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PCA Peel® Treatment Protocol

Treatment Protocol

These three peel solutions soften the appearance of surface lines around the eyes and nasolabial folds, as well as help promote a clear complexion, smooth skin texture, and even skin tone. They are especially beneficial for oily skin. These blends combine AHA and BHA with kojic acid, (with or without hydroquinone) with a modified Jessner’s solution to address uneven skin tone from sun damage and hormonal changes. AHA and melanogenesis inhibitors suppress the chain reaction responsible for the creation of new melanin. Resorcinol and hydroquinone are optional in these formulas.

PCA Peel® treatments (3 bottles of 2 fl oz/59.1mL each)

Key Ingredients

  • Citric Acid an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally found in citrus fruits.
  • Hydroquinone (HQ) helps to promote an even skin tone.
  • Kojic Acid helps promote an even skin tone.
  • Lactic Acid an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally found in milk and sugars. It is part of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF) and moisturizes the skin.
  • Resorcinol a flaking agent.
  • Salicylic Acid a calming lipophilic beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that helps promote a clear complexion.


1. Facial Wash Oily/Problem – Cleanse the area of treatment thoroughly. Rinse and pat dry.


2. Smoothing Toner – Apply with a cotton pad to prep the skin. Allow the skin to dry. This product may sting or tingle on some individuals. Assess sensitivity by asking the patient, “On a scale of one to ten, ten being extremely active, how do you rate this sensation (or feeling)?”


3. PCA Peel® – Choose the formula appropriate for skin type and condition.

  • Before using, gently agitate the product. Apply the first layer with a cotton pad.
  • Use the scale of 1 to 10 to gauge sensitivity. Fan the skin to keep the patient cool between layers. If the patient responds 6 or higher, do not proceed with another layer. If the patient’s response is between 1 and 5, proceed with another layer.
  • Wait until the patient’s sensitivity begins to subside before applying the next layer. The patient will begin to rate lower on the scale of 1 to 10 approximately one to five minutes after each layer is applied.
  • The total number of layers is determined by the needs, goals, and individual sensitivity of the patient.
  • The maximum number of layers is six.


4. After the peel solution has been absorbed into the skin, customize the protocol with a combination of corrective daily care products to address your patient’s particular concerns and skincare goals.

Retinoid booster (optional)

5. Advanced Treatment Booster – Dispense two pumps into gloved hands. Gently spread the product over the area of treatment, keeping application even and thin.

  • Use the scale of 1 to 10 to gauge sensitivity. Most patients will not have any sensitivity to this product.
  • The maximum number of layers is one.

Hydrate & protect

6. ReBalance and the appropriate PCA SKIN® broad spectrum SPF product – Complete the treatment with this combination to calm, hydrate and protect the skin from UVA and UVB exposure.

7.  Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster – Finish with a liberal application to improve hydration and reduce the appearance of lip lines.

Note: Apply the appropriate PCA SKIN® broad spectrum SPF product product prior to applying Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster to protect the lips from UVA and UVB exposure.