TCA Peel Side Effects
Using a high concentration of TCA for a full-face treatment can severely burn and scar the skin.
Who shouldn't use it: For the best results, avoid a TCA peel if you have recurring facial warts, herpes, sun allergies, thick scars, or are pregnant or breastfeeding. Accutane weakens the skin and shouldn't be taken within six months of a TCA peel. If you have dark, tanned, or olive skin, avoid stronger TCA peels.
Drawbacks: If misused, TCA peels can cause severe burns and, in some cases, scarring.
Recovery Time For TCA Peel
During the first seven to 12 days, your skin will continue to react to the solution, turning brown, becoming crusty and cracked, and ultimately peeling off. Makeup can be used again once the peeling process is complete, which usually occurs between the first and second week after treatment.
You may be under self-proclaimed house arrest during this time, though this will depend on your level of vanity. Exposure to the sun, including the use of tanning beds, can interfere with the peel or lead to discoloration of the treated skin for three months.
After care for TCA peel: Advil, Nuprin, or ibuprofen can be taken daily to enervate any lingering swelling and discomfort. Ignoring the aftercare instructions of a TCA peel can result in permanent discoloration of the skin, so strict adherence to a dermatologist's or physician's advice is crucial. The recovering area is as delicate and susceptible to infection as a moderate to severe sunburn and should be treated as such.
For seven to twelve days, apply ointment to the area and wash it gently using your fingertips, warm water, and a mild liquid cleanser. (Cetaphil is a good choice.) Allow the peeling process to occur without interference, as picking at the flakes can lead to scars or darkened patches of skin.