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How to apply a tca peel

Seeking beauty treatments is a seemingly endless pursuit, and thanks to trichloroacetic acid peels, it is becoming easier. Flocking to plastic surgeons and dermatologists for this rejuvenating chemical peel, people want to reduce fine wrinkles, blemishes and superficial pigmentation and bring an improved appearance of healthier, smoother and younger skin 1. Knowing how to care for your skin after a medium-depth TCA peel can make all the difference in achieving favorable results.

Ask a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours. Prepping you with sedation or providing pain medication after the TCA peel means that you are not safe to drive yourself home. Have him bring you food, ice packs, check on you through the night or call your doctor if problems arise. Consider a private duty nurse as an alternative.

How to Treat a Scar From a TCA Peel

Elevate your head with pillows or a backrest. Keeping your head elevated for two to three days after the peel will reduce recovery time and help reduce swelling. Ignoring this could prolong healing and/or cause asymmetries of the face.

Reduce swelling by using an ice pack for 24 to 48 hours. Put crushed ice into a plastic bag, seal it carefully, wrap in small towel and apply to treated skin. Alternatives could be frozen peas or corn. These bagged vegetables are reusable, do not leak and conform in shape. Taking anti-inflammatories — such as aspirin or ibuprofen — for 24 to 48 hours will also reduce swelling, but check with your doctor before taking one of these medications.

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Soak treated area with 0.25 percent acetic acid. Wash hands. Mix 1 tablespoon white vinegar with 1 pint warm water. Dip gauze or clean cotton washcloth in solution and wring out excess. Apply this compress four times each day.

Keep skin moist. Use an emollient — oils, lotions, ointments — as directed by your physician. Moistening skin consistently will promote healing and ease discomfort. Poor results and scarring can occur if skin is allowed to dry out or crack. Flaking will also be reduced.

Avoid touching skin. Itching, rubbing and picking scabs could increase the risk of infection and scarring as well as decrease even-colored skin tone. Do not pop open any blisters that form.

Apply sunscreen with an SPF rating of 15 to 40 every day. Exposing this new, tender skin to ultraviolet light can be dangerous. Use extreme caution when outdoors for the first year after the peel. It is wise to apply sunscreen under makeup, even when you plan to be indoors most of the day.

TCA peels are considered cosmetic and therefore seldom covered by insurance. Check with your insurance company before scheduling treatment.

Increase your water intake. Ten to 12 glasses per day are recommended.

Wear a hat outdoors for increased protection from the sun.

All chemical peels carry some risk and are not guaranteed. Do your homework.

Warnings

Do-it-yourself TCA peels are now available to consumers. Exercise great caution when purchasing or using. Concentrations can fluctuate and be dangerous or ineffective. Check the manufacturing company with the Better Business Bureau and consult your health care provider.

Do not smoke until healing is complete. Side effects can include infection and scarring.

Check with physician before showering or washing hair.

Consult with physician before taking any vitamins or herbal supplements. Not all are harmless.

Resume exercising only at the recommendation of your health care provider.

How to apply a tca peel

Hi, hello, and welcome to my Ted Talk on TCA peels, one my personal favorite (and like, every, dermatologist’s favorite) option for an in-office chemical peel. The first time I had a TCA peel—aka a trichloroacetic acid peel—I was beyond impressed with the results: My skin was smoother and softer, my pores looked smaller, and my post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from old breakouts was less noticeable too. All good things!

The only “downside”? TCA peels are super powerful (and can have negative side effects, like scarring and inflammation, if they’re not done properly and by a licensed medical professional), so it’s important to go into the whole thing prepared. So, pls, keep reading for everything you need to know about TCA peels, including how they work, what they’re good for, and what to expect before, during, and after your treatment.

What do TCA peels do?

TCA stands for trichloroacetic acid, a peeling agent that has been used safely in skin treatments for over 50 years, says dermatologist Cynthia Price, MD. TCA peels are exceptionally good at minimizing the appearance of pores and uneven texture, reducing hyperpigmentation, and stimulating new collagen production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, adds Dr. Price. Overall, they’re great for improving skin tone and texture and giving skin a radiant glow. And depending on your skin type and the specific results you want, your doctor may also combine TCA with antioxidants or another peeling agent, like lactic acid, says Dr. Price.

It’s also worth nothing that TCA is an ingredient that should be left in the hands of trained professionals or physicians. “It is not an ingredient that people should use at home,” says Dr. Price. As I mentioned before, TCA is super powerful, and if used or applied incorrectly, it can result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, unwanted brown marks after application, and even burns and intense irritation. Yikes.

What percentage TCA peel should I use?

This depends on a few things, like your skin type, skin tone, skin concerns, but ultimately, your dermatologist will know what percentage is best for you. “TCA can be used in percentages below 10 percent to as high as 50 percent,” says Dr. Price. “These percentages correlate to superficial, medium, and deep peels, which also correspond to downtime”–i.e., how long your face will take to calm down after.

How do I prepare my skin for a TCA peel?

This part is super important: For a few weeks before your peel, stick to gentle, non-irritating skincare. So lay off the exfoliating acids (like salicylic and glycolic acid) or retinoids, and instead stick to the basics: a sulfate-free cleanser, a moisturizer with ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid, and SPF 30. Basically, you want your skin barrier to be strong and healthy. “The condition of your skin pre-peel will affect the penetration and outcomes of your peel,” says Dr. Price. “If the skin is properly prepared, complications are unlikely.”

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How to apply a tca peel

How to apply a tca peel

How to apply a tca peel

How to apply a tca peel

What should I expect during a TCA peel?

How to apply a tca peel

First, the dermatologist, physician’s assistant, or nurse performing your peel will remove any makeup that you’re wearing, clean your skin, and then de-grease your face with acetone. It smells awful, I’ll be honest, but it’s necessary for making sure the peel can effectively penetrate your skin.

Next, the actual peel is applied to your face, either with a gauze pad or cotton applicator, in multiple passes or layers (more layers = more intensity). Your doctor will know how many layers to apply based on your skin type and desired result. As the peel itself is being applied, you’ll start to feel a hot, tingly sensation, but don’t worry—most derms will give you a fan to hold up to your face during the treatment to minimize any discomfort. Once the peel is complete, your derm may also apply a cooling mask or treatment to your skin. The whole thing is pretty quick—about 10 minutes from start to finish.

How long does it take for a TCA peel to heal?

This really depends on the intensity of your peel. If you do a mild TCA peel, or a peel with a blend of TCA and other ingredients, you may experience minimal downtime (like mild redness and flaking) and just need to stay out of the sun for 48 hours and be super-diligent about using sunscreen, says Dr. Price.

But for the stronger TCA and blended peels? “There can be a week- to two-week-long period where your skin may turn dark, peel, and require extra care while the new, fresh skin cells rise to the surface.” For best results, be sure to follow your doctor’s specific aftercare instructions and use any specific products they recommend at home too. After my TCA peel (I did one at Allure Plastic Surgery Center in NJ called the PCA Skin Sensi Peel, which combines TCA and lactic acid, and basically made my pores disappear) my provider sent me home with a little kit full of post-procedure products and detailed notes on when/how to use them, which was super helpful during the healing process.

How much does a TCA peel cost?

The price depends on where you live and where you get the peel done (it’s not covered by insurance), but on average, TCA peels can cost anywhere from $400-$800 per peel, and usually require multiple peels spaced a few months apart for best results.

Is a TCA peel worth it?

Despite the price, yes, I think TCA peels are ultimately worth it for the right candidate (which will be determined by your derm). IMO, a TCA peel is great for anyone who already has a good, consistent skin routine and is looking to give their skin an extra boost, or anyone with stubborn lines or dark spots that aren’t responding to at-home treatments. Just remember to get your TCA peel done by a professional (no shady Groupon deals, okay?) who has experience treating patients with chemical peels, and you should be golden.

Lets talk TCA peel. First question I get asked, “Does it hurt”? Hmm, well its a chemical, your skin, and they are going to touch each other…yes, yes it does. Now, depending on the percentage you use, it may not be so bad. However, there are higher concentrates of the chemical peels that doctors will actually put you to sleep to be able to administer. Ok, we aren’t going that far!! This is the results of my 25% TCA peel. At 25%, it is considered about a medium peel. Unlike a glycolic peel (aka the lunchtime peel), there is recovery time involved. If you work, consider taking about a week off. It can take anywhere from a week to two weeks to heal. This is not my first TCA peel, so I already know about how long mine takes to heal. Healing time depends on multiple factors, (i.e. your current health, % TCA used, proper healing care, etc.). I don’t want to spend so much time getting into the dynamics of the peel, this is more for picture purposes to show how my own skin healed. However, if you have any questions on TCA or other peels, please feel free to ask.

Lets get on to it….no, wait…its extremely hard for me to get in front of a camera with no makeup, please be gentle with me…ok, lets start…

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See? I cant make eye contact 🙂

How to apply a tca peel

Ok, so this is after the first pass (first layer)…you can see me getting red.

How to apply a tca peel

The first pass has neutralized on its own after just a few minutes and I’m ready for the second pass. Here you can see that I have “frosted”, which is the white, well, frost look on my face. Yes, at this point my face feels on fire. (Silently praying for it to neutralize)

How to apply a tca peel

Phew! Self neutralized! Now wait….

How to apply a tca peel

For the first 24 hours, the skin doesn’t “hurt”. The only way I feel anything is if I touch my face, which then feels like a sunburn. I lather my face in the healing cream that came with my peel. You can also use Vaseline or Aquaphor. Moving on…

Day 2: My face no longer feels “sunburned” to the touch. Just a tight feeling and obvious brown spots (dead skin)…

How to apply a tca peel

Day 3 (front, side, and up close): No pain. Feeling like I have a layer of dried glue on my face. Oh, looking like I lost a fight…

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How to apply a tca peel

See how the skin wrinkles like I have dry glue on my face?

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Day 4: Starting to barely peel. I can feel the air getting under the dead skin that is getting ready to shed. Nothing like having your skin flap in the wind….

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Day 5: More peeling. OK, so you can see the more “pink” areas on my face. This is where I have peeled. The new soft skin is there and now within the next couple days the melanin (pigment) in my skin will return. Mostly, my chin has peeled. Around my eyes I’m still looking like I’m 90. Yup, feeling sexy…(secretly wanting to vomit on the inside)

How to apply a tca peel

How to apply a tca peel

Day 6 (front, right and left side): More peeling. Mostly just waiting for around my eyes and forehead to peel now…

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How to apply a tca peel

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DAY 7: Done peeling (for the most part).

How to apply a tca peel

Good thing too! That evening we were invited over to a friends for a BBQ…hello makeup!

DAY 8: Good to go!

How to apply a tca peel

How to apply a tca peel

How to apply a tca peel

How to apply a tca peel

Overall, my skin has improved. My skin tone is much more even, which is what I was really going for. After taking my makeup off this night, I asked my spouse if my skin looked better. Her reply, “I cant tell until you take your foundation off”. SWEET! Score!! Even I thought after I took my makeup off that it still looked like I had makeup on! My complexion is much more shhmmooth! Although the healing process is a bit of a pain, the results every time I peel are definitely worth the end result.

If you are doing a TCA peel for the first time, I recommend starting at a very low percent, somewhere in the 8-12% range. See how your skin reacts, and then work your way up. Also, a second pass (or layer), is not always necessary. The depth you want your peel is an individual preference. If you are wanting just a light peel, or something that doesn’t require recovery time, I would recommend a glycolic peel. I consider it to be more like a really deep exfoliator. Glycol peels can be used as often as once a week. However, if you are going for the TCA, you want to wait AT LEAST 30 days before your second peel to give your skin proper time to heal and prepare itself to “shed” again. For many people, one or two TCA peels a year are usually enough.

Remember, no matter what you decide to do, the most important thing after healing and always, is to protect your skin. Use a good sunblock daily before applying your makeup or primer. THIS IS KEY. My personal recommendations (in different price ranges) are: Clinique, Neutrogena, and Oil of Olay.

I hope you enjoyed this picture tutorial on the process and recovery of a TCA peel.

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Until next time…..

WARNING: TCA peels can be dangerous. I do not recommend doing a TCA peel on yourself without researching it extensively! I am an not a doctor, and cannot be held liable for any outcome of a TCA peel. Proceed with caution.

Chemical peels are well known as remedies of various skin ailments. If you are like me, struggling with several skin issues on every next day, you must be aware of chemical peels by now. In chemical peels, an acid is used to remove scars and marks on the skin. It must be mentioned here that I have largely benefitted from TCA chemical peels and find it really effective with faster and long lasting result. TCA stands for Trichloroacetic acid which is used to remove fine lines, acne scars, pigmentation marks and wrinkles from skin. It helps the skin to get back its lost glow and makes you look 10 years younger. When I was going through the chemical peel treatment process, I get to know about several ways of TCA peels application. If you want to know how to apply TCA chemical peels, you would rather stay with me in my post.

Well, before I tell you how to apply these peels, I would like to share with you where to go for this treatment. For TCA peel treatment, you can visit a cosmetic surgeon. You can search on the net and fix an appointment with the surgeon for the treatment at his or her clinic.

Other than the cosmetic surgeons, there are renowned and experienced beauticians who can help you in this treatment. You can go to your parlor or spa to opt for TCA chemical peels treatment on several of your body parts.
However, if you prefer some more privacy you apply these peels at your home. Yes, you have read correctly, “at your home”. In order to enjoy the benefits of this treatment at home you need to buy the at-home TCA peel kits. In such case you must be well aware about the proper use of the TCA peel.
However, whether you visit a salon or your home for the treatment, the method of application of the TCA chemical peels remains same. You need to clean your face and neck or the spotted area well. Remove all kind of make up from your skin and let it be dirt free. Now, use an astringent lotion in order to purify the top layer of your skin. Now apply the TCA peel with the help of a brush on the affected area. Leave your skin in this condition for 5 minutes and let the TCA do its work. After 5 minutes use a napkin to remove the extra acid and wash your skin with warm water.
Normally, the entire process takes 15 minutes. Two or three sessions are recommended by the doctors or beauticians to get perfect result.
I hope my tips on the process of application of TCA peels on your skin, will be of good help.

A trichloroacetic acid peel will remove the outer layers of skin to force new skin to grow 1. This cosmetic procedure may reduce fine lines, scarring and age spots for some individuals. According to the CNN Health website, a chemical peel may also remove actinic keratosis spots, a pre-cancerous skin condition caused by exposure to UV rays from the sun. Retailer Yavonae Skin Care reports the stronger the solution the deeper the peel 1. Diluting the formula of the chemical peel will help reduce some side effects, such as burning, and is necessary if you purchase a full-strength compound.

Mix the full-strength solution with an equal part of purified water to create a 50 percent dilution. For example, if you pour 1 teaspoon of the acid product, add 1 teaspoon of water to dilute it by half. Stir the mix carefully with a cotton swab.

How to Dilute 70% Glycolic Acid

Dilute the 50 percent solution in half again to create a 25 percent TCA peel. Pour 1 teaspoon of the 50 percent dilution into a new container. Add 1 teaspoon of purified water to the already diluted chemical. This creates a 25 percent TCA peel.

Wash a small area on your forearm with mild soap and water. Pat the spot dry with a clean towel and then wipe the clean area with an alcohol pad.

How to Heal Burned Skin From Glycolic Acid

Put on protective gloves and dip a cotton ball or pad into the 25 percent solution. Dab the peel onto the clean area of your skin to perform a patch test. Rinse the test area with cool water after four minutes unless the burning is intense. The patch test will help you determine if the further dilution is necessary. Lay a cotton pad with cool water over the site as a compress after rinsing. Apply a thin layer of antibacterial ointment on the test spot.

Monitor the test spot for 24 hours. The area should be pink or brown, and the skin should blister and peel. If the burning is too intense at 25 percent, further dilute the solution before applying the peel. To create a 12.5 percent chemical solution, take the 25 percent mixture and dilute it with equal parts water. If you have 1 teaspoon of 25 percent solution, mix in 1 tsp. of purified water to make a 12.5 percent dilution.

Yavonae Skin Care reports that a 25 percent dilution will work well for most individuals. The test spot will let you know if the 25 percent compound is too strong from your skin type. Excessive burning or peeling indicates further dilution may be necessary. Always perform a patch test before applying a TCA peel to determine the proper strength for your skin. Apply sun block to any areas affected by a TCA peel. New skin will be sensitive to sun.

Warnings

Applying a peel that is too strong may lead to scarring. If you have any medical condition, are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using a TCA peel. Do not apply a TCA peel to any skin treated with isotretinoin. Do not use isotretinoin on skin after a peel for six months to reduce risk of scarring.

How to apply a tca peel

There are different types of chemical peels. Today’s blog is about how to apply a Trichloracetic acid (TCA) peel and how they are applied to the skin. A Chemical peel can act on superficial, medium, and deep levels of the skin. You can modify the strength of a chemical peel with each layer of application. This is influenced by the type of gauze you are using and the amount of pressure that is applied.

The first step is to complete a chemical peel patch test. This ensures the skin is responsive to the chemical peel and there are no allergic reactions. This can last from a few minutes up to one week depending on how sensitive your skin is. This is a good practice for all new hygienic products you introduce into your regimen.

The next step is to clean the skin in preparation for applying the chemical peel. Cleaning the skin will remove any of the skin’s natural oils, and any dirt and debris. This allows the chemical peel to penetrate to the appropriate depth. This step is extremely important because a chemical peel can only act after contact with the skin. So if there are extra layers of oil on top of the skin, it will not only inactivate the chemical peel but prevent it from getting to the desired depth of skin layers.

Now that the skin is prepared, we move on to applying the chemical peel solution to the skin. It is possible to make a superficial chemical peel act deeper by using a textured gauze or applying more pressure. In particular, if someone has sensitive skin you can simply apply more pressure than the previous peel or just change the texture of the gauze to make the chemical peel strength stronger.

When the peel is being applied, you must monitor sensations, frosting, and redness of the skin. TCA chemical peels should have mild frosting and mild stinging/heat sensations. There are different types of TCA peels and formulations. Some chemical peels are neutralized while on the skin, some have to be removed with water, and some are left on to be neutralized at home after a few hours. The neutralizing usually takes about one to three minutes for the spicy sensation to fade out. Neutralization is important. Chemical peels do not have to be painful to be effective and in some cases, more symptoms correlate with more tissue damage.

After the chemical peel is neutralized, the skin should be protected with a sunscreen of SPF30. Chemical peels are best during the fall and winter when sunlight isn’t as direct however the sun is out every day. Skin that has been exposed to chemical peels require additional protection so the skin doesn’t burn from the sun or dark spots tan quickly.

The TCA chemical peels are a little bit gentler depending on the strength that you are using. You should not have any redness or raw skin, and you should not have any extreme discomfort. On post peel day 1, there will be a little bit of tightness on the skin, and usually between days three to five, there will be light to moderate peeling. You may experience more peeling the stronger the strength, or the more aggressive the application of the chemical peel. Interested in brightening your skin for the summer chemical peels along with a night regimen can maximize a healthy makeup free glow. If you have any questions you can always call us to schedule your appointment today.

How to apply a tca peel

TCA peels are a widely performed and time-tested method of treatment for acne scars and pigmentation. Do you know they show dramatic results in treating conditions like melasma, superficial acne scars and ageing issues? They are an economical and in some cases, a more effective alternative to lasers. However, the results depend on the guidance and supervision of an experienced dermatologist.

What Is TCA Peel?

TCA or Trichloroacetic Acid is one of the chemical peels commonly used to treat damaged skin. When applied to the skin’s surface, this peeling agent helps facilitate the controlled removal of the upper layer of the skin. The peeling process may continue for a maximum of one week, post the procedure. As soon as the top layer peels off, it reveals new skin with a smoother texture and brighter tone.

Also Read: Know More About Effective Chemical Peel Treatments

Skin Conditions Treated With TCA Peels

A dermatologist will recommend chemical peels mainly when pigmentation issues occur. Sun damaged skin, discoloration from pregnancy, wrinkles, acne, acne scars, and large pores are quite commonly treated via peels.

Ice-pick scars (a type of acne scars), peri-oral (around the mouth) or peri-orbital (around the eye) pigmentation, freckles, cases of melasma, acanthosis nigricans, which is a velvety texture seen on the skin due to obesity, can also be treated effectively through TCA peels. Characteristics of an individual’s skin, like thickness or texture, may influence the effect of the treatment.

Also Read: Chemical Peel Types

Benefits Of Trichloroacetic Acid Peel

TCA peels have many benefits that go beyond improving the texture and tone of the skin. TCA peels help treat the following skin concerns–

  • Reducing brown spots and age spots
  • Decreasing melasma
  • Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Treating sun damaged skin
  • Imparting a healthy glow to the skin
  • Reducing leathery texture

Steps For TCA Peel Application

TCA peels in dermatology come in a range of concentrations between 10% and 50%. The depth of the peel ranges from superficial, medium and deep depending on the percentage of TCA used. Peels with 30% and 50% of TCA are considered highly concentrated. Dermatologists use peels of a lower concentration on the face as they involve a lesser downtime. Peels are not suitable for use on the sensitive skin near the eyes. The higher the strength, the deeper is the penetration of the peel.

TCA Peel Procedure

First, a skin therapist will thoroughly cleanse the skin to remove any traces of dirt, grime and any skincare and makeup products. She will then apply the TCA peel on the affected areas according to the concentration prescribed by the dermatologist. The dermatologist makes this decision before the procedure based on the extent of skin damage and the size of the target area.

On application, you may experience a mild warm sensation. When the solution cools down its action begins. After a stipulated time interval, the therapist will neutralise the peel with the use of cotton pads soaked in water. She will then apply an ointment to help the skin heal faster.

TCA Peel Post Care Instructions

Following the post-procedure instructions, helps ensure faster healing and optimal results. After undergoing the TCA peel, your skin may become more sensitive to the sun for a while. Wear sunscreen every day without fail until the skin heals. If possible, avoid direct sun exposure to achieve the best results. It is also important to avoid picking the skin layers that are peeling off.

Before and After Results For TCA Peel

Immediately after undergoing the TCA peel, the skin may appear dry and “frosty”. The off-colour appearance of the crusts will turn deep red to dark brown over a few days before peeling off over one week. Within a week to ten days after the peeling session, you will notice new, softer and radiant-looking skin beginning to appear.

Complications & Side Effects Of TCA Peel

Adhering strictly to the pre-care and post-care instructions ensures TCA peels deliver optimal results without compromising your skin health. However, different skin types display a variety of reactions. Some side effects may include –

  • Mild, transient redness
  • Mild flaking
  • Dryness
  • Scarring
  • Sun sensitivity

Also Read: Chemical Peel Cost In India

Jump To:

  • Is TCA Peel Safe?
    TCA peels are effective and safe when applied under the supervision of an experienced specialist.
  • How Often Can You Undergo A TCA Peel Treatment?
    TCA peels are safe when used at appropriate intervals. An effective treatment plan schedules a series of 3-4 sessions spaced about four weeks apart.
  • Are TCA Peels Painful?
    TCA peels are not at all painful. At most, one might feel a slight warm sensation during the application, after which the solution cools off.
  • Are TCA Peels Safe For Darker Skin Types?
    Most light chemical peel treatments are safe to use on brown or dark skin types. If you are looking to get a deeper peel, it is best to consult your dermatologist first.
  • Are TCA Peels Safe For Use At Home?
    No. TCA peels require expert supervision and a controlled and hygienic environment for optimal safety and efficacy. Always consult a dermatologist before undergoing the treatment.
  • What Is The Difference Between A TCA Peel And A Glycolic Peel?
    A TCA peel is a medium chemical peel that does not suit all skin types and requires a dermatologist’s prescription, whereas a Glycolic Acid peel is a superficial chemical peel, usually considered safe for most skin types, and does not require a prescription.
  • What Is The Difference Between A TCA Peel And A Jessner Peel?
    Both TCA and Jessner peels are medium chemical peels, but the difference lies in their concentration, strength and ingredients. Jessner peel is a formulation of three peeling agents – salicylic acid, lactic acid and resorcinol in fixed concentrations. A TCA peel, on the other hand, only contains trichloroacetic acid.
  • Does TCA Cross Peel Help Treat Acne Scars?
    A TCA Cross Peel facilitates the chemical reconstruction of deep atrophic scars, including ice pick and superficial boxcar scars. It improves overall facial texture. Your dermatologist may apply a high concentration TCA peel focally into the ice pick scar with either a toothpick or a needle to induce collagen formation and reduce its appearance.

Now, you know all about TCA peels. Consult your dermatologist today to find out if it’s a suitable treatment option for you. Stay tuned for more dermatology-related info and updates!

A TCA, or trichloroacetic acid, is a common ingredient found in both medium and deep chemical peels. Strength and depth of a TCA peel can be customized, adjusting the concentration to improve the appearance of fine lines, age spots, melasma, and acne scars.

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Written By: Erin Storm, PA-C

Published: September 27, 2021

Last updated: February 18, 2022

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What is a TCA peel?

A TCA peel contains the active ingredient trichloroacetic acid and, depending on the concentration, can be performed as medium depth chemical peel or deep chemical peels. TCA penetrates the epidermis (top layer of skin) into the dermis (second layer of the skin) to exfoliate old cells and encourage the body to heal and refresh the area.

Other common medium depth chemical peel ingredients include glycolic acid and salicylic acid. TCA chemical peels create a youthful skin texture and bright complexion. TCA is commonly used to lessen the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, sun damage, skin discoloration, blotchiness, scars, and certain precancerous skin growths.

What cosmetic concerns does a TCA peel treat?

The chemical solution primarily composed of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) “peels off” or exfoliates dead and damaged skin cells for a restorative and refreshing treatment.

Who is the ideal candidate for a TCA peel?

The ideal candidate for a TCA peel has fine surface wrinkles, abnormal skin pigmentation, or other more superficial blemishes. A TCA peel is not recommended for those with darker skin tones due to the risk of hypopigmentation, individuals with active skin infections or skin damage (like sunburns or lesions), and those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What is the average recovery associated with a TCA peel?

There are generally 10 days of acute recovery following a TCA peel. Patients can expect discomfort, redness, irritation, and skin flaking. Skin begins to peel after three days and persists to day 10. Normal activities can be resumed after one week, but sun exposure and exercise should be avoided until skin is fully healed. Diligent skin care and sunscreen will assist healing and lessen possible side effects.

What are the potential side effects of a TCA peel?

Possible side effects following a TCA peel include skin infection, contact dermatitis, irritation/burning, itchiness, pain, prolonged erythema, swelling, and blistering. Delayed side effects may include scar formation, delayed healing, milia (white bumps), changes in skin texture, hyperpigmentation/hypopigmentation, lines of demarcation, loss of cutaneous barrier, and acneiform eruptions.

What can someone expect from the results of a TCA peel?

The results of a TCA peel will develop after three to 10 days as skin sheds and heals. Two or more chemical peels may be needed to achieve the desired results. The results are temporary and will change with natural aging and sun damage. Skin pigment may change and the treated area may lose the ability to tan.

What is the average cost of a TCA peel procedure?

A TCA peel costs anywhere from $300 to $1,000. The actual cost of a TCA peel is dependent upon location, provider, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure. Learn more in our complete guide to the cost of chemical peels.

How to apply a tca peel

TCA peels are exceptionally good at minimizing the appearance of pores and uneven texture, reducing hyperpigmentation, and stimulating new collagen. Many of us are familiar with the phrase beauty is pain. However, in this video, I found a new meaning to the phrase. Using a peeling agent, I attempt to demonstrate how to rid yourself of unwanted features, such as crepiness, freckles, and color differences. As shown in previous videos , acid peels are known for their ability to tighten and clear skin as well as add a more youthful glow.

How to apply a tca peel

Ok, so let’s get into it!

  • 70% Rubbing Alcohol
  • 100% Acetone
  • Colloidal Silver Spray
  • CoQ10
  • 30% TCA AT HOME ADJUSTABLE PEEL
  • Aquaphor
  • Dyson Hair Dryer

After degreasing my skin with a mix of rubbing alcohol and acetone, I began to apply the 30% TCA Peel from Ideal Skin Care Solutions, TCA across my neck and chest. At the time of this video Amazon still carried TCA. However, due to regulations they no longer do. I buy my TCA from Makeup Artists Choice. Code: Kaos20. Due to the difference in thickness between the face and decolletage area, I had to apply 3-4 layers of the peel, drying with my Dyson blow dryer between each application.

How to apply a tca peel

After the frosting began I found the process to be “unimaginably painful” and “like someone lit matches on my chest”. Though it may cause you to wonder, I chose to wait for the acid to frost in order to ensure the predicted peel results. As I explained my reasoning for using this deep peel, the acid begins to take effect. Predictably, as the days progressed the effects of the peel began to increase. However, the soreness and pain only motivated me to continue. To ensure the acid did not crack too early I applied Aquaphor all over and continued with this application for several days.

How to apply a tca peel Frosting is a salt precipitate on the surface of the skin. This is a crystal residue that occurs as certain peel components evaporate, resulting in an ashy white appearance.

On Day 6, the effects of the peel were especially prominent, luckily I was able to use a colloidal silver spray to ease some of the symptoms as well as CoQ10 from amazon which helped build up my epidermis. Over the span of 14 days, I went through the process of the pain of peeling skin along with its healing. For a few weeks before your peel, stick to gentle, non-irritating skincare. So lay off the exfoliating acids (like salicylic and glycolic acid) or retinoids, and instead stick to the basics: a sulfate-free cleanser, a moisturizer with ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid, and SPF! Here are a few of my favorite SPFs . Read All about sunscreens Here.

How to apply a tca peel

Make sure to watch the full video to find out if it was worth it, what I should do differently, and recommendations if you’re interested in trying it yourself! Click HERE to see my before and after!

The XanthRemover is a specialized cosmetic peel and customized to remove your Xanthelasma. The XanthRemover is very easy to apply. Please note that the following does not apply to TCA and we have stopped using it in the XanthRemover. The effects of TCA are generally more difficult to control than the types of peel used in the XanthRemover.

  • How the customized Peel XanthRemover can be applied
  • What are the effects produced by a particularly mild formulation on these benign lesions

The Xanthelasma of this customer was not particularly thick and therefore there is no need for the formulation to contain any TCA. The Xanthelasma underneath the left eye is evident, however, there is also a little formation of fat appeared on the lower part of the lower eyelid.

How to apply a tca peel

In some cases when the best solution for Xanthelasma removal is the use of TCA, it is advisable to add “melding” additives in order to make the formulation as safe as possible. This is because TCA is not very easy to control and it has been partially restricted in certain countries

This is the classic case of Xanthelasma in an individual, aged between 30 and 40 years. As many other cases, in the classic case the Xanthelasma are not correlated to high Cholesterol levels.

How to apply a tca peel

Xanthelasma Before, Angled Picture

How to apply a tca peel

Xanthelasma Before, Angled Picture

How to apply a tca peel

Xanthelasma Before

How to apply a tca peel

Two Xanthelasma on the Left eye

After treating many female customers, we have found a good number of patients who have reported the development of the condition soon after giving birth to their first or second child.

In the picture above, two Xanthelasma are prominent on the client’s left eye. The typical Xanthelasma on the eyelid close to the corner of the eyes and another on the lower eyelid also close to the corner of the eye.

How to apply a tca peel

Applied blob

How to apply a tca peel

Very Small Xanthelasma on the Lower corner of the Right Eye

How to apply

There are 2 main ingredients one is Glycolic acid and the second one is Vitamin A. The client applied a blob on every Xanthelasma as shown in the right side picture. It is important to apply a small blob and leave it on the lesion for a period of time.

Depending on the Xanthelasma, type of formulation and skin type, we instruct the customer to keep the blob for a length of time varying from 10 minutes to complete absorption (1 hour).

The longer the gel is kept on the lesion the stronger the peeling effects. Please note that TCA solutions bought from other sources do require the use of Neutralizers after a certain length of time after the application

How to apply a tca peel

IT IS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT NOT TO STAND UPRIGHT WHEN APPLYING THE BLOB. This is because gravity could have the blob to slip down to places where it should not go. Therefore, we recommend to lie down at all the time while you have your XanthRemover blob on. In some cases, depending on where the xanthelasma are located lying down may not be the best option.

Remember, as a general rule, that gravity has to point towards the xanthelasma so that the blob will be naturally kept in place and not slip elsewhere.

We highly recommend having someone else to apply the XanthRemover blob for you. If you have Xanthelasma on the upper eyelids, it is very important to KEEP YOUR EYES SHUT over the length of the entire application. This is because if you accidentally open your eyelids the blob could spread to other areas where it should not go.

Once again, it is important that you are not alone while you have the small blob on because the other person can supervise the cosmetic treatment and monitor whether the blob is still where it should be (on the Xanthelasma). The other person will, therefore, help you by monitoring the gel and keep a clean cotton cloth at hand and make sure the gel does not slip anywhere else.
In case of the gel escapes, the other person can wipe it off immediately. Also, given that most likely you need to keep your eyes shut during the peeling with the XanthRemover, the other person can help you in case you need anything, like bringing you water or whatever else you need.

Moreover, the other person can reduce the length of the cosmetic peel period and wipe the gel off, at the right time, as stated in the instructions.

TCA is a self-neutralizing peel that when applied interacts with the skin causing the very top layers to separate and lift.

How do you neutralize TCA?

TCA is a monoacid. To neutralize it, you would add one equivalent of a base, such as Tris base. A related method is to use perchloric acid precipitation. After the precipitation, the acid is neutralized by adding one equivalent of potassium carbonate.

How long do you leave TCA peel on?

TCA peels can be applied for up to four layers. Each layer will remain on your skin for five to 15 minutes, or until frosting occurs, before another layer is applied.

Do you have to neutralize TCA?

It is not usually necessary to neutralize TCA peels, but you should keep a solution handy in case your skin reacts badly to the peel. . You are not trying to wipe away the TCA peel, just neutralize the reaction between the trichloroacetic acid and your skin by soaking it with the baking soda solution.

What happens if you dont neutralize a chemical peel?

Pure alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels such as glycolic and lactic acids must be neutralized with water or a weak base such as baking soda. If these acids are not neutralized, they can potentially accumulate in the upper areas of the skin and cause superficial irritation or burns.

How to TCA peel- Tutorial by Dermatologist

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Does water neutralize TCA peel?

Wash your face with water.

After the peel has been on for five minutes, you should wash it off by splashing water onto your face. You can also apply water by dabbing your skin with a wet cloth. This will help to remove the TCA from your skin and will help to neutralize the area.

How many layers of skin does a TCA peel remove?

The acid removes a uniform amount of damaged skin cells across the treatment area. When done appropriately, this allows the skin to heal, with minimal scarring or color changes. Chemical peels can affect two layers of the skin, the epidermis and the dermis.

Is 20 TCA peel strong?

This 20% TCA facial peel is a powerful and effective tool for resurfacing your damaged skin. . With ongoing treatments, you’ll find drastic improvements in skin texture and tone, including reductions in hyperpigmentation and lines from sun exposure.

How often can I do a 25% TCA peel?

Depending on the strength of the TCA, the peel can be done quarterly as a refresher peel. If the treatment is intended to solve significant problems, TCA chemical peels are performed every 4-6 weeks depending on the condition of your skin.

Should I moisturize after a TCA peel?

You will need to increase your use of a moisturizer after the peel as your skin will be temporarily drier. Many doctors ask you to avoid all sun exposure for 2-8 weeks.

Can you see results after 1 peel?

It usually takes several treatment sessions to see the desired outcomes. Most people notice some improvement after their first chemical peel, but with multiple treatments over the span of several months, patients will be astonished by how much better their skin looks.

How do you dilute a 100% TCA peel?

Mix the full-strength solution with an equal part of purified water to create a 50 percent dilution. For example, if you pour 1 teaspoon of the acid product, add 1 teaspoon of water to dilute it by half. Stir the mix carefully with a cotton swab.

Is 15 TCA peel strong?

The 15 percent TCA Peel is also a powerful and effective way to reduce oil and resulting acne or blackheads. . Reduce fine lines and mild scarring, brighten dull skin, remove oil, treat acne and more.

Can TCA tighten skin?

Stimulates collagen and elastin production for firmer, softer, suppler skin. Make skin clearer, smoother, and more even in tone. Improve acne scars and clears pores to prevent acne breakouts.

How do I prepare my skin for a TCA peel?

Begin preparatory treatments several weeks before your TCA treatment. Your skin will be more sun sensitive, so you must implement daily application of sunscreen containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. If pigmentation is a primary concern we may also suggest creams containing tyrosine inhibitors.

Are TCA peels worth it?

TCA peels are exceptionally good at minimizing the appearance of pores and uneven texture, reducing hyperpigmentation, and stimulating new collagen production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, adds Dr. Price. Overall, they’re great for improving skin tone and texture and giving skin a radiant glow.

What is the strongest TCA peel?

TCA is self-neutralizing within minutes after application, and appearance of a white frost indicates the endpoint of the peel. TCA in strengths of 35% or less is used for superficial peeling whereas in strengths of 35–50% it is used for medium-depth peeling.

What do you put on skin after TCA peel?

For strong peels, you may use petroleum jelly for the first few days or as needed on sensitive areas that are peeling. When you start to peel, use a non-comedogenic moisturizer such as AveenoⓇ, VanicreamⓇ, CetaphilⓇ, or CeraVeⓇ, until the skin feels back to normal.

Why does my skin look worse after a chemical peel?

A chemical peel can cause treated skin to become darker than normal (hyperpigmentation) or lighter than normal (hypopigmentation). Hyperpigmentation is more common after superficial peels, while hypopigmentation is more common after a deep peel.

How much does a TCA peel cost?

TCA peels aren’t typically covered by insurance. The average cost of a full-face TCA chemical peel is $693.

Does TCA peel expire?

Once mixed, TCA has a shelf life of at least 2 years.

How can I speed up peeling from a chemical peel?

Keep It Moisturized

The more your skin is moisturized, the faster it’s going to heal. Try applying a thick layer of a gentle, unscented moisturizer all over your face before you got to bed at night. Not only will it help to speed up your recovery but it will also soothe your skin so that it doesn’t feel so irritated.

Can I use hyaluronic acid after chemical peel?

Naturally, moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid are going to be great for after your chemical peel treatments too. NEOCUTIS Hyalis Hydrating Serum contains hyaluronic acid and is a great one to soothe your skin after a chemical peel.

A trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel chemically exfoliates the top layer of skin from the face, revealing healthier, undamaged skin beneath. Although they are typically performed in a clinic by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, you can perform a TCA peel at home at a much lower cost.

On the downside, giving yourself a TCA peel without proper training carries a high risk of injury. As an alternative, other products and procedures are available that can safely and effectively exfoliate your skin.

Benefits of a TCA Peel

A TCA peel addresses many skin concerns, including fine lines, sun damage, age spots, freckles, melasma, hyperpigmentation and acne scars. If you have acne, TCA provides a deep exfoliation to eliminate the dead skin cells and debris that lead to breakouts.

Can You Do a TCA Peel at Home?

Dermatologists and skin care professionals generally advise against performing a TCA peel at home. If you do choose to do one, you face the risk of permanent skin damage.

Do not attempt a TCA peel if the following applies to you, as the risks are intensified under these conditions:

  • Have broken skin or a sunburn
  • Have active cold sores
  • Took Accutane in the past year
  • Recently received chemotherapy or radiation treatment
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

What to Buy

A TCA peel can be bought on its own or in a kit containing all the materials necessary for use at home. TCA peel solutions are available at concentrations ranging from 5–100%. Concentrations above 25% must be diluted to prevent chemically burning your skin.

To perform the face peel, you’ll need the following equipment:

  • Gloves
  • Timer
  • Vaseline
  • Fan brush or gauze
  • Eyedropper
  • Small glass or ceramic container
  • Neutralizing solution (can be homemade: dissolve 2 tsp baking soda in 1 cup water)

TCA peel kit

A TCA peel kit includes all the materials you need to perform an at-home peel. However, kits still usually require TCA dilution. To lower your risk of injury, choose one containing TCA at a concentration of 15% or less, especially if it is your first time.

At-Home TCA Peel Instructions

One week before your peel, start using a skin care product containing an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) such as glycolic acid or lactic acid. AHAs will gently exfoliate your skin for a more even result after your peel. Common formulations of AHAs are facial cleansers, serums, wipes and gels.

Before your peel, it is important to patch-test a small area of skin to determine if the solution is too strong or if you are allergic to it. To perform the patch test:

  1. Clean a small area of skin on your arm with soap and water then wipe down with rubbing alcohol
  2. Dab the TCA solution on with a cotton ball. After 4 minutes, or if the burning becomes intense, rinse with cool water
  3. Apply a topical antibiotic ointment (e.g. Bacitracin) over the area and wait 24 hours

The tested area should turn pink or brown, then blister and peel. If your skin’s reaction is severe, dilute the peel solution before proceeding.

To perform the peel, follow all instructions provided with your product. Dilute the peel solution as directed to reach the desired concentration of TCA.

Prepare for the peel by securing your hair away from your face and washing your face with a mild cleanser. Apply rubbing alcohol or a prep solution, if included in your kit, to remove any remaining surface oils from your skin. Spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly around your eyes, mouth and nose to protect those delicate areas.

Wearing gloves, use gauze or a fan brush to apply the peel solution over your entire face, avoiding the protected areas. The length of the peel depends on the concentration of the peel solution and your skin’s tolerance, but 2–5 minutes is typical.

TCA does not necessarily need to be neutralized. As long as you are using a low concentration, you can simply splash your face with water to cool your skin after 3–5 minutes before moving on to the final step. However, if your kit instructions tell you to use an included neutralizer, be sure to do so.

If you start to see frosting—a normal reaction to a strong peel in which the skin coagulates and turns white—it’s time to immediately neutralize the peel. To do so, apply the neutralizer using gauze or a cloth.

Lastly, wash your face with water and apply a layer of Bacitracin ointment; reapply several times a day for 48 hours.

For at least 2 weeks after your peel, avoid sun exposure and wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 every day. Additionally, do not use skin care products containing AHAs, retinol, salicylic acid, vitamin C or any other exfoliating products to allow your skin to recover.

If your skin flakes or peels, do not pull or rub the loose skin; this may cause permanent scarring.

Risks and Side Effects

Performing a TCA face peel at home carries a risk of accidental skin burns. This risk increases if you use a product containing more than 15% of the chemical. Risks of using more than 35% TCA include infection, scarring and organ damage.

In darker skin tones, TCA can cause skin discoloration whereby the treated area becomes lighter or darker than your natural skin color.

Expected side effects of a TCA peel are redness, swelling and peeling lasting up to 2 weeks. During that time, your skin will be sensitive to light.

Alternatives to At-Home TCA Chemical Peels

The best alternative to an at-home peel is a professional treatment from a clinician or dermatologist. These are safer and generally provide better results than at-home peels. They address the same skin concerns, including:

Some of the most common professional skin care treatments are chemical peels, including TCA peels, glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid peels, and more. Other popular skin care and anti-aging treatments are ablative laser skin resurfacing and microneedling. A professional will be able to advise you as to which procedure would work best for your skin.

Retinol can also address many of the same issues as a TCA peel. Available both as a prescription and over-the-counter skin care product, retinol and other retinoids are usually applied every day for several months to rejuvenate the skin.

Takeaway

TCA peels are an effective means of removing dark spots, acne scars and other blemishes from the face while rejuvenating and brightening the skin.

If you choose to do an at-home TCA peel, avoid the risk of a chemical burn by only using products with 15% or lower TCA. Follow all included instructions and an appropriate post-peel care regimen to prevent complications. Side effects include redness, swelling and peeling that lasts up to 2 weeks.

As an alternative to an at-home peel, consider a professional treatment. A treatment performed by a skin care expert in a safe environment offers significant skin improvements with a far lower risk of damaging your skin. Alternatively, retinol products are a safe at-home alternative to rejuvenate your complexion.

Hi, hello, and welcome to my Ted Talk on TCA peels, one my personal favorite (and like, every, dermatologist's favorite) option for an in-office chemical peel. The first time I had a TCA peel—aka a trichloroacetic acid peel—I was beyond impressed with the results: My skin was smoother and softer, my pores looked smaller, and my post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from old breakouts was less noticeable too. All good things!

The only "downside"? TCA peels are super powerful (and can have negative side effects, like scarring and inflammation, if they're not done properly and by a licensed medical professional), so it's important to go into the whole thing prepared. So, pls, keep reading for everything you need to know about TCA peels, including how they work, what they're good for, and what to expect before, during, and after your treatment.

What do TCA peels do?

TCA stands for trichloroacetic acid, a peeling agent that has been used safely in skin treatments for over 50 years, says dermatologist Cynthia Price, MD. TCA peels are exceptionally good at minimizing the appearance of pores and uneven texture, reducing hyperpigmentation, and stimulating new collagen production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, adds Dr. Price. Overall, they're great for improving skin tone and texture and giving skin a radiant glow. And depending on your skin type and the specific results you want, your doctor may also combine TCA with antioxidants or another peeling agent, like lactic acid, says Dr. Price.

It's also worth nothing that TCA is an ingredient that should be left in the hands of trained professionals or physicians. "It is not an ingredient that people should use at home," says Dr. Price. As I mentioned before, TCA is super powerful, and if used or applied incorrectly, it can result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, unwanted brown marks after application, and even burns and intense irritation. Yikes.

What percentage TCA peel should I use?

This depends on a few things, like your skin type, skin tone, skin concerns, but ultimately, your dermatologist will know what percentage is best for you. "TCA can be used in percentages below 10 percent to as high as 50 percent," says Dr. Price. "These percentages correlate to superficial, medium, and deep peels, which also correspond to downtime"–i.e., how long your face will take to calm down after.

How do I prepare my skin for a TCA peel?

This part is super important: For a few weeks before your peel, stick to gentle, non-irritating skincare. So lay off the exfoliating acids (like salicylic and glycolic acid) or retinoids, and instead stick to the basics: a sulfate-free cleanser, a moisturizer with ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid, and SPF 30. Basically, you want your skin barrier to be strong and healthy. "The condition of your skin pre-peel will affect the penetration and outcomes of your peel," says Dr. Price. "If the skin is properly prepared, complications are unlikely."

What should I expect during a TCA peel?

First, the dermatologist, physician's assistant, or nurse performing your peel will remove any makeup that you're wearing, clean your skin, and then de-grease your face with acetone. It smells awful, I'll be honest, but it's necessary for making sure the peel can effectively penetrate your skin.

Next, the actual peel is applied to your face, either with a gauze pad or cotton applicator, in multiple passes or layers (more layers = more intensity). Your doctor will know how many layers to apply based on your skin type and desired result. As the peel itself is being applied, you'll start to feel a hot, tingly sensation, but don't worry—most derms will give you a fan to hold up to your face during the treatment to minimize any discomfort. Once the peel is complete, your derm may also apply a cooling mask or treatment to your skin. The whole thing is pretty quick—about 10 minutes from start to finish.

How long does it take for a TCA peel to heal?

This really depends on the intensity of your peel. If you do a mild TCA peel, or a peel with a blend of TCA and other ingredients, you may experience minimal downtime (like mild redness and flaking) and just need to stay out of the sun for 48 hours and be super-diligent about using sunscreen, says Dr. Price.

But for the stronger TCA and blended peels? "There can be a week- to two-week-long period where your skin may turn dark, peel, and require extra care while the new, fresh skin cells rise to the surface." For best results, be sure to follow your doctor's specific aftercare instructions and use any specific products they recommend at home too. After my TCA peel, my derm sent me home with a little kit full of post-procedure products and detailed notes on when/how to use them, which was super helpful during the healing process.

How much does a TCA peel cost?

The price depends on where you live and where you get the peel done (it's not covered by insurance), but on average, TCA peels can cost anywhere from $400-$800 per peel, and usually require multiple peels spaced a few months apart for best results.

Is a TCA peel worth it?

Despite the price, yes, I think TCA peels are ultimately worth it for the right candidate (which will be determined by your derm). IMO, a TCA peel is great for anyone who already has a good, consistent skin routine and is looking to give their skin an extra boost, or anyone with stubborn lines or dark spots that aren't responding to at-home treatments. Just remember to get your TCA peel done by a professional (no shady Groupon deals, okay?) who has experience treating patients with chemical peels, and you should be golden.

Trichloroacetic Acid, often referred to as TCA, is an effective chemical agent used to exfoliate and renew the skin on a superficial to high level. This is one of the strongest peels available and it is known for delivering exceptional results. TCA is most frequently applied to the face, neck, décolleté and hands. It’s also an excellent spot treatment option and can be used to exclusively peel isolated areas of the skin.

Unlike progressive, light to medium grade peels, such as glycolic, salicylic acid and Jessner’s peels, TCA peels can penetrate deeper into the skin. TCA’s dexterity for treating a wide range of skin conditions makes it the perfect chemical peel for individuals with multiple concerns. This peel is recommended for most skin types, particularly normal to oily skin. Sensitive skin should progress to higher product potency over time. TCA is considered a more aggressive treatment for improving acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone (hyperpigmentation) while increasing collagen and elastin production.

Alternatives

Glycolic Acid Peel, Salicylic Acid Peel, Laser Skin Resurfacing, Micro-Needling, Fraxel Laser, Lunchtime Laser Peel

How Does it Work?

The range of depth achieved from a TCA Peel varies according to concentration potency, application methods and of course skin type. The concentration and number of layers applied during the treatment will have a substantial effect on the TCA Peel’s desired results. As more coats are applied, the peel will penetrate deeper into the skin until the solution finds the proteins of your skin cells to neutralize itself. Typically this peel is associated with 2-3 minutes of stinging, itching or burning sensation. Steppie MD ® Infinity UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+ is then applied. Not only chemical-free, this UVA/UVB daily sun protection provides moisture while protecting your skin from the sun, which is very important after a chemical peel. You will need to follow the post-treatment instructions provided by your paramedical clinical esthetician to assure safety and optimal results.

Who is a Candidate?

Most patients except African American skin types can undergo this procedure, as dark pigmented skin can have discoloration after this procedure.

What Can I expect?

Fresher, glowing appearance to the skin with reduction of sun damage, discoloration and fine lines.

Safety & Side Effects

Note: Ethnic skin types should proceed with caution due to an increased risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Recovery Time

The downtime is moderate and varies according to individual skin traits and selected concentration/application methods.

Does it Hurt?

This procedure is very well tolerated and requires no anesthetic

Before Treatment Instructions

Avoid tanning of your skin for 2 weeks prior to your procedure.

After Treatment Instructions

During the healing process, there is usually little to no pain but the skin looks as if it is sunburned. After a few days, the top layer of your skin will naturally flake or peel away. This could last for 6 days on average but there is a possibility that it may take longer. This process, in essence, reveals a much clearer and smoother skin. If you are not too self conscious about your appearance, you can work during this time frame.

Sunburn Alert: This procedure may temporarily increase your potential for a sunburn for the first week after the procedure. Consider using a strong sunscreen that your provider can recommend for you, which provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

How often should I do a TCA Peel?

Although one peel may yield desired results, TCA chemical peels may need to be repeated. Depending on the strength of the TCA, the peel can be done quarterly as a refresher peel. If the treatment is intended to solve significant problems, TCA chemical peels are performed every 4-6 weeks depending on the condition of your skin.

The PRX-T33 biorevitalization peel is an innovative technique of TCA peel that stimulates the regeneration of the skin without involving exfoliation of the epidermis. It helps to strengthen the radiance and brightness of the skin, correct skin imperfections of the skin and reduce stretch marks.

The biorevitalization peel is indicated for patients who want to obtain the result of a TCA peel without its side effects while benefiting from the plumping effect permitted by mesotherapy.

The principle of the biorevitalization peel PRX-T33

The PRX-T33 peel represents the latest generation TCA peel. It is based on an innovative formula composed of 33% TCA (Trichloroacetic acid, the active ingredient of a peel), 5% Kojic acid and Hydrogen peroxide (H202).

The TCA PRX-T33 peel is developed by the WIQOMed laboratory and distributed in France by the Novelskin laboratory. The effectiveness of this new type of TCA peel has been proven in 10 years of clinical studies. In 2015, more than 100,000 patients were treated.

A peel with no side effect

The presence of hydrogen peroxide (commonly “hydrogen peroxide”) modulates the action of TCA, which prevents desquamation. Despite a higher TCA than traditional peels (around 15-20%), the biorevitalization peel induces almost no side effects.

Who can benefit from a PRX-T33 biorevitalization peeling?

The biorevitalization peel PRX-T33 is indicated for patients wishing to:

  • Strengthen the radiance and brightness of facial skin
  • Treat dilated pores
  • Plumping the skin like a mesotherapy
  • Mitigate recent depressed scars (acne, varicella or impetigo scars, superficial traumatic scars, post-surgical)
  • Revitalize the skin of the neckline
  • Improve the hydration of the skin
  • Reduce stretch marks
  • Improve the aesthetic appearance of the hands

Face Diagnostic Consultation

To help you determine whether a PRX-T33 peel treatment meets your needs and expectations, the firm offers a face diagnostic consultation.

During this face diagnosis, an in-depth assessment of your skin will allow you to develop a tailor-made therapeutic protocol using different treatments of aesthetic medicine.

The biorevitalization peeling session

The first step of the biorevitalization peel is to clean and dry the skin at the treated area (face, neck, décolleté, stomach, hands).

PX-T33 is applied to the skin by massage until the product is completely absorbed. Between 2 and 5 applications are made during the session.

The skin is then washed and rinsed with a soaked pad of water before a moisturizing and nourishing cream is applied.

In the days following the session, the moisturizer that will be prescribed to you should be applied 2 to 3 times a day.

A biorevitalization peel session lasts about 30 minutes.

Result of a biorevitalization peel PRX-T33

The biorevitalization peel PRX-T33 has several advantages over other aesthetic treatments of the skin, especially the classic peels that generally cause significant consequences (redness, desquamation, social eviction).

Advantages:

Its effectiveness in revitalizing and correcting skin imperfections is superior to superficial peels while avoiding desquamation (loss of the superficial layer of the epidermis). Thanks to the action of hydrogen peroxide, the biorevitalization peel does not involve social crowding in the days following treatment.

Compared to traditional peels, the biorevitalization peel reduces the risk of pigmentary rebounds (appearance of brown spots on the treated area). It can be used safely on black, Asian or mixed skin.

A biorevitalization peel is ideal before the summer as it does not involve social exclusion or additional precautions related to the sun.

Like the mesotherapy and carboxytherapy techniques, the biorevitalization peel has a lifting effect and gives the skin back its suppleness and elasticity. Unlike these techniques, it does not induce needles during treatment and therefore no risk of marks on the skin.

How many sessions are needed to obtain an optimal result?

To obtain an optimal result, several biorevitalization peel sessions are often necessary.

The number of sessions varies according to the part of the body treated (face, neckline, scars, stretch marks) and the initial state of the skin, the main aggravating factors being age, sun exposure and smoking. For a rejuvenation of the facial skin, 1 to 5 sessions are recommended, with 7 days between the sessions.

During a consultation, the surgeon will indicate the number of ideal sessions according to your desire and the nature of your tissues.

As part of a global cosmetic, medical and aesthetic approach to the aging of skin, Universkin serums can be prescribed before and / or after a peel, to prepare the skin and optimize the result obtained.

Universkin is a functional dermatology protocol that offer a tailor-made cosmetic prescription, whose active ingredients and their dosage are determined after a complete diagnosis of your skin condition.

The biorevitalization peel can be combined with conventional peels in order to accentuate the stimulation of the skin and thus the effect of the peel.

Contraindications to this type of peel

  • A biorevitalization peel is not indicated for patients whose skin is irritated, prone to seborrheic dermatitis or rash (herpes).
  • In case of irritated skin, a redness will appear quickly and an intense burn will be felt from the first minutes of the treatment, which will then have to be stopped immediately.
  • It is also not recommended for patients allergic to Kojic acid (risk of itching) and latex.
  • Skins with a thick horny layer can not be treated because of the risk of exfoliation too intense.
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding.

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TCA peels are cosmetic treatments that use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) to improve the skin’s appearance. TCA peels work by breaking the bonds that hold the skin layer together which allows for natural exfoliation and the removal of dead skin cells and stimulates new skin cell growth. TCA is used to achieve younger looking skin, and to treat certain skin conditions like melasma and acne scarring. This is according to Healthline.com.

TCA peels are a medium-depth peel that penetrates deeper than glycolic, salicylic, and most of the other acids available over the counter. TCA is an ideal choice for those with scarring, acne, wrinkles, and pigmentation concerns. TCA is a medical-grade acid and until Dermatologist’s Choice Advanced Peel TCA, is mainly applied in a dermatologist office or medical spa. TCA peels can help be the quick and simple solution for minimizing fine lines, sun damage, and acne scars to name a few. Keep in mind that TCA should not be used on those who have severely sensitive skin or those who have never used non-neutralized glycolic acid. TCA is highly effective and can produce exceptional results, similar to visiting the dermatologist, but several days after applying a TCA peel skin may flake, peel, or become dry or red. In a week, once the downtime has concluded, skin is typically looking its best.

This is how to use the TCA Peel.

The TCA Advanced Peel Solution only takes about a minute, is usually painless, and naturally resurfaces the skin for a truly revitalized complexion. It uses medical-grade ingredients to break down your top layer of skin and reveal healthy skin underneath. Dermatologist recommends application of the TCA Advanced Peel Solution once a week or as needed. The TCA Advanced Peel is best for those who have received a chemical peel or used non-neutralized glycolic acid.

Your exact application may differ slightly, but here’s what you can generally expect:

Trichloroacetic Acid, often referred to as TCA, is an effective chemical agent used to exfoliate and renew the skin on a superficial to high level. This is one of the strongest peels available and it is known for delivering exceptional results. TCA is most frequently applied to the face, neck, décolleté and hands. It’s also an excellent spot treatment option and can be used to exclusively peel isolated areas of the skin.

Why choose a TCA Peel, Orlando?

Unlike progressive, light to medium grade peels, such as glycolic, salicylic acid and Jessner’s peels, TCA peels can penetrate deeper into the skin. TCA’s dexterity for treating a wide range of skin conditions makes it the perfect chemical peel for individuals with multiple concerns. This peel is recommended for most skin types, particularly normal to oily skin. Sensitive skin should progress to higher product potency over time. TCA is considered a more aggressive treatment for improving acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone (hyperpigmentation) while increasing collagen and elastin production.

How is this Procedure Conducted?

The range of depth achieved from a TCA Peel varies according to concentration potency, application methods and of course skin type. The concentration and number of layers applied during the treatment will have a substantial effect on the TCA Peel’s desired results. As more coats are applied, the peel will penetrate deeper into the skin until the solution finds the proteins of your skin cells to neutralize itself. Typically this peel is associated with 2-3 minutes of stinging, itching or burning sensation. Steppie MD ® Infinity UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+ is then applied. Not only chemical-free, this UVA/UVB daily sun protection provides moisture while protecting your skin from the sun, which is very important after a chemical peel. You will need to follow the post-treatment instructions provided by your paramedical clinical esthetician to assure safety and optimal results.

After the Peel?

The downtime is moderate and varies according to individual skin traits and selected concentration/application methods. During the healing process, there is usually little to no pain but the skin looks as if it is sunburned. After a few days, the top layer of your skin will naturally flake or peel away. This could last for 5-7 days on average but there is a possibility that it may take longer. This process, in essence, reveals a much clearer and smoother skin. If you are not too self conscious about your appearance, you can work during this time frame.

Sunburn Alert: This product contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. We recommend using STEPPIE MD ® Infinity UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+, which provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays with no chemical sun filters. It contains the FDA-approved physical blocker, Micronized Zinc Oxide to reflect light away from the skin. Apply 30 minutes before exposure and reapply often when exposed to the sun.

Note: Ethnic skin types should proceed with caution due to an increased risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

How often should I do a TCA Peel?

Although one peel may yield desired results, TCA chemical peels may need to be repeated. Depending on the strength of the TCA, the peel can be done quarterly as a refresher peel. If the treatment is intended to solve significant problems, TCA chemical peels are performed every 4-6 weeks depending on the condition of your skin.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided by this site is intended solely for educational purposes. This information is not to be used for medical diagnostic purposes and is not intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any medical/surgical condition. Most of all, this information should not be used in place of a physician or other qualified health provider. If you believe you have a medical condition, please contact your physician immediately.

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How to apply a tca peel

Are you trying to reduce wrinkles, skin discoloration, acne scars and other facial blemishes? discoloration in your skin or eliminate noticeable acne scars? Have you tried various products only to get disappointing results? A trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel may be what you need.

As a skin rejuvenation specialist, Mario Yco, MD , offers comprehensive treatments, including TCA peels, at Yco Facial Plastic Surgery . Dr. Yco specializes in this type of peel to improve the appearance of skin, so it looks and feels younger.

What is a TCA peel?

A TCA peel is a noninvasive treatment that uses trichloroacetic acid to exfoliate dead cells from the skin, so healthy, new skin from beneath can shine through.

TCA peels are available in various strengths to treat a variety of common skin flaws and conditions. Depending on your aesthetic goals, Dr. Yco may recommend a TCA peel to address:

  • Acne and other scars
  • Skin discoloration
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Wrinkles and fine lines

The strength of your peel depends on the condition you’re treating. A light peel can remove the upper surface layer of your skin to treat sun damage and age spots. You may need a stronger peel to remove more layers of your skin to treat moderate or severe wrinkles and deep-set scars.

Who can get a TCA peel?

To determine if you’re a candidate for a TCA peel, Dr. Yco spends time reviewing your medical history, assessing your skin health, and discussing your expectations for treatment.

Ideally, your skin should be clear of infections, and you should be in good overall health to be a candidate for a TCA peel. Treatments are available in a comfortable office environment and require minimal time for recovery.

Many people are able to tolerate the peel process well, and Dr. Yco ensures your safety throughout your procedure. He can also discuss what to expect during and after treatment during your consultation.

What’s involved in a TCA peel?

If you’re considering a TCA peel, here are some general guidelines of what you can expect during and after your procedure:

The procedure

First, Dr. Yco applies the TCA solution to your skin. The acid then penetrates the upper layers of your skin to remove dead skin cells. This then stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

When your peel is complete, we clean your skin and can apply a high-quality moisturizer to nourish your skin.

Most treatments take about 30 minutes, but individual cases can vary. Dr. Yco will discuss what will be needed and the time it should take.

Following your procedure

It’s normal to have some redness and minor swelling for several days after your treatment. Your skin will also be extra sensitive to the sun following your peel, so you’ll need to avoid the sun as much as you can and wear a protective sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors. You’ll also need to apply moisturizers daily to minimize peeling and flaking.

As your skin heals in the weeks after your peel, it should look younger and more vibrant. Your skin should also feel smoother and tighter, minimizing lines and creases.

We can also recommend skin care products you can use to protect your results in the long-term and suggest other aesthetic treatments we offer, such as Botox® injections and lip augmentation , to further enhance your appearance.

To find out if you’re a candidate for a TCA peel, call 760-479-2100 or book an appointment online with YCO Facial Plastic Surgery today.

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Questo articolo è stato co-redatto da Margareth Pierre-Louis, MD. La Dottoressa Margareth Pierre-Louis è una dermatologa e dermatopatologa iscritta all’albo, imprenditrice, fondatrice del centro Twin Cities Dermatology Center a Minneapolis, nel Minnesota, e della linea di prodotti Equation Skin Care. Il Twin Cities Dermatology Center è una clinica dermatologica completa che assiste pazienti di tutte le età nell’ambito di dermatologia clinica, dermatologia cosmetologica e telemedicina. La linea di prodotti di Equation Skin Care è invece stata creata per offrire i migliori prodotti naturali per la cura della pelle basati su prove di efficacia. La Dottoressa Pierre-Louis si è laureata in Biologia e ha conseguito un MBA presso la Duke University. Si è laureata in Medicina alla University of North Carolina di Chapel Hill. Ha fatto un internato in dermatologia alla University of Minnesota e ha ottenuto una borsa di studio in dermatopatologia alla Washington University di St Louis. È iscritta all’albo dell’American Boards of Dermatology and Pathology nelle categorie di dermatologia, chirurgia cutanea e dermatopatologia.

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Il peeling con TCA è un trattamento cutaneo che agisce applicando acido tricloroacetico sulla pelle. Può essere usato per trattare svariati disturbi, fra cui acne, iperpigmentazione, macchie o grana irregolare , rughe o linee di espressione e cicatrici, incluse quelle lasciate dall’acne. Questo trattamento può essere eseguito da un dermatologo, ma è piuttosto costoso. Per risparmiare, è possibile applicare un peeling con TCA in casa, ma è necessario preparare la cute alla stesura del prodotto, applicarlo, rimuoverlo e seguire istruzioni mirate per prendersi cura della pelle in seguito alla procedura.

If you would like to improve the overall smoothness of your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, a TCA peel may be right for you. TCA stands for trichloroacetic acid and is considered to be what is called a medium chemical peel. Basically, a solution of TCA is applied to your skin where it burns the upper layer of skin to a predetermined depth. After a few days, the burned skin becomes leathery and eventually peels off, revealing healthy, flushed, youthful skin underneath.

Now before the word “burn” scares you off, be assured that the burning won’t cause damage to your skin. In fact, a TCA Peel is a most innovative way to easily and optimally rejuvenate the skin.

Pros of a TCA Peel

A TCA peel can improve the overall color and freshness of your face while evening out your skin tone and texture. It can also help reduce the visibility of age spots and fine wrinkles and improve blotchiness and, in some cases, those dark circles under the eyes.

TCA peels are also safe and can be repeated every three to six months for optimal results. And, since TCA peels are medium peels (as opposed to deep peels), they are safe for people with olive and light brown skin. They have also been successful on darker skin tones, but the risk of discoloration is higher, the darker the skin tone.

TCA peels are an effective treatment for:

  • Dull-looking skin
  • Freckles
  • Uneven pigmentation (including melasma)
  • Sun damage (including premalignant lesions)
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Shallow scars caused by acne

Cons of a TCA Peel

While a TCA peel can improve the appearance of fine lines and shallow wrinkles, it will not improve dynamic wrinkles or deep acne scarring. Also, in order to keep up the improved appearance a TCA peel will give you, you may need to repeat the procedure as often as every three months. With the right skincare regimen, some patients can go as long as a year between peels, but it is much more common to see patients repeat the procedure at least every six months.

How to Prepare for a TCA Peel

If you properly prepare your skin for your TCA peel, your peel will penetrate more deeply, giving you longer-lasting results. Proper preparation can also help speed up your recovery time and lower your risk of discoloration. Start six weeks to a month out, by applying a product containing tretinoin daily. The tretinoin is a derivative of vitamin A and will help you shed your outermost layers of skin, resulting in deeper penetration of the TCA and will also stimulate your skin to regenerate more rapidly. If your skin tone is darker, a bleaching agent may also help even out the effects of a TCA peel.

What to Expect

A TCA peel can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. The procedure is very simple – the surgeon applies the TCA solution to one area of your skin at a time and allows it to reach the desired depth. Once it has, the surgeon neutralizes the burning process with iced saline and moves on to another area to repeat the process. The burning sensation lasts anywhere from two to ten minutes, but stops after the iced saline is applied.

After the procedure, your face will return to its normal color within an hour and you will be given an ointment to apply. There should be no discomfort after the procedure is over. Over the next week, your outer layers of skin will stiffen, crack, flake and peel. Even though that sounds bad, it is really something like the effects of a sunburn, but without the itching and burning. That said, most patients elect to stay out of the public eye for a week while these superficial layers are shed.

Conclusion

A TCA peel will result in providing your face with a new, fresh layer of skin and pores with a more even color and a smoother texture. In addition, the TCA peel stimulates new cells to grow, thereby tightening the skin and decreasing lines and wrinkles.

If you decide that you are interested in a TCA peel, you will need to have a consultation with our Registered Nurse and Skin Health Specialist to discuss the benefits and risks of a TCA peel for your particular skin type and condition. Let us help you erase lines and wrinkles, and improve the health of your pores and skin. With clients from all over the Tampa Bay area, our TCA and Blue Peel center is conveniently located to serve you better.

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Chemical peels are a popular skin procedure used to treat wrinkles, discolored skin, and scars primarily on the face. Unlike some procedures, chemical peels can be done in combination with other cosmetic procedures or be done alone.

“Chemical peels are done at different depths, ranging from light to deep,” shares Angie Pennington, a licensed medical aesthetician and certified laser technician at Sanova Dermatology – Central Austin & Dripping Springs in Austin, Texas. “If you’re looking for more dramatic results, you will want to consider a deeper chemical peel,” she continues. “For individuals with minor skin blemishes that are looking for subtle results, a light peel will work best,” Pennington notes. Just keep in mind that your recovery time will be longer. If you’re interested in a chemical peel to achieve your best skin, then read on to learn all about TCA peels.

What is a TCA Peel?

A TCA peel is a type of chemical peel that uses trichloroacetic acid to help improve your skin’s appearance. You will find that these peels vary from light to deep. This will depend on the concentration of TCA and whether it has been combined with another peel. For instance, 10%-30% TCA provides a much more superficial peel. On the other hand, 30%-40% of TCA provides a medium-depth peel. Essentially, TCA chemical peels work by removing dead skin cells and stimulating new skin cell growth for an enhanced appearance.

“These peels do an exceptional job, especially for those looking to achieve refreshed, younger-looking skin,” Pennington says. It’s also important to note that TCA peels are great for treating certain skin conditions such as acne scarring and melasma.

Targeted Areas

TCA peels have specific target areas. More specifically, these peels are generally reserved for the face. However, they can also be used to target areas including:

Benefits of a TCA Peel

TCA peels offer a variety of great benefits for individuals who undergo the procedure. Here are a few benefits to consider.

  • Acne and Acne Scars: If you’re someone who suffers from acne or acne scars, you will find that a TCA peel can be a great solution. This is because TCA can temporarily reduce blemishes through deep exfoliation of the skin. “Keep in mind that a TCA peel will not be able to get to the root problem of what’s causing your acne,” emphasizes Pennington. For instance, some acne is caused by an overproduction of the skin’s natural oils and hormones.
  • Sun Damage: For individuals experiencing sun damage, a TCA peel can be a highly effective cosmetic procedure. In fact, any concentration of TCA should be able to combat sun damage quite well. It does this by removing sunspots, which are brown, flat markings that develop on the face when the skin has been damaged from sun exposure.
  • Hyperpigmentation: Another benefit of a TCA peel is its ability to address hyperpigmentation concerns. TCA can be used to lighten various types of hyperpigmentation such as age spots, freckles, dark patches, and melasma.

Who is an Ideal Candidate?

Chemical peels have a range of strengths. “As such, you should always let a certified skin professional apply a peel to your skin to avoid damage,” Pennington encourages. With that said, if you’re interested in a chemical peel, it’s important to know whether you’re an ideal candidate beforehand. Here is a list of individuals who make the best candidate for this type of cosmetic procedure.

  • Women who are not breastfeeding or pregnant
  • Individuals who do not have certain skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea
  • Individuals that do not have a job that requires them to be outside or individuals who do not need to be outside for any reason
  • Those who do not have a history of keloid skin or poor wound healing
  • Individuals who will or have already consulted with a doctor prior to their procedure about expectations

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

With a TCA chemical peel, you will notice a visible difference in your skin after the first treatment. But depending on your concerns, a series of peels may be necessary to maintain your results. With that said, if you have more severe skin issues such as hyperpigmentation or sun damage, you will need more peels to help recover your skin. As always, consult with your dermatologist or skincare expert to decipher the appropriate treatment plan for your needs.

Can this Procedure be Paired with Other Procedures?

“Yes, TCA chemical peels can be paired with other procedures as well as be used alone,” Pennington informs. Your skin professional will discuss with you to determine the best course of action. As stated previously, you should avoid doing DIY chemical peels as this can wreak havoc on the skin if not done properly. Always rely on a trusted professional who has the skills and experience to handle your skin with care.

When is the Ideal Time to Get a Procedure like a TCA Peel?

You can certainly get a chemical peel at any time. However, the best time to get a peel will ultimately depend on your routine and plans. As a rule of thumb, the best time to get a TCA peel will be during the Fall and Winter seasons, especially if you plan to go on vacations or have many outdoor activities during the Spring and Summer seasons. “This is because your skin will be temporarily more sensitive to sunlight after you undergo your peel,” says Pennington. The Fall and Winter seasons provide cooler weather, shorter days, and the sun isn’t as glaring during this time.

Does a TCA chemical peel sound like something you need? These peels are gaining popularity in the cosmetic industry among consumers thanks to their variety of benefits for the skin. TCA peels are not only safe, but they also provide effective results that help individuals achieve the skin they desire.

Remember, it’s best not to do DIY chemical peels on yourself. While this may feel like a cost-effective solution to achieve your desired skin, this can be more trouble than it’s worth. You want to ensure that your peel is properly formulated and that your skin is protected at all times.

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If you’re ready to move forward with this cosmetic procedure, always consult a skin professional first who can go over your current skin condition with you, talk about skin expectations, and determine a treatment plan that will get you on the right path.

How to apply a tca peel

Before starting any treatment, it’s important to always prep and cleanses your face. This prevents harm or unevenness when applying the chemical peel. As I applied the 25% TCA Peel I decided to use a pad rather than the universal fan brush. While some may argue it wasted acid, I found it helped to prevent dripping and was easier for me to apply. As you apply the peel, one of the main things you want to look for is frosting. The frosting is a sign the peel has affected the keratin proteins in the upper layers of the skin and it is slowly beginning to separate from the layer below. It’s important to note that everyone will frost at different times. Between each application, I decided to speed up the drying process using my Dyson blowdryer.

Step 2: Aftercare (MOISTURIZE)

Now that the peel has been applied, it’s time for aftercare. As much as I love TCA Peels, the pain caused by them is definitely not my favorite. To ease the burn, I used lavender essential oil as a natural calming agent. I also made sure to be diligent in my application of petroleum jelly. Acid peels can majorly dry out your skin and lead to cracking. In order to prevent this, it’s super important to use moisturizing agents.

Step 3: Tighten, Crack, and Peel

A couple of days after applying the TCA Peel, the treatment will start working. Your skin will become tighter and dark spots, such as freckles or sun damage, will begin to show up. Soon the TCA will cause your skin to crack and peel. This removes the topmost layer, leaving you with a new youthful appearance.

TCA, or trichloroacetic acid, is an agent used in chemical peels on the face. Demarkation, lesions, and dark spots indicate that the chemical has likely burned the skin or at the very least caused clinically unacceptable outcomes. This could happen if you are experimenting with TCA chemical peels at home.

How do I treat a TCA burn?

Please seek an evaluation from your physician or dermatologist.

How do i prevent Tca burn scars?

There are several modalities to consider when treating dark spots after a TCA burn:

  • Regular use of sunblock.
  • Hydroquinone, if tolerated.
  • Retin-A, if possible.
  • Broadband light or intense pulse light in conjuction with above skincare routine.

These are due to postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and this type of pigmentation can be very difficult to completely eradicate; however, with multimodality treatment, we can very successfully improve the appearance of these types of lesions. Treatment includes regular and judicious use of sunblock. Do not confuse sunblock with sunscreens. Sunblock would have titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide in the ingredients and this would be a sunblock preventing any significant UV from damaging or causing further pigmentation to the skin. This is by far and away the most important step in a treatment regimen for postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Other additional treatment options would include hydroquinone applied at least daily if the skin is able to tolerate it. If hydroquinone tends to irritate the skin, this can further produce postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and I would therefore place the patient on Tri-Luma, which has hydroquinone and Retin-A as well as a steroid to reduce the inflammatory reaction. Broadband light or intense pulse light can also be used on postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, but must be used in combination with the aforementioned treatments to prevent further pigmentation from the injury.

Ultimately these areas will greatly improve over time, but there really is no quick fix for postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and most patients will take at least several months to show significant improvement and possibly six months or even longer for resolution of these lesions.

  • How to apply a tca peel

SkinCeuticals Smart TCA Peel significantly improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, laxity, and stubborn discoloration. Available only through a SkinCeuticals professional – treatment price may vary by physician.

SKIN TYPES: Dry, Normal, Oily, Combination

SKIN CONCERN: Blotchiness, Discoloration, Aging

FEATURES:
Smart TCA Peel significantly improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, laxity, and stubborn discoloration. Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) is known as the gold-standard ingredient in chemical peeling – as it’s a tried-and-tested acid used for decades by doctors. Ideal for all skin types and most skin tones, the Smart TCA Peel features a blend of 15% Trichloroacetic Acid with 3% Glycolic Acid. The Smart TCA Peel in-office treatment features a patented post-peel Restorative Masque to soothe and reduce skin temperature immediately following peel application.

  • Visibly improves signs of aging, including discoloration, fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, and pore size
  • Provides exfoliation and improvement in skin texture
  • Clinically tested on a variety of skin tones, including deeper skin tones (Fitzpatrick I-IV). Consult your skincare professional to ensure the peel is right for your skin tone.

How to apply a tca peel

How to apply a tca peel

Make an appointment with your skincare professional to determine if this peel is appropriate for you.

How to apply a tca peel

The Smart TCA Peel comprehensively exfoliates dead, dry skin cells to improve signs of aging. For optimal results, a series of 3 treatments every 4 weeks is recommended, consult your skincare professional.

  • 15% Trichloroacetic Acid
    A self-neutralizing acid to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. Safe for multiple indications and skin tones.
  • 3% Glycolic Acid
    An alpha hydroxy acid derived from sugar cane, which accelerates the skin’s natural exfoliation process and improves the appearance of skin tone and texture.

Aqua / water, trichloroacetic acid, glycolic acid, sodium lauryl sulfate, citric acid

After a series of 3 chemical peel treatments – spaced 4 weeks apart – Smart TCA Peel was found to significantly improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, laxity, and pore size.

How to apply a tca peel

How to apply a tca peel

A 12-week, single-center, clinical study was conducted on 64 females, ages 40 to 60, Fitzpatrick I–IV, with mild to moderate skin aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, laxity, and pore size. Subjects demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in discoloration (19%), fine lines (31%), wrinkles (10%), tactile smoothness (28%), laxity (18%), appearance of pores (21%), and overall appearance (19%). Subjects received 3 peels at 4 week intervals.

How to apply a tca peel

PHYSICIAN INSIGHT

This TCA Peel allows patients to reduce the look of fine lines, reduce the appearance of dark spots, and achieve an overall improvement in the tone and texture of the skin – with minimal downtime. This really fits the needs of most of my patients.