Combing the Jessner and TCA Peels
Since acid peels have finally become more popular, I decided it’s time to try something new. We’re going to layer our peel, alternating between a 30% Jessner and a 20% TCA Peel. So now that I’ve done my research and come up with a game plan, it’s time. By starting with the first layer of the Jessner peel, the acid penetrates the skin and opens up the first layer. Continuing to alternate between the Jessner and TCA allows for the Tricholophloic acid to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin. You might be thinking, isn’t the rule with TCA Peels the higher the concentration the deeper the acid? Why not just use a higher concentration of TCA Acid? That’s honestly a really good question. The only problem with a high concentration of TCA Peels is the risk. By using the Jessner peel to partially remove the epidermal layer, the TCA peel goes just as deep but without the risk of scarring or damaging the skin.
Now that you know a little bit about the reasoning, let’s talk about the process. After prepping my skin, I begin layering the acid. Like you probably, acid peels are pretty painful. After successfully completing the alternating layer, I then utilize my neutralizing solution. When the TCA Acid is applied to the skin, it breaks down certain proteins. This is what leads to the peel of the damaged outer layer. However, in order to self-neutralize the TCA will continue until it has coagulated enough proteins. If you’re not looking for a deep peel, or just need relief from the pain, you can utilize baking soda as a natural neutralizer. A few days after completing the peel, the skin begins to peel. Combining these two peels allowed my skin to be penetrated deeper. The Jessner and TCA helped expose the freshly glowing layer beneath.
Here are the Products I Used
Ibuprofen (To help with the pain)
Baking Soda (To make a neutralizing paste)