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How to Apply a TCA Peel

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Mike Andrew has written business and legal articles for "850 Magazine" since 2008 and covers college football for several websites. Andrew is a freelance writer, attorney and music producer based in Florida. He received his Juris Doctor from Florida State University.
How to Apply a TCA Peel
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Trichloroacetic acid (TCA), is applied to skin for chemical peels. During a peel, TCA is applied to your face for 10 to 15 minutes to remove the outer layers of the skin and reveal fresh layers of skin underneath. A TCA peel treats surface wrinkles, skin pigment problems and blemishes. TCA peels with acid concentrations of 30 percent or more are usually applied in a doctor’s office, but you can purchase a TCA peel kit with a lower concentration at cosmetic stores.If you are new to chemical peels, start with an 8 percent concentration of TCA.

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Step 1

Test the TCA on a small patch of skin before applying it to your face. Wait 24 hours to see if you tolerate the peel.

Step 2

Wash your face thoroughly with skin cleanser. Pat dry.

Step 3

Put on latex gloves before handling the TCA.

Step 4

Apply a thin layer of TCA to your skin with a facial brush. Avoid the eye and lip areas.

Step 5

Set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes and allow the TCA to sit on the skin until the timer rings.

Step 6

Apply a generous amount of post-peel neutralizer to your skin. Cover every area on which you applied TCA to ensure that you neutralize the chemical.

Step 7

Wash your face with cleanser and apply antibiotic ointment to your skin for the first 48 hours after your peel.

Step 8

Protect your skin with a sunblock with SPF 30 or higher for a week after your peel.

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