TCA or trichloroacetic acid is an acid designed to rejuvenate the skin and give it a more youthful appearance. It helps diminish wrinkles, smooth a rough dermis, reduce acne pimples, even the pigmentaton of the skin and more. The procedure can be performed by a professional in a salon or by a physician. TCA Peels can also be purchased over the counter for at home use.
The trichloroacetic acid – TCA peel works by removing the top most layers of the skin. This can be very superficial to a deeper level depending on the concentration of TCA used and the amount of time the product is left on the skin. With TCA peels, more of the acid is not always better. To much can result in blistering and scarring.
TCA is generally brushed on the skin and left for a few minutes to fifteen minutes. It is often used in conjunction with Retin-A. Retin-A increases cell turn over time exfoliating the skin. When Retin-A is used for several weeks prior to a TCA peel, the TCA is able to penetrate the skin better.
During the procedure you may feel a tingling or warm sensation as the acid bathes the skin and removes the superficial layers. With a deep TCA peel you may feel intense burning during the procedure. In a physician’s office you will often be given pain killers and the acid will be removed with a saline solution.
After a TCA peel pain is minimal if at all. The skin will begin to flake revealing fresher, brighter skin.
This usually lasts from a few days to two weeks. Repeated TCA peels are generally recommended to achieve the best results with touch ups on an as need basis. Wearing a sunscreen is a must as skin will be very sensitive. A good sunscreen to try La Roche-Posay Anthelios. Click here for La Roche-Posay Anthelios Sunscreen Lotion
Professional TCA peels can run from the hundreds of dollars into the thousands. Since repeated treatments are often advised you may be able to get a package deal.
TCA is also available for at home use. It is very inexpensive but should be used with care. If you opt to use it, you should be extremely careful. This is an acid and can potentially burn your skin leaving permanent scarring. Be sure to patch test a small area of the skin, start with a very low concentration and read the manufacturer’s directions in full. Some of the solutions are to be diluted, not applied directly to the face so read the directions. Use correctly, TCA peels can give beautiful results!