Question: How do you make a neutralizing solution for TCA peels?


TCA peels usually self-neutralize in around 5 minutes. However, sometimes you want to neutralize the peel earlier with a neutralizing solution, especially if there is frosting.

To make the neutralizing solution, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda (make sure your baking soda is fresh - if it bubbles or foams when mixed with vinegar, then it's good) with 1 1/2 cups of water.

You can neutralize the peel by splashing the affected skin area with the neutralizing solution or gently wiping the area with a soft washcloth soaked in the neutralizing solution.

Beware, the neutralizing solution may actually sting more than the chemical peel itself!

Last updated: September 27, 2012

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