Trichloroacetic Acid Peel (TCA Peel)
Stronger than glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid helps smooth the surface of the skin, refine pores and reduce fine lines through the stimulation of reproductive collagen. This peel process is a deep skin exfoliation that also helps to reduce acne. With a TCA peel, healed skin will be able to produce pigment as always and it will not bleach the skin. However, TCA-peel patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for several months after treatment to protect the newly formed layers of skin.
Anesthesia is not required for TCA peels because the chemical solution acts as an anesthetic. A licensed esthetician will carefully apply the TCA solution to thoroughly cleansed skin. There is a stinging sensation as the peel solution is applied but this feeling will quickly pass.