If you have sun-damaged skin, you may be worried about causing further damage with certain cosmetic treatments. Chemical peels, in particular, make many people wonder whether the peel will be too harsh for their skin. This, however, is a misconception. Chemical peels come in a wide range of strengths with many different ingredients, making it possible to find the perfect peel for your needs.
At Skin Radiance Med Spa, our experienced team can help you select the right chemical peel to improve your sun-damaged skin. Here, we’ll discuss how chemical peels can benefit sun-damaged skin and what you can expect from the treatment.
TCA Peel For Sun-Damaged Skin
Chemical peels work by helping your skin shed old, damaged skin and replace it with new, healthy skin. Depending on the ingredients in a chemical peel, it may provide other benefits for skin concerns like acne, signs of aging, or sun damage. At Skin Radiance Med Spa, our trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel is the most popular option for sun-damaged skin.
TCA peels are considered medium-strength. It safely removes the outermost layer of the skin, which stimulates the skin’s natural healing process. This reduces the appearance of visible types of sun damage to the skin, including sun spots, uneven skin tone, and even fine lines.
The TCA Peel Process
Before getting a TCA peel, it’s important to stop using exfoliants (including salicylic acid and retinol) in the days before your appointment. You should also aim to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using hydrating creams and lotions leading up to the peel.
A TCA peel, like other chemical peels, usually takes under an hour to complete. You’ll notice the most improvement to the appearance of sun-damaged skin 10 days after your appointment.
After receiving a TCA peel, it’s crucial to protect your skin against the sun the peel makes the skin more vulnerable to sun damage. Make sure to wear sunscreen every day, reapply liberally, and minimize your sun exposure to avoid further damage to the skin.
To learn more about chemical peels for sun-damaged skin, contact Skin Radiance Med Spa today.