What is a TCA peel?
TCA is a non-toxic chemical (trichloracetic acid), which has been used to perform skin peels for over 20 years. It is a relative of vinegar (acetic acid.) When TCA
is applied to the skin, it causes the top layers of cells to dry up and peel off over a period of several
days to one week. When the old skin is peeled off, it exposes a new layer of undamaged skin, which has a smoother texture and more even color.
Some dermatologists, in fact, still prefer TCA peels for treating sun damage or melasma, usually in combination with prescription creams.
TCA peels are safe in the hands of an experienced dermatologist. TCA may be a good option, particularly if you have melasma, because many lasers are difficult to use when treating melasma.
A TCA peel is most commonly used for:
• to reduce brown spots and age spots
• to improve the texture of leathery, sun damaged skin and impart more glow
• to improve melasma
• to treat some types of acne
• to reduce fine lines