I like to offer my clients an honest and informed choice regarding treatments and that includes the bits about pain and flakiness. Hence, I put myself in your position and stepped up for the Blue Peel Radiance by Obagi. This is a peel that can show immediate results but ideally requires 4-6 treatments over a few weeks.
All peels use an acid-base to literally ‘burn’ off the top layer of skin, thereby encouraging cell renewal for fresher, younger looking skin. Generally, the higher the concentration of acid, the deeper the peel and the longer the downtime.
However, the Obagi Blue Radiance peel has a very low level of salicylic acid. It is designed to be used in a course of six ‘low-burn’ treatments. It is perfect if you can’t accommodate the week of downtime associated with one-off deeper peels. Salicylic acid–based peels are used to improve patient outcomes for a range of skin conditions, including acne scarring, photo damage, and melasma. There is indication that it could also be beneficial in the treatment of pigmentary changes in darker skin.
Blue Peel Radiance effectively exfoliates the uppermost damaged skin layers and claims to leave your skin fresh, renewed, and radiant. I reckoned this HAD to be worth a try!
I was forewarned that I would feel an intense heat and itchiness after the solution was applied and I think, this is the most nerve-wracking bit. However, it IS short-lived at around 30 seconds. It does pass and isn’t painful – the worst aspect is worrying that it will get worse or never stop! Trust me, it really isn’t that bad! A second layer of the salicylic solution is then applied and left on your skin for 10 minutes.
When the 10 minutes are up, any remnants of the acid solution is sponged off your skin. Then a good quality SPF is applied to your skin.
I have noticed that the time it takes for your skin to peel differs from person to person and the amount of dead epidermis shed also depends on type of skin, levels of sun damage etc. My skin started to flake a day or so after my friend, and I also experienced less peeling than her. I put this down to years of mistreating my skin in hot climates!
So, one peel down and I feel like I’ve had the world’s best exfloliation. I can see a marked improvement in my complexion and it hass been commented on often. Research indicates my skin’s texture and tone will continue to improve with the next few treatments. Now I know what to expect I’m thrilled by the aspect of undoing years of sitting in the sun slathered in baby oil!
I’m uber excited to see what the next few sessions bring. Tighter, brighter, flawless skin, I’m coming to get ya!