I neutralized those areas only and at 10 min I neutralized my entire face. Now it feels tight and I'm really hopeful that I'll get a real full face peel in 3-4 days. I applied Jurlique Calendula cream (camomille/anti-inflammatory) and jojoba oil with EO lavender for the night. Immediately regretted this because it seemed to over-moisturize my face and gave me a sense that my skin wouldn't peel after-all.Day 1 : sunscreen, eye concealer, liner and lipstick only. mild tightness, but really underwhelming. almost like what i'd expect anyway from not wearing moisturizer. Overnight - no products.Day 2 : same as above. no real change. no peeling. not even a sense that I'll peel. my face feels smooth and tight and looks clearer. not even leathery and mask-like as it had in the previous peels. I'm dubious. thinking i'll need to go straight to 18% next but really afraid of how much that might burn.Day 3-4: The leathery skin started. It seems more evenly leathery and tight, so I'm hopeful that I'll get an even peel. some areas are more affected and i think those are areas where i may have done a 3rd swipe with the TCA. Day 3 after a long shower I very gently scrubbed with St. Ives Apricot scrub and that helped the flakies to start. Day 4 I helped it along by taking fine tweezers to peel of rice grain sized skin that was white on the edges all around. couldn't even feel it when i peeled it off, so I figure that shouldn't be a problem. when i have to go out i moisturize with jojoba oil, apply eye makeup with concealer and lipstick. not so bad. I figure i'll tell people that i had an allergic reaction to a product. when i get home, i wash my face to dry it out again.Day 5-6; Crocodile skin esp day 5. My man was concerned and wondered if my skin would ever be normal again. I gently scrub with St. Ives Apricot scrub at the end of a long shower. And whenever I wash my face (using very warm water), I rub firmly, but not vigorously with my towel for an extended period when I dry off my face. I think these things help without damaging my skin. For the first time ever my sunscreen (La Roche Posay Anthelios 60) burns a tiny bit when I put it on. I probably have a few more days of final light peelies and will be done.Overall I think the glycolic acid 30% peels for the prior month really helped the TCA achieve a deeper and more even handed peel (i.e. not as much patchy peeling). I'm just tired of how long this takes and wonder if there is a faster way. But I suspect you have to put in your time to get deeper results. Would I do it again? I think I tend to get amnesia re: the annoying wait; so I'll probably do it again in a couple months. But i will continue the glycolic acid regularly and perhaps increase the %.Bottom line: I definitely got lightened, clearer skin. blemishes with a slight fade. skin firmed up. i feel confident to go out without any foundation or tinted moisturizer. And i used to always at least use the TM. I just need under eye concealer, eyeliner and lipstick and i think I look fresh.
8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
on 4/20/2011 5:31:00 AM
More reviews by sanitaberzina
Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm
Hair: Other, Straight, Medium
First of all, I would recommend 30% Adjustable Kit, as you can choose the strength you need. Start with the lowest for the first time.If you order the kit, all you have to buy is:- Distilled water- Neosporin- pipette/dropper (I use the one that came with Seche Vite thinner lol. I cleaned it of course.)So now it's 7th day of my peel, my skin is very flaky. It's not as terrible that I can't go out of house though, just use moisturiser to mask the flakiness. I can't really see the full effect because I haven't finished peeling but I think it helps. And NO it's not a miracle cure, it's not like one peels will be all you need to have perfect skin. It's not *that* deep (at least at 15%). But slowly I am getting there. Just have to be careful not to overdo it, you have to give some time for the skin to recover and restore itself.I looked decent and presentable on days 1-3 (did the peel in the evening (red face), but when I woke up the redness was gone), then the peeling starts.Also, as for the peel itself, I would suggest not doing large areas at a time, full face is fine (well it stings a bit but you can do it!).I did my back (and it really helps btw) and applied it on a large area and it started to sting so much I thought I was going to pass out, lol. Then I neutralized and decided to never do such a large area at once. Another thing. It might be just me but I find that neutralising with homemade solution (warm water + baking soda) is more painful than with the one that is available form MUAC (comes with the kit). So I save that one for my face.Will update as my face peels completely. Feel free to message me, I will try to help.ETA: My face has peeled but still a bit flaky on the forehead. The improvement is actually very serious and with a few more peels I think all of my red scars might vanish completely. Skin texture is also improved. My next peels will probably be in July, not possible to arrange it earlier. I think the most important thing is to be patient with your skin and not to do these peels too often. Also do whatever you can to avoid any new breakouts and new scarring. I am clear now and intend to stay clear.I also highly recommend 8% BHA from MUAC. Good stuff. Very potent.
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