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Blue Peel - Obagi

Obagi Blue Peel


Blue Peel Essentials: The Obagi Blue Peel is a facial chemical peel using a proprietary Blue Dye mixed with trichloroacetic acid that is applied to the facial skin.  Depending on the depth of the peel and the concentration of TCA acid, the facial peel acts on the papillary dermis or deep dermis for a controlled stimulation and activation of fibroblasts.  The results are favorable and act to improve acne scars, superficial and deep wrinkles, and skin discoloration. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian performs the Blue Peel in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica and can provide you with expertise in the Obagi Blue Peel Protocols.


Prior to your Obagi Blue Peel, you may be asked to prep your skin to prevent hyperpigmentation of the skin post chemical peel.  The skin prep you may be recommended includes the Melarase creams or the Obagi Nu Derm creams.


The Obagi Blue Peel procedure takes about 30 minutes to 60 minutes to perform, depending on the depth of treatment and the amount of facial prep prior to the facial peel.  If you request anesthesia, please allocate at least three hours for the entire procedure including pre-treatment prep, anesthesia set-up, Blue Peel, and recovery.


Q: What type of acid is used in an Obagi Blue Peel? 

A: Dr. Karamanoukian uses a modification of the Obagi Blue Peel that incorporates Trichloroacetic Acid.  Prior to your chemical peel treatment, Dr. Karamanoukian will examine your skin and determine whether pre-treatment skin prep is required to exfoliate the skin and stimulate the fibroblasts. The pre-treatment skin prep varies in severity and longevity and may incorporate additional chemical peels that may include Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Kojic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and TCA in a lighter dose. 


Q: How does an Obagi Blue Peel compare to a glycolic acid peel? 

A: The causticity of an acid and the amount of passes of the chemical peel can determine the depth of skin penetration with a chemical peel. A TCA peel is often more invasive than a glycolic acid peel of the same strength.  An Obagi peel is considerably stronger, but this has the added advantage of being more effective in the short and longterm. 


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