Trichloroacetic acid, or TCA peels, are effective for treating a range of skin concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and dull, uneven skin texture. Compared to other chemical peels, such as glycolic or salicylic acid, TCA peels are generally stronger and penetrate deeper into the skin and typically require a longer recovery period.
The depth of the peel can be adjusted based on the number of coats applied, making it a versatile treatment option for a variety of skin types and concerns. The TCA peel is also an excellent spot treatment to effectively treat isolated areas of the skin. Overall, TCA peels are a popular choice for experienced peel users seeking a more aggressive chemical peel treatment for their skin concerns. While our TCA 10% is safe for all skin tones, we do not recommend the TCA 20% for medium to dark skin tones due to the increased risk of hyperpigmentation. We strongly suggest using a TCA peel only after successfully completing a lower-strength acid peel with desirable results.
Chemical peels work by causing controlled damage to the outer layers of the skin, which triggers a healing response. When performing the TCA peel, you may experience a mild to moderate burning or stinging sensation as the acid penetrates the skin. After the peel, the skin will likely be red, swollen, and tender. Over the next several days, the skin will begin to peel and flake off, revealing smoother, brighter, and more youthful-looking skin underneath.
Depending on the depth of the peel performed, the recovery time can range from a few days to a couple of weeks. It is important to follow proper pre and post peel instructions and to avoid picking at any peeling or flaking skin that may occur.
Our light strength TCA 10% is generally safe for all skin tones and types, particularly those with normal to oily, sun damaged, dull and uneven skin. Due to the increased risk of hyperpigmentation, we do NOT recommend the TCA 20% for medium to dark skin tones.
It's important to be patient and take a gradual approach when it comes to chemical peels. By first introducing your skin to mild, low strength peels and slowly working your way up to higher strengths, you are safely building up your skin's tolerance and minimizing the risk of adverse reactions.
Addresses uneven skin tone and discoloration caused by acne, sun damage, age spots etc; Helps smooth texture issues; Improves and helps firm sagging skin; Promotes collagen and elastin production; and Deeply penetrates skin to target wrinkles and scars.
Help maintain long-term results of your TCA peel by keeping the skin hydrated with regular use of Medpeel Hydra-Plump 2.5% Hyaluronic Serum and wearing sun protection of SPF 30+. Use a Medpeel Daily Exfoliator, such as Glycolic 10%, to help gently buff away any peeling or flaking skin and to keep pores clear and smooth.
Pale, porcelain, or ivory
Burns easily, never tans.
Fair, beige or cream
Burns easily, tans with difficulty.
Light brown, golden, olive
Slow to burn, will tan.
Caramel or medium brown
Slow to burn, tans easily.
May never burn, tans easily.