Chemical Peels: Alpha Hydroxy Acid vs. Trichloroacetic Acid

Chemical peels have been around for more than thousands of years. In fact, the Egyptian, Greeks and Romans used various chemicals to improve and beautify their skin.

While they’re still used today but the methods and techniques of application have changed significantly.

From laser technology to special brushes, the way beauty products are applied have evolved and changed significantly.

From chocolate masks to gold facials, there are different skin treatments. But chemical peels have been taking the world by storm. This is because the results are immediate.

But when it comes to chemical peels, there are two types of treatments:  Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Trichloroacetic Acid.

But which one is best-suited for your skin? Let’s compare both and find out:

The Benefits of Trichloroacetic Acid

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) isn’t like Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) because it’s milder in comparison. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t penetrate deep into the skin. It simply means that it’s not as powerful as AHA but powerful enough to treat various skin conditions.

One of the best reasons to invest in TCA is because of its effectiveness against wrinkles and fine lines. Those in their early 40s or mid 50s will benefit greatly from chemical peels with TCA as a component.

It’s also great for treating surface-level acne and other minor skin problems. It has also been used to get rid of freckles, loose skin and bad pigmentation.

The total procedure takes about 15 minutes. The results are quick and fast. The only downside is that you might experience mild swelling for a couple of minutes (or a day, depending on your skin type).

But this is hardly noticeable and you can go to work immediately.

The Benefits of Alpha Hydroxy Acid

What makes Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) popular is that it’s derived from plants. This means that you don’t need to worry about harsh chemicals that might make your skin breakout.

AHAs contain the following ingredients:

  • Citric Acid (Citrus Fruits)
  • Glycolic Acid (Sugar Cane)
  • Hydroxycaproic Acid (Royal Jelly)
  • Hydroxycaprylic Acid (From Animals)
  • Lactic Acid (Lactose and Other Carbohydrates)
  • Malic Acid (Fruits)
  • Tartaric Acid (Grapes)

One of the main uses of AHAs is exfoliation and removal of dead skin, but on a deeper level. Furthermore, they help brighten the skin without damaging it.

Chemical peels with AHA are used for treating:

  • Fine Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Sun Damage
  • Age Spots
  • Acne Scars
  • Acne
  • Hyperpigmentation

Chemical peels also enhance the production of collagen and circulate blood through the face. However, if you have eczema, make sure to consult your GP before you go for a treatment. When going for treatments, make sure to consult only professionals who have experience dealing with skin conditions likes yours.

Furthermore, make sure you don’t have any cuts or burns from shaving, and aren’t suffering from rosacea. Rosacea can make treatments difficult so always tell the specialist if you have the condition. It’s better to get treated for the condition before opting for other treatments.

If you’re looking for chemical peel treatments in Calgary, check out our services! We have years of experience in carefully assessing our client’s skin conditions and applying chemical peels in a safe and effective manner!

Prestige Cosmetic Clinic and Organic Aesthetic Spa combines nature and medicine to facilitate beauty enhancement, skin rejuvenation and wellbeing and is located in Calgary.

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