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Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What do TCA peels do?

TCA peels are medium depth peels, ranging from 15% to 30% strengths. Though their concentrations might not be as high as other chemical peels, TCA peels are considered much deeper peels than lactic acid and glycolic acid peels.

2.  What are the benefits of the other ingredients within the TCA products (Salicylic Acid and Organic Extracts)

The benefits of each extract and salicylic acid can be seen on the Extracts link, but in short, each provides its own unique benefit to enhance the overall effectiveness of TCA while reducing the recovery from TCA being utilized on the skin.

3.  What is the typical recovery from a TCA peel?

Depending on the individual, most recovery time after use is 7-10 days.

4.  What should be done after a TCA application has been performed?

As per our instructions, Apply Moisturizing Lotion with Vitamins and Minerals DAILY to speed up the healing process. We would advise againts any exposure to the sun, but if you decide to go out in the sun, distribute a small amount of sunscreen (SPF 30 or greater) to the areas that have been treated.

5.  Who should NOT utilize TCA?

If you are using Roaccutane (Accutane) or have used it in the last 24 months
If you are pregnant or lactatin
If your skin is prone to keloids (or raised scars)
If you have herpes simplex and/or are prone to cold sores
If you have undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments
If you are HIV positive or have AIDS
If you have under 18 years of age

6.  What are some of the side-effects of TCA?

Burning your skin
Persistent facial redness (erythema)
Skin pigmentation changes
Scarring or infection
Post-peel breakouts
Sun sensitivity

7 .  What strength should be utilized?

The strength should vary on the overall experience of the customer. If an individual has never utilized TCA before, it is recommended the lowest concentration be utilized (15%) along with a small patch test to ensure the overall effect of TCA is not too harsh for the individual. Increase in duration of the TCA being left on the skin can be increased along with the TCA concentration.


I was always afraid of TCA because I heard it could scar. So, I always used glycolic acids. HOWEVER, I bought this stuff to try on my arms and legs and it works GREAT!!! As a matter of fact, glycolics always irritated my arms and legs but this stuff gives a super peel with NO irritation. I'm fair skinned and in my 50's with moderate sun damage mostly from childhood. I apply three coats within a few hours apart and leave it on until I shower the following evening. For me, there is minimum burning upon application and only reddens a bit. In about 7 days, you start to peel. I peel in sheets! I love it!!! I've already ordered several bottles and am on my second peel about three weeks apart from the first one. I plan to try it on my chest and neck because these two areas have never responded well to VIPeel or glycolics. You need about one bottle for the three apps for a full body peel. Oh yeah, this stuff is also working great on my hands! I may eventually try it on my face but currently I'm using VIPeel and plan to try Jessner's peel on my face next. I'm a HUGE fan of peels because frankly, for me, THEY WORK!!! Besides, they are reasonably priced and you can do them yourself.

Dianna B. from MA

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