Skincare and Beauty

Using Trichloroacetic Peel

Trichloroacetic peel or TCA peel is a very effective chemical peel. It is used exfoliate and renew the skin on a superficial to deep level. TCA is commonly applied to the face, neck, décolleté, hands and legs. In addition, TCA is also an excellent “spot treatment” and can be used to exclusively peel isolated areas of the skin. Unlike fruit acids peels, TCA peel is a lot more effective because it goes slightly deeper into your skin. It’s a pretty popular peel in UK right now due to it’s effectiveness and the face that it can be done safely at home.

 

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Fruit Acids in UK Skincare

Fruit acids have become a very popular ingridient in almost all skincare products lately. You can find them in creams, tonics, scrubs, and chemical peel solutions. It’s not surprising because they can treat a variety of skin problems: photoagaing, acne, dry skin, psoriasis, actinic keratosis , and melasma. Fruit acids are a group of alpha hydroxy acids that traditionally come from fruit matter. They include glycolic acid, malic acid, mandelic acid, lactic acid, and citric acid.

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What to Expect from a Lactic Peel

Lactic acid chemical peel is one of the gentlest chemical peels. Unlike a glycolic acid peel or a salicylic acid peel, a lactic acid peel is extra gentle and good for even the most sensitive skin. Just like other “lunch time peels”, lactic acid is part of the AHA or fruit acid group. But, unlike other fruit acids, lactic acid is derived from sour milk.

 

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Salicylic Acid Peels

Salicylic acid has been used to treat various skin disorders for more than 2,000 years. The ability of salicylic acid to exfoliate the stratum corneum makes it a good agent for peeling. In particular, the comedolytic property of salicylic acid makes it a useful peeling agent for patients with acne. Once considered as a keratolytic agent, the role of salicylic acid as a desmolytic agent, because of its ability to disrupt cellular junctions rather than breaking or lysing intercellular keratin filaments, is now recognized and is discussed here. Salicylic acid as a peeling agent has a number of indications, including acne vulgaris, melasma, photodamage, freckles, and lentigines.

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Chemical Peels at Home

A chemical peel is a very popular procedure in UK right now. It is used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. There are three basic types of chemical peels. Superficial or lunchtime peel: glycolic or mandelic acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands. Than, there is medium peel, where trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate the out and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths. Deep peel is where high concentration Tricholoracetic acid or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. Patients will see a dramatic improvement in skin appearance. The procedure is used on the face and only can be performed once. Only superficial and medium peels can be performed at home.

 

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