Let me tell you something. I like peels. I love the idea of putting acid on my face and having layers of old, dead skin peel off to reveal youthful glowy skin underneath. How fun is that? I have normal skin that is not sensitive and can in summer be a little more oily in the T-Zone. So, I like to go full force with as much product as I can and peel away!
Currently I use a number of different things. I did find this site called Makeup Artist's Choice that has cosmetics and skincare. Now I will tell you this. I am an esthetician and I am able to purchase their products without proof of a license and they have some products (like the Jessner's peel and TCA peel) that should only be used by a professional. So, either these products are not professional strength or they are skirting the law. Hmmm...
In my last order I bought the 40% Lactic Acid (1 oz. $33.75). I feel I can use this kind of product fairly easily so it isn't an issue for me. I cleansed my face with my wonderful Clarisonic (another topic for a blog), dried, used the Prep Solution, and waited for it to be very dry and not damp. I then applied the peel with a cotton swab to my entire face. I really want to work on my T-Zone, since it is oilier, so I applied twice there. Then I, and this is kicker, left it on. I did not wash it off or neutralize it. On my skin I did feel some tingling but no redness. I waited 10 minutes and then applied their Argan Oil (1 oz. $10.00), which could act as a neutralizer, as it would just stop the peel from oxidizing. The next day I had some peeling on my forehead but that is the only place.
For those of you who have little experience with peels, I would not do what I just did. Caveat emptor. Instead I would definitely neutralize with water or a baking soda and water solution (Baking soda is alkaline and will neutralize the acid better than water). Another option is to start with peel pads, such as the Philosophy Microdelivery pads I mentioned in another post. DO NOT under any circumstances purchase the TCA or Jessner's peels unless you have someone who knows what they are doing. My best guess though is that these peels are somewhat less effective in general than most peels on the market. I like the one I bought and will continue to use it until it is gone, but I have adapted it to my needs. I hope that this has helped or answered a question that someone has had about website's like this. :)