When compared to other chemical peels, a TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peel is often regarded as one of the most effective. This is especially true if you want to treat serious skin damage such as skin discoloration of all types, severe acne scarring, deep wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, visibly large pores, uneven skin tone, premature aging, sun and wind damage. As one of the most popular intermediate to deep peeling treatments, a TCA peel is often administered in concentrations ranging between 20% and 50%. As the percentage of TCA in the peel rises, so does the strength of the peel. Although some can be found in percentages closer to 50%, it is not recommended to use a TCA peel with a concentration above 35%. When used improperly, highly concentrated TCA can lead to scarring and permanent skin damage.
What to Expect
Because of its strength, a TCA peel is not considered a “lunch time peel”, such as glycolic and lactic acid peels. These peels, which often require more than one application, typically leave you with very sensitive skin, which can appear red for a short time after a peel. Because you are essentially removing at least one layer of dead skin, the skin below is naturally much more sensitive than skin that has had exposure to the elements. Because of this, healing takes several days and it is best to stay out of the sun until the outer layer is completely regenerated. If you have to go under the sun, use a high SPF sunblock.
Use on Stretch Marks
In addition to being a very popular way to promote collagen production and improve the overall look and complexion of your face, TCA peels are commonly used as a treatment for stretch marks. When treating stretch marks, you should always do plenty of research, and a high level of planning to ensure that you achieve the desired results. When a diligent plan of action is followed, many have gotten very positive results on the appearance of their stretch marks.
TCA peels are most commonly used on women who have recently given birth, or anyone who has lost a large amount of weight. Although it is possible to return much of the body back to its original state, stretch marks can be very persistent, lowering a person’s overall body image and self esteem. By using an intermediate level peel, such as a TCA peel, it is entirely possible to diminish the overall appearance of these stretch marks. Naturally, this will not work for everyone, and a dermatologist should be consulted before embarking on a treatment plan.
Regardless of whether you are looking to reduce the looks of deep wrinkles, sun damage or other skin imperfections, TCA peels are by far one of the most popular treatments for moderate to serious skin problems. Not only do they help to restore the look of your skin, a properly applied chemical peel can be very beneficial to the overall health of your skin. By assisting your body in the removal of dead skin cells, a chemical peel effectively speeds up the body’s natural healing process, which in turn gives you a fresh, younger looking appearance.