I Have Dark Circles. Can I Use a TCA Peel?

Posted by Jennifer Tilney on Feb 04, 2015

Eyes with dark circles

We answer your questions every day via email, messages, facebook, twitter, and of course, on the phone. We get the "dark circles" question so often that I felt I needed to write a quick post on what you should do to treat it at home.

Can you use a TCA peel for under eye circles?

TCA has been shown to help lighten dark circles, so applying a peel is always an option, but you must be cautious.

  • Always begin by putting a barrier of vaseline/petrolatum jelly right under your lash lines to prevent any seepage into the eye area. Think of Egyptians and their eye liner. A nice line with a Qtip is the easiest way to apply.
  • Only use the lightest percentage available. In this case our TCA 13 is the mildest formulation. Don't even consider using the 20% or 30% for this area. You may dilute your 20 or 30 to a 10% and use that.
  • Never apply more than 1 layer! This is not an area where you are going to apply 2 or 3 layers of solution. Keep it light.
    1. To dilute the 20%. Mix equal parts 20% TCA with distilled or purified water in a separate cup. 
    2. To dilute the 30%. Mix 1 part 30% TCA with 2 parts water.

What are other alternatives to treat dark circles?

Many times a peel is not going to help unless your darkness is a pigmentation issue. Consider using a daily treatment specifically for the eye area alone.

  1. I highly suggest the Eyelift Xpress Caffeine Eye Roller followed by Platinum Eyes Restoration Therapy. Do this 2x daily after washing and before other creams or treatments.
  2. Fade Bright Lightening Serum. Apply a light layer of this serum after washing and before any creams. This is used for pigmentation only.
  3. Allergy Medicine! *If your dark circles are not being helped by topicals, look for an OTC allergy medicine. A great deal of dark circles are from allergies. Take your allergy medicine every day for a few weeks. This will take care of dark circles caused by allergy issues. 
  4. Dr. Rebecca Kazin, MD.,  medical director of the Johns Hopkins Dermatology and Cosmetic Center says "Some ingredients can help. Caffeine tightens blood vessels and curbs puffiness. Ingredients like retinol and vitamins C and E can lighten undereye circles". We recommend reading her article 5 Remedies For Dark Circles.

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