A. Lunchtime peels refer to light peels that can be done during a brief office visit and have no subsequent downtime from crusting or significant peeling. In order to have an effect such as improving acne, rosacea, and discoloration, a series of 3-6 should be performed, one every 2-4 weeks.
Typical chemicals used include 20-30% salicylic acid, 10-30% glycolic, and 10% TCA. There are excellent proprietary peels such as the Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels, and the Theraplex peel.
Q. I have dark skin and have issues with uneven skin tone from acne scars. I am wondering if a skin peel would help (and hopefully get rid of) this condition.
A. I have been doing chemical peels here in New Orleans on darker skin since the 1980's. Chemical peels are safe and very effective for darker skin, especially for acne and discolored acne scars. The trick is proper skin preparation, using the right peeling agent and having a good post-peel protocol.
Q. I am seeing that TCA is available online. Please advise how best to use this product.
A. I do not recommend you ever self-treat with OTC internet peeling agents, especially TCA. This acid can cause significant changes to skin color and even lead to permanent scarring if not used correctly. This is not something you do after a weekend course or some online training.
Q. Can TCA be Used on a Fair Complexion which Tans Easily?
A. By your description, you are skin type 2. So you have lots of options to improve your skin texture and color. TCA peeling is certainly a great choice, but Fraxel Dual, IPL, and Diamond Glow are other reasonable alternatives. Be sure to see a doctor experienced in all and who owns the lasers (like the Fraxel Dual) to give you the treatment that fits best for your needs, budget and social schedule.
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Board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology Mary P. Lupo, MD has been a leader in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation since 1983. She travels internationally to teach her innovative techniques, and her reputation brings in patients from around the country. She started the first formal residency training program for injectables and peels in 1983 at Tulane Medical School and served as past president of Women’s Dermatologic Society, adjunct professor of dermatology at Tulane and a founder of Cosmetic Boot Camp. Dr. Lupo holds membership in many prestigious dermatology associations, participates in clinical trials for approval of new drugs and devices and acts as an advisor for numerous aesthetic-minded companies.