The Blue Peel is one of the chemical peels that works very well in treating various conditions such as fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes. It is considered as a light-to-medium depth TCA peel (trichloracetic acid peel) that minimizes the risk of complications such as burns and other unwanted reactions.
If you are wondering why it is colored coded as blue, it technically serves a purpose, the color allows the doctor to see where the chemical has been applied and to ensure an even distribution.
The Blue Peel usually treats the superficial layers of the skin on the face. When properly applied by an expert, the results can be fairly impressive.
Blue Peel Benefits
The benefits of Blue Peel includes:
- Gently exfoliates the skin
- Rejuvenates the skin
- Improves skin texture
- Tightens the skin
- Improves fine lines
- Corrects large pores
- Improves acne scars
- Lightens hyperpigmentations such as Melasma
- Corrects skin damage from excessive sun exposure
Compared to other treatments, the down time for this peel is longer and may usually take up to 5-7 days. Also, The recovery time takes about a week depending on the depth of the peel and results desired. Lastly, it takes a week to start seeing the results and about 3 to 4 weeks to see the full results.
Blue Peel Side Effects
Blue Peels are considered to be quite a safe treatment when accurately applied. However as with any chemical peels, there are certain side effects and complications that you should be aware of. These complications usually depend on two factors:
- Depth of the Peel
- Skin Type and Complexion
Complications of a peel include, but are not limited to:
- Prolonged healing
- Uneven skin color
- Herpetic outbreak
- Uneven penetration of the agent
- Uneven skin depigmentation or peeling
Be sure to carefully choose an experienced board certified dermatologist or surgeon to perform this procedure.