How Blue Peel Is Performed

Blue Peel is a procedure that treats facial imperfections such as fine line and wrinkles, age spots, color distortion, blotches, acne scars, acne and freckles. It can be done in the dermatologist’s office and is something to consider before opting for a more invasive and more expensive procedure, such as cosmetic surgery.

Understanding Blue Peel

Blue Peel is a type of chemical peel applied directly to the skin in a doctor’s office. Developed by Dr. Zein Obagi, the formulation is made up of blue glycerin and Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA). This patented formula was developed as an improvement for traditional TCA peels. The Blue Peel is in fact blue and turns darker blue to indicate to the dermatology technician that the process is complete. A Blue Peel helps bring the skin back to life.

As with other chemical peels, once the healing is complete, dependent upon the layers of Blue Peel used, you will notice a more radiant, youthful and clearer complexion of your face. Unfortunately, for most, the first week after the procedure, a light blue tinge will remain on the skin. This is easily covered with makeup.

Blue Peel Procedure

It is recommended that prior to the Blue Peel procedure, you undergo a pre-treatment with Obagi Nu Derm. This will prep the skin to help avoid any post-procedure hyperpigmentation. Many suggest a microdermabrasion once the skin has healed to receive the most optimal results.

After you have been prepped and have come back to the office, the dermatologist will begin the process of applying the Blue Peel to your face and neck; other parts of the skin can benefit from Blue Peel as well, if fine lines and wrinkles or other damages or blemishes are on those areas of the body.

As the Blue Peel is applied to your skin, you may notice some mild burning and stinging. This generally lasts only 2 to 5 minutes. A fan blowing on the skin helps some. Each layer of Blue Peel removes a layer of dead skin and the top layer of your skin. Your dermatologist and you will decide if extra layers are necessary. The amount of layers will depend on the severity of the fine lines and wrinkles or the blemishes you want removed or reduced from your skin. If it is decided that the maximum 4 layers be applied-a local anesthetic will need to be used.


The process of having a Blue Peel lasts only a half hour to an hour. Your healing time will vary, but for one layer of Blue Peel, you can expect 5 to 7 days to heal; additional layers may require more time to heal completely. You can have the Blue Peel process to eliminate, erase or reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles in four week intervals.

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