Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is used as an intermediate to deep peeling agent in concentrations ranging from 20% – 30%.  Depth of penetration is increased as concentration increases.  Concentrations higher than 35% are not recommended because of the high risk of scarring

Trichloraoacetic acid peels:

  • Are preferred over Phenol for darker-skinned patients
  • Smooth out fine surface wrinkles
  • Remove superficial blemishes
  • Correct skin pigment problems in combination with bleaching agents

Trichloraoacetic acid peels may:

  • Require pre-treatment with Retin-A or AHA creams
  • Require repeat treatment to maintain results
  • Require the use of sunblock for several months (this is a must)
  • Take several days to heal depending on the peel depth

Side Effects & Risks

  1. Burning your skin
  2. Persistent facial redness (erythema)
  3. Skin pigmentation changes
  4. Scarring or infection
  5. Post-peel breakouts
  6. Sun sensitivity

These side effects are generally avoidable if you properly care for your skin before and after TCA Peel.  To what degree the above side effects will affect you also depends on your skin type and the strength of the peel.

Alternative Procedures