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TCA Peel

Updated on January 14, 2014

Ever heard of a genie in the bottle? TCA Peel will bring the skin beauty you wish would come true

TCA stands for Trichloroacetic acid. Trichloroacetic acid is defined by merriam-webster as strong vesicant pungent acid C2Cl3HO2 made usually by chlorinating acetic acid or by oxidizing chloral and used in medicine as a caustic and astringent. See link-

TCA peels help with wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, acne, scars, fine lines, fading tattoos, and aging hands. You may be asking all kind of questions by now. I know when I first heard about it I certainly did. First let me say that I am not a doctor or have any medical certifications. This article is an information page and personal review of this type of peel.

What exactly does a TCA peel do? It removes the upper layers of the skin known as the epidermis and can even remove the deeper layers of skin known as the papillary dermis. It removes dead skin cells, exposing a fresh layer of skin, and the skin is more even toned. TCA peels can even remove skin tags, warts, and moles.

How to apply a TCA peel? First, you will need to do a patch test. After 24 hours check the skin for your sensitivity to the peel. Next, read any instructions or directions listed with the peel. Be sure to follow them completely. These steps are average steps involved in most peels. 1. Cleanse your skin 2. Use gloves if desired to protect hands 3. Apply Vaseline or vitamin d ointment to any area you don't want to peel 4. If you are using a 2" gauze pad or cotton ball then wet 1/2 of it with purified water 5. Apply anywhere from 15-20 drops of the solution on the gauze or cotton ball 6. Apply to the area in horizontal motions and let dry 7. If you are an advanced peel user then you can apply more layers after 3-5 minutes for skin to coagulate or start frosting over (However, I wouldn't suggest using more than 3 layers) 8. Last, wash your face by splashing cool water on and let it soothe. *** This is not the same for every peel. Read instructions when you receive your peel. This is just my personal directions for majority of peels I have used.***

What to expect during the peel? When you first apply the peel it may or may not have a tingling sensation. Sometimes it feels like mild burning or stinging. If the peel is a lower concentration then your skin may become slightly pink or flushed after a few minutes. If the concentration of peel is higher then it will turn white after a few minutes. Once it has that frosty appearance it is time to wash the peel off. Each peel is different but is advised to never leave on over 30 minutes for most solutions. In my opinion, I wouldn't leave on no more than 15 minutes. However, some advanced users can tolerate longer time spans. Be sure to read the directions for your peel if administering a home peel.

What to expect after the peel? When using a higher concentration your skin will probably turn red then turn to brown after a few days. If you work then you may want a few days off. After this, it will start to peel. Each person peels differently and be gentle when removing any dry skin flakes. To help with the healing of the skin you can use aloe vera gel on your face each night or use a vitamin c ointment. If the concentration is a lighter percentage then it won't leave a harsh appearance but may just peel and become dry after a day or so. There is no need to take time off work or regular activities. No matter which concentration level you are using sun exposure should be limited and sunscreen should be on at all times if going in the sun even momentarily.

Why a TCA peel over other peels? TCA peels are non-toxic chemicals and aren't as harsh as some other peels available. TCA peels give the skin a fresher and more natural appearance while used. These peels can be used in the privacy of your own home and there is no need to go to an esthetician, unless you just want to.

How do I know if Chemical peels are for me? Depending on your skin type, your sensitivity, previous usages of chemical peels and allergies; you may or may not choose to use a peel. If you are unsure about your skin type then I would go to a dermatologist or esthetician for decision making. If you have issues with wrinkles, aging skin, melasma, scars, acne, or fine lines then a TCA peel would work wonders for you.

Where do I purchase TCA peels? These peels can be bought online at many stores, through a spa, esthetician store, or cosmetic stores. Heck, you can even buy it at some cosmetic surgeon's offices. Note: I personally would be very careful about the quality, purity, and the trustworthiness of the company you are buying from. Once you are positive you have a reputable company then I would feel comfortable buying.

What percentage should I use? Again, this depends on many factors. However, my personal suggestion is to start out at a lighter percentage like 5%-10%. You can gradually work your way to a higher percentage if needed once being sure your skin is good with the lower percentage. At first it may not be strong enough for some people, but I firmly believe in starting out with a lower percentage even if your skin is not sensitive. The higher the concentration of the TCA peel the deeper the peel will be. If it goes to deep it can cause scarring so be safe. If you are an advanced user than you can use a stronger strength like 25%- 35%. Personally, I would not use over 30% without going to a Professional.

How much does TCA peels cost? This depends on where you are purchasing it from. Online the price can range from anywhere from $15.00 - $200.00 (typically) depending on the size, store, quality, and if you are having other accessories included. At a spa, Esthetician, or office the sky would be the limit here as these places can charge you for their service as well as mark up price. The average cost for these services can range from $50-$1000. Sounds like a big range, but it depends on how many treatments you will be getting and the location you are in. If you choose to go to a Professional be sure to call around for the best prices and check for client satisfaction through online reviews.

Safety: Peels can be very harsh on skin so please use with caution. Keep your peel stored in a location out of the reach of children. Misuse of peels can result in burns, scars and other adverse effects.

What has been your experience with chemical peels?

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