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Chemical peels serve a variety of purposes to help achieve better skin. As a way to treat acne scars, hyperpigmentation, melasma, fine lines, and sun damage, chemical peels are great for anyone who hopes to heal their skin.

With numerous types of chemical peels available, it can be hard to know which one is right for you and which you should choose. Here’s a quick guide that gives you a look at generic chemical peels and our TCA peel.

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Which Chemical Peel Is Right for Me?

Most chemical peels are superficial and only affect the uppermost layers of your skin. Some can have medium depth for a more aggressive treatment but still require very little recovery time after that.

There are several types of clinical peels that are great for superficial treatment plans. Results appear fairly soon after treatment, though several treatments may be necessary before you see the results you want.

With our TCA peel, you’ll get medium to deep treatment. These peels treat problems in the dermal layer of skin and will require up to 10 days of downtime afterward. In most cases, results can be seen shortly after the first treatment, although some people may need a few treatments before they see lasting and effective results. 

What Does a TCA peel do?

TCA peels are also known as Trichloroacetic Acid Peels, and they remove the top layers of skin in a controlled manner. They are used to remove damaged skin cells and promote new collagen growth that will leave you with smoother, more even-toned skin. 

It’s crucial to understand that TCA peels are a form of deep exfoliation. However, you can choose how deep you want your TCA peel to be, which will impact the amount of necessary downtime and the intensity of results. 

If you’re looking to treat deeper skin problems, TCA peels are one of the best options. They do require a longer downtime, and you may experience some discomfort, but they are the most effective at removing old skin layers. After a TCA peel, your skin will look new and smooth.

What Are TCA peels used for?

Many people choose a TCA peel for deep acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and fine lines or wrinkles.

Some people may go with a targeted treatment method and choose to have a higher concentration of TCA applied. For example, higher concentrations can be directly applied to deep acne scars or dark spots. While it is no longer recommended to apply a higher concentration to the whole face, it is possible in targeted areas for more effective results.

Who Should Choose a TCA peel?

TCA peels are much stronger than other chemical peels. While most chemical peels will have lasting results after a few treatments, TCA peels will give you visible results after the first treatment. Even with a light concentration of TCA and one treatment, you’ll see an immediate effect. If you want quick results and don’t mind the longer downtime, a TCA peel may be the right choice for you.

Anyone can use a TCA peel, though if you have sensitive skin, you may want to choose a lower concentration. Our dermatologist can help advise you on this, so it’s vital that you share any and all past skin conditions and concerns. Those with very light or dark skin may also need to be more careful to avoid more permanent skin discoloration.


Chemical peels are an effective way to treat a variety of skin problems. Make sure you speak with our dermatologists about any concerns you might have beforehand to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible and you get the result you want. Call us today to start your journey towards healthier skin with our TCA peel, and don’t hesitate to ask us any questions.