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Blue Peel

Also known as Obagi Blue Peel System

What is a Blue Peel?

The Obagi Blue Peel® is a very effective procedure to maintain lifelong healthy skin renewal. It is considered a medium depth chemical peel and can be designed to penetrate to the Immediate Reticular Dermis (IRD). Penetration to the IRD dramatically reduces wrinkles and causes skin tightening. It is comparable to having a facelift without the surgery. The Blue Peel® removes layers of aged and damaged skin, and promotes the creation of healthy skin. The process smooth’s the surface of your skin, improves skin tone and color, diminish wrinkles, and shrinks pore size.

Obagi Blue Peel System is a peel treatment that can be performed on both facial and non-facial areas, including the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs. After the application, layers of dead skin cells peel off and reveal fresh skin cells, improving skin’s clarity and tightness. If you have blemish prone skin, acne, wrinkles, unwanted pigmentation, scars, large pores, sun damage or generally poor, fine skin, you can gain more from an Blue Peel than from more routine treatments.

What to expect during the Obagi Blue Peel System procedure?

P: The Blue Peel® procedure is an outpatient procedure and it is done in our office. The majority of patients request anesthesia because it is a medium depth peel. Also, oral sedation and pain medications can be given. No general anesthesia is needed. If oral sedation is used patients will require another person to drive home after the procedure.

Depending upon the depth of penetration, one to four layers may be applied. The patient may experience a warm, stinging sensation around the treatment area for two to three minutes. After the treatment, the patient may experience mild discomfort and slight swelling for up to seven (7) days. Over the counter pain medication or stronger oral narcotics can be used if necessary. Peeling takes place within three (3) days and typically healing is complete within ten (10) days. The blue tinge will clear after one to two days. New skin will be slightly pink and will gradually fade over several weeks. Cosmetics may be applied after healing is complete. Sunscreen prior to sun exposure is a must.

What to expect during the recovery for the Blue Peel?

Blue peels will turn your skin blue for the first few days. Then, flaking and peeling begin 4-5 days after your peel and finish within 7-9 days. You may engage in your normal activities (that do not include sun exposure) immediately following your peel. But, if you have an important event planned, you will not want to have a peel within 2-3 weeks of that event.

To find out more about available treatments and procedures, request a consultation with Dr. Moulton-Barrett at one of his Bay Area offices. Board certified plastic surgeon Rex Moulton-Barrett, M.D., offers advanced care and procedures for Bay Area residents. He has offices in Alameda and Brentwood, CA.

Our Clinics

Alameda Clinic

2070 Clinton Ave
Fourth Floor
Alameda, CA 94501

Phone  (510) 864-1800

Brentwood Clinic

1280 Central Blvd
Suite J-5
Brentwood, CA 94513

Phone  (925) 240-8775



Alameda Location:

2070 Clinton Ave, Alameda, CA 94501


Brentwood Location

1280 Central Blvd, Suite J-5, Brentwood, CA 94513