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ZO Controlled Depth Peel- Blue Peel


Controlled Depth Peel™ by ZO® Medical, also called the Blue Peel, is a medical peel pioneered by dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi. This treatment is now accessible in Hong Kong at LM Skincentre.

The Blue Peel is a dynamic skincare treatment that penetrates the mid-deep layers of the skin, stimulating rejuvenation and mending aesthetic concerns that necessitate comprehensive exfoliation and cellular regeneration. It effectively tackles a host of skin issues including melasma, irregular pigmentation, severe photoageing, fine lines, minor grade scars, and flaccid skin.

Dr. Obagi’s skincare regimen recommends fortifying and priming the skin 4-6 weeks prior to the Blue Peel procedure with the ZO Hydroquinone or Non-Hydroquinone System. This skin preconditioning process enhances the outcome of the peel and accelerates the healing period.

How does Blue Peel work?

The Blue Peel is a meticulously designed treatment that operates with surgical precision at two depths depending on the aesthetic problems at hand – the immediate reticular dermis (Level I) and the upper reticular dermis (Level II). Therefore, before initiating the treatment, a comprehensive skin assessment is vital to evaluate the level of skin damage, establish treatment goals, and trace the penetrability of the different active ingredients of the peel.

What is the ingredients of the Blue Peel?

Blue Peel’s formulation comprises two fundamental active components:

  1. Blue Base: A unique base that houses saponins, non-ionic elements that latch onto trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and emit a blue hue.
  2. Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA): Concentration ranging between 20-30%.

The Blue Peel process starts with the application of a blue, pH-balanced peel base guide on the skin. This ensures a smooth TCA application, slowing its penetration, and lessening skin irritation. The ZO Controlled Depth Peel Base, enriched with skin lipid supplements, skin redness modulators, and antioxidants, reduces skin redness, reinforces the skin barrier function, and protects newly exposed skin cells from damaging oxidative stress post-peel.

What is the procedure for Blue Peel Treatment?

As it is a medium to deep chemical peel, Blue Peel treatment can only be conducted by doctor. The application procedure spans between 12 and 15 minutes.

To ensure optimal results, the skin is preconditioned with a retinoid-based treatment for 4 to 6 weeks prior to the peel, discontinuing the application 3 days before the procedure.

The Blue Peel application necessitates a cooling device to reduce the burning sensation.

Depending on the extent of skin ageing, the doctor selects the appropriate concentration for different skin type and problems. The Blue Peel yields impressive outcomes such as blemish elimination, tone unification, and skin texture improvement.

What are the potential benefits for the Blue Peel Treatment?

The Blue Peel’s potential benefits include melasma and brown blemish reduction, acne scar attenuation, fine line and defined wrinkle removal, skin tone enhancement, skin homogenisation, skin luminosity and moisture restoration, and skin texture improvement.

What is the post-procedure care?

Post-treatment recovery with the Blue Peel typically allows patients to return to their professional activities within 7 to 10 days post-peel. Patients may initially present a bluish skin hue, which gradually lightens as the surface skin layers peel off and renew. Temporary side effects such as slight swelling, localised inflammation, erythema, or itching may occur but generally subside after 10 days. During the recovery phase, it is crucial for patients to apply high sun protection.

The ZO® Medical’s Controlled Depth Peel available at LM Skincentre in Hong Kong is a potent solution for those seeking a comprehensive approach to skin rejuvenation and restoration. Please consult our doctor first if you are interested in ZO® Medical’s Controlled Depth Peel.