TCA Peel for Moles

I have a lot of small moles on my face, and I want to get rid of them.  Here's a picture of just a couple.  

I tried Fraxel with my dermatologist, but it did not resolve them, and my insurance didn’t pay for them even though my dermatologist said they could be precancerous!  So I decided to try trichloroacetic acid (TCA), a medium peel, something my dermatologist said we could try next.  I have decided to do it at home because it costs about $200 per treatment with a doctor, but I can get a bottle of 50% TCA for under $50, which should create about 20 treatments, more if I dilute.

Because trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is a medium peel, it penetrates deeper; therefore, it can cause more damage is not done properly, but that also means that deeper penetration can remove skin problems that are deeper, such as moles, wrinkles, scars, etc. 

I also have persistent acne, although mild, so maybe the peels will help that too.

I’ve read that I need to prepare the skin for a TCA peel by using an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) for about a month.  AHAs are lighter peels, which means they do not penetrate as deeply as medium or deep peels.  I haven’t decided which AHA to use, so I have to do a little research.

1 comment:

  1. I read that fraxel isn't good for melasma, so maybe that's why it didn't help with the moles. See this post: