Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor: Are there any other creams that I can use besides Obagi products to prepare my skin for the treatment?
Pre-procedure prep for Obagi blue peel: Usually, the skin is prepped for a month with moisturizing creams before the peel actually takes place. Obagi manufactures specialized products for this purpose. A topical retin-A cream or AHA peel may provide the same preliminary benefits, thinning your skin and easing the peeling process.
On the day of treatment: Simply show up to your Obagi peel appointment with a freshly washed face. Do not moisturize on the day of your Obagi peel.
What To Expect
The blue tint of the peel allows the doctor performing the procedure to apply the solution in precisely measured layers. Patients have the option of choosing between one and four layers of acid solution. It is up to the the patient and the doctor to decide how many layers are needed to achieve the patient's desired results.
One to two coats of the Obagi blue peel are generally painted on the skin's surface for a superficial peel, while three to four can produce a medium-depth peel. The darker the blue, the deeper the peel. You may leave withbluish skin. The tint will peel off in three to four days.
Who should do it: This peel may be performed by a licensed physician or an aesthetician under the supervision of a physician. Official Obagi peels can only be purchased from authorized medical practices.
Duration: An Obagi peel typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on how many layers of chemical are being applied. The peel is usually kept on the skin for about 15 minutse.
How Painful Is It?
Patients describe the peel as causing a sharp stinging or burning sensation, which is tolerated by some better than others.
Options for anesthesia: Doctors often prescribe a sedative or painkiller to dull the sensation. Anesthesia is not a must, but if you have sensitive skin, then it's an option.