Whether you’re dealing with age spots, wrinkles, fine lines or extensive sun damage, certain types of chemical peels can restore your skin to a more youthful state. The Obagi Blue Peel is a popular chemical peel available at many medical spas and aesthetic centers around the country. It is designed to remove the skin’s outermost layers, and reveal the layer of fresher, healthier looking skin underneath.
The peel can be performed without any sedation or anesthesia, and the skin heals within a seven to ten-day time frame. Here’s a close look at how the Obagi Blue Peel works, and what its skin rejuvenation benefits are:
How the Obagi Blue Peel Works
The Obagi Blue Peel is applied directly onto the skin’s surface and takes about 20 minutes to sink in. The blue peel treatment can be performed on both facial and non-facial areas, including the chest, neck, hands, arms and back. It is a measured application of blue glycerine and trichloracetic acid (TCA), and the peel can be applied in layers, with up to four applications depending on the condition of the skin. Each coat of the peel penetrates deeper into the skin, and darkens the blue shade of the peel. At each level, the patient typically experiences a mild, burning sensation that lasts for about two to three minutes. At this stage, the doctor may use an electric fan or cooling device to help reduce discomfort. The peel is tinted blue, and will be washed off within 24 hours.
After about seven to ten days, the skin begins to shed naturally, peeling away its top layer and revealing a healthier, smoother layer underneath. Some people begin to peel within two to three days after their procedure. As the skin continues to heal after the procedure, the skin appears tighter, more toned and fresher. Most people can wear light makeup and will need to use moisturizing skincare products to promote the healing process.
Skin Rejuvenation Benefits of the Obagi Blue Peel
The Obagi Blue Peel offers a number of skin rejuvenation benefits, and most people see progressive results shortly after the procedure.
Some of the key benefits of the Obagi Blue Peel include:
Lightening and evening out the skin tone
Reducing the appearance of acne scars
Removing unwanted pigmentation
Reducing large poors
Clearing up sun damage
Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Improving skin’s clarity
Making the skin appear tighter and more toned
The Obagi Blue Peel helps to gently remove the top layer of skin, without causing significant damage to the skin’s deeper layers. This makes it a less-aggressive treatment than dermabrasion and laser skin rejuvenation treatments that often penetrate deeper into the epidermis. There are no internal toxic effects of this procedure, and peeling the skin in this way is done in a very controlled manner, so it will not cause extensive damage to the skin.
Learn more about the Obagi Blue Peel in our information guide, or consult with a medical spa professional in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for the procedure.