TCA Peel Chemical Peel(s)
Chemical peels are body treatments that are designed to renew the skin of an individual, usually the facial skin. With the use of a chemical solution, they smooth the texture of the skin by removing the tougher outer layer of the skin. This process is known sloughing; a process that can happen in a few minutes or take a number of days to work properly. The total surface area of skin that is to be sloughed off usually determines the speed with which the chemical peel solution will work. The term chemical peel is derived from the fact that the outer layer of the skin is normally peeled off through the application of a chemical solution. This solution works by drying up the outer layer and causing it to fall off easily and typically in an unnoticeable manner. Some types of these chemical peels can be administered on to an individual without a medical license; however, some can only be applied under the direction of qualified medical personnel. In spite of these clear demarcations, medical professionals and beauty experts normally advise that an individual seeks the counsel of a dermatologist, esthetician, plastic surgeon or otolaryngologist for professional advice before embarking of the use of TCA peels. The reason for this insistence is the fact that some people normally have very sensitive skin types and unguided use of these chemicals can result in unsolicited long term skin diseases and problems. Some of the common skin conditions that may come up as a result of using TCA peels include: prolonged erythema and pigmentary changes as well as milia (white heads), skin atrophy and textural change on the skin surface. The deeper the TCA peel solutions are required to work the more complicated the type of skin condition they are likely to cause. As such, it is imperative to take charge of your own destiny and seek specialized advice before starting out a treatment plan.
TCA peel solutions come in very many different forms. However, there are three main categories of these solutions that are used. These categories rely on the strength of the TCA peel solutions. The three categories are: light chemical peels, medium chemical peels and the phenol or deep chemical peels. The light solutions can be applied at home if they are safe enough or by a medical professional since they do not cause a lot of discomfort. However, the medium and deep TCA peels usually require specialized application services.