Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is a kind of peel that can help lessen the appearance of superficial scarring, fine wrinkles or lines, brown spots, mild acne, blotchy skin or any skin pigmentation problems. However this is not applicable on deep scarring or deep wrinkles. This works by peeling away the top layers of the skin and promote collagen production at the same time. If you have plans to use a home TCA kit, make sure to use it properly for best results. Here are specific tips on how to use TCA properly.
Tip #1: Learn about the uses of TCA peels.
There are professional TCA skin peels that are available online specifically for home use. Their strength range up to 50% (for dilution purposes) and provide mild to extreme results based on the solution strength. Superficial TCA peels are up to 20% strength and this can be performed every few months so as to have a more youthful appearance.
Tip #2: Prepare before use.
A week before using TCA, you must prepare your skin. Apply Retin A and a Vitamin C complex product to lessen the risk of discoloration and for an improved result.
Tip #3: Try the product.
First, perform a patch test a day before using the product. You can apply a small amount of the TCA to an unnoticeable area using the applicator brush. Let it stay on the skin for around 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Observe for any reaction that might occur. If you notice some blistering, the acid is too strong so consult your physician before using TCA. On the other hand, if hives occur, this means that you are allergic with the chemical and should not use it.
Tip #4: Use a cleanser.
Use a mild cleanser to clean your face and pat your face to dry. Do not use the Retin A or the vitamin C complex on the day of the peel. Wear gloves to protect your hands.
Tip #5: Use an applicator brush.
Use an applicator brush to apply TCA on your skin or if the directions suggest using cotton ball then follow as suggested by the product. Allow it to stay on your skin for around 10 minutes. According to MakeupArtistsChoice.com, TCA naturally stops working after 5-8 minutes so you must rinse off after 10 minutes or you can use wet cotton pads to remove it.
Tip #6: Dry up your skin.
Let your skin dry. You can pat it using a clean towel but be sure not to rub it. The skin is still raw so rubbing is painful.
Tip #7: Use antibacterial ointment.
Apply an antibacterial ointment on the skin because the ointment is required to soothe your skin for the first 24-48 hours. This will also help prevent infections and minimizes scarring as well.
Tip #8: Use emu oil and sunscreen.
After the first 24-48 hours, apply emu oil to the skin to keep it from drying. You must also apply sunscreen everyday and minimize sun exposure. Your skin will start to peel within 3-4 days and continue peeling for up to 14 days. This will depend on the strength of the acid.
The above mentioned tips are critical to follow when it comes to using these skin peels. Add to them, you should also neutralize your TCA if it burns too much by mixing 2 tbsp of baking soda with 1 cup of cool water. Dip a cotton ball or pad into the mixture and apply it over the skin. This will help soothe the skin and at the same time makes the acid inactive. Furthermore, you should consult your doctor first if you plan to use 20% TCA or higher.