Hi Andi! First of all, I'd like to thank you for this tremendously helpful thread, you have a beautiful skin and reading your posts has motivated me to try these peels at home to improve my own skin. I've suffered from acne during teenagehood and now I've got scars on my cheeks and forehead that make me very self-conscious. I'm sorry if my doubts were already answered before, I didn't read every question and answer, but I'd be very thankful if you could describe in a step-by-step manner your prep regimen, how you do the actual peel (for example, it's still not clear to me whether you put another layer on top of the previous one or if you wash it off first prior to applying another layer, and for how long you keep each layer on) and also your post peel care. I appreciate your help very much in advance and look forward to hearing from you
My prep-regimen is the same as my usual skincare regimen: I alternate between Retin-A 0.05% (which I have used for 4+years) and a 10% glycolic acid serum. Both Retin-A and glycolic acid work well as a prep-regimen, so I don´t do anything differently. But, I stop using both products a few days before the peel.
Peel: a TCA-peel is self-neutralizing, so you don´t need to wash your face between layers. I wash my face with a mild foaming facewash when the last layer has been on my skin for 5min or shorter if I feel like the burn is too bad. Typically, I keep each layer on for 5min.
Post-peel care: Neosporin or Bacitracin twice daily, and I only splash my face with cool water the first 2 days, then I use a mild facewash. Injured skin heals best when kept moist, and Neosporin provides a nice occlusive layer as well as antibacterial action. If I leave the house, I of course apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen, usually SPF50.