TCA peel is one of the oldest forms of skin resurfacing. Application of TCA reduces acne breakouts, improving skin texture and discoloration caused by sun damage. TCA helps remove areas of hyperpigmentation; deeply cleaning clogged pores. TCA can be used to help lighten and remove medium to deep scars while helping pores appear smaller. TCA can also be used for tattoo removal. Skin tests is a MUST if you use TCA first time. You can try on your arm or hand back skin first to check if the strength is good for your. If you think it is too strong, you can dilute it with distilled water. It is always best to start with a low concentration if your skin is new to TCA, then build up your resilience. TCA peels generally takes 15 to 30 minutes. The exact length of treatment will depend on how many “”coats”” of the acid are applied to your skin. First, your skin should be cleansed and degreased. Then the acid will be applied. The skin will frost (turn white) upon application. As soon as the acid has reached the intended depth, it can then be washed off, or neutralized by adding a spoon of bicarbonate of soda, to two spoons of water, and applying to the face. You’ll experience a slight stinging sensation during the 2 to 4 minutes the solution remains on your skin. Ice water or a fan may reduce any discomfort. You may then apply an antiseptic healing cream 2 to 3 times per day until peeling has stopped.
- 15% is for those new used to these type of peels, and need something a little stronger. 25% for experienced users who have had peels before and reduces/removes fine lines and wrinkles. 50% For tattoo removal or can be diluted for other applications. 100% MUST not be used anywhere on the body and must be diluted to the correct appropriate strength before use. Bottled spring water or distilled water can be used for dilution.(All our peels can be diluted should you feel too strong)
- Post Peel Care Treat your skin gently. Instead of using a washcloth on your facial, switch to a gentler option like a baby washcloth or Renée Rouleau Facial Sponges. The rough texture of a wash cloth can be too aggravating for skin that is already irritated. Wear SPF. You’re exposing vulnerable immature cells so you must make sure they don’t get damaged from UV rays. Apply sunscreen daily on the face and neck. Limit your time outdoors to reduce sun exposure.
- Use soothing products with Chamomile, Azulene and Sea Whip to comfort the skin and reduce redness. Use antioxidants. Since the skin has been traumatized, free radical production is high. Suppress the free radical activity with an antioxidant moisturizer… Use a skin lightener. Since chemical peels can stimulate melanin activity, you don’t want to end up with post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation, a condition where you can develop brown spots post-peel.
- The whole purpose of a chemical peel is to “burn” off the surface dry, damaged cell layers and reveal younger-looking, healthy new cells. But to do this, the skin has to shed and that’s part that people dislike the most. But picking off dry, flaky skin when it may not be ready to come off can result in scarring and unnecessary redness.
- Don’t Over-moisturize to compensate for post-peeling dryness. The whole purpose of a chemical peel is to “burn” off the surface dry, damaged cell layers and reveal younger-looking, healthy new cells. But to do this, the skin has to shed and that’s part that people dislike the most. But picking off dry, flaky skin when it may not be ready to come off can result in scarring and unnecessary redness.