Chemical Peels: the difference between an Enzyme peel and a TCA peel

 April 9, 2017

I’m sure many of our readers have been interested in the concept of a chemical peel. They sound scary, but when executed correctly they deliver unreal results. The right peel can reduce fine lines, remove acne scares, improve over all skin texture, and in general even out skin tone. Of course like most skin care, there are always precautions that must be taken. If a chemical peel is executed in correctly, you can create burns, which in turn will create permanent damage and defeat the whole purpose of receiving a peel. Finding the proper esthetician who truly knows how to peel the skin safely and successfully is extremely important. Our very own, Lea Eigard is a chemical genius and trains all her estheticians the proper way to execute a peel.

There are typically two types of peels; an enzyme, and a TCA peel. An enzyme peel is your softer AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) peel, which does not usually cause peeling. You may experience minor flaking, but you will not shed skin like you would with a TCA peel. There are many different types of AHA’s and most of them are derivatives of our favorite fruits! Although they do not cause major peeling, they do increase blood flow to the skin, which nourishes the skin and stimulates the collagen production. To read more into detail about our favorite alpha hydroxy acids, check out our blog:

An enzyme peel is considered to be a form of gentle exfoliation, and is often safer for more skin types than a heavy abrasive exfoliation. Many abrasive exfoliants can cause superficial scratches to the epidermis, or over sensitize the skin and create rashes. Depending on your skin type, enzyme peels will create a smoother exfoliation than an abrasive. Enzyme peels are often even safe for home use! As long as it is not being over used an at home enzyme peel can help soften wrinkles, and reduce the chances of scaring. With any type of peel using daily sunblock is extremely important, or you can create hypo-pigmentation.

Now a TCA peel is a whole different ball park. A TCA peel will cause an intense exfoliation that will create a shedding effect. Shedding skin manipulate the cell turn over to increase and create new softer, smoother, brighter skin. At Lea Advanced Skincare we tailor our peels like we tailor our facials. Everyone has different skin concerns and we have a peel to fix it! Unfortunately a TCA peel is not safe for those with acne because it may cause scaring. Often times different dermatologists or estheticians will suggest a series of chemical peels to reduce the signs of acne. But that intern can cause major scaring to the skin. We believe that it is best to clear the acne first with a series of Microdermabrasion treatments, and then follow up with chemical peels to break down the existing acne scares.

Lea Eigard truly understands the art of chemical peels, she is practically famous for it! Feeling safe with your esthetician is extremely important. There are so many different TCA’s and enzymes that can diminish your skin concerns. On the other hand, if the esthetician is uneducated about the art of peels, then there could be permanent damage to the skin! With that being said, come visit us at Lea Advanced Skincare and see if you qualify for one of our tailored peels!

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