TCA peel 13 - 20 - 30
CERTIFIED Trichloroacetic (TCA) Acid Peel
Free Acid Value = 13%, 20% or 30% *Learn about FAV here.
This is a professional grade "cool-action" (13 and 20) TCA peel with an unbuffered pH of 1.3. TCA is the peel that all other peels are compared to! It has been around for decades, is easy to use, and very predictable. Most dermotologists prefer to use TCA over other acids due to its effectiveness and dependability. If you are looking for long-lasting, dramatic changes in your skin, TCA is the correct choice for you.
**Note** Never try to guage the strength of an acid in a different family to TCA. They are not comparable even if the percentages are the same. If you have more questions relating to acid strengths, please visit our page on everything you wanted to know about chemical peels.
Choose from one of the three available percentages:
- Level 1 TCA 13% (1.3pH) - Beginning peelers looking for more flaking than traditional hydroxy acids.
- Level 2 TCA 20% (1.3pH) - Have been consistently applying 4-5 layers of the 13 and are looking for more.
- Level 3 TCA 30% (1.3pH) * Warning for diluting, CROSS or body use only. Never a beginner peel.
*Who should be using the 30%?
The Level 3 is NOT for everyone. We do NOT EVER recommend the direct application of this undiluted solution to your face. This peel in intended to be diluted with the easy to follow instructions included with the package. This level is not created for a first time chemical peel user. The 30% was created for people that:
- Have a desire to use multiple percentages and only want to purchase one product. Dilute to desired percentage (10% - 25%).
- Want to treat their body. Pigmentation, scarring, mole and skin tag removal and more. The 30% can be used full-strength for these reasons.
TCA is a highly regarded acid and is perfect for treating common issues such as:
- Skin Tone Irregularities
- Texture Problems
- Age Spots
- Fine Wrinkles
- Scarring and Acne Scars
TCA peels are generally considered safe for darker skin types. *Always prepare darker skin with a melanin inhibitor for a minimum of 2-3 weeks before your first TCA peel to avoid any unintended color changes in the skin. It will improve color, freshness, texture, skin tone, and fine wrinkles. It will also improve superficial discoloration, such as age spots. It may improve blotches and can sometimes improve dark circles under your eyes. TCA is a natural 2nd step when other acids stop producing benefits. *You must prepare your skin for any acid peel (especially a medium depth acid such as TCA). If you are prone to fever blisters, the acid can cause a breakout. Prescription medications must be used before a TCA peel is applied or the breakouts could cause scarring.
|*If you have arrived at this page from the recommendation of our French Blogger, Follow recommendations above and do NOT choose the 30%. TCA 30 is far too strong for a full facial peel. Only purchase this if you are planning on diluting it.|
- Apply first layer of TCA peel solution. *30% will never be layered.
- Wait approximately 3-5 minutes *(the proteins in the skin coagulate, then the acid self-neutralizes).
- Decide if more layers are necessary.
- Apply next layer directly on top of the first. *(It will go through the first layer and coagulate the layer below)
- Wait another 3-5 minutes.
- Decide if more layers are necessary.
- Is there frosing apparant on the skin? White hazy. = stop
- Some areas are white and some are not? You may apply another coating of acid to areas that are NOT white.
- Rinse well
- Apply Luminosity Method for extra regeneration and peeling.
- Soak wooden pick in peel solution.
- Apply solution to interior of scar with medium pressure.
- Watch for frosting on rim of scar.
- Rinse well with cold water.
- Scab will form.
- Apply copper and emu oil to aid in remodeling.
What makes our TCA Peels better? Watch and learn.
TCA peel application. This is a diluted percentage.
TCA 13 and 20: Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40, Trichloroacetic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Glycine, Fructose, Urea, Niacinamide, Inositol, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Menthol Crystals
TCA 30: Purified Water, Trichloroacetic acid, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Glycine, Fructose, Urea, Niacinamide, Inositol, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol. pH 1.2 - 1.4.
Prep B Solution: SD Alcohol 90%, Phenol 1%, Water. (2oz.)
Luminosity: Purified Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, , Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Retinol, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid.
*California residents: This TCA peel product contains TCA. You may still purchase this product by agreeing to our Shipping Policy during the checkout phase.
Robinson, Verified Buyer 10/04/13
GREAT CHOICE. I am AA with medium brown skin that has pigmentation problems. My skin is normally resistant to anything over the counter. But this peel is great! I have only progressed to 3 layers, but that's all I have ever needed. I go from application to completely peeled in about 7 days. The 13% resurfaces my skin nicely with no burning, scarring, or discomfort. Its strong enough to do the job and will keep using this product for quite some time.
Carla, Verified Buyer 05/30/14
TCA 13% TRY IT! I purchased this a while ago but was afraid to use it because of the anticipated downtime. I bought glycolic acid and lactic acid peels instead and used them periodically. I have been using Retin A micro 4% and finally tried the TCA 13% - just one layer. I didn't have any frosting and found the application to be less stinging than the other two types of peels that I had used in the past. Maybe the menthol in it makes it feel more like a freeze/burn. I also found an alternative, somewhat unorthodox use for this product. I used it to peel off my daugher's planters warts, dapping it on once or twice a week after soaking her feet. It worked well for that. The salicylic acid peels would probably also work well or better.
Christy, Verified Buyer 01/16/14
ITS WORKING! I started with the lighter glycolic peels and worked up to this one. It's a mess to deal with while it's actually peeling, but I am seeing my acne scarring and skin discoloration beginning to fade! It is definitely worth a little inconvenience. If you're thinking of trying thisproduct, please stick with it. It's not an overnight "fix", but it does work. I've been using Platinum Skin Care's products (skin care & peels) for about 8 months now and am very pleased with the results. I'm thrilled to have something I can do at home.
L Campbell, Verified Buyer 05/02/14
LOTS OF BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! I've used glycolic peels for a few years and finally mustered up the courage to try TCA. I started with the 13% and diluted the solution with water, 1:1 for the first peel. I've done 4 peels spaced 7-10 days apart, all diluted, and have gradually increased the strength with each peel. I'm up to about a 9% solution and my skin is loving every minute of it. For the last two peels I've experimented with applying 2 layers of the diluted solution. This approach has resulted in some really positive changes to skin tone, discoloration, and wrinkling. All with very little redness, no frosting, minimal discomfort, and no down time. I'm smitten with this product!
STEPHANIE P., Verified Buyer 01/26/15
Customer service has been stellar! Their was not a question I had, unanswered.Being a first time customer I was pleased with the texture change in my skin after just one peel.I'm very excited to see the finale results! Thanks so much,Steph*
Helen, 12/28/14 A must try product!
I have tried everything there is to offer for acne scars. Nothing has worked until I tried a tca peel. I was skeptical to put acid on my face but I'm tired of buying hundreds of dollars worth of makeup to cover my acne scars. Even with foundation I could still notice the pits in my skin. I cried many times because I felt so ugly. I would rather have dark marks then scars..I'm about done with my peeling. I see a huge improvement. I almost forgot what normal skin looks like without acne scars: ')
I'm so blessed and thankful for this absolutely great company. I plan to do one more tca peel with two or three layers. So i will update everyone on that experience: )
Myles S., Verified Buyer 11/20/14
Fantastic as always! We have been ordering from you for years although your records may not show this; I had too sign up again due to the changes on the site! Great service, quick delivery and incredible products!
Sharon Hiner, Verified Buyer 06/23/14
BEST SKIN REFRESHER I KNOW OF!
I have been a TCA user for 10 years. I HAD thick, oily, sun-scarred skin. After my first peel, my skin was luminous, less oily, and the scarring had virtually disappeared. In my opinion, TCA should only be used by someone who has experienced the process professionally so they know what to expect. I have been doing my own peels for the past 5 years on both my face and the back of my hands and there is nothing that makes my skin look fresher or more youthful. I highly recommend it.
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