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12.5% TCA Peels

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Trichloracetic Acid is the primary ingredient in the Obagi Blue Peel.
Noticeable peeling will be realized, with some down-time that
will vary from client-to-client, dependent upon your skin type.

Our TCA Home Peels are excellent for softening deeper wrinkling, 
reducing/removing less severe facial lines, improving sun damage, fading hyperpigmentation (freckles, "age" spots), reducing scars (not keloid scarring, however), reducing acneic conditions with/without scarring, reducing and/or completely removing upper lip lines.  Improved skin coloration/brightness will be seen after peeling, with a fresh, more refined texture to the skin.

***TCA peels typically tighten the skin and provide a lifting effect.

***Begin with our 12.5% peel if you haven't used TCA's previously.  Once you have become accustomed to using TCA's at home...and should you feel you need to use a stronger percentage...graduate-up to the 15% or 18%.  

21% should *only* be used by clients who have tolerated the 18% very well.  21% is *very* strong and not for the beginning/novice TCA user.

A TCA peel of 12%, 15%, 18% or 21%, performed at a doctor's office,would cost at  *least* $500 for one treatment.

*****SAMPLES=TCA+DIRECTIONS (this s not a kit)*****


Choose from 1/2 oz, 1 oz, and 2 oz Kits
Kits include: TCA acid, protective gloves, green tea/pomegranate cleansing gel, post peel neutralizer, directions

Purity and Formulation:

Makeup Artist's Choice TCA's are formulated in carefully controlled FDA registered facilities with Reagent Grade (ACS) ingredients, medical grade. Reagent grade is the highest purity level obtainable. The American Chemical Society (ACS) establishes the laboratory standards for all Regent grade chemicals. 

Please be cautious when purchasing online peels.

We use only FDA registered laboratory facilities to ensure the highest purity medical grade and professional formulations.  Beware of TCA "homegrown" concoctions being offered on eBay and sub-standard websites.  Some websites boast personal licensing in the  skin care field and the qualifications of their "chemist."  

Others offer rock-bottom pricing.  There's a reason for this.....their products have *not* been formulated in registered, quality-controlled FDA Lab facilities.  Quality-control ensures the purity and safety of the product.  FDA Lab Registered facilities are monitored (unannounced visits by FDA reps), and must adhere to strict GMP (good manufacturing practices).  FDA Lab formulated products ensure you are getting products handled by certified chemists, working in quality-controlled laboratory facilities registered with the FDA.  Our lab is FDA and EPA registered, certified for GMP. FDA lab formulated products come with certifications that are kept on-file for proof of formulation. That's your guarantee the product advertised is indeed what you are receiving. 

Using alpha hydroxy products for a week prior to your TCA peel....glycolic acid, mandelic acid, lactic acid.... will help to "prime" the skin for the TCA.  Do not, however, use an alpha hydroxy acid.....nor any other acid.....on the same day as your TCA peel. While priming the skin isn't an absolute prerequisite, it may help to realize a more productive peeling experience.  If you are planning to use our stronger TCA peeling products at a later time, prime your skin with our Retinol or Alpha Hydroxy Peels (glycolic, lactic, mandelic).

If you are using this peel primarily for hyper pigmentation issues, use our lactic acid peel, along with our Fade Serum for 2-3 weeks pre-peel.


  • Do not use this product if you are currently using Accutane, 
    or have used Accutane anytime within the last 24 months, as scarring may result.
  • Do not use a TCA peel if you have herpes simplex.
  • Do not use if you are pregnant.
  • Do not use if you are lactating.
  • Do not use if you tend to keloid.
  • Do not use if you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.
  • Do not use if you are HIV positive or have AIDS.
  • Don't apply the TCA to areas where you have used hair removal products, have shaved, or used granular exfoliation products or buffing pads for several days pre-peel.  We need non-irritated skin for best results.
  • Discontinue acid-based products, retinoids, acne skin products, granular products, and other exfoliators for 48 hours before peel application and 2 weeks post-peel.  

What You'll Need To Provide:

  • Petroleum jelly, an anti-biotic ointment, and an anti-itch cream.  Vaseline (petroleum jelly), Bacitracin or Neosporin (anti-bacterial creams) and Lanacaine or Cortaid (anti-itch) are recommended.
  • An accurate kitchen timer.
  • Q-tips

How Long Will My Results Last?

--Several months for most clients.
--Using glycolic or lactic acid peels on a weekly basis will help to maintain your results longer.

Frequency Of Use (these are general guidelines for the majority of clients): 

Most clients using the 12.5% TCA will need to do a series of 2-3 peels, about 2-3 weeks apart to realize optimal results.  Subsequently, use the peel every 60-90 days.  Light flaking or peeling for most.
Clients using the 15%, 18% and 21% strengths will realize more pronounced results and may need to do only 1 treatment.  Subsequently, use the peel every 60-90 days.

  • 12.5% is a light peel
  • 15% is a medium-strong peel 
  • 18% is a strong peel
  • 21% is a *very* strong peel and should be used ONLY by clients who have tolerated the 18% with no problems. 

If you are unsure where to begin, it's always a good idea to begin with the lightest strength.  We offer you a step-up program for safe usage. 

Do NOT begin with the 18% or 21% TCA unless you have used 15% several times successfully.  18% and 21% are much more aggressive peels and should not be applied to skin untested by TCA's previously.

By ordering from this site, you agree to the waiver

The Treatment: TCA is a self-regulating acid which typically stops working after 5 - 8 minutes.  However, we do recommend the neutralizing solution of baking soda and water (listed above) to ensure complete neutralization at any time during the process.  If the burning from the product is too much for you, neutralize with the baking soda recipe provided above.  Once the acid is off the skin, the burning sensation will stop.  

Use the results of your patch-test as a guide for the length-of-time you leave it on the skin.  Complete and concise instructions will be included with your purchase along with "what if" scenarios.  We have noted the items you'll need to provide above.  All other items necessary for the treatment will be included with your kit.

After the Treatment: Post-peel, your skin will continue to improve for 14-21 days as cell turnover takes place and your skin returns to a normal pH level. 

Moisture - Use your Neosporin for 48 hours post-peel.  Then consider using our Hyaluronic Acid Serum for deep hydration which bonds to the water in your skin cells.  Applying this product to damp skin allows it to work most efficiently.  

Hyaluronic Acid Serum Plumps Skin Cells, Moisturizes, Increase Skin's Moisture In Any Climate 

Store TCA Peels in cool, dry place for 12-18 month shelf-life.

Formulated in the USA at FDA Registered Laboratory Facility.
ACS (American Chemical Society) Regeant Quality - Medical Grade - the highest purity available.

Your purchase of a *complete kit* includes:

  • TCA peeling solution
  • Latex gloves
  • Small bottle Green Tea/Pomegranate Cleanser, along with our Post Peel Neutralizer
  • Product bag, great for multiple uses.
    (please note below...1/8 oz samplers include TCA+directions-only... to neutralize the sample, please use 2 tablespoons of baking side to 1 cup of tepid water... mix thoroughly... dip a cotton ball into the solution and dab onto all areas where you've applied the serum.  Neutralize until you are certain all peeling solution has been removed from the skin.  Pay special attention to the nose and mouth area to ensure complete removal.)

Legal Disclaimer:  Information provided within this entire website is intended to be used as general information-only and is in no way intended to replace medical advice, is not to be used as a medical treatment program, nor to diagnose or cure of any disease or medical condition. Always consult with a qualified physician for medical advice.  You are solely responsible for the use and misuse of products offered and for all actions and consequences of that use or misuse. Because each person's skin is unique, we make no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding the effectiveness of products. You are using products listed on our web site at your sole risk and are responsible for all actions and consequences of use and misuse. Always patch test products before use.

Keep products out of reach of children!
Misuse of chemical products can cause injury and burns.

AGREEMENT:  You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Makeup Artist's Choice, Inc., www.makeupartistschoice.com, its officers, employees, agents, and suppliers from and against any and all claims, charges, demands, damages, liabilities, losses, expenses, and liabilities of whatever nature and howsoever arising (including but not limited to any legal or other professional fees and the costs of defending or prosecuting any claim and any other direct or consequential loss) incurred or suffered directly or indirectly as a result of using any product listed on our website.

FDA December 2, 2002 Posting - Sun Sensitivity
Clients need to be aware that by using glycolic acid and other peeling products, your skin will be more photo-sensitive than normal.  It is recommended that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, preferably SPF 30 or higher, after using skin peel products.  The FDA recommends using an SPF for one week post-peel.

This peel worked wonderfully. I started off by applying one layer and proceeded to rinse off after 5 minutes. I did not peel this time. Two weeks later I applied 2 layers, and I did peel a few days after. I believe I did not peel the first time because I use a strong retin a and also a 8% glycolic acid daily. Please use caution using this even at low levels to not harm skin.
  Reviewed by:   from California. on 4/8/2015
Rating 12.5% TCA Peel
I have done TCA peels in the past for my hyperpigmentation but I had them done professionally. I wanted to start trying them at home as I have spent thousands of dollars dealing with this issue. I have never done this on my own so I started at the beginning with the 12.5% just to be safe. It was easy to follow instructions. I did see a little peeling but not much. I will purchase the 15% next although I think my skin can move to the 18% but I will move on gradually just to be safe. So far I am happy with the product.
  Reviewed by:   from Clermont, FL. on 3/30/2015
Rating Been using these a few years--really works.
I have been using the TCA peels for a few years. I' am teacher and I use them over break-time because you do have obvious peeling (and might feel self-conscious, like I do). Be sure to start with the lower percentage. I accidentally bought the 18 last year and my skin turned brown before it peeled. It looked hideous, but it was normal for high percentage peels. It didn't do any damage. I believe these peels work and MUCA has clear instructions to walk you through it.
  Reviewed by:   from Denver, CO. on 3/27/2015
Rating Easy, Painless, Annoying but Effective
I had been using the highest level Lactic Acid Peels for about 6 months, but wanted more drastic results for fine lines and hyperpigmentation. I opted for the 12.5% and just went for it. I didn't hurt any more than the Lactic peels, probably less. More in a sunburn way, not the needling feeling of the LA peel. I left on for 5 minutes, didn't really feel or see anything so I added a 2nd application. I started frosting on my forehead and sides of nose. After 10 minutes total I neutralized and rinsed. Face was tender, but nothing exciting. I applied antibiotic ointment for the next 2 days, washed gently, no makeup. I just felt tight. Day 3-4 were itchy and I started to see super crepey skin, but nothing terrible. Day 5 the flaking began. I didn't peel in sheets, just flaked around the nose and mouth and then things got super annoying because days 5-8 were a flake fest. I didn't wear anything but eye makeup and kept my skin as hydrated as possible and didn't pull at or scratch the skin. I was beginning to feel disappointed because I wanted more drastic peeling, not little flakes and it seemed like I might never get it all off. Around day 10 the flaky skin was almost gone. I noticed a few prominent brown spots were lessened, my pores looked non existent, and the new skin was more smooth but I still wanted more improvement. Looking back I could have gone straight to 15%, but since I have this whole kit I'll keep using it until I get the results I need.
  Reviewed by:   from Carmel, CA. on 3/6/2015
Rating Great
I was really glad I could buy a sample. It was a great way to try this strength out. It was a great strength of my first peel.
  Reviewed by:   from Pittsburgh pa. on 1/14/2015
Rating 12.5% TCA Peel
I love this peel! It is the first one that I tried. Whenever I feel like my skin needs a little pick me up I pull it out. I have tried several of Makeup Artists Choice peels and still experimenting. I guess when I have achieved my final final results I will be a brand new woman! As a woman of mixed race (African American and Native American) I have been plagued by acne and combination skin. As a teenager of course I picked my skin which left marks on my skin, as well as the pick/pock mark that are not overly attrative. In my mid-50's I am trying to get the skin I had when I was born with but never took care of. Thank god for makeup artist choice!
  Reviewed by:   from Springfield, VA USA. on 6/24/2014
Rating Thank You!
I used different applications to get rid of a pimple and it caused a really dark mark between my eyes that did not go away. We tried different skin lightener, Skin Drs that applied skin peels for 100s of dollars, but nothing worked. Had my mother order this for me after reading the reviews and applied it. WOW ...... I can get contacts now, I hid the spot with glasses for years, but I can finally go without them. THANK YOU!!!
  Reviewed by:   from New York. on 5/12/2014
Rating Love this peel
I love this peel!! I get great results and save lots of money. Directions given are detailed & easy to follow.
  Reviewed by:   from Mechanicsville. on 4/22/2014
Rating My introduction to the TCA
I have suffered from Acne and Acne scars from my teens good though my 30's. Afte doing lactic acid peels and Glycolic peels I decided to make the jump to the TCA after reading amazing reviews on here and on a hair forum I'm a member of. 2 minutes before my first application of the 12.5%, I spilled 85% of the bottle on my living. I had enough left love for 2.5 peels. I did the first peel and I was impressed by my results so was everyone who saw me. I knew for sure I can ge rid of my acne scars with MUAC TCA peels.
  Reviewed by:   from Brooklyn, NY . on 4/3/2014
Rating Love Makeup Artists Choice
I can not believed a salon/spa charged me $560.00 per peel (sad thing is I had multiple peels - man do I feel stupid for wasting my hard earned money) and here at Makeup Artists I purchased enough to do ten peels for $17.00. The procedures, products, and results were identical to the peels I had in the salon/spa. Love love love Makeup Artists Choice.
  Reviewed by:   from Duluth, MN. on 1/28/2014
Rating Used For Dark Spots
I used this product a couple of times for my dark spots on my face. It is effective in peeling off the old dark skin and reveal newer fresher skin. My dark spots became much less obvious now. I plan to do another one maybe in a month. This is a very powerful solution. Anybody using it for the first time should be extremely careful. I had what they call "frosting" both times using it. Then I had to stop and neutralize it immediately. Fortunately, everything turns out to be OK. I like my skin again now.
  Reviewed by:   from Memphis. on 12/31/2013
Rating TCA Peel
Its a life saver, I lived in Jamaica and use to get my peels at the Dermo, since I moved to the states I had to find a substitute, YESSSS!!!! I found The Makeup Artist Choice and I am happy.
  Reviewed by:   from Maryland. on 12/15/2013
Rating Good Starter
My main concern was continual small outbreaks and hperpigmentation, both of which responded incredibly well to the TCA + Mandelic Acid. I also have some pitted scarring from old cystic acne which I plan to address with a future 2-layer application of a stronger TCA peel.
  Reviewed by:   from Seattle, WA. on 11/20/2013
Rating Love this product
I LOVE this product! It has really help lighten my dark spots and it's a fraction of the cost at derm's office! Really easy to do yourself!!
  Reviewed by:   from Denver. on 11/1/2013
Rating absolutely love this product!!
First, i never in my life had any kind of acne until recently. About a year ago i started to get little break outs here and there and all of a sudden i would get clusters of very painful acne all over my cheeks and chin area.I have used this peel 3 times since ordering it and it has cleared up most of my acne scarring and has stopped any new break outs. I get a small blemish here and there but very rarely now since using this peel. I am totally and completely satisfied with this and other products that I have purchased from MUAC. Thank you MUAC. If I knew how to add pictures to this I would, just so you could see how effective this product really is. Its AH-MAZING!!
  Reviewed by:   from CA. on 10/18/2013
Rating TCA peel
I have had 4 TCA peels in my life all which have been over 12.5% and performed by a doctor. I have had it one so many times I was confident in doing it to myself. Make no mistake, you will look terrible for 10 days and you have to stay away from the sun. I'm not fair or light by any means btw and its not a tan. I'm just darker NC 45. As long as you stay out of the sun and use sunscreen there should be no issues. I did just one layer and felt nothing but saw mild results. I waited two weeks to do it again and layered up. It was no where near as strong as the 20-30% peels I have had but it peeled a lot and my skin looked awful as it was peeling. The skin under though is amazing and still is. I'm 35 and still get carded everywhere. TCA is the way to go. Yes its awful for 10 days but its worth it too look over a decade younger than what I am .
  Reviewed by:   from south florida. on 10/18/2013
Rating tca
Well I am still beginning my process with these peels. I think my favorite thing with MUAC is the incredible incredible customer service! I first bought the TCA peel bc I have had acne my whole life and now I am getting wrinkles too. I also have some brown spots I got from too much sun living in mexico. I started with the 12% peel. It helped a lot to make my skin look younger or tighter but I was not seeing much change with the brown spots, and it has helped a little with acne. I contacted customer service and they recommended I can use mandelic and fade peel every other week for a couple months until it is time to TCA again. Well I got my first complement last week. I can tell the brown spots are slowly fading but I think it is going to take time. The acne has improved too and the acne I get will be like a couple instead of a whole broken out area. So I know it is going to take time but I really do love these products and I ahve already recommended them to several friends!
  Reviewed by:   from CA. on 10/17/2013

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