History of Blue Peel

The Blue Peel is a process that uses trichloroacetic acid (TCA) as a base for skin rejuvenation. This procedure provides excellent gradual skin tightening and mild skin leveling. Skin leveling is basically a smoothing down of the skin. This process is safe and completed in the office. The healing time is between three to ten days.


Skin restoration dates back to Cleopatra and the ancient Romans, who used food acids to peel their skin. In the early 1900's, Europeans and American women underwent peels in salons. It is thought that a type of acid was used for the peels. In the early 1950's, the phenol peel was developed. It was a harsh peel that did remove years of wrinkles, but had complications such as peeling, scaring, uneven skin tones and abnormal heartbeats. The Blue Peel has come a long way since then.

Patient Safety

In 1989, the Blue Peel was created by Dr. Zein Obagi, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, CA. He improved the traditional TCA. This addition improved patient safety, as the physician could then observe the solution strength as well as facial coverage. These controlled depth chemical peels have improved the skin restoration process.
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