According to Allure Magazine, chemical peels are the secret to better looking skin. TCA peels are in our opinion one of the best, most effective options.
TCA is considered a keratocoagulant, meaning it coagulates the skin’s proteins together. This process is a lot like cooking egg whites – the raw egg white is slightly clear and goopy and cooking it turns it white and hardens it.
TCA is a great acid that any skin enthusiast can incorporate into her or his treatment arsenal to focus on pigmentation and aging. If combined with other chemical agents (like Salicylic Acid), it can also show marked changes on acneic breakouts and the common side effects that acne leaves behind, such as post-inflammatory pigmentation.
WHAT IT’S TYPICALLY USED FOR
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be used in a variety of concentrations and is used to accomplish the following:
Smooth fine surface wrinkles
Remove superficial blemishes
Correct pigment problems
Reduce brown spots and age spots
Improve the texture of leathery, sun damaged skin and impart more
More glowing skin
Treat some types of acne
WHERE IT COMES FROM AND HOW IT WORKS
You might be surprised to know that many of today’s chemical peeling agents originated from household kitchen items. Take the hydroxy acids: Tartaric Acid comes from grapes, Malic Acid from apples, Glycolic Acid from sugar cane and Lactic Acid from sour milk, to name a few. Similarly, the more potent peeling agent TCA (trichloroacetic acid), is a modified synthetic chemical based on common vinegar, or acetic acid. However, it’s a powerful solution that effectively desquamates the outer layers of the skin without posing a serious risk for toxicity.
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Some dermatologists, in fact, still prefer TCA peels for treating sun damage or melasma, usually in combination with prescription creams. TCA peels may be a good option, particularly if you have melasma, Because many lasers are difficult to use when treating melasma.
Lighter TCA peel product results are considered the best approach. This is similar to other light peels that usually involve hydroxy acids such as glycolic, salicylic, or a mixture of other hydroxy acids. Medium depth TCA peels are usually done once or twice a year and do require some downtime – usually about a week – when the peeling is obvious.
How much do TCA treatments cost?
A TCA peel or treatment in a doctors office or spa can run from $300 to $1,000 for a full face peel and are often done in a series. A full face, neck, and chest will cost more.
One of our TCA products will be a much more affordable option for you. One of the great benefits to using one of our products is that you can control the gradual effects over time.
In minutes, acids lift away dead cells and trigger a lovely chain reaction: “As that topmost layer is shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid—to act younger. “Your skin-care products perform better after a peel because there are no dead cells impeding their penetration,” says New York City dermatologist Elliot Cultz, MD.
Sun damage on the arms and legs has been difficult to treat. Not only is it often unsightly – blotchy brown and red – but also is the area where skin cancers and precancerous spots begin.
People of all skin types develop sun-damaged skin on the face, chest and neck, the hands and arms, and the legs. Sun damage occurs from repeated long-term exposure to UVA and UVB, resulting in brown spots (liver spots, sun freckles), dilated blood vessels and fine lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, there is multiple sun damaged skin treatments that our providers at Advanced Dermatology can employ.
Now several researchers are using a multilayered approach to treating sun damage on the arms and legs which makes sense to me and is yielding good results (in expert hands only please). For the arms and legs, combining a glycolic or light TCA peel (for the texture). The best is definitely TCA based peel.
Age spots are the little skin blemishes that develop on the skin that are associated with aging and exposure to the harsh radiation of the suns UV rays. Age spots are sometimes referred to as brown spots, stains, or sun spots, and despite the liver spot nickname, have no association with the liver.
Age spots are flat, unlike moles, and range in color from light brown to black. You can generally find these spots in the areas of your skin most exposed to the sun, such as on your arms, face, shoulders, and forehead. Age spots on the hands are extremely common.
The skin protects itself against cuts and other traumas through bruises and scars. In the same way, age spots are the skins defense against the suns damage.
Medically, these spots are known as lentigos or liver spots. They are also believed to be a genetic inheritance and could relate to a bad diet, lack of exercise and poor liver function.
As the skin ages, it is less able to regenerate itself from the suns damage. These little tan, brown, grey and black spots appear on the skin’s surface. The skin’s pigment, called melanin, accumulates on the surface (epidermis) and form these little collections of darker marks that are noticeable on the skin. They most commonly occur in the areas that are most often exposed to the sun; the arms, legs, neck, shoulders, chest and facial area. Since the liver spots are caused by age and sun exposure, they can, therefore, occur on all skin types. Too many people allow these unsightly skin blemishes go unaddressed.
Fortunately, they are not harmful. They are just a sign of the years gone by. However, it is important to notice any radical changes in size, color, or relief of these blemishes. Should any strange changes occur immediately consult your medical doctor.
Protecting the skin properly at a young age will prevent not only age spots but also serious skin diseases such as skin cancer. This will not only protect against blemishes and diseases but also those unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. Even if you already have these age spots you can prevent them from getting worse by looking after and protecting your skin now. It’s never too late.
I’m Fabulous Cosmetics has a popular TCA body peel that can be done at home or by a licensed professional. This TCA body peel is ready to use and comes with step by step instruction on how to use. For a fraction of the cost, you can do it yourself at home.
There are several types of skin peels to choose from. Natural and chemical. Chemical peels have been well known and used by plastic surgeons, and estheticians all over the world for years!
A chemical peels can help you attain healthier and radiant-looking skin. Chemical peels use chemical solutions to remove the top skin layers and promote the growth of new skin.
Jessner’s Peel (a combination of salicyclic acid, resorcinol and lactic acid mixed in ethanol)
TCA (Trichloracetic Acid)
Natural skin peels uses lactic, glycolic
Salicylic Acid (BHA)
If you have darker skin, you may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. But you also may be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure. Skin sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels.
Glycolic peel are really from the 80’s the best is really Lactic now! Glycolic is really irritating to the skin.
Lactic acid is one of the most popular alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) in skin care today, marketed as a powerful ingredient that helps reduce acne breakouts and the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. … Lactic acid may exfoliate your skin, but over time, it could lead to increased aging due to sun damage.
Lactic acid is an antiwrinkle and pigmentation-fighting ingredient found in over-the-counter (OTC) and professional-grade skin care products.
Derived from milk, lactic acid belongs to a class of anti-aging ingredients called alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). Other examples of AHAs include glycolic acid and citric acid.
Keep reading to learn how a lactic acid peel can improve your skin, OTC products to try, what to expect from a professional peel, and more.
A chemical peel works by using a chemical — in this case, lactic acid — on bare skin. It removes the top layer of skin (epidermis). Some stronger formulas may also target the middle layers of skin (dermis).
Despite the name, your skin doesn’t noticeably “peel” off. What is noticeable, though, are the effects underneath the removed epidermis: smoother and brighter skin.
Lactic acid is specifically used to treat hyperpigmentation, age spots, and other factors that contribute to a dull and uneven complexion. Other benefits of AHAs like lactic acid include improved skin tone and reduced pore appearance.
However, unlike AHAs such as glycolic acid, lactic acid is a bit milder. This makes a lactic acid peel a better choice for sensitive skin. Lactic acid may also be an option if you’ve tried another AHA in the past and found the product too strong.
Skin peels can also cause irritation, rash, and itchiness. These effects are usually mild and improve as your skin gets used to the product. If your side effects persist after the first few applications, discontinue use and see your doctor.
That’s because the sun gives off ultraviolet (UV) light that damages your skin and causes sunburn. Over time, these rays can lead to wrinkles, dark spots, and other problem areas. The result: You can add years to your looks. Research shows that UV exposure is the reason behind 80% of your skin’s aging.
To protect itself from the damaging effects of the sun, your skin increases its production of the dark brown pigment called melanin. The extra melanin makes your skin look darker or sun-tanned. In some cases, the sun causes an uneven increase in melanin production, which produces irregular coloring (pigmentation) of the skin. The sun can also cause a permanent stretching of small blood vessels, giving your skin a mottled, reddish appearance.
Melanin is the dark brown pigment in the top layer of skin (epidermis) that gives skin its color.
This pigment protects the deeper layers of skin from sun damage. The more melanin in the skin, the darker the skin appears and the more protection it has against sun damage.
People with medium or dark complexions naturally have more protection than do people with lighter complexions. But they still can experience sun damage. This man’s face shows signs of sun damage — increased areas of irregular pigmentation and wrinkles.
Ultraviolet radiation breaks down the skin’s connective tissue — collagen and elastin fibers — that lies in the deeper layer of skin (dermis). Without the supportive connective tissue, the skin loses its strength and flexibility. This condition, known as solar elastosis (e-las-TOE-sis), is characterized by vertical creases, deep wrinkles, and loose or sagging skin.
Also referred to as “mask of pregnancy,” melasma (muh-LAZ-muh) is a brown darkening of facial skin. Melasma likely occurs from a combination of factors, including exposure to sunlight and an increase in the female hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Melasma often affects women who:
Have dark skin
Take oral contraceptives or hormone therapy
The dark patches usually occur on the cheeks and forehead. Melasma usually fades during winter months in northern latitudes but returns in spring. It also tends to fade after pregnancy or when you stop taking oral contraceptives or hormone therapy.
Lentigo maligna is a type of growth that develops in areas of long-term sun exposure, such as your face, hands or legs. Lentigo maligna starts as a dark flat spot that slowly darkens and enlarges. Eventually the spot may develop into a melanoma, a type of skin cancer that begins in the top layer of skin and then invades the underlying skin layer. See your doctor if you notice a:
New skin growth
Bothersome change in your skin
Change in the appearance or texture of a mole
Sore that doesn’t heal or a bruise that fades and returns
Photoprotection. Vitamin C limits the damage induced by ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. Vitamin C is not a “sunscreen” because it does not absorb light in the UVA or UVB spectrum. Rather, the antioxidant activity of vitamin C protects against UV-induced damage caused by free radicals.
When the skin endures ultraviolet ray exposure from the sun, burning and cell damage occurs. The skin attempts to repair by releasing melanin, the chemical that produces skin bronzing. Skin cells undergo DNA repair but depending on the severity of the sun damage, new cells may have alterations in coloration or texture. Irreparable DNA damage may lead to the abnormal cell reproduction commonly associated with skin cancer.
NIACIN (VITAMIN B3): THE SCIENCE OF REPAIRING DAMAGED SKIN
Laboratory studies indicate that Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, niacinamide or nicotinic acid, stimulates and ensures healthy DNA repair while increasing the rate of cellular reproduction. The vitamin also decreases the amount of healing time, interferes with melanin production and release. The result of applying B3 containing products includes the development of healthier, younger-looking skin.
Scientists found that these regenerative properties do not only aid in the healing of sun damaged skin. By directly encouraging skin cell reproduction, Vitamin B3 deters the effects that accompany the natural aging process because cellular reproduction decreases with age.
The vitamin also enhances general skin appearance by encouraging lipid production, which acts as a protective barrier that retains moisture beneath the skin. Besides providing a better general appearance, properly hydrated skin becomes less susceptible to damage or irritation. Further investigation of Vitamin B3 also suggests that the vitamin acts as a natural exfoliant by encouraging the removal of accumulated dead skin cells that affect skin color and texture.
We love the following products for sun damage and skin lightening without the harmful Hydroquinone:
The strength of this peel is between 10 and 19%, pH 2.0
This fabulous TCA chemical peel, it is safe for all skin type and will give you amazing results!
No need to get off of work.
No downtime at all!
Apply makeup after the peel
No oozing weeping blistered skin!
For all skin types!
I’m Fabulous Cosmetics Gorgeous Peel have been proven to:
Improve the texture and appearance of skin
Reduce lines and wrinkles under the eyes and mouth area
Pose as anti-aging and sun damage treatment of wrinkles
Treat acne scars
Proven acne treatment
Reduce age spots, freckles and dark spots from pregnancy also known as a condition called melasma.
Great for all skin type and will provide a lot of exfoliation!!!
DID YOU KNOW:
There are many skin peels out there…. Jessner, Lactic, Glycolic, Phenol, TCA, etc…
The TCA peel is a peel that penetrates deeper into the skin without irritation….Doing a perfect TCA PEEL requires that you use the LEAST STRENGTH needed to abrade the stratum corneum layer. This is a percentage over 10% and under 20. TCA over this strength will cause the skin to frost or turn white (similar to a light broiler burn).
The Gorgeous Peel from I’m Fabulous ® has a proven theory of abrading just enough of the stratum corneum to cause the skin to send valuable protein to the surface. When you frost the skin too deeply, your body goes into wound repair mode where it creates antibodies, scar tissue, melanin and other secretions, which may easily cause the skin to age faster!
Melanin is produced when you tan, and when you are wounded and when you have surges of progesterone (hormonal hyperpigmentation). When you go too deep into the epidermis or subcutis layers by using high doses of a caustic chemical, your skin produces healing protein to bandage the chemical peel. This is not the correct way to do a peel.
Due to the intense mix of active ingredients, it will cause a very fast drying and drawing of the topmost .01 micron. In most cases, this will peel almost instantly or within 24 hours.
The Gorgeous peel tends to be a rather rapid exfoliation and one that you can expedite by compressing a warm cloth or even using your ring finger to roll the dead skin off.
Will the treatment help to remove my pregnancy masque?
Yes. However, you will probably need to do more than one Peel treatment.
Will the treatment help to remove my freckles?
The treatment will not remove freckles that you were born with. However, it will help in the removal of freckles caused by sun damage, pregnancy mask, and aging.
I have severe acne; will the treatment help my condition?
The treatment will help to treat the problems left once the acne has been properly treated under the guidance of your doctor or dermatologist. Such problems can range from, the marks left by acne, uneven skin tone, rough thickened skin, and hyper-pigmentation.
My acne scarring (pitted) is extremely slight; will the treatment help remove it?
The Gorgeous Peel treatment will only penetrate as deep as the epidermal (outer) layers of skin. It will never penetrate into the dermis (bottom) layer of skin. Therefore, if you are treating pitted acne scarring (as light as they may be) then the treatment will not be able to remove these marks totally as they generally tend to be deep in the bottom (dermis) layer of skin. It will however, help to make these scars less noticeable than they were before you did the treatment.
Will the Gorgeous Peel remove my pitted acne scarring?
If you are treating acne scarring in the form of darkened or reddened marks then the Gorgeous Peel treatment will help to remove these marks. The Gorgeous Peel treatment will only penetrate as deep as the epidermal (outer) layers of skin. It will never penetrate into the dermis (bottom) layer of skin. Therefore, if you are treating pitted acne scarring then the treatment will not be able to remove these marks totally as they generally tend to be deep in the bottom (dermis) layer of skin. It will, however, help to make these scars less noticeable than they were before you did the treatment. An ideal candidate for one of our treatments is someone who is looking for improvement rather than perfection.
Can I apply Makeup after the Gorgeous Peel?
Yes but preferably mineral makeup because you do not want to apply anything cream or moisturizing.
Is the Gorgeous peel good for all skin types?
Yes, dark skin and all skin types
I’m Fabulous skin care theory is to PEEL more than you HEAL!!!
The second benefit of facial resurfacing that is done CORRECTLY is the SURGE of collagen and elastin that occurs post peel.
The trick behind an awesome peel is to FOOL the skin into secreting a TON of natural collagen and elastin to the affected area. BUT! If you DO burn your skin, using high doses (some are very unrepeatable), then ALL of that natural protein becomes WOUND REPAIR and it will have NO benefit to your new skin growth, for it is used up on trying to HEAL the skin that is in trauma.
The concept of resurfacing is LOST on this type of peel because the skin spends MORE TIME HEALING than it does peeling.
A peel done correctly is a proven theory of abrading just enough of the stratum corneum to cause the skin to send valuable protein to the surface. When you FROST the skin too deeply, your body goes into WOUND REPAIR MODE where it creates antibodies, scar tissue, melanin and other secretions, which MAY easily cause the skin to age faster! Melanin is produced when you tan, and when you are wounded and when you have surges of progesterone (hormonal hyperpigmentation). When you go too deep into the epidermis or subcutis layers by using high doses of a caustic chemical, your skin produces HEALING PROTEIN to bandage the chemical peel.
The concept of resurfacing the epidermis (face) has been around for many years. 20 years ago, plastic surgeons were doing WIRE DERMABRASION techniques that removed the stratum corneum and about 10-20 full micron of skin. The healing process was devastating for most patients. They suffered from hyper (dark) and hypo (white) pigmentation and an uneven skin surface.
In the last 20 years and have perfected the technique of LASER RESURFACING.
However it is STILL both expensive and has a 4-month healing process.
Most people cannot GO 4 months without working or being seen in public.
The concept of resurfacing the skin using A MILDER technique of facial resurfacing is one that is beneficial in TWO very specific ways. By abrading (killing and removing) small amounts of skin, about .01-.03 micron per treatment, you will expose SMOOTHER skin after just ONE result.
I’m Fabulous has developed the “Gorgeous peel” it is like a slow laser resurfacing treatment, one that even with my microdermabrader, I could NEVER MATCH because, at one sitting, I’m taking off .01 micron, whereas the skincare products are a slow transdermal delivery removing a safe .03 micron per 4-6 days. Since it is ongoing, the new skin cell turnover is so RAPID; the anti-aging benefits are HUGE. This rapid turnover triggers a wound repair reaction, so the skin floods the epidermis/stratum with COLLAGEN / ELASTIN-DNA REPAIR. And since there is no wound, or fire to extinguish, these proteins simply begin repairing and rebuilding cells on their own. It’s TRULY rapid age reversal.
Is there any discomfort? The application will sting until it has acclimated to the skins natural PH level. Although salt can shut this product down it is not recommended that you stop the peel before it has finished. I recommend having a cold wet cloth at the ready to hold and press onto the skin for comfort sake.
Is there any ‘down time’ that I should be prepared for? No downtime, you can apply mineral makeup only, if needed after the peel. You will feel your skintight for about 48 hours after the peel then your skin will peel off gently. You can redo the peel anytime, and you can even do 2 or 3 layers, meaning you apply it 2 or 3 times on your face then start looking at the clock to start the 3 minutes, then rinse off.
Seriously, how will I look? You will look fine! No worse than managing a peeling suntan!
Can I do a little test spot first? Yes! I insist that you do! In fact personally, I never do a full-face peel. I do my lower nasal folds and chin on one treatment and then forehead on a second week. There is no special formula of application that you have to follow.
How many peels will I get in this 1 oz. bottle? You will be able to do more than 100 applications with just 1 oz.
The key to flawless skin is RAPID EXFOLIATION followed by INFUSION OF PROTEIN (hyaluronic protein).
Buyer and user must wear a Sunblock after the peel for several months.
You are NOT a good candidate for a chemical peel if any of the following apply at the peel site:
Infection or disease
Cut or broken skin
Currently, have an active Herpes simplex 1 sore
If you are nursing or pregnant
If you have taken Accutane in last 6 months
If you currently have Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis or Rosacea.You are not a suitable candidate if you have used any of the following drugs in the last 48 hours: Retin-A, Renova, Prescription skin care products, Products that contain ascorbic acid, bleaching or skin-lightening agents, other acid products.
This peel is not recommended for patients with: the inflammatory process in the area to be treated, re-occurring herpes infections, pregnancy (confirmed or suspected), sun-related activities, and mental problems.
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Buyer and user must wear a Sunblock after the peel for several months.
Direction on how to use included with the peel.
#1. Clean your skin very well with soap and water. Then if you have oily skin, degrease it with alcohol first.
Then, Using a square cotton pad:
Apply the Gorgeous peel to your face for 4 minutes then rinse well with soap and water.
Get a cold wet washcloth with soap and water at the ready.
Apply it quickly and don’t linger.
Avoid eyes and lips.
As more coats are applied, the peel will get deeper, as the solution goes looking for protein to neutralize itself.
Do not apply anything on your face for 4 days. You can use mineral makeup immediately after the peel if needed. But no ointment, creams or serums. Remember you want to peel.
You can go back to your regular activities like going to the gym, to work, take showers go swimming, etc.
If you go in the sun, sunscreen SPF 30 is required.
When your skin starts peeling apply warm cloth on the area to accelerate peeling and scrub with a small towel.
It usually take 4 days for your skin to flake of or peel off.
#4. After day #4 of the peel, start using the Vitamin C Super Serum each morning before your makeup, it will clear and lighten your complexion.
You can redo the peel any time you feel you need more and you can also do multiple layers, just remember the more you do it the more you will peel off.
DO NOT USE ANY CREAMS OR SERUMS after the peel, until your skin flakes or peel off. Wait about 5 days to apply the Hyaluronic acid serum.
Sun Alert: Because this product may make your skin more sensitive to the sun, be certain you have adequate sunscreen protection while using this product and for a week after you discontinue use.
For external use only. Not for ophthalmic or oral use. If you currently use any prescriptions or medications for your skin or face please notify your doctor before using. For any concerns about these precautions, please refer to a registered physician or skin care specialist.
Do not use if
you currently take Accutane (isotretinoin) or have within the past 6 months
you are pregnant or lactating
have a tendency to keloid (scar)
have herpes simplex (sexually transmitted disease)
you are HIV positive or have AIDs
undergoing chemotherapy or radiation
you do not fully understand the procedure and are not willing to accept the risk and limitations involved in the healing process
you are not realistic in expectations
When using this product
do not apply to other areas in which you have used hair removal products in the last 2 days
avoid contact with eyes. In case of accidental contact, rinse eyes with large amounts of cool tap water
do not apply to sensitive skin areas or open wounds
the results for each person will vary depending on skin sensitivity, contact time, number of layers, and skin density
applying the peel more than once per week will increase the risk of skin sensitivity
do not tan 1 week prior and 2 weeks after treatment as this can potentially cause unwanted skin discoloration, excessive redness, or rash
you will experience a stinging or tingling sensation. If excessive stinging or discomfort occurs, neutralize the peel by flushing the skin with cool water.
redness may occur for a short period of time, especially for those with sensitive skin types. If redness persists longer than 20-30 minutes, decrease the contact time of the peel or discontinue use.
not every person will experience visible peeling, this does not mean the peel is not working. You will see improved marks in texture, tone, and overall appearance of the skin.