Can TCA Peel Minimize Large Pores?

I'm 26 yrs old, female and i have large pores, a workmate of mine told me that TCA peel can minimize large pores.She told me, she used to have large pores like mine and applied TCA peel on her face. So, I did just as she told me. I applied 15% TCA peel on my face 2x with more than 8 hours interval. after 2 weeks the peeling was finished. but unfortunately, I was not happy with the result. the pores appeared to be much bigger with blackheads and whiteheads, and my skin seemed to be wrinkled.Help!

Doctor Answers 4

Yes, but get an expert to perform the procedure

TCA CROSS can be an excellent method of reducing pore size, in fact it out performs laser in many cases. You will need a very high concentration 70-100% and a specialist to perform this procedure. Its not a peel to the area, but a microdroplet to the pore itself. 
It works well, downtime is 7 days, redness persists for 6 weeks, but will fade. 


Dr Davin Lim
Laser Dermatologist

Brisbane Dermatologist
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TCA Peels Minimize Pore Size

The short answer is that a TCA peel will minimize large pore size as part of the healing process causing contraction and tightening of the skin surface including that surrounding pores.

It also results in healthier, younger-looking skin,. TCA peels (I prefer the Blue TCA Peel) is highly effective for:

uneven pigmentation
sun damage
acne scars

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Understanding TCA Peels

Well, one thing to remember is that a pore does not dilate or contract.  It gets clogged and gives the appearance of getting larger, and over time it remains that way.  TCA (triachloracedic acid) is a medium-depth peel solution that has been utilized by dermatologists and plastic surgeons for years.  It is beneficial in removing melasma and sunspots as well as treating for pore reduction.  It goes into the skin at a depth that removes the entire epidermis.  Of course, since pores themselves contain epidermal cells, those cells migrate to the surface, and the skin is restored after about 7-10 days.  It is not ever recommended by a skin health professional to have TCA applied in the home by their clients.  The chemical can be dangerous and can cause scarring if not used correctly.  Consult your skin health professional.

James Carraway, MD
Virginia Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

TCA peels for melasma and large pores

TCA peels can improve the status of pores on the face and minimize the appearance and activity of larger active pores. I use TCA peels often in my Los Angeles practice. Surgery90210

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

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