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What is a PCA Peel?

A PCA peel is a brand of chemical peel manufactured by PCA Skin. The company offers a wide variety of professional chemical peels as well as everyday products to:

  • rejuvenate your skin

  • correct the effects of the sun

  • reduce scaring from acne or trauma

  • manage discoloration and wrinkles from aging

The company has manufactured products since 1990 and offers a certification program for professionals seeking to perform PCA peels.

Many PCA peels are known as superficial peels. This means they target the top layers of your skin, with little recovery time. There are different formulas for a variety of skin types.

Several of the PCA Skin peels use a modified version of the Jessner peel. The PCA peels contain ingredients like lactic acid and salicylic acid. Both are deemed to be effective for treating the skin, according to a 2016 research review.

Some PCA peels treat deeper layers of your skin. These are known as blended peels.

Blended peels contain an ingredient common to medium-depth peels called trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Blended peels lower the toxicity of each ingredient by combining them together.


What do PCA Peels treat?

  • Blemishes

  • Aging and Sun Damage

  • Acne Scarring

  • Uneven Skintone related to hyperpigmentation

  • Oily Skin

  • Enlarged Pores

  • Reduce signs of fine lines and wrinkles


PCA peels not only brighten up dull skin but will also leave your skin feeling rejuvenated, in addition to the plethora of benefits.

Are you ready for healthy, younger-looking skin?

How to Prepare for Treatment:

1. Fourteen days prior to your appointment, please refrain from:

  • Having a chemical peel.

  • Tanning in a tanning booth. (This practice should be discontinued altogether, due to the increased risk of skin cancer and signs of aging.)

  • Having a wax or chemical depilatory treatment (5 days prior).

  • Getting neurotoxin or dermal filler injections (2 days prior).

2. For best results and to reduce the risk of complications, it is recommended that patients use PCA Skin daily care products 10 to 14 days prior to treatment.

3. It is recommended that extended sun exposure be avoided, especially in the 10 days prior to treatment.

4. It is recommended to delay use of tretinoin, Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Avage, EpiDuo, Ziana, and high-percentage AHA and BHA products for approximately five days prior to treatment. 

PCA Peel post-treatment expectations:

  • shedding or flaking

  • redness

  • tightness

  • dryness

  • itchy skin

What’s the best way to take care of your skin post PCA peel?

Superficial chemical peels from PCA Skin may require very little following the procedure. Your skin specialist may even allow you to apply makeup 15 minutes after the procedure to cover up skin flaking or redness.

Within the first 2 days of your procedure, you should avoid:

  • overheating

  • hot showers, baths, and other hot steam

  • hair dryers near the treated area

  • swimming

  • activities that result in a lot of sweating

  • exfoliating the treated skin

  • icing or heating the treated area

  • You should avoid direct sun exposure in the 1 or 2 weeks following the peel. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more, and don’t use a tanning bed within 2 weeks.

  • Delay other skin treatments near the affected area for 5 or more days.

Contact your doctor or skin care professional if:

  • You’re in extreme discomfort following the procedure.

  • Your symptoms worsen after the initial recovery period.

  • You have any other concerns.

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