What is the difference between glycolic acid peel and TCA peel?

Since the TCA peels exfoliate deeper into the dermis than a salicylic acid or glycolic acid peel, they have more potent and longer lasting results. That is why a TCA is typically used for quick treatment of a bad scar or freckles, and to lighten tattoos.

Which is better glycolic acid or TCA peel?

Combining Glycolic Acid and TCA

There are many benefits of glycolic acid and TCA peel. When combined, these acids can address many skin imperfections and leave you with glowing, smooth skin. Glycolic acid is a milder acid than TCA and will help penetrate the epidermis and prepare your skin for the TCA.

Is TCA stronger than glycolic?

Not as high as other acids (glycolic acid peels can range from 20% to 70%!), but there’s a good reason for that. TCA is more powerful. Any higher and they’ll destroy your skin.

Can you use glycolic acid after TCA peel?

For five days after your chemical peel, do not have electrolysis, facial waxing or use depilatories. Avoid using retinols and glycolic acids for 10 days post peel. Do not use scrubs, loofahs, exfoliating sponges or other means of mechanical exfoliation on your face for 7-10 days.

What is the strongest chemical peel?

The deep peel contains high concentrations of trichloroacetic acid, and it’s the most powerful of the chemical peels.

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How often can I do a 25% TCA peel?

USAGE

Strength of acid Layers applied How often to apply
20% = 2 parts TCA + 1 part Water 1-2 layers Apply no more than 1x every 3-5 weeks.
3-5 layers Apply no more than 1x every 4-7 weeks.
25% = 5 parts TCA + 1 part Water 1-2 layers Apply no more than 1x every 4-7 weeks.
3-5 layers Apply no more than 1x every 2-4 months.

Is one TCA peel enough?

Fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems are commonly treated with TCA. The results of TCA peel are usually less dramatic than and not as long-lasting as those of a phenol peel. In fact, more than one TCA peel may be needed to achieve the desired result.