What Every Skin Conscious Should Know About TCA Peeling

TCA peeling is an abbreviation for trichloroacetic Acid peeling. It is a kind of skin treatment that involves an application of this certain acid so as to burn the outer layer of the skin for aesthetic purposes. Every dermatologist is adept to do skin peeling using this agent. Although there are a lot of varieties of peeling treatments that can be done to include skin peeling such as glycolic peeling, blue peeling by Obagi, and diamond peeling using a microdermabrasion machine, this TCA peel is known as the most popular and reliable treatment to diminish skin imperfections nowadays.

What Do They Use In This TCA Peeling?

This kind of peeling is very easy to do. There are no special machines to be used, just the solution of trichloroacetic acid with varying concentrations from 10% to 50%. These concentrations are indicated for specific skin conditions as they may vary in the depth of skin peeling and burning. 50% concentration is mostly used for warts, skin tags, and mole removal and not for lunchtime or medium or moderate peeling.

What Conditions is May Need TCA Peeling?

The following skin imperfections can be remedied if not totally, partially by several sessions of TCA peeling:

  • fine wrinkle lines
  • Acne scars
  • Dark spots
  • Tattoos desired to be removed
  • Discoloration or hyperpigmentation over the skin
  • Warts, moles, and skin tags

What Are The Side Effects And What Can Be Done For These?

When used in a controlled fashion, the side effects such as browning of the skin, mild reddening and skin irritation, pain upon application of the solution are temporary. Make sure to wear a sunblock with an SPF of a minimum of 25 to be able to protect the skin from further discoloration. Itching due to the skin exfoliation process is normal. Some dermatologists may give a topical application of” hydrocortisone” or steroids plus a mild antibiotic such as “erythromycin” in a cream form to minimize the itchiness and the inflammation, as well as to prevent infection of the peeling area.

What Should Be And Should Not Be Done While Peeling?

Keep the skin clean and dry. As much as possible, try to discontinue temporarily the usual regimen used for the skin. Do not scrub the face using washcloths and some beaded facial wash. Use sunblock three times a day with an SPF of at least 25 and avoid sun exposure. Apply the medications prescribed by the dermatologist and wait for the skin to slough off completely before resuming the usual skin regimen of choice.

What Are The Expected Results?

Skin peeling using TCA if followed and done correctly results in a newer skin layer that is younger and whiter. It diminishes dark spots, acne marks, and evens out the surface of the skin gradually. It also burns and removes skin tags, warts, and moles after several sessions of application.

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