Many people new to skin peeling have trouble figuring out which peel is right for them so we hope this will help you decide which TCA peel is right for your skin. TCA chemical peels can do wonders for wrinkles, acne and numerous other skin conditions if applied and used correctly. But with the numerous strengths of peels available it can sometimes be hard to figure out which one is going to be the best for your skin type. Because nobody’s skin is the same it’s impossible to suggest a single peel that will achieve the same results for everyone. What might work well for a fair skinned individual might be way too strong for someone with a darker skin type.
Start With Lighter Peels
When doing peels at home for the first time we recommend starting out with lighter strength peeling solutions and working your way up to stronger ones as your skin becomes more accustomed to the process. This will also help you get more acquainted with the application of the peel and caring for your skin after the peel to avoid tragic mistakes.
The Darker The Skin The Lighter The Peel
One general rule to follow is that the darker your skin is the lighter strength peel you want to use. The darker and more melanin rich your skin is the softer it generally is and the deeper the trichloroacetic acid will penetrate. If you have dark African American skin we suggest starting out with a solution of no more than 10% in strength. We also suggest starting out with glycolic peels which are less aggressive and more suited for darker skin types than TCA peels. If you have dark skin you can achieve excellent results treating acne and hyperpigmentation with lighter less aggressive TCA peels of around 10%-15% strength, but stronger more aggressive TCA peels can be too much for soft dark skin types.
Thicker Weathered Skin Should Use A Pretreatment
If you have thicker more weathered skin such as that found on the faces of most men that have worked outdoors a lot you should pretreat your skin with a chemical peel pretreatment, Retin A or a series of less agressive glycolic peels for 4-6 weeks before undergoing your TCA Peel. This will allow the peeling solution to penetrate more evenly and get through thicker rough skin. If using Retin A as a pretreatment you can use it up until the day of the peel itself.