The Obagi blue peel represents a breakthrough and significant advancement in topical skin rejuvenation. Using slow acting TCA (trichloroacetic acid) instead of glycolic acid, the Obagi blue peel enables the aesthetician to control the peeling process and its depth. The process is tailored to the nature of the problem to be corrected: wrinkles, photodamage or pigmentation problems.
Before receiving the Obagi blue peel, all patients are required to have pre peel skin conditioning. These treatments include the use of Retin-A and hydroquinone. These products precondition the skin preparation for the Obagi blue peel.
The Obagi blue peel begins with a thorough cleansing of the skin.
The skin is then degreased using an acetone wipe.
The degreasing is followed by the application of a 15 to 20% TCA. TCA stimulates collagen and elastins in the skin and is a self-neutralizing acid. The Obagi blue peel may be uncomfortable for some patients. Topical local anesthesia is available for the procedure.
Depending on the condition of your skin, 1 to 4 coats of the acid will be applied. After each application, you will feel a burning sensation that may last 5 to 10 minutes. There is no discomfort after the peel solution is removed. Your skin will begin to peel within 2 to 3 days. In an average of 5 to 10 days the sloughing should be complete and the skin healed.
The final step of the Obagi blue peel is the application of a light layer of Vaseline.
Patients can expect a strong exfoliation from the blue peel. This peel is suitable for all types of skin and may be used on chest, hands, and arms. Patients can expect smoother, healthier appearing skin, control of pigment and softening of fine lines.