Obagi Medical Treatments and Products
Once you've completed your '3 Phase' skin assessment. Your therapist will create a bespoke "home care" prescriptive package for you to start your skin transformation protocol.
The gold standard of skin transformation is the Obagi Nuderm System. It helps to transform skin by addressing hyperpigmentation and improving skin quality to reveal a tighter more youthful looking complexion.
Your Obagi skin transformation journey will follow 5 phases.
Phase 1: Remove
(Weeks 1-6) - Active products like Vitamin A, exfoliants, Vit C and hydrosinase inhibitors are used to correct the signs of ageing and hyperpigmentation. Old dead skin cells are replaced with new cells.
We also incorporate skin peels like the Blue Peel Radiance peel to help remove the superficial skin cells.
Expect: mild to moderate itching, dryness and redness. Pigment will appear more evenly distributed.
Phase 2: Restart
(Weeks 7-12) - new skin cells are produced. Pigment cells (melanocytes) are distributing melanin more evenly. Skin is now adjusting to treatment.
Expect: Smoother, softer, clearer skin as keratinization normalises.
Phase 3: Refresh
(Weeks 12-18) - Skin cell turnover is improved and skin transformation is firmly in progress. Congratulations, your skin is now ready for the Obagi Blue Peel® TCA. See the section below explaining this medium to deep skin transforming peel.
Expect: Clearer firmer and more hydrated looking skin.
Phase 4: Restore
(Week 18-24) - Skin is transformed! Continued use of the system in the morning and evening will maintain the results long term.
Expect: Radiant skin that is evenly toned and firm in appearance.
Phase 5: Retain
(24+ weeks) #ObagiSkinforLife
Obagi Blue Peel Radiance
The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance® is a controlled medium depth peel that removes superficial dead skin cells, unclogs blocked pores and reduces redness or inflammation in your skin. It is fabulous for acne prone skin.
The Blue Peel Radiance® is a salicyclic acid based peel (>30% concentration). It's a beta hydroxyl acid (BHA) peel. This peeling agent can be applied in several layers to achieve deeper penetration into the skin. However, we use it superficially during your '3 Phase' assessment.
We can assess the thickness of your skin, the size of your pores, remove dead skin cells to give an immediate glow and tightening effect to your skin.
Good quality skin will develop a general pseudo frosting (white layer) over the skin that is removed at the end of the peel. Damaged or poor quality skin will develop blanching in the impaired areas. This gives us a lot of information on where your skin's barrier i damaged and how to effectively treat it.
The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance® can be use on teenage acne prone skin from the age of 13 years. It will unclog the pores ( black heads) and reduce the inflammation in the pustules (white heads). Early treatment and acne skin management can avoid unnecessary acne scarring that can have an affect on a teenagers mental health.
This helps us develop your journey to healthier looking and functioning skin.
Why do we use a chemical skin peel?
The goal of a chemical skin peel is to remove a predictable thickness of skin. This initiates the natural wound healing cascade and thus skin rejuvenation to occur.
Indications for chemical peels?
1: The appearance of wrinkles and scars
2: Epidermal and dermal hyperpigmenation
3: Large pores
4: Skin laxity
5: Lentigo Solaris - a harmless patch of darkened skin from sun exposure.
6: Solar Elastosis - yellow thickened skin with deep wrinkles that don't disappear when stretched. Due to prolonged sun exposure, the skin loses it's elasticity. Also known as Actinic keratosis and Bowens Disease.
Depth of peel?
Superficial peels: only penetrate the epidermis.
Medium depth peels: these affect the entire epidermis and papillary dermis
Deep peels: Allow for controlled tissue injury to cause skin transformation. the downtime for this peel is 7 days and your skin must be well prepared in advance to achieve controlled healing and avoid negative results.
Potential side effects of peels?
Superficial: post inflammatory pigmentation, burning during the procedure which can last for 30 minutes and some superficial peeling about 3-4 days later.
Medium depth: post inflammatory pigmentation, superficial bacterial or fungal infection, scarring, milia , peeling.
Deep peels: post inflammatory pigmentation, bacterial or fungal infection, unwanted results in unprepared skin, peeling for 7 days on average.
Obagi Blue Peel® TCA
Obagi Blue Peel® TCA is a medium to deep peel using trichloracetic acid.
TCA is the mainstay of medium depth peeling agents due to it's proven safety record. It works by causing coagulation and denaturing of skin cells as it penetrates the skin. It coagulates the proteins (cells) of the epidermis and dermis including blood vessels.
It can be used on all skin types including non-facial areas of skin.
It is the only peeling agent that can be applied right up to your eyelash lines in the upper and lower eyelids.
The peel is self limiting, it can sometimes be painful therefor your clinician will advise on pain relief prior to the peel. There is no pain immediately afterwards.
What to expect after the peel?
Healing is painless.
You may have some swelling, usually around the eyes.
Skin will feel tight
Skin will darken before it starts to peel ( 24 -48 hours)
You may have some itching and discomfort due to dry skin.
Post Peel Homecare?
Shower or bathe normally - protect the peeled area from shampoo or water.
Sleep on your back
Avoid excessive facial expressions
Men - shave gently in one direction
Hat - essential for brief outings outdoors
Do not wear make-up
Do not pull the peeling skin off. This will cause scarring.