Obagi Blue Peel Effects

By Shelley Moore

  • Overview

    Obagi Blue Peel is designed to rejuvenate skin and reduce or eliminate fine lines, blemishes, scars, sun damage and pigmentation issues. A chemical peel, it involves the application of a caustic substance, trichloracetic acid, to help smooth facial texture. The Obagi Blue Peel must be administered by a physician, typically a plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
  • Identification

    The Obagi Blue Peel is applied in 1 to 4 layers, depending on the skin problems it will correct, and is removed after about a half hour. Over the next few days, thin surface layers of dead cells and damaged skin will slough off. This is light peeling like you might have after a sunburn. New, healthy skin cells will be replacing these old cells, rejuvenating facial appearance.
  • Time Frame

    Before the Obagi Blue Peel is applied, the client performs up to 12 weeks of skin conditioning with Obagi skin care products. Although it can take several days for the skin to heal after the in-office procedure, this is faster than healing after dermabrasion or laser treatment, which can leave skin red for months. Some people require 2 or 3 treatments for desired results, which can be done every 4 weeks. The frequency people choose to have an Obagi Blue Peel generally ranges from every 3 months to every 2 years.


  • Side Effects

    The Obagi Blue Peel is a much deeper treatment than peels that can be purchased over the counter, and there are some side effects. People may experience stinging or stronger pain while the peel is on, and online reviews note that even the happiest customers report pain ranging from uncomfortable to severe. Some clients also have a blue tint on their skin for up to 10 days. The peeling begins after a day or two, and skin completely heals within 10 days. People should not wear makeup until healing is complete.
  • Reviews

    Most online reviews are positive, with customers expressing satisfaction with Obagi Blue Peel rejuvenation effects. The most common complaint was about pain during the procedure. On the Real Self website, some negative reviews say it did not work very well, and was not worth the average cost of about $1,000 per peel, which includes the cost of the procedure and the pre-treatment conditioning products (see Resources).
  • Warning

    The Obagi Blue Peel, like other strong physician-administered peels, can cause uneven skin color, scarring and a herpes outbreak in persons who have the virus. Interested people are advised to research the clinic they are considering for the success rate and satisfaction of previous customers.
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