I recently had my second Obagi Blue Peel and feel that I must share the experience with my readers.
There was a huge difference between the first and second peels I have undergone, so I have mixed feeling about it at this time. Please read this post to the end if you are considering this same peel.
The Obagi Blue Peel is part of a larger offering of Obagi products aimed at improving the look and feel of skin. It helps with wrinkles, acne, and other imperfections.
The Obagi site states the Blue Peel is an:
In-office facial chemical peel procedure that uses trichloroacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special Obagi blue base to monitor and slow penetration.
Use of the Obagi Nu Derm System is recommended before and after your Blue Peel, which takes place in your physician’s office.
First of all, let me say that I had my first Obagi Blue Peel four months ago and it went just fine. I was able to tolerate three applications of the acid and I went home to have a typical recovery. My face became very tight, the skin turned dark brown, then my it started to peel off. Under that yucky peeling skin was fresh skin that looked and felt like that of a newborn baby. I was in heaven!
Fast forward to last week…..and things changed.
I was undergoing a horrific allergy attack, so I called the office and asked if they still wanted to perform the procedure. I was told it would be fine and to come on in, which I did. However, once I was on the table and being prepped she said my skin was overreacting to everything and rashing up, so she couldn’t do it. I was fine with that because I was not tolerating the procedure well at all. (She goes around your face doing all kinds of painful things to get you ready. She cleans your pores, uses an extractor to remove things, uses a laser to zap imperfections, etc.)
I returned to her office the following Monday and had two applications of the peel this time. The burning was extreme (same as the first time), but I made determined to hang in there. The aftercare includes mixing hydrocortisone cream (Obagi version is called Tolereen) and moisturizer (Obagi version is called Action) and applying it to your face 2 to 3 times a day. The first time she told me to do this for 2 or 3 days. The second time she said to only do it for one day following my peel. She said it would give me better results.
I go home after that and my face appears to be following the same routine as before. It got tight, turned brown, and peeled. But this time the skin under it was extremely red. Like a primary red crayon. The first time it has only been a slight pink. So I called the office and left a message on Thursday. I knew they would not be in the office that day, but expected a call back on Friday. But it never came.
By Saturday I truly looked like a science experiment. My skin had areas of bright red and dark brown with lots of peeling skin. My husband as freaking out and thought my face might be ruined. My mother-in-law agreed and they both said I should never get this done again. I gave this some consideration. However, I developed a new problem. I had a bright red rash that started just under my nose and went down my neck. I also ran up my jawline on both sides. It was raised and it itched like crazy. By Sunday it was driving me crazy.
After trying everything on the aftercare sheet, I finally started taking Benedryl (didn’t know what was causing it, so thought it couldn’t hurt) and applying Neosporin. I finally started to see some improvement after this, but who knows if this was just a coincidence.
Monday morning I finally got a call back from the office. I was in the shower, of course, so they left a message telling me to do exactly what my aftercare sheet said, which I had been doing. When I called back and explained my situation, she suggested that I come in to see the aesthetician if it didn’t get better by the end of the day. I was finally starting to look better, so I decided to wait it out.
So that’s what I am doing right now…..waiting it out…..while I am writing this.
I did some research online and found that it is common for your skin to become extremely red as mine did after a TCA peel and that it could last up to 3 months. I also found that Obagi suggests that you use their skin care system, Obagi Nu Derm System, for at least 4 weeks before you undergo an Obagi Blue Peel. My aesthetician never told me that. In fact, she asked what all I used and I told her, so she knew I wasn’t using those products.
She recommended that I stop using my tretinoin cream (Retin-A) a couple days before I came back for my peel since my skin had reacted so badly during my prep, which I forgot to do. But that is not something that you commonly need to do, as tretinoin cream is a part of the Obagi skin care routine, so I don’t think it really made a big difference.
So would I get this peel again? I don’t know just yet. I don’t do well with peels to begin with since I absolutely hate the feeling when it gets tight and I can’t move my facial muscles. We will see……
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