Chemical Peels

Obagi Blue Chemical Peel
Cosmetic surgeon Mark Youssef, from Unique Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Monica, California, performs an Obagi blue chemical peel on 32-year-old Kristina, who has sun damage. The peel contains trichloracetic acid (TCA) and is ideal for uneven, discolored or damaged skin.

“Typical chemical peels are clear, but this chemical peel has a blue base to it, so it allows us to assess the evenness of the application and also the depth of penetration,” Dr. Yousseff explains.

The blue dye rinses off in 24 to 48 hours, but the peel takes seven to eight days to complete. As the layers of dead and damaged skin cells are exfoliated and sloughed off, they are replaced by new, healthy ones, resulting in brighter, younger-looking skin and tighter pores.


Chemical peel risks

Patchy Skin Solutions
Kimberly, 31, is embarrassed by the dark patches of skin on her knees and elbows. Aesthetician Kelley West performs Vi Peel -- a chemical peel composed of retinoic and salicylic acids that corrects acne and sun-damaged skin, deemed safe for all skin types. Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon notes that using Vi Peel to lighten dark skin patches is considered an off-label use for the peel, but the procedure is safe.

If a Vi Peel treatment is not in your budget, try applying lemon or coffee grounds to affected areas. "The coffee grounds you can use as an exfoliator," Kelley says. "Mix it in with the lemon juice, and you get the lightening factor and the exfoliating factor."

Chemical Peels Dos and Don'ts
Dr. Ordon is an old hand at chemical peels, a popular cosmetic procedure performed to refresh facial skin. Several different levels of peels are available, ranging in acidic intensity, and should always be performed by a medical professional.

Chemical Peels Can:
• Eliminate fine lines
• Correct sun damage and mild scarring
• Reduce wrinkles
• Even out skin discoloration
• Remove blemishes

Check out Dr. Ordon's dos and don'ts for chemical peels!