Obagi Blue Peel? What is It and What Can It Do for Me?

Are you wondering, “What is an Obagi Blue Peel?” If you are, you wouldn’t be the only one. An Obagi Blue Peel is a facial chemical peel used to improve the texture and appearance of your skin. This peel helps your skin become healthier and more vibrant. It also has the ability to take years off of your appearance and provide you with a youthful glow. This procedure is typically performed in a dermatologist or plastic surgeon office. The Obagi Blue Peel was developed by Dr. Zein, renowned dermatologist and it is considered both a medical and cosmetic procedure.

Why should you get an Obagi Blue Peel? Well, a variety of factors (i.e. smoking, pollutants, illnesses, toxins, excessive sun exposure and the natural aging process) can damage your skin. Although a variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications are available to combat the signs of aging and skin damage, many times they simply aren’t strong enough to cause a real change in your appearance. The Obagi Blue Peel has all of the properties needed to revitalize both your body and spirit. With this peel, you will be looking like a “million bucks” in no time at all.  

What is an Obagi Blue Peel?

So, what exactly is an Obagi Blue Peel? Well, it is a blue dye, trichloracetic acid-based chemical peel. The blue dye contains glycerin, which is needed to prevent your skin from absorbing too much trichloracetic acid at one time. It also helps the peel go onto the skin more smoothly. In other words, glycerin helps your plastic surgeon or dermatologist apply the peel more uniformly – not missing any spots or under/over applying the treatment. It is important to note that your skin may have a slight blue hue for approximately 24 hours, following the treatment. You may also experience some mild redness and irritation for several days. These side-effects should subside as you heal.

How long does the procedure take?

It usually takes between 45 minutes and an hour (60 minutes) to perform an Obagi Blue Peel. During the procedure, your dermatologist or plastic surgeon, applies several layers of the solution to your damaged skin. You may experience a slight stinging or burning sensation in the treated skin. The discomfort should disappear within three minutes. Anesthesia is normally not used during this procedure. Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon may use a mini fan to cool your skin and minimize any discomfort. Refrain from applying make-up for at least two weeks, following the treatment. You will receive a follow-up instruction sheet to help you care for your skin as it heals. This sheet will have recommended soaps, lotions and creams. If you are considering having additional peels, make sure you wait at least 6 weeks before scheduling your next session.

 

How much does it cost?

An Obagi Blue Peel is normally performed by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
The typically cost ranges from approximately $700.00 to $4,000.00, per session, depending on the concentration of the solution, the amount of layers applied and the time it takes to perform the procedure.

What are the benefits and side-effects?

As mentioned previously, an Obagi Blue Peel is both a medical and cosmetic procedure, so it does come with some risks. For instance, approximately 24 to 48 hours after the peel, you may experience a mild “sunburn” on the treated skin. In other words, your face may begin to peel, itch and/or sting. The peeling should stop within two weeks, allowing healthier, firmer and more youthful skin to emerge. You will be happily surprised at the noticeable difference in your skin’s clearness and firmness, following the procedure.

The treatment will not only “peel away” skin damage, it will also smooth uneven, acne-prone skin and brighten your skin tone. The main disadvantages are: slight discomfort, longer recovery times (i.e. two weeks or more) and cost (i.e. up to $4,000.00, per treatment session). Aside from the initial discomfort (i.e. redness, stinging, tenderness, burning, itching, a “sunburn” sensation and peeling), you should not experience any other side-effects. Although trichloracetic acid is injected into your skin, it does not enter your bloodstream, so you do not have to worry about toxicity.

References:

Obagi Medical. (2014). Obagi Blue Peels. Retrieved from http://obagi.com/patients/product-        line/blue-peel/overview.

Real Self. (2014). Blue Peel. Retrieved from http://www.realself.com/Obagi-blue-peel/reviews.

 

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