Do I Need a Chemical Facial Peel?

Rhonda Swant - Friday, July 27, 2018

The older you get, you start to realize that your body isn’t what it used to be.

Neither is your skin. You may have noticed some fine lines creeping around your eyes or mouth. Maybe your skin’s texture isn’t as smooth or as clear as it once was. 

What about freckles and age spots? Have you noticed that every year you have a few more? It’s hard to know what to do about these little issues that feel bigger and bigger. No one wants surgery and its cost and downtime. That’s where chemical peels come in. They are much less expensive than surgery and rejuvenate the look of your skin in about a week.

Your skin has multiple layers. Different chemical peels will penetrate different layers. The deeper the peel penetrates, the longer your downtime but also the more dramatic are your results. You can expect your pores to be cleaned out and less prone to acne, fine lines to be erased, and newer, firmer skin to be revealed.

Below are descriptions of two popular peels, the TCA and the Vi. Both of them offer great skin renewal with minimal downtime.

What is the TCA Peel?

The TCA is a high-performance blend that combines salicylic and trichloroacetic acid. It comes in varying strength, typically 15%, 20%, 35% and up to 50%. This type of peel is not recommended for darker skin tones.

Benefits of TCA

  • Brightens and evens skin tone
  • Reduces appearance of dark spots, acne scars, sun damage, and freckles
  • Recommended for treating melasma
  • Helps skin look soft and smooth
  • Because of the depth of this peel, it also helps clean out congested pores
  • Erases fine lines and wrinkles.

How long does it last?

The TCA will last 3-6 months. If you like your results, we suggest getting about 3 per year.

Will I have down time? What is the aftercare?

Yes, you can expect 3-7 days of downtime, depending on the strength of the peel. Your skin will be sensitive to sun. Soreness, swelling, and redness are also possible. Make sure to wear a broad spectrum sun screen on it and a good moisturizer. After a day or so, your skin will start to flake and peel off. Your skin may have a brown crust on it temporarily. Don’t pull on it or scrub it. For optimal healing, just let it sluff off naturally.

What is the Vi Peel? How is it different from the TCA peel?

The Vi peel is a powerful peel made of a combination of trichloroacetic acid, Retin-A, salicylic acid, phenol and vitamin C. Unlike the TCA, it is great for any skin type and provides dramatic results. It is powerful, yet gentler on skin and produces fewer side effects. It is also less painful than other peels.

Benefits of the Vi

  • Improves skin texture and tone
  • Reduces or eliminates age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma
  • Soften lines and wrinkles
  • Improves acne
  • Reduces acne scars
  • Increase collagen production

This peel has additional ingredients the TCA peel doesn’t. The combination of these powerful ingredients neutralizes some of their harsher effects, making this peel a celebrity favorite and good for people of all ages, ethnicities, and skin types. Results last 3-6 months.

What is the procedure like? What about downtime?

The day of the procedure, you go into the office and your face is thoroughly cleansed and the peel is applied. You leave it on about 4 hours and wash it off at home. The skin may look red afterward but it quickly fades. There is no real downtime. You can return to your regular activities. On day 3 you will notice some gentle peeling which can be hidden with a moisturizer. Days 4-6, your skin will peel more. Some people don’t go out but others aren’t bothered by the peeling. By day 7, you will have visible results. As with all peels, use a broad spectrum sunscreen and plan for some skin sensitivity the week after the procedure.

Contact us at Trilogy Medical Center for a FREE consultation about the peel that is right for you.