The Truth About TCA For Acne Scars: What You Need to Know

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The Truth About TCA For Acne Scars: What You Need to Know

The challenging and often frustrating process of getting rid of acne scars can be made more difficult if you aren’t well informed about the various options available to you.

This is especially true when it comes to treatments that are relatively new or not considered mainstream, like topical Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) for acne scars.

This blog post will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not TCA is right for your skin and your needs. Read on to learn all about this treatment and its potential benefits, side effects, cost, and recovery time.

What is TCA?

TCA stands for Trichloroacetic Acid. TCA is derived from a modified version of acetic acid, which can be commonly found in vinegar.  It's been used for many years by dermatologists to treat acne scars.

TCA products work by exfoliating the skin and causing it to shed dead skin cells more quickly than it would naturally. This process not only gives the skin a more youthful appearance, but also can help to improve the appearance of acne scars by creating smooth, even skin.

TCA can be used to treat a variety of skin issues, like wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. It can also be used to improve the appearance of skin damaged by acne and rosacea.

TCA can be used on many parts of the body, including the face, neck, chest, hands, and legs. However, you should consult with a dermatologist before applying TCA to your face to determine if you’re a good candidate for the treatment.

What is TCA Used For?

Treatments or products that include TCA, are used to improve the overall appearance of the skin, as well as treat or prevent acne. TCA can be used to treat acne-related skin conditions, like acne scars, as well as sun damage and wrinkles. TCA can also be used to improve the appearance of skin on the hands, chest, and neck, as well as treat leg veins (Venous Leg Ulcers). TCA is most often used to treat sun damage and acne scars. While acne can be more challenging to treat than sun damage, they can be significantly improved if not reduced altogether, with a TCA product.

How Does TCA Work to Fade Acne Scars?

TCA works to fade acne scars by exfoliating the skin and causing it to shed dead skin cells more quickly than it would naturally. This process not only gives the skin a more youthful appearance, but also can help to improve the appearance of acne scars by creating smooth, even skin.

TCA works by breaking down the “glassy membrane” (also known as the “end epidermis”) that covers the outermost layer of the skin. When TCA is applied to the skin, it penetrates into the upper layers of the epidermis and causes a chemical reaction that causes the glassy membrane to dissolve.

This process removes the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing new and healthy skin. This is the “exfoliation” process that is believed to help fade acne scars.

TCA Side Effects

TCA chemical peels can cause some mild side effects, like redness, irritation, and dry skin, during and after the treatment. When done correctly, these side effects are usually mild enough to be managed with over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream and moisturizers like Aquaphor and Cetaphil, or our organic and vegan moisturizer.

However, there are also very rare cases in which the side effects are more severe if you attempt to use a very strong TCA product at home.  If you experience any of the following after your treatment, you should contact your dermatologist or doctor immediately.

Fortunately there are very little change of side effects when using our moisturizer that contains TCA.  You'll be able to gradually reduce your acne scars at your own pace.

 

Is TCA Worth the Time and Effort?

TCA products can help greatly with the treatment of acne scars and other types of skin damage.  It’s always best to use a safely formulated product when working on these issues at home.  Small increments of TCA are very effective and the healing period can be safely management with little “down time” or minimal appearance of redness. 

The deeper the scar and the more discoloration you have, might require more time so be patient.  In the long run, you’re doing the right thing and will see results soon enough. 

Our moisturizer contains TCA as well as a variety of glycolic acids to help you in the right direction at a very affordable price:

Glycolic Acid Cream with TCA, Lactic and Malic Acid

 

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Our tca and glycolic acid cream is designed for face and neck, and includes lactic acid, and malic acid, for an effective yet gentle non-abrasive exfoliation experience, all done at your own pace in the privacy of your own home. 

It's a one of a kind formulation that you won't find anywhere else. 

BENEFITS

• Remove Unwanted Signs of Skin Damage
• One of a Kind Acid Combination
• Fade Sun Spots, Wrinkles, & Acne Scars

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INGREDIENTS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Alpha Lipoic Acid, Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca), Argan Oil, Carnosine, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Organic Aloe Leaf Juice (Aloe Barbadensis), Organic Bilberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Myrtillus), Centella Asiatica, Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Organic Cranberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium Macrocarpon), Elderberry Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract (Camellia Sinensis), Organic Lemon Peel Extract (Citrus Limon), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Malic Acid, Mango Seed Butter (Mangifera Indica), Myristic Acid, Organic Neem Seed Oil (Melia Azadirachta), Niacinamide, Organic Orange Peel Extract (Citrus Sinensis), Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Organic Seaweed Extract (Fucus Vesiculosus), Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Organic Sugar Cane Extract (Saccharum Officinarum), Organic Sugar Maple Extract (Acer Saccharinum), Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Organic White Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba), Tartaric Acid, Tomato Seed Oil, Trichloloracetic Acid (TCA), Vaccinium Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Xanthan Gum

 

Conclusion

TCA chemical peels are effective at treating a variety of skin issues, including acne scars and sun damage. However, they are a serious treatment with significant risk. If you are interested in treating acne scars, it is crucial to do your research before deciding on a treatment. You’ll want to consider the type of scar you have, the type of treatment, and the cost and time commitment of the treatment. There are several acne scar treatments available, such as micro needling and punch excision. However, TCA chemical peels are one of the most effective treatments available.

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