Recommended Interval in Between TCA Peels?

I had developed brown spots as large as a dime all over my face due to sun exposure and hormones. The TCA Chemical peel has helped, but after 2 months I am noticing new brown spots even though I wear an SPF 30 everyday and stay out o direct sun.

I would like to doing another TCA Chemical peel, but how soon can another peel be done? I now have darker brown areas around the cheeks and the outside skin area is very white in comparison to my cheeks. Is there any product that I can use to help even my skin out?

Doctor Answers 2

It depends on the strength of the peel

Light peels of 10-15% TCA can be done monthly. I usually do 25% TCA at 3 month intervals, and 35% TCA every 6-12 months. Besides SPF, add Triluma and an antioxidant under the SPF. Wearing hats will also help prevent new spots.

New Orleans Dermatologist
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TCA peels vary in strength and therefore the frequency also depends on strength

TCA peels come in a variety of strengths from 10% to 50% . The 10 % peel can be done as frequently as once a month and deeper peels such as 35% TCA as often as 6 months.

The stronger the peel the longer the healing time and the deeper the penetration of the acid. Usually in my office we do 15% TCA peels and our patients can opt to do these every three months or so.

Good Luck!

Lenore Sikorski, MD
Orange County Dermatologist
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