TCA peels can effectively improve many conditions, including:
- Dull, weathered skin
- Blotchy pigmentation (including the mask of pregnancy)
- Sun damage (including precancerous lesions)
- Fine wrinkles
- Shallow acne scars
Skin is a living organ made up of millions of cells. Every day thousands of cells die, fall off and are replaced by new cells from below.
Unfortunately, as we age, this becomes a slower and more haphazard process, making your skin unable to shed dark blotches, sun damage or a dull, lifeless complexion.
The function of a skin peel is to create an even controlled shedding of several layers of damaged cells. This exposes a new fresh layer of skin with a more even color and a smoother texture. In addition, the peel stimulates new cells to grow, thereby tightening the skin, which decreases wrinkling.
There are several types of peels, each using a different chemical to create this peeling effect. Light and medium depth peels use the chemical TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) to create their peel.
TCA is a non-toxic chemical which has been used to perform skin peels for over 40 years. Unlike some other types of peels, TCA has the additional advantage of creating a fresh natural appearing complexion while preserving the normal skin color. For this reason, they are often referred to as “freshening peels”.