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12.5% TCA Peels
12.5% TCA Peels

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)*****

COMPLETE TCA KITS (pictured and a GREAT value)

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 you 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 40% Lactic Acid Peel, along our Fade Serum for 2-3 weeks pre-peel.  Use the peel once weekly and the serum twice a day.  


  • 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. 
  • Darker skin tones should avoid TCA peels above 15%.  Darkening of the skin could occur.  Alternative peels are available.  Please ask us for guidance, and we will help you choose the best peel.
  • 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 or cotton pads, or gauze pads for applying the peel to skin.  Use the implement with which you are most comfortable.

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, spaced 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 light-medium peel  
  • 18% is a medium peel 
  • 21% is a medium-strong peel and should be used ONLY by clients who have tolerated the 18% with no problems. 
  • 24% is a strong peel
  • 30% should *never* be used at full strength... use our dilution recipes to create varying peel strengths for versatility 

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

ALWAYS NEUTRALIZE THIS PEEL PROPERLY.  THIS IS *NOT* A SELF-NEUTRALIZING PRODUCT.  If the burning from the product is too much for you, neutralize immediately.  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 BellEvolve Advanced Hyaluronic Acid Serum for deep hydration which bonds to the water in your skin cells.  

BellEvolve Advanced Hyaluronic Serum - Nano Technology

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. 

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.,, 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.

5 Stars
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 .
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Reviewed by:  from south florida. on 10/18/2013
5 Stars
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.
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Reviewed by:  from Duluth, MN. on 1/28/2014
5 Stars
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!
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Reviewed by:  from Springfield, VA USA. on 6/24/2014
4 Stars
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.
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Reviewed by:  from Carmel, CA. on 3/6/2015
5 Stars
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.
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Reviewed by:  from Pittsburgh pa. on 1/14/2015
5 Stars
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.
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Reviewed by:  from Memphis. on 12/31/2013
5 Stars
Satisfied customer
After a lot of hesitation I purchased the 12.5 TCA peel. I've had a TCA peel around my eyes by a plastic surgeon. It was quite strong and was done under anesthesia. Anyway, I just did one layer of this because I don't want to take any chances. The reason I wanted to do the peel was because my skin was not feeling baby smooth like it normally does. I just didn't have the time to deal with going to my plastic surgeon. It took quiet long for it to start peeling, about 12 days. Never large pieces just apparently some skin would come off as I gently wash my face. When it was finally finished peeling, my skin again feels smooth like a baby's bottom. I will probably do two layers next time try to get it to frost but I am very pleased with my results so far. I used Aquaphor after the Peel for seven days because that's how long I used it when I had it done at the plastic surgeon. I didn't want to take any chances. After I discontinued the Aquaphor I used my La Mer moisturizing cream.
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Reviewed by:  from Charlotte NC. on 9/28/2015
1 Stars
Mrs pamela dieffenderfer
I never saw any peeling nor any change in my skin. ***MUAC Comment: This is a light peel. You, apparently, needed a stronger one. We have refunded your account. Thank you.****
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Reviewed by:  from Florida. on 9/18/2015
5 Stars
The product works great. I did my peel one day one and by day 3 it started peeling... A lot.. It's still peeling and my skin didn't get irritated which I was worried about because I have bad sensitive skin. I'd purchase it again.
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Reviewed by:  from California. on 9/8/2015
5 Stars
I adore this peel. I use it a couple of times a week followed by Retin A. The next morning I apply my Neostrata 10% glycolic acid cream. The result? Skin that is smooth as glass! I can't stop running a finger across my face, it's so smooth. I also use the micropolish which seems to do a fantastic job of removing any dead skin resulting in my face absolutely glowing! I experience very little peeling at this percentage of TCA. When I use a higher level then there is definitely peeling but this seems to smooth things out beautifully without peeling. Love this and love MUAC! They have excellent customer service, fantastic prices, extremely fast shipping and my skin has never glowed like this before!
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Reviewed by:  from Saskatoon. on 8/5/2015
5 Stars
I've used muac peels washes and etc for several yrs now and I've never been disappointed. This TCA peel is great for getting dramatic results in my complexion.
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Reviewed by:  from Maryland. on 7/12/2015
5 Stars
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!!!
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Reviewed by:  from New York. on 5/12/2014
5 Stars
Love this peel
I love this peel!! I get great results and save lots of money. Directions given are detailed & easy to follow.
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Reviewed by:  from Mechanicsville. on 4/22/2014
5 Stars
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.
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Reviewed by:  from Maryland. on 12/15/2013
5 Stars
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.
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Reviewed by:  from Seattle, WA. on 11/20/2013
3 Stars
Milder than I expected. I did not peel.
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Reviewed by:  from TN. on 10/2/2015
5 Stars
Love it
I had tingling and slight peeling first time I used. Also used Mandelic Peel a couple weeks before and couple weeks after. Loved both and will continue this regime and then try a stronger peel once I run out of products. Love that you can buy samples. I have tried numerous products and like them all.
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Reviewed by:  from Michigan. on 9/11/2015
4 Stars
Good Buy
I followed the instructions that came with this kit to the LETTER and it worked fine. Don't skip a step, be sure to do a test patch, and follow the professional instructions. I had more peeling than I thought I would but overall, am very happy.
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Reviewed by:  from Illinois. on 7/6/2015
5 Stars
Wow- I loved it!!! I had a very light peel not until day 4. Beautiful new skin and extremely happy. If you follow all the directions it is safe and effective.
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Reviewed by:  from Boston. on 6/28/2015
4 Stars
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.
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Reviewed by:  from California. on 4/8/2015
4 Stars
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.
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Reviewed by:  from Clermont, FL. on 3/30/2015
5 Stars
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!!
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Reviewed by:  from Denver. on 11/1/2013

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