Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) is a corrective chemical peel suitable for darker skin beauties

Written by Beauty Match. Posted in Ethnic Beauty Tips

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In my last post, I talked about phenol chemical peels being excellent to correct blotchiness, but surely not as a viable anti-aging solution for all skin types.

There are two other chemical peels that might be better suited to your skin if the phenol peel is too strong: the trichloroacetic acid chemical peel and the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs).

While also effective, the trichloroacetic acid chemical peel is not as aggressive as a phenol chemical peel. Trichloroacetic acid chemical peels smooth fine wrinkles and can even remove superficial blemishes.

Contrarily to a phenol chemical peel which is not suited for everyone, the trichloroacetic acid can suit many more skin types.

Your cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon will be the one determining which types of peel will better suit your anti-aging concerns, but it might interesting for you to see if you might be a good a candidate for this type of peel.

Here are a few facts about a trichloroacetic acid that might be interesting for you to know:

* Trichloroacetic acid peels can be used on your face, neck and body (for stretch marks and body blemishes).

* Your cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon might recommend a pre-treatment with Retin-A or alpha hydroxy acid creams.

* Because a trichloroacetic acid peel is quick and has little post-treatment side effects, you might want to see it as a “lunch time treatment,” because it takes as little as 15 minutes.

* If you’re a dark skin beauty, this might be a much better option than a phenol acid peel. In fact, a trichloroacetic acid could considerably help with your hyper- or hypo-pigment problems.

* Just like with any cosmetic treatment, you’ll need to be extra careful when it comes to using adequate sun protection for your skin for several weeks and even several months after the procedure.

Post-treatment considerations

* Most people will have some post-treatment side effects after a chemical peel. The most common ones are flaking, scaling, redness and dryness of the skin. However, in most cases these conditions will disappear as the skin adjusts to treatment. If you opt for one of the stronger types of peels like a trichloroacetic acid chemical peel the side effect might be more serious if you’re not well prepared and if you’re consulting a cosmetic doctor or a cosmetic nurse that’s not qualified.

* Although a trichloroacetic acid chemical peel is not as strong as a phenol chemical peel, your dermatologist might still prescribe a mild pain medication to relieve any tingling or throbbing you may feel.

* If any scab forms after the peel, you should not only report this to your cosmetic doctor, but you must also follow your cosmetic doctor’s specific post-treatment recommendation.

* In some cases, a trichloroacetic acid peel may cause significant swelling. The swelling is often a result of the strength of the peel used. If you have more sensitive skin, you should let your cosmetic doctor or cosmetic nurse know in advance in order for her/him to adjust the strength of the peel. Even with these precautions, you might still experience some moderate discomfort and mild swelling, which should subside within five to seven days.

You should expect that it will take about seven to ten days before your new skin becomes apparent. At that point in time, you will have sufficiently healed and you’ll be ready to return to your normal activities.

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