These innovative and proven light-to-medium depth peel formulas effectively exfoliate with blends of lactic, citric and salicylic acids and resorcinol, while lightening and inhibiting pigment production with kojic acid and hydroquinone (where indicated). These peels help repair and reduce breakouts, control oil, soften lines and provide a more even, smoother skin texture. PCA SKIN Peel® Exfoliating Treatments are available in the following three formulas:
- PCA Peel® Hydroquinone Free Exfoliating Treatment
- PCA Peel® with Hydroquinone Exfoliating Treatment
- PCA Peel® with Hydroquinone & Resorcinol Treatment
PCA Peel with Hydroquinone & Resorcinol
(1 layer)$150 (2+layers) $175.00 - includes kit
The most potent PCA peel formula, this peel will even skin tone and provide more exfoliation for oilier, thicker and more resilient skin types. It is effective on extremely sun damaged and thickened skin. It is also excellent for those with active/cystic acne and asphyxiated skin (dry on the surface, oily underneath).
PCA Peel with Hydroquinone
(1 layer) $150 (2+layers) $175.00 - includes take home kit
This formula is for those who want even skin tone and have no sensitivity to hydroquinone. It will help to quickly lighten pigment discolorations of any kind, such as melasma and sun damage; In addition, this peel helps inhibit active acne and correct post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration) from acne.
PCA Peel Hydroquinone Free
(1 layer) $150 (2+layers) $175.00 - includes take home kit
This peel is ideal for more sensitive skin types, ethnic skin and/or those allergic to hydroquinone. This treatment will help unclog pores, clear acne and rejuvenate the skin. With its blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids and brighteners, it is also an excellent choice for maintaining even pigmentation and correcting pigments discolorations for those with hydroquinone sensitivities.
Ultra Peel I Exfoliating Treatment
Sensi Peel Exfoliating Treatment
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels are often thought of as very aggressive and producing substantial discomfort. PCA Professional TCA peels are very different from the standard. Our TCA solutions are blends formulated with many ingredients including lactic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), plumping phytohormones and kojic and azelaic acids to produce dramatic results without the discomfort and downtime associated with traditional TCA peels. Below are our three TCA formulations:
Ultra Peel I Exfoliating Treatment
(1 layer) $150 (2+layers) $175.00 - includes kit
Specially formulated to treat dehydrated, maturing skin, Ultra Peel I is also appropriate for many skin types, conditions and sensitivities. It will help treat pigment disorders, fine lines and wrinkles, and sun damaged skin and acne. This treatment is especially ideal for sensitive skin, as it produces only a mild tingling sensation. Moderate to aggressive exfoliation will be experienced, depending on the number of layers applied. Overall the final result will be plump, hydrated and ultra-soft skin.
Sensi Peel Exfoliating Treatment
(1 layer) $150 (2+layers) $175.00 - includes kit
Our most popular TCA peel. This gentle solution is formulated primarily for ethnic skin, and other extremely sensitive skin types. Sensi Peel will strengthen and brighten the skin while helping to treat sun damage and other forms of hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration). This multi-faceted treatment also provides anti-inflammatory, anti-acne and antibacterial action, making it an excellent choice for helping calm rosacea, as redness and inflammation can subside substantially after treatment.
The cream consistency of PCA SKIN's retinol treatments creates an occlusive barrier that allows the vitamins, antioxidants and other actives in these rich treatments to better absorb into the skin for maximum benefits. No preconditioning required.
Ultra Peel II Exfoliating Treatment $120.00
This advanced hydrating treatment will encourage additional flaking and peeling, and may be used alone or on top of any other PCA Professional chemical peel to produce a tightening and brightening effect. It is a cream mask containing natural phytohormones which plump, hydrate and moisturize aging skin. The retinal (vitamin A) content helps increase cell turnover to keep skin looking fresh, while vitamin C strengthens the skin by helping to increase the skin’s collagen and elastin network. Ultra Peel II works well on all skin types and conditions.
Esthetique Peel exfoliating Treatment $120.00
An excellent treatment that can be used alone or in combination with any other PCA Professional treatment for smoothing, firming and brightening all skin types, even extra sensitive skin including rosacea and acne. Its advanced formulation of lactic acid and retinal, along with a host of polyphenols, antioxidants, vitamins, humectants and brightening ingredients, improves the texture of skin, and also helps correct many types of skin discoloration.
Salicylic Acid Treatments
The keratolytic action of these treatments helps to smooth surface texture, clear blocked follicles and reduce the incidence of breakouts. Ideal for acne prone skin and no preconditioning required before these treatments.
Clarifying Mask $75.00
Clarifying Mask’s blend of 20% Salicylic acid with cherry extract and other natural ingredients makes this an ideal choice for helping to improve acne, breakout prone skin and sluggish, dull complexions. Its exfoliating, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits refine skin texture and bring new brightness and freshness to the skin.
Pumpkin Peel Treatment $75.00
PCA Professional Pumpkin Peel Treatment is a powerful antioxidant treatment that brightens and rejuvenates the skin. Pumpkin contains the highest concentration of salicylic acid of any plant, which provides the Pumpkin Peel Treatment with potent skin smoothing and pore clearing action. It also offers more than 100 beneficial components including the highest concentration of vitamins A, C and beta-carotene found in any other fruit or vegetable. The treatment has simultaneous actions; it exfoliates and draws impurities out of the skin while introducing vitamins, enzymes and nutrition. This treatment is also great for smoothing the skin, as the naturally occurring salicylic acid in pumpkin removes the dead surface cells that cause rough texture. The skin will have a healthy glow following this treatment.
Oxygenating & Detoxifying Treatments - Non Peel
Oxygenating Trio Facial $80.00 with a peel $115.00
This is an antioxidant therapy to correct and prevent free Radical damage, as oxidative and environmental stress to the skin is one of the more significant contributors to the aging process. This treatment helps stimulate respiration and circulation within the skin. It helps promote healing and rejuvenates sluggish, stressed skin depleted by toxins, pollutants, allergens, improper diet and solar damage. Acneic conditions also benefit greatly. Appropriate for use between peel treatments or when exfoliation or flaking is not desired. This treatment is also ideal two to three days before a special event. It draws oxygen to the skin’s surface, producing a rosy flush and a rapid warming sensation, resulting in a radiant, healthy look that lasts up to ten days.
Detox Gel Deep Pore Treatment $80.00
This treatment is an excellent choice for detoxifying all skin types. Its active blend of lactic, glycolic and salicylic acids effectively penetrates pores to dissolve impactions and blackheads, kill bacteria, reduce inflammation and remove excess cell debris to leave the skin hydrated, purified and clear. With its strong antibacterial and antioxidant action, this treatment is a gentle, deep pore cleanser.
PCA Summer-Time Facial Peel Treatments $120
These treatments are ideal for the visual reversing of unwanted skin imperfections with little to now downtime or residual peeling. The ideal answer to skin that is overly exposed to sun and a harsh environment on an ongoing basis. Through a soothing combination of deep exfoliating and hydrating skin refining techniques you’ll see a dramatic and lasting improvement in fine lines, firmness, smoothness and vitality. Each treatment is custom-designed for your unique skin condition, life-style, genetic background and the changes in season that can affect its health and appearance.
All Facials and Peel treatments can be sold in a series of 6. If series is purchased, the 6th treatment is FREE.
In the constant battle against the aging process, PCA SKIN believes it is just as important to treat the skin on the body, as well as the face, in order to look your best and keep your body’s largest organ functioning at peak performance. PCA SKIN has developed a chemical peel treatment combining novel ingredients with an elegant application technique to make all over skin beauty within reach. Body treatments are an excellent choice for treating hands, arms, legs, feet, chest and back.
Smoothing body peel Treatment $150 to $300.00 (depending on area treated)
This researched and tested two-step treatment is formulated with potent yet skin friendly ingredients that will even discoloration while smoothing and brightening the skin. Step 1 Pre-Peel Accelerator Mask provides nourishing ingredients that soften and hydrate the skin’s surface. Then step 2 Smoothing Body Peel combines TCA, lactic acid and salicylic acid to affect dramatic changes in the skin’s appearance and texture. An excellent choice for treating rough, dehydrated, and sun-damaged skin on the arms, legs, chest, hands, and feet.
Most Commonly Asked Questions about Chemical Peels
Q. How much downtime is expected with a peel?
A. There is little to no downtime whatsoever with PCA chemical peels. You can actually receive a peel on your lunch hour and return to work.
Q.When will I start "peelings", for how long and how much?
A. Everyone’s experience will be different. However, on an average, you will see flaking by day two or three following the treatment. It is possible to see flaking for up to five or six days. With all PCA peels, only light to medium exfoliation will be experienced.
Q. How irritating is a peel?
A. PCA peels are only slightly irritating. You may experience mild burning or stinging, which is transient.
Q. What is the difference between the three formulas of the PCA Peel®?
A. The PCA Peel® HQ Free is for sensitive skin types, ethnic skin, those allergic to hydroquinone or not looking to lighten the skin. The PCA Peel® w/HQ has a stronger lightening ability; it will help even out the skin tone. The PCA Peel® w/ HQ and Resorcinol is for most resilient and oily skin types and will provide more exfoliatation. This formula is great for someone who has reached a plateau with monthly treatments and needs a more aggressive treatment.
Q. What is the difference between the PCA Peel® versus the Ultra Peel™
A. The Ultra Peel™ is less sensitizing than the PCA Peel® due to the complexity of the formula. The PCA Peel® has more of a drying effect and the Ultra Peel™ has a more moisturizing effect. The PCA Peel® formulas have more instant lightening ability, whereas, the Ultra Peel™ lightening process is more gradual.
Q. Why would Ultra Peel™ II be applied, and when?
A. Ultra Peel™ II will ensure more flaking and peeling post-treatment. It can be applied after any treatment or it can be very mild treatment used alone.
Q. What is resorcinol? Why use the PCA Peel® w/HQ & Resorcinol and who is an appropriate candidate?
A. Resorcinol is an antiseptic, antifungal, astringent and flaking agent. The PCA Peel® w/HQ and Resorcinol is excellent on active acne, smoker’s skin, oily, thick, resilient skin and hand and arm treatments.
Q. What peels are recommended for use with microdermabrasion?
A. There are different ways to enhance your results by using PCA chemical peels with microdermabrasion. For an advanced treatment or for very resilient skin we perform microdermabrasion followed by any TCA peel, one of our Retinol treatments or any one of our non-chemical peeling treatments. Treatment options are determined by your skin type, condition and professional recommendation of your esthetician.
Q. What skin type or condition will benefit most from the Pumpkin Peel; what results are expected?
A. The Pumpkin Peel is best used for asphyxiated skin or acne. It provides nutrient input and will brighten the skin. It’s also great on ethnic skin or very sun damaged skin that has lumps and bumps.
Q. Which peels can be used with the Oxy Trio?
A. The PCA Peel®, Ultra Peel™ I and II, or Sensi Peel™ can all be used in conjunction with the Oxy Trio, however, not all at the same time.
Q. Can a person who is in the sun a lot receive a peel?
A. Yes, only if they are compliant with using sunscreen protection and avoiding the sun 48 hours after a peel. If you are getting peels to lighten the skin, Profecting Protection (SPF 30+) is ideal to reduce any chance of further hyperpigmentation due to its enhanced lightening ingredients of Bearberry, Licorice Root Extract, Kojic Acid, Mulberry Root and Lactic Acid.
Q. What peels can be used on someone who frequently works out?
A. Someone who frequently works out can have any peel but must wait 48 hours after the treatment to exercise. If you don’t want to wait, any non-chemical or retinol peel is a great choice. The Esthetique or our Ultra Peel™ II which is an acid-free, time-released retinol cream are great choices. They have a delayed flaking action that creates no irritation or downtime and leaves the skin glowing and hydrated.
Q. My skin is very thin. Why would I want to peel? Wouldn’t that make my skin thinner?
A. If your skin is dry and thin, often there is a buildup of dead cells that actually keeps your home care products from penetrating. Having a retinol treatment will remove the surface buildup, hydrate the skin and give it a more plump, "thicker" appearance. The use of Vitamin C products in the treatment, as well as in your home care program, will help to build the collagen in your skin, thus making it stronger and more durable.
Q. Can pregnant or lactating women receive a peel?
A. No. We recommend only the Oxygenating Facial Trio for pregnant or lactating women. But always ask your doctor to make sure.
Q. Are there any treatments that are good for rosacea?
A. We have a treatment designed specifically for rosacea that incorporates products from from our Pumpkin Peel, Oxygenating Trio and Sensi Peel™. It helps to unclog the pores, smooth the surface of the skin and promote healing. This treatment could be done as often as every four weeks.
Q. Can someone using Retin-A® or Accutane® have any PCA Peel treatments?
A. We generally recommend that Retin-A® use be stopped five days prior to a peel and five days post treatment because of potential irritation and uneven peel penetration. Accutane® users tend to have very dry and sensitive skin and need to be treated only with peels that are appropriate for their skin type. We have found that the PCA non-peel solutions are Accutane® friendly. However, your skin care specialist should always be made aware of any Retin-A® or Accutane® use and my recommend you postpone treatment if skin is too reactive.
Q. I thought TCA was very aggressive and required a week at home for recovery. Why is this not true of your Ultra Peel™ that is 10% TCA?
A. Ultra Peel™ is effective because of its formulation, but works in a way that does not traumatize the skin like traditional, straight TCA peels. As with all other peels, there is no downtime. Following an Ultra Peel™, the skin is glowing and hydrated; exfoliation occurs more as flaking.
Q. What is the difference between PCA and glycolic peels?
A. Glycolic acid will dehydrate skin and make pores larger after extended use. PCA uses lactic and citric acids which are skin-friendly because they are natural constituents of your skin. PCA peels are unique because they are moisturizing and hydrating and leave your skin fresh, soft and supple, the way it wants to be!
After receiving your chemical peel, you may experience some light flaking in a few localized areas for up to five days and slight redness for one to twelve hours. Although you may or may not actually "peel" during the first one or two treatments, you will probably experience slight exfoliation and your skin will feel tight and pulled. Patients should always follow the Home Care Regimen sheet provided by their technician, but the following post-treatment tips are also recommended to maximize the benefits to your skin:
- Do not apply any medications following treatment not recommended by your technician, including AHA products.
- It is ideal to let the skin stabilize and rest overnight, but mineral makeup can be applied following the treatment if absolutely necessary.
- Avoid direct sun exposure and excessive heat. Use your PCA Hydrator Plus (SPF 30) or Protecting Hydrator (SPF 30), Weightless Protection (SPF 45) or Perfecting Protection (SPF 30) for daily sunscreen protection.
- Do no pick at or pull on any loosening or exfoliating skin. This could potentially cause hyperpigmentation.
- Home use of Pigment Gel® is recommended twice a day to continue lightening hyperpigmented areas.
- Do NOT go to a tanning booth for a least three weeks before or after a treatment.
- Discontinue the use of Retin-A®/Renova® or Differin® for seven days after treatment.
- Do not have electrolysis, collagen injections, Botox, threading,facial waxing or use depilatories for approximately seven days after treatment.
- Do not schedule another treatment until your technician advises you to do so.
For Two Days Following:
- Do not apply ice or water to the treated areas.
- Do not put the face directly into a hot shower spray. Do not use Jacuzzis, steam rooms or saunas.
- Do not go swimming or participate in activities that would cause excessive perspiration.
- Do not use Buff-Puff’s or other means of mechanical exfoliation.- Do not direct a hair dryer onto the treated area.- Stay cool! Getting heated internally can cause hyperpigmentation.