TCA peels work by causing the skin to peel off in a controlled manner. A combination of acids exfoliates surface-level damaged cells while antioxidants soothe and nourish the skin beneath. This process removes damaged skin cells and stimulates the production of collagen, which gives the skin a firmer, more youthful appearance. TCA Peels are left on the skin for 6 hours to slowly penetrate lower layers and provide an even result leaving your youngest, healthiest cells.This type of peel is effective in treating a variety of skin concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone most visible.
A TCA peel typically takes 30-60 minutes to complete. The first step is to clean the skin. Then,the TCA solution is applied to the skin. The solution will cause a stinging sensation, which may be more intense for deeper peels. After the solution has been applied, the skin will be rinsed off. Clients can expect to feel mild to moderate heat or a brief tingling sensation. A fan is used to cool the skin and nourishing products are applied post-treatment.
Downtime from a TCA peel is typically minimal. You may experience some redness, flaking, and itching for a few days after the peel. Clients will experience some redness, itching, and mild to moderate flaking for 1-4 days. If you have oily skin you may not flake at all, rather exfoliation will happen on a cellular level with dead skin and debris being absorbed instead of sloughed off.
TCA peels are gentle enough to be part of your regular routine. Every 4 - 6 weeks is recommended for optimal cell turnover.
Exfoliating treatments must be avoided for at least two weeks before. Discontinue retinol use and topical acne medication three days prior.
Avoid cleansing with hot water. No workouts for 24 hours. Makeup should not be worn during the healing process. Sunscreen all day!