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TCA peel

The TCA peel is a medium-strength chemical peel designed to strip away damaged outer layers of the skin.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

A TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peel is a medium depth chemical peel that strips away the outer layers of the skin that become damaged with time by sun, wind, poor skin care, and other such variables. The acidic solution can be diluted to the correct strength for individual patients.

What It's Good For

TCA peels are used to smooth fine surface wrinkles, remove blemishes, and correct pigmentation problems. It can contain a concentration of acid as high as 50% or as weak as 10%. Typically, a formula containing 25-30% acid is used most standard skin concerns, while a concentration of 50% would be used for the intense spot removal of warts, moles, skin tags, and tattoos.

Recommended Uses
Name Description Cost
Acne scars TCA, a medium depth chemical peel, is used to spot-treat acne scars, particularly deep ice pick scars. The chemicals also stimulate collagen production over several months, plumping up...more A spot treatment with TCA costs about $150.
Age spots The TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peel is a medium-strength chemical peel that strips away the outer layers of the skin that have become damaged with time by sun, wind, poor skin care, and other...more TCA peels cost about $300 to $400.
Crow's feet Shallow to moderate crow’s feet should be treated with a moderate-strength chemical peel. Either a TCA or Jessner’s peel will work in this instance. Exfoliating within a month of a...more If the TCA peel in performed in a professional setting, the procedure can cost between $500...more
Dull skin TCA is a medium-depth chemical peel that resurfaces the skin and stimulates collagen production. TCA at 25% to 40% is the standard concentration when used for the face. Because the level of...more Professional TCA peels range from $500 to $1,200.
Large pores The TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peel is a medium depth chemical peel that can reduce enlarged pores. TCA not only exfoliates, it also strengthens the skin’s infrastructure by building collagen. TCA peels cost anywhere from $300 to $1,200 depending on the strength of the solution and...more
Wrinkles TCA is a medium-depth peel meant for shallow and moderate wrinkles. TCA peels can reduce wrinkles on the face, neck, and hands, including but not limited to crow’s feet. TCA peels are much...more Results can last about six months. A full face TCA peel costs approximately $1,200.

Who it works for: The levels of acid in the solution is adjustable, meaning that TCA chemical peels are ideal for darker-skinned people, who otherwise are advised to avoid chemical peels. Extreme caution should still be taken.

Recommended age range: The TCA peel can treat age-related skin concerns like wrinkles, sun spots, and acne scars on people of any age.

When will I see results?: Your skin will take about six weeks to fully heal. If the results aren't satisfactory, you can get another peel at this time.

How long it lasts: The effects of a TCA peel last about six months. If a stronger effect is desired, the peel can be used again in six weeks or once the skin is fully healed.

Key benefits of TCA peel: TCA peels are usable by people with tan or dark complexions.

Who's Done It?

The procedure has proven to be an efficient and effective method for British beauty Asileyne Horgan-Wallace to not only enhance the quality of her skin but to increase her self-confidence. In an interview with Closer magazine, she recognized that, "I wanted to have a treatment that would give it a boost and make me feel better about myself. The peel seemed like the ideal remedy, after the top layers of skin had shed, my face instantly felt fresher."

Horgan-Wallace underwent a treatment regimen that consisted of one peel a week for four weeks, totaling four peels in a month. Her experience exemplifies the slow yet possibly satisfying capabilities of a TCA peel. During her interview in October 2009, she said, "Now the course of treatment is over I can definitely tell the difference!"

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