Posted on May 14 2015
TCA (trichloracetic acid) is a non-toxic chemical and is a relative of vinegar (acetic acid) TCA Peels are professionally formulated to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, acne, scars, pigmentation and reverse the visible signs of aging.
TCA peels (Trichloroacetic Acid) are a powerful exfoliating agent, removing the outer damaged layers of the skin in the epidermis. Superficial or "light" peels (such as the TCA 15%) remove only the top layer, mostly the layer of dead skin called the stratum corneum. TCA is a stronger exfoliant than the AHA’s and BHA’s, therefore a lower concentration is used when formulating.
TCA peels are light-medium depth peels (depending on their percentage and pH levels) and although their concentrations might not be as high as other peels -TCA peels are considered deeper peels than lactic acid and glycolic acid peels. For instance, a 50% glycolic acid peel never made me peel, but a 15% TCA peel had my skin superficial peeling for a day or two! Don’t let percentages fool you!
The higher percentage of a skin peel does not necessarily give you a better result. The pH of the product will also alter the effects on the treatment. Our Skin Define range are pH balanced for efficacy, whilst minimising any irritation and discomfort.
TCA peels brighten and even out your skin tone by reducing the appearance of hyper-pigmentation (dark spots, melasma, sun spots and skin discoloration) They immediately revitalise dull-looking skin, helping skin to soft and smooth. Because of their deep exfoliating effects, TCA peels can clean out congested and enlarged pores to refine the surface of your skin.
TCA Peel benefits:-
Lighten and erase pigmentation and age spots
Remove blemishes and scars
Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
Dramatically improve sun damage and aged skin
Ideal for smoker's skin
Improve stretch marks when used on the body
The goal is to exfoliate, lighten and brighten the skin in a controlled manner. Your skin will look and feel clearer, softer and more radiant immediately following your first application. TCA acid peels are recommended once a week to once a month followed by a treatment several times a year to maintain the results.
Melanin is also the skins natural sun blocker and protects the skin from harmful UV rays, therefore don't forget plenty of SPF 30+ (this is a must) and will also prevent any pigmentation or sun damage from returning.
Do not use TCA Peels if you have the following-
Using Ro-Accutane (Isotretinion) or have used in the last 24 months
Have had recent radioactive or Chemotherapy treatments
Have any auto- immune disease
Psorasis, Excema or Dermatitis in the area being treated
Pregnant or lactating
Skin prone to Keloid scarring
TCA peels are not suitable for Dark Skin- Fitzpatrick 5-6 (Darker sun-insensitive, rarely burns, tans well) eg: Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Afro-American, African, Indian.