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Old 11-04-2002, 06:42 PM   #1
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Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

anybody know anything about this through personal experience? I have fair skin, but it's thick and greasy on my nose and my Tzone, so whaddaya think? have tried retina micro for about 2 years now, but the blackheads are stubborn as heck. and i've had facials and 2 glycolic acid peels, which seemed to help a bit. what do you think of TCA peels?

 
Old 11-04-2002, 07:47 PM   #2
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

Hi MoxyMillion,
I posted a topic today about TCA Peels too. I'm hoping somebody here will answer me too. I think that the TCA will help with active acne. I'm doing it for scars. I don't think it will be a miracle, but I do believe it will help me. I'm just a little nervous because it is my first big peel to do.

Maybe someone will reply and tell us their experience with it.

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Old 11-04-2002, 08:51 PM   #3
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

Tifanie's Secret: What kind of scarring do you have? i have VERY superficial scarring on some parts of my forehead, that looks like enlarged pores, but when i stretch the skin just a little bit it's all smooth, not like pores which go all the way down, so i'm hoping a TCA peel would smooth that very top layer out. how deep do your scars go, and what kind are they? and please let us know your results!

 
Old 11-04-2002, 11:51 PM   #4
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

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Old 11-05-2002, 06:07 AM   #5
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

TCA is for discoloration and fine wrinkles...I would not suggest this peel for someone who has active acne all over their face. It can actually cause scarring...especially the Obagi blue peel.

 
Old 11-05-2002, 09:23 AM   #6
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

Where did you get that a TCA peel would cause scarring? do you mean like only where you have active acne or what? i've never heard of anybody getting scarred from the obagi peel. Please let me know what your sources are! Thanks!

 
Old 11-05-2002, 09:25 AM   #7
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MoxyMillion:
<B>Tifanie's Secret: What kind of scarring do you have? i have VERY superficial scarring on some parts of my forehead, that looks like enlarged pores, but when i stretch the skin just a little bit it's all smooth, not like pores which go all the way down, so i'm hoping a TCA peel would smooth that very top layer out. how deep do your scars go, and what kind are they? and please let us know your results!</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I would think that the TCA Peel would dry out your blackheads and cause them to come out while you are peeling. I believe the doctor told me it will reduce my pore size too. I have shallow scars also and some big pores. It may take more than one peel for better results. If this peel doesn't help me enough I will do another one. Possibly the Non-Glycolic Peel (Skin Culture) because it is cheaper. I talked to the lady that sells the Non-Glycolic Peel and she said that it isn't as strong as a TCA Peel. Although if I can afford it I will do another TCA peel in January instead of a Skin Culture. I'm hoping just one TCA Peel will be enough.

I will call my doctors office in the next hour and see what they say about blackheads and reducing our pore size to let you know for sure. When I find out I will let you know Moxy.

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Old 11-05-2002, 09:27 AM   #8
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

sunshin919,

Yes, I would like to know too.

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Old 11-05-2002, 10:12 AM   #9
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

Hi Moxymillion,

I called my doctors office. He is out of town until Thursday. I was able to talk to his nurse. She said that the blackheads would probably come up to the surface more with the peel. She suggested that you get them out or have a facial before your peel. You don't have to remove them before your peel, unless you want them gone before the peel. I wouldn't do it the day before your peel, like maybe a week or so before your peel.

I also asked about reducing the pore size. She said they can't guarantee it, they don't know how each individuals skin will react. She said there is a 50/50 chance that the pores will be reduced.

I also asked about active acne and if it would scar. She said she has never heard of that, although she said that I might want to ask the doctor when he gets back in town to make sure. She said that she can't remember off hand if she recalls the doctor doing a TCA peel on someone with active acne. So she suggested I check with the doctor. I will call back Thursday and find out for sure. I don't have active acne. I would not think Blackheads are the same as having a big zit on your face.

Anyway she said they do TCA Peels all the time and no one has ever gotten scared from them. She said that if someone was going to do a TCA peel that didn't have experience or training maybe then it would scar you. Like if they left it on for an hour or something. She said that the peel frosts (turns white) when it is ready to neutralize.

I am scheduled to have one done. I'm sooo nervous. I told the nurse how nervous I was and she said everything will be fine. I will post daily after I have the peel so people that are interested can decide if they want one or not. I wish I wasn't sooooo nervous!!

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Old 11-05-2002, 11:03 AM   #10
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

If a person has active acne and you peel layers off the skin, it will not do anything to help the acne, it will actually only make it more apparent and could possible scar on the spots where you have active pimples. I see a medical aesthetician at a plastic surgeon's office and she would never use an obagi blue peel or TCA peel on me until my acne is gone. If you don't have active acne, don't worry about what I said. I have heard of peels leaving discoloration if you don't heal properly but it is probably rare. A Micropeel Plus or Beta peel would be better for someone who has acne.

 
Old 11-05-2002, 11:32 AM   #11
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by sunshin919:
<B> I have heard of peels leaving discoloration if you don't heal properly but it is probably rare. </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hi sunshin919,

About the discoloration from not healing properly. Is that when you have active acne? Or did you hear that happening to someone that didn't have active acne?

 
Old 11-05-2002, 01:57 PM   #12
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

The discoloration can happen to anyone. I have heard of peels leaving discoloration afterwards on people who do not have active acne, but I do not know the specifics of the doctor who performed it or the person's skin color and exact condition. I do not know anyone personally who has had problems with these peels. My point was that the wrong peels can definitely leave discoloration on people with active acne...but a good trained doctor would know this and not perform the procedure. If you don't have active acne, like I said before, I would not worry about it.

Maybe it is just that some people expect miracles from peels and it just doesn't happen that way. I wouldn't worry about it if you know you are going to an excellent doctor and have seen people who have gone through the procedures, from your doctor's office.

 
Old 11-05-2002, 02:14 PM   #13
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

sunshin919,

OK, Thanks for letting us know. I am going to have one the middle of next week. I am nervous, but I'm doing it. They act like everything will be fine and not to worry, but I guess I'm a worry wart. Heck, I can't stand to get a shot or have my blood taken. Thank goodness they won't have to do that when I get the peel done!

MoxyMillion,
Have you decided whether to have a TCA Peel?

 
Old 11-05-2002, 02:44 PM   #14
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

Tifanie's Secret - thanks so much for your information, it's invaluable! i'm pretty sure i'm gonna get a TCA peel done, it's just a matter of when. am in college right now, so i think i'll either do it during winter or spring break when i can hide from the world for a week. i just want to get active agains very minor scarring and some blackheads that really bother me - you know, it's not that they're at all pronounced or even a noticable skin condition, it's just that when i look in the mirror closely (as i do often) i am reminded of a painful time in my life when i had some acne, so i'd like to see if i can erase these very shallow scars. i know i'll just continue thinking about getting a peel until i actually do one, so am researching derms in my area now. i think i've found a good one. will call the american plastic surgeon board or whatever it is in order to see if he's reputable and licensed and all that jazz... anyways, i am anxious to hear how your results will be! when the peeling is done, i hear you'll be red for a bit. an EXCELLENT foundation to use is Dermablend, you can buy it in malls, i think usually next to the Dior makeup section. it goes on like foundation but covers all redness like you wouldn't believe. i use it to dab on red zits when i get them, and it covers amazingly. so when you have to go out into public again once the peeling is over, if you don't already have a good coverup, i recommend looking into Dermablend. Best of luck to you! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">

 
Old 11-05-2002, 05:02 PM   #15
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Re: Should I get a TCA peel to get rid of blackheads and large pores on my nose?

MoxyMillion,

Thanks for the tip on the Dermablend. I will probably get me some this weekend.

I'm hoping I will have flawless skin after my peel and never have to wear makeup again!! I'm sure I may need to cover my redness for a while though, so the Dermablend will come in handy, thanks again.

Oh Yeah, I did a search on this board for TCA Peel. I read some really good post. Especially the ones from JamieMatrix (SP), and KC Lee. If you haven't already do a search here at Healthboards on TCA Peels, they are very interesting!!

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