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What are the side effects of Obagi Blue Peel?

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Side effects of Obagi Blue Peel include skin discoloration and discomfort, according to Zeel. The product contains trichloroacetic acid, which when used at full strength can cause scarring.

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Obagi Blue Peel is a registered chemical skin treatment used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of damaged skin. It removes a layer of dead skin cells, which in turn often lightens discolored skin and removes light scars. Obagi Blue Peel contains trichloracetic acid (TCA), which is the chemical responsible for skin removal as it regulates the depth of penetration. One of the listed benefits of Obagi Blue Peel is that its strength can be adjusted to meet the needs of each patient.

Obagi Blue Peel does carry the possibility of side effects, including scarring if the concentration of the chemical is too high for the particular patient's skin. Other side effects include:

  • Hypo-pigmentation: skin bleaching
  • Hyper-pigmentation: skin darkening
  • Peeling
  • Scabbing
  • Redness
  • Burning

After treatment, skin may remain blotchy and raw for up to 10 days. Further, Obagi Blue Peel is not recommended for people with tanned or dark skin and should be avoided by those who have had topical radiation treatment. The treatment will leave a temporary blue color at the treatment area but certain patients also experience longer than average skin discoloration.

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