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Obagi blue peel

The Obagi blue peel is an altered, more accurate formation of the popular trichloroacetic (TCA) peel.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

Treatment Basics

Manufacturer: Obagi Medical Products, Inc.

The Obagi blue peel, named for its creator, dermatologist Zein Obagi, is a variant of the trichloroacetic (TCA) peel that has been tinted with blue glycerin.

The blue tint of the peel allows the doctor performing the procedure to apply the solution in precisely measured layers. Like other chemical peels, the Obagi blue peel uses a caustic agent to peel away damaged upper layers of facial skin, allowing newer, healthier skin to appear in its place. Typical results include tauter and more uniform skin, fewer wrinkles, and faded blemishes and scars.

The Obagi blue peel is considered a medium-strength peel.

What It's Good For

Obagi blue peels are most commonly performed to reduce wrinkles and blemishes on the face, but the peel is also safe to use on other parts of the body, including the neck, arms, legs, chest, and back.

Who it works for: The Obagi blue peel is best for individuals with light skin. The Obagi blue peel may cause spotting or uneven pigmentation on tan or dark skin.

Recommended age range: There is no age limit for the Obagi blue peel.

When will I see results?: The Obagi peel generally results in a smooth layer of skin after seven to 10 days.

How long it lasts: An Obagi peel can leave your skin tighter and smoother for upward of a year, as long as you maintain healthy skin habits afterwards.

Key benefits of Obagi blue peel: Because of the tinting of Obagi layers, Obagi peel practitioners are less likely to overapply the treatment.

Licensed uses: Obagi products are approved for treating age-related skin concerns.

Who's Done It?

Tons of celebrities have admitted to getting chemical peels, although it's impossible to know who among them has opted for the Obagi blue.

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