Will a TCA Peel be Effective on an African American Woman?

I am a dark skinned black female (Naomi Campbell Complexion) and I want to do a effective chemical peel.

How well would a TCA 20% peel work? I now have glycolic acic 70% and have done a patch test. No reaction. I am looking for renewed skin result. Smoother, younger skin.

What is recommended that will actually work for a person like Me? Hundreds of dollars for treatments is not what I am looking for so please do not suggest this.

Doctor Answers (2)

TCA peels


Your dermatologist is the best source of advice for what ur skin needs. To answer your question, TCA peels are done without any problems for african-american skin. The concentration used is 10-25%. Another option is Jessner's solution peels. 

Detroit Dermatologic Surgeon

Unfortunately Chemical Peels are not cheap when do correctly by a Doc.


Don't try to do a chemical peel on yourself.  There are many disasters out there when this happens.  Your doc will probably recommend a few 10-20% TCA peels for you to get to the desired results.  Good Luck,

David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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