What Exactly is the Obagi Blue Peel?

Everyone wants smooth, blemish-free skin, but for most people that is a thing of the past, back when one was very young. As one ages and the skin gets exposed to the elements, signs of wear and tear will inevitably emerge, most especially on the face. To counteract the worst of these signs, many people turn to skin treatments such as the Obagi Blue Peel.

The Obagi Blue Peel is a product developed by Obagi Medical Products, Inc. for in-clinic use. It is essentially a chemical peel which must be administered by a dermatologist, and can be used not only on the face, but most areas of the body. Obagi Blue Peel may be used to remove blemishes and treat acne as well as encourage the development of new skin cells by removing old, damaged ones.

The primary component of Obagi Blue Peel is 15% to 20% trichloroacetic acid (TCA), which acts on damaged cells. The blue component is tinted Glycerine, which serves as a guide for the physician in controlling the depth and evenness of the application. It is applied in layers and the procedure may take about 15 minutes, depending on the necessary number of layers. A slight bluish tinge will remain on the skin after treatment which will fade within 24 hours.

A slight burning sometimes painful sensation may be experienced by the patient, but this can be alleviated by an analgesic taken prior to the procedure and cool packs applied to the treated area after the procedure. It may take one to three sessions to achieve the desired results spaced at 8 week intervals. The Obagi Blue Peel is a medium penetration chemical peel, so it is used for serious skin blemishes. Incorrect use of the product can lead to serious skin damage. The skin will begin to peel after three days and may take up to 10 days before the skin is fully healed. For best results, after-care instructions should be closely followed.

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