Free Acid Value = 13%, 20% or 30% *Learn about FAV here.
The true antiaging peel. Stimulate collagen, glycosaminoglycans and elastin fibers with a TCA peel*.
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 highly used for decades, is easy to use, and very predictable. Most dermatologists 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.
TCA is a highly regarded acid and is perfect for treating common issues such as:
- Skin Tone Irregularities
- Texture Problems
- Age Spots - hyperpigmentation
- Fine Wrinkles
- Scarring and Acne Scars - icepick, rolling
All skin types can benefit from TCA peeling. But, persons that are prone to post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation will need special pre-treatment. These generally fall into the mid - darker skin tones (fitzpatrick IV, V, and VI), but any type could potentially have an issue.
Hydroquinone, Alpha Arbutin or other melanin inhibitors should be used 2x per day for at least 4 weeks to significantly reduce the likelihood that PIH will develop. *It is not guaranteed to eliminate it, just reduce the likeliness of it happening or reduce the rate that it does occur. We highly recommend the use of Fade Bright and offer it as an Option on all our TCA peels.
If you are still unsure of your Fitzpatrick type you can take a Quiz at SkinCancer.org to find out.
**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. *1 layer will exfoliate the epidermis to the basal layer. We do not want to go deeper than this.
- Level 3 TCA 30% (1.3pH) *Warning for diluting, CROSS or body use only. Never a beginner peel.
Who should be using TCA 30%?
The Level 3 is NOT for everyone. We do NOT EVER recommend the direct application of this undiluted solution as a facial peel. 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.
Have You Been Looking For A Vitamin A Peel?
**Well, we have you covered! Advanced and professional peeling methods are our specialty. Choose to add on our Luminosity Method for a spectacular multi-level Vitamin A peel. The dual applications will increase your peeling and enhance your skin's tissue regeneration! Full instructions on how to apply our Luminosity Method are included in every peel booklet. Don't forget to add on our Luminosity cream with your order though, (just select the "Luminosity add on" prior to putting your peel into the cart) to super-charge your next regenerative peel. Anti-Aging to the extreme.
TCA peels are generally considered safe for darker skin types. Every color range can use TCA comfortably. *Always prepare darker skin, and skin with pigmentation issues, with a melanin inhibitor such as our Fade Bright for a minimum of 2-3 weeks before your first TCA peel to avoid any unintended color changes in the skin. This is also available on this page as an "Additional Option". If you fall into this skin category, then we require that you use it to achieve the very best results possible with your skin.
TCA 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 and is one of the FIRST suggestions we will suggest to you for cystic acne issues. *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.
What is Cool-Action?
Since burning, irritation and stingy itching sensations are not qualities people love to deal with, we have added something extra special to this peel. Our Cool-Action is a refreshing additive that will make this THE MOST COMFORTABLE TCA PEEL you have ever had! Our additive will help to minimize the 'burning effect' that many people feel while working with stronger acids. This ingenious action allows for a more comfortable peel for you. Perfectly strong and perfectly comfortable. You will also find this in some of our other more "irrirating acid" peel formulas. *The 30% does not contain menthol due to its different dilutant base.
What is a TCA peel?
TCA is one of the most famous, long tested acid peels available. TCA stands for trichloroacetic acid. It is a medium depth peel that has been used with excellent results for over 135 years! That is right. TCA was actually first used as a peel by German dermatologist Paul Gerson Unna back in 1882. He also worked with salicylic acid, resorcinol and phenol. TCA is very commonly used now due to its excellent track record for being very predictable.
TCA can be easily adjusted to any depth needed to address common skin imperfections. For example, someone needing only minor epidermal improvement, a single application of 10%-15% would be effective. On the other hand, if the problems are deeper in the dermis, a stronger solution or more layers can be applied to reach the issue.
- The number of coats, or
- The volume of solution
will increase the depth of the peel. The percentage does not make the peel move deeper - it is the LAYERS of solution or VOLUME of solution that cause the penetration. We can explain this by teaching you how TCA actually works.
How does TCA work?
TCA's mechanism is different from regular hydroxy acids that just dissolve bonds. Trichloroacetic acid coagulates the dermal and epidermal proteins in the skin, then "shuts off". So, the more solution that is applied, the deeper the acid will go looking for protein to neutralize itself. If you put on many layers it will keep digging. If you put on a heavy amount of solution (face is too wet), the acid will continue digging until it can neutralize all of the acid. *This is why we are very careful in our Peel Manual to teach you to squeeze out your gauze pad prior to applying acid. We don't want too much acid on at any one time.
Everything is here for you. What makes our TCA peels the best and why they are going to work for you. They are Certified - pH Guaranteed - % Guaranteed - Have Cool Action and are used in Spas and Dermatologist's Offices all over the country as professional treatments costing up to hundreds of dollars per treatment. They are as comfortable as they can possibly be and are simple to use. We have also included a detailed Direction Booklet that outlines all of our peels, alternative application methods, complete skin prepping and after care recommendations. If you are dealing with acne, pigmentation issues, rough skin texture, wrinkles, scars or just want to look refreshed and amazing, start peeling away the years of neglect now. After a few treatments you will wonder why you ever waited so long to use a Platinum Skin Care TCA Peel! It's time to revisit the top of the page and choose your percentage. While you are up there, take a look at some of our TCA peel pictures!
Can TCA really stimulate collagen production in my skin?
TCA has been around since the 1800's. It is a well studied acid that is the "gold standard" of all acids milder than phenol.  Wound healing by TCA leads to deposition of collagen, glycosaminoglycans and elastin fibers in the first few weeks. After, dermal connective tissue remodeling takes over which may continue for several months.
Reference : Kumar V, Abbas AK, Fausto N, Aster JC. Tissue renewal, regeneration, and repair. In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Fausto N, Aster JC, editors. Robbins and Cotran pathologic basis of disease. 8th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2010. pp. 79–110.
Are you still thirsty for more skin care knowledge? We are here to help you with TCA peels, skin care regimens and every other product sold on our website. Please pick up the phone and Call us (M-F 1-800-917-3155 9-5 EST) for personal help. You may also send us an email or Chat with us during business hours with the chat box in the lower right corner. Take a few minutes to read over our piles of Testimonials. There are two groups of them on this page and also a side tab (green) where you can scroll through and see the positive reviews of all Platinum Skin Care products. Read on to learn about layers, watch a TCA CROSS Method video, and learn more details about our exceptional TCA peels.
*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. Always begin with the 13%.
A TCA peel gets its strength from being applied in multiple layers. A layer is a single application of the acid during a peel treatment. Multiple layers will be applied to progress the peel deeper into the skin - without washing off any previous layers.** If this is your first time applying OUR TCA we suggest applying only 1 layer. You can then strengthen the peel with additional layers as you move forward in the process.
- 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 frosting apparent 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.
What kind of peeling can I expect with a TCA peel?
*If you have had an obaji peel (which is 3-5 layers of a 15% or 20%), or have used 13 at 5 layers consistently, then you are ready to move up to 1 layer of the 20%. Be cautious depending on your Fitzpatrick number. Always prep with Fade Bright or Hydroquinone prior to a high % TCA peel for a minimum of 2 weeks to help avoid (or greatly diminish) post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
TCA peel is a great acid to use when treating scars. As you break down the scar tissues and stimulate the growth of replacement tissues, you can move things along even faster by incorporating a Copper Peptide into your revision regimen. You can purchase a complete scar kit with TCA here, or you can just go directly to our copper page here.
Take a moment to watch Dr. Moscato perform a TCA CROSS in her office. Notice that she is using a saturated pick and not allowing it to drip on the normal skin. She is very precise with her pressure. Watch her technique and see what you can expect while performing this method at home. *Never, never use a TCA with a higher percentage than the 30% for this method. A higher percentage will burn a hole through your skin.
TCA CROSS for Acne Scarring
The TCA CROSS method is a combination of needling and acid to break down scar tissue and stimulate the growth of new collagen to fill in depressions. We recommend the 20% or 30% for this method. Scar revisions are usually coupled with Copper Peptide Remodeling Cream (or serum) to promote more rapid regrowth. The CROSS method can be done only 1x in a 5 week period. *Full directions included in your Peel Manual.
- 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% chemical peel 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 at-home 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 face 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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