TCA Step by Step

What is a chelated TCA ? Traditional Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) is applied to the skin in a liquid form, incorrect use of this liquid can provoke unwanted damage to the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin. Chelated TCA is combined with a product called silica; found within clay this makes it much safer to work with. Chelating the TCA prevents rapid penetration of the acid molecules into the dermal layer of the skin, instead it attracts ions with the skin cells.

What does a chelated TCA  do?

  • increases collagen production by stimulating the healing process
  • improves tone & texture of the skin
  • reduce small open pores
  • reduce fine lines & wrinkles
  • reduce thickening of the skin

Step 1

The skin is thoroughly cleansed with a glycolic acid cleanser.
This ensures any dirt, debris or make-up is removed from the skin.

Step 2

An Alpha Beta Complex gel, containing glycolic and salicylic acid is applied to the skin.
This is left on the skin for only a few minutes, until there is visible erythema (redness).
The gel is then removed with damp gauze swabs.

Step 3

The chelated TCA is applied to the skin using a fan brush, even coverage is important.
The TCA is left on the skin for 2 minutes.
The client will begin to feel heat on the surface of their skin, this can become intense heat and a fan will be used if necessary.
The product is gently removed from the skin using damp gauze swabs.
Ice cold compress are the applied to the skin and left for several minutes to reduce the heat.

Step 4

After the skin has cooled and no longer feels warm finishing products are applied to the skin. These products are  to protect the skin form UV damage and to stop any transdermal water loss occurring.
Over the next few days the skin will begin to feel tight and will darken in colour.
Around 5 days later the skin wil begin to peel this can occur for up to 7-10 days.
It is essential that a specific home care is followed.


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