TCA Acid Skin Peel

What is a TCA skin peel and what are the benefits?


A TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) peel is a type of chemical peel that is used to improve the appearance of skin by removing the damaged outer layers and promoting skin regeneration. The acid solution used in a TCA peel is stronger than those used in other chemical peels, making it effective in treating more severe skin conditions such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and acne scars. The benefits of a TCA peel include improved skin texture and tone, reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improved skin hydration, and a brighter, more youthful complexion. However, it’s important to keep in mind that TCA peels can cause side effects, so it’s recommended to consult a professional before undergoing the treatment.


What are the benefits and advantages of TCA peel over mandelic acid peel?

Both TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid) peels and mandelic acid peels are chemical peels that can be used to improve the appearance of the skin. However, they have some key differences that make one better suited than the other depending on the individual’s skin concerns and needs.


Advantages of TCA peels over mandelic acid peels:


Potency: TCA peels are generally stronger and more effective in treating severe skin conditions, such as deep wrinkles and acne scars. Mandelic acid peels are milder and are better suited for those with sensitive skin.


Depth of penetration: TCA peels penetrate deeper into the skin, which allows for more dramatic results. However, this also means there is a higher risk of side effects and potential damage to the skin.


Downtime: TCA peels typically require more downtime as the skin may be red and flaky for several days after the treatment. Mandelic acid peels generally have less downtime and are a better option for those with a busy schedule.


Advantages of Mandelic acid peels over TCA peels:


Safety: Mandelic acid is less likely to cause side effects or skin damage compared to TCA peels.


Gentle: Mandelic acid peels are gentler and less likely to cause skin irritation, making them a good option for those with sensitive skin.


Brightening: Mandelic acid peels can help brighten the skin and improve hyperpigmentation, which TCA peels are less effective at treating.






This innovative treatment is derived from almonds. Incorporating the front line in skincare delivery systems, it penetrates deeply into the skin to calm, reduce inflammation and encourage exfoliation.

An excellent treatment for acne, inflamed and sensitive skins or those who are new to medical skin treatments.

Mandelic Acid Peels


What are they and what do they do

Mandelic acid peels are a type of peel belonging to the glycolic acid peel family or AHA peels. It is an aromatic peel first discovered by the German chemist Ferdinand Ludwig Winkler. The skin peel is generally mild due to the large molecular structure which allows for a minimal penetration of the skin. It is therefore a goto peel for the treatment of sensitive and damaged skins including for the treatment of rosacea.

The mandelic peel has an antibacterial property and was initially used as an oral antibiotic. It is therefore a good choice for those suffering from acne.

Generally the mandelic acid is available in different strengths from 20% to 50% concentrations.

The peel helps to:

o Exfoliate the skin

o Improve skin tone

o Enhance dark marks or pigmentation

o Treat acne

o Treat back heads

o Improve photodamaged skin

o And improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


What happens during a treatment.

Before the mandelic acid peel is applied, the skin is cleansed and then a toner is applied to clean the skin further of its natural oils. This degreasing process ensures that the peel is effective on the skin. Once the skin peel is applied using gentle brush strokes it is left on the skin from anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes.

Generally speaking you do not feel any sensation. However, after 5 mins the peel starts to feel warm with mild tingling.

The skin will begin to turn pink or blushed but not crimson red. Once the neutralising solution is applied to remove the peeling solution from your skin you may find that the skin feels more irritated. Once the moisturizing cream is applied your skin feels normal.


Normally mandelic peels do not cause the classic skin peeling off effect as the peel is mild. However, the effects of the peel are nonetheless taking place. You should not use any scrubs or active creams for the first week. A good sunscreen and specialised post-peel creams are recommended.


Is there any downtime

Generally allow 2 to 3 days for the skin to repair. Whilst the peel can be considered a lunch time peel it is best to have the weekend to let the skin rest and receive to benefit from the full effects of the peel.


When will you see results

You will notice an immediate improve of your skin which progresses for a week. Your skin will be smoother, brighter and more supple. Improvements continue with a course of peels. For acne and pigmentation a course of peels is recommended before you see any improvement. If tolerated peels every 2 weeks is beneficial.

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