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Which TCA Peel Strength is Best for Olive Skin?

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TCA 35% should be the maximal strength for olive-complected darker skin individuals

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For darker pigmented skin such as olive skin, one should avoid TCA chemical peel of strength significantly greater than 35% on the face as there may be a nontrivial risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation. You may be able to prevent post-treatment pigmentation by pre-treating the face with topical retinoid and hydroquinone and perhaps post-operatively as well once the skin has re-epithelialized.


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