There are a lot of really strange and aggressive things that I have done for the sake of beauty. A few years ago before I started SITG, I was getting those crazy chemical peels on my face and I’d have to show up to work and explain to everyone that the burns on my face were by choice. It was very much like that episode of Sex in the City when Samantha gets the chemical peel right before Carry’s book launch? That was me – my face was legit falling off. I’ve also gotten fish pedicures, a painful acupuncture facial and a host of other non-invasive treatments like lasers, oxygen, led lights, burns, microdermabrasion, microcurrent facials and peels.
Well girls, I’m at it again. Since my wedding is coming up, I decided to get an “acid wash” using TCA on my hands at Dangene’s Institute of Skinovation. I have had incredible results with acid in the past (I really took care of my chest and arms getting ready for my big day) but my hands were an afterthought. There is so much focus on the hands with the whole ring exchange, and pictures, blah blah blah, so I decided that this would be a good idea.
About two weeks ago, I went for it. The actual procedure didn’t hurt at all. The TCA was applied with a cotton swab, and after a few second it’s wiped away with a wet cloth. For the first few days after, my hands just look like old and dry. And then by day four or five the peeling happens. It’s actually quite gross how much you peel. By day 14 it was all worth it. My hands were looking even, clear and bright. The fine little lines and spots has faded away. I would say my hands look at least five years younger. It’s seriously the most gratifying treatment. Considering it for yourself? Here’s what you need to know:
HOW IT WORKS
Dangene’s Acid Wash is composed of Trichloroacetic acid, or TCA. It works by causing temporary trauma to the epidermis. The skin will have the appearance of a topical burn, and recovery time will vary depending on the treatment location. Expect anywhere from one to four weeks, with results visible in one to three weeks. You’ll notice visible changes after one treatment, but sometimes a few more treatments are needed.
With TCA, skin looks flawless, smoother, and refreshed. The treatment builds collagen and elastin to support the skin from the inside. Peels are customized for your needs, and TCA can address sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and the overall tone and texture of the skin.
TCA removes signs of sun damage, such as brown spots. It lessens fine lines and wrinkles and can even remove pre-cancerous cells, making it a preventative treatment too.
- WHO: The treatment can only be performed on skin color types 1-3, meaning light Caucasian skin to dark Caucasian skin. It CANNOT be used on darker skin (African-American, Latino, Asian skin, etc.).
- WHERE: TCA can be applied to the face, eye area, neck, chest, arms, hands, back, stomach, legs, and feet. In other words, it can be applied wherever you want to create the smooth, clear skin you dream of!
- WHY: TCA is used to remove skin flaws. This includes sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, and acne scars. It may also be used to dramatically improve overall skin tone and texture.
- WHEN: TCA can be used at any time of the year, but during winter, spring, and fall is best, as these are seasons when you are more likely to be fully covered and protected from the sun. Schedule TCA when you have plenty of downtime and no imminent plans for a tropical vacation, as no sun exposure is allowed! Also avoid planning TCA too close to major events, such as weddings or other high-visibility occasions.
Stella Tennant by Arthur Elgort for Vogue.