TCA Peel and Precautions

TCA peels are become very popular in UK right now. But, before you get a TCA peel, it's very important to understand what you're getting your skin into. Some skin types are not suitable for TCA peels , such as darker or almond colour skin. Other people find that TCA peels make their skin worse instead of better. So before you decide to buy tricholoroacetic acid solution and perform a chemical peel at home, there are something that you you should be aware of.








So, what are the risks of TCA peels and who should avoid this chemical peel? Those who are pregnant or lactating may want to avoid TCA peels as well. It is unknown how much trichloroacetic acid would be absorbed by the skin during the peel. Many doctors tell their pregnant patients to avoid using AHAs and BHAs, so it is understandable that TCAs would be a concern, especially since not much is understood about its internal effects. If your skin is prone to keloiding (or getting raised scars after a wound is healed), you should definitely avoid TCA peels because by "damaging" the skin on your face with the peel, you risk getting keloids anywhere you peel. Darker skin tones should also avoid getting TCA peels. Light to olive colored skin tones are good candidates for TCA peels, but dark skin tones need to be wary because TCA peels can cause uneven pigmentation (either through hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation).




Most common side effect of TCA Peel are :



  1. Burning your skin

  2. Persistent facial redness (erythema)

  3. Skin pigmentation changes

  4. Scarring or infection

  5. Post-peel breakouts

  6. Sun sensitivity



These side effects sound scary, but they are generally avoidable if you properly care for your skin before and after a TCA peel. To what degree the above side effects will affect you also depends on your skin type and the strength of the peel.



Using too strong of a TCA solution and leaving it on your skin for too long contributes to skin damage and persistent redness. Therefore, it's always good to start slow and build your way up. Never use a strong TCA peel before you have acclimated your skin to weaker ones.



It's also best to get TCA peels performed by qualified and experienced professionals instead of doing them yourself at home. Getting these types of chemical peels from someone who knows what he/she is doing means you will have someone to monitor the progress of your skin in case anything goes wrong.



If you haven't taken good care of your skin during the peeling process, redness or pink skin can linger around long after you've finished peeling. Taking good care means: not picking at any skin flakes, not using AHAs (glycolic acid, mandelic acid, lactic acid) or retinol and  retinoids until your skin has completely healed, not exfoliating right away, not using harsh scrubs, avoiding swimming (chlorine pools and oceans), and avoiding tanning beds.







TCA 15% Chemical Peel 

TCA 15 Peel







Staying out of the sun is very important if you want to avoid any pigmentation changes. I personally know one person who ran grocery errands in the middle of the day (after getting a peel and not wearing sunscreen or any protective clothing) and she ended up getting dark brown splotches on her cheeks. TCA peels remove the outer layer of your skin and if you want your skin to heal properly, you have to protect it from UV rays.



Many people also experience breakouts after a TCA peel. There are three possible reasons for this: 1) your skin was too dry during the peel, 2) the antibiotic or anti-itch cream was too heavy for your skin, or 3) you did the peel while you had active acne or clogged pores.







TCA Peel: Before and After  







If you do not apply an ample amount of moisturizer to your skin during the peeling process, you could cause your skin to become overly dry and clog your pores. A TCA peel is already a big shock to your skin and you want to keep it moisturized to reduce irritation so it can function at its best.



Although antibiotic or anti-itch creams can cause pimples for some people, an emollient antibiotic is absolutely necessary unless you want your skin to be vulnerable to infections. The pimples caused by antibiotic creams usually go away quickly on their own.



Using TCA peels with active acne causes breakouts because the peel exfoliates the top layer of your skin, allowing it to push plugs it has on the inside to the surface. Some people even say that you break out because the TCA peel causes a dead layer of skin to sit on your face, trapping all the bacteria underneath. Although such "purging" tends to subside after a fourth TCA peel, it is generally best to avoid getting a TCA peel while you have active acne because you could get scarring and some really bad ensuing breakouts.


Overall, I think that TCA peel is a great product. It is much more effective that the so called fruit acid peels. Unlike glycolic or salicylic peel, TCA can be used once every 4 to 6 weeks (or even less than that if the concentration is 25%-50%). With glycolic peels (or any other alpha and beta peels) you would need to do a series of 5-6 peels every week just to see some results. With TCA peels, you get results after only 7 to 10 days, once the healing phase is over. Also, trichloroacetic acid goes in much deeper and creates much more rejuvenation than other chemical peels. So, don't let the TCA side effects scare you, it's a perfectly safe and effective peel.  








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