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TCA Peel, Peels & Serums

What is a TCA Peel?

A TCA peel is one of the most effective Keratolytic Therapy treatment options available.  A Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) peel is arguably the most effective treatments for a variety of skin disorders, and it is one of the most potent peels used for skin treatment.  In fact, TCA peels have been used to successfully treat a wide variety of skin conditions, some of which include the following listed below:

  • Wrinkles and sun damage
  • Poor skin tone and discoloration
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Chronic or severe acne
  • Severe scarring from acne

TCA is a good option for people that want to improve the overall appearance of their skin in a short period of time with a minimally invasive but potent peel.

Best Candidates for TCA Peels and Other Peels & Serums

Various claims of the efficacy of TCA peels in tattoo removal have not been validated.  The best candidates for TCA peels suffer from a skin condition such as hyperpigmentation, want to get rid of minor scarring, or want more even skin tone.  TCA treatments are also an ideal treatment for people that suffer from severe acne as the peel starts to work on contact with the skin and has antibacterial properties.  Also, a TCA peel will typically get results quickly with relatively little recovery time.

How TCA Peels Work

Most people will have four to six cycles of TCA peels in short succession before using TCA peels on a biweekly or monthly schedule.  It is recommended that people with sensitive skin start with lower concentrations of TCA and use a spot check before applying the peel to the entire face. Side effects such as irritation and redness can be treated with the use of high SPF sunscreen after each peel, and the use of high SPF sunscreen is highly encouraged.

TCA Compared to Other Peels & Serums

Most other peels do not work on contact.  In addition, TCA is more potent than most other peels and serums.  A TCA peel will typically treat a skin condition quickly followed by a short recovery.

Lactic Acid Peel, Glycolic Acid Peel

Lactic Acid Peel Compared to Glycolic Acid Peel

A lactic acid peel is very similar to a glycolic acid peel.  Both natural peels will help reduce the appearance of unwanted wrinkles and discoloration. And, both peels will boost the natural production of collagen and elastin to noticeably improve the appearance of skin.

Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid Skin Peels Explained

A glycolic acid peel is a type of Keratolytic Therapy.  It is an organic skin peel derived from natural sugars found in common plants such as sugarcane, sugar beets, pineapple, grapes, and cantaloupe.  Glycolic acid easily penetrates deeper into the skin as it is the smallest alpha hydroxy acid available.  This peel has a notable effect of keratinization of the skin as well as the increased formation of keratin elastin, and collagen.  In other words, glycolic acid is an organic peel that is highly effective at removing old layers of skin and promoting natural skin rejuvenation.  In addition, glycolic acid has been used to treat skin disorders such as eczema.

A lactic acid peel is a more mild skin treatment.  Like glycolic acid peels, lactic acid peels are derived from natural ingredients.  Lactic acid is naturally created by the body when breaking down and rebuilding tissues.  Most people are familiar with the burn created by lactic acid when working out.  Similar to glycolic acid, lactic acid is able to break down old layers of skin and promote natural skin rejuvenation.

How to Determine Which Peel is Right for You

It is important to assess the condition of your skin when determining what the best skin peel would be for you.  Often, it is helpful to consult with a physician to accurately determine the current condition of your skin and the least invasive option that is likely to yield the desired results in the desired amount of time.  Getting the right peel can help improve the overall appearance of your skin by reducing signs of aging and promoting the growth of newer, softer skin.