Star Evangelista

48, Las Vegas, NV

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Obagi Nu-Derm® System

It took me a long time to be comfortable with myself, growing up in a country where dark skin is not considered as attractive as fair skin. Now that I am older, I have never been any happier with how I look. I am proud to say that I have not had any surgery nor wear heavy make-up, yet people think I am 15 years younger than I really am. I have used Obagi since 2000 and I can’t imagine using anything else. I attribute my success to hard work, my friends, my family, and my faith in God...the way my skin looks, it’s because of Obagi.

The safety and effectiveness of the Nu-Derm System beyond 24 weeks of use have not been established.

 

My Skin Care Physician: Dr. Ruel Aspacio

 

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Obagi Ambassador Michelle’s Inspiring Life Transformation

05.29.2014, 11:37 CDT | Posted In: Signs of Aging, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Obagi Stories

Michelle M. Obagi April Ambassador, Product Testimonial

Aging gracefully is as much about a can-do attitude as it is about taking care of our body, mind, and skin. That’s why we’re so excited to announce the newest face of Obagi, Michelle Milionis. After 18 years as a preschool teacher, Michelle made a bold and inspiring decision to become a police officer. That’s no small accomplishment! The transformation allowed her to see herself in a new light and to make a change in the appearance of her skin as well.

Name:
Michelle Milionis

Obagi® Products Used:
Obagi-C® Rx System
ELASTIderm® Eye Products
Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (included in the Obagi-C Rx System)

About Michelle:
I have been married for 23 years and I have an adult daughter who lives at home and two teenage sons. I sometimes pull a “hookie” day for the kids and take them to the beach or some place fun for the day. I call them “adventures” which sometimes end up not going as planned but we laugh about it later. Sometimes following the GPS for the shortest or alternate route is not always good. I spend time at the gym mostly lifting weights and I do some cardio. I mainly focus on being strong as it is a benefit with my job. I have competed in sprint triathlons and half marathons. I get bored easily so I always have to have a goal to reach to keep me focused.

My Obagi Story:
Exactly one year ago, at the age of 43, I went from being a preschool teacher of 18 years to a police officer. It has been one of the toughest years I can remember with the testing and training, but I did it. It is not uncommon in this field to see men in their 40’s change their career path but it is almost unheard of for a woman to become a police officer in her 40’s. About that same time I took a good look at the sun damage and wrinkles beginning to form on my face and decided I needed a new complexion to go along with the new job.

I have been using Obagi-C Rx system for approximately 2 months and I cannot believe the difference in the appearance of my skin. My husband cannot believe the difference and my squad mates don’t believe me when I tell them my age. My skin glows and the sun spots are gone. I used the Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 last summer during the long, hot, 10-hour shifts and it has kept the sun spots from coming back.* I will not use anything else from now on but Obagi. Individual results may vary. The safety and effectiveness of the Obagi-C Rx System beyond 12 weeks of use have not been established. If no improvement is seen after 3 months of treatment, use of this product should be discontinued.

We also asked Michelle some fun questions to get to know her better.

Tell us a fun fact about you:
I LOVE to watch NASCAR!! I have been to a couple of races and there is something about the sound of the engines, the smell of the fuel and the control the drivers have of the car at 180 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is my driver.

What would you consider your biggest achievement?
Some of my greatest achievements [are that I was] awarded scholarships for playing basketball at the collegiate level, raising three amazing children, being married for 23 years, [and] teaching pre-K for 20 years then becoming a police officer.

 

Last updated: 3/29/17 

*Using a Broad Spectrum sunscreen (like Obagi Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50) along with a comprehensive sun protection regimen including, wearing protective clothing, hats, sunglasses and avoiding the sun between 10am and 2pm may help reduce the risk of premature skin aging.

Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi-C® Fx System.

 

©2017 OMP, Inc. 4/17 OBG.0072.USA.17

Aging gracefully is as much about a can-do attitude as it is about taking care of our body, mind, and skin. That’s why we’re so excited to announce the newest face of Obagi, Michelle Milionis. After 18 years as a preschool teacher, Michelle made a bold and inspiring decision to become a police officer. That’s no small accomplishment! The transformation allowed her to see herself in a new light and to make a change in the appearance of her skin as well.

Obagi Introduces Its First Skin Care System for Sensitive Skin

11.02.2013, 12:00 CDT | Posted In: Sensitive Skin, Signs of Aging, Company News, Products

Obagi Gentle Rejuvenation System

Our goal at Obagi is to provide transformational skin care for every age and any skin type. Obagi® skin care systems have helped patients with skin concerns ranging from dry skin to hyperpigmentation to acne, and now we have a system for sensitive skin. We are proud to introduce the latest addition to our Obagi family, the Gentle Rejuvenation System. This system is Obagi’s first-ever professional skin care line formulated specifically for people with sensitive skin.

Just as the name suggests, the Gentle Rejuvenation System provides a gentle solution to rejuvenating your skin to address signs of premature aging. The Gentle Rejuvenation System offers ingredients that are designed to address the signs of mild aging in patients with sensitive skin such as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, rough texture, sun damaged skin, dull skin, dehydrated skin, and blotchiness. The key ingredients in this system are proven effective:

  • Zeatin has been shown to improve skin’s roughness by 86%1
  • Kinetin increases skin’s ability to retain moisture by 26% over 24 weeks2

The system contains 4 essential products to cleanse, calm, correct, and protect sensitive skin.

  • Soothing Cleanser gently removes makeup and everyday impurities for a clean, fresh complexion while soothing skin
  • Skin Calming Cream with plant-derived growth factors Kinetin and Zeatin to improve texture, tone, and blotchiness in sensitive skin affected by the sun
  • Advanced Night Repair packed with peptides to improve the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles, rough texture,  tone, resiliency, dehydration, and brightness
  • Fortified Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 with Vitamin C to help protect your skin against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays

The Gentle Rejuvenation line also offers 4 complementary products that may be used with the system:

  • Skin Rejuvenating Serum includes rare Swiss apple stem cell extract to help complement skin’s natural cellular turnover
  • Skin Calming Lotion to diminish redness, itching, burning, and stinging that are common in compromised skin
  • Ultra- Light Repair SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream for multitasking sun protection, moisturization, and help in correcting visible signs of photoaging
  • Ultra-Rich Eye Hydrating Cream to improve the appearance of wrinkles around the delicate eye area  

If you have sensitive skin, are pregnant, nursing, have allergies or are sensitive to hydroquinone, or are not yet ready for more aggressive skin care therapies, ask your skin care physician if the Gentle Rejuvenation System is right for you.

References:
1. Cruz, Jr PD, Reece, BT. A Clinical Study of Topical Zeatin (0.10%, 0.025%) for improving the appearance of photodamaged skin (RCTS Study Number: 1837). 12-week final analysis, September 2005. OMP, Inc. Data on file. 
2. Mean Results based on the percentage of improvement after 24 weeks using Kinetin 0.1% Lotion, p<0.001. McCullough J., Weinstein G. Clinical Study of Safety and Efficacy of Using Topical Kinetin 0.1% (Kinerase®) to Treat Photodamaged Skin. Cosmetic Dermatology. 2002; 15(9):29-32.

Except as where otherwise indicated, all product names, slogans, and other marks are trademarks of the Valeant family of companies. OBG 13-062B© 2013 Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.

Our goal at Obagi is to provide transformational skin care for every age and any skin type. Obagi® skin care systems have helped patients with skin concerns ranging from dry skin to hyperpigmentation to acne, and now we have a system for sensitive skin. We are proud to introduce the latest addition to our Obagi family, the Gentle Rejuvenation System. This system is Obagi’s first-ever professional skin care line formulated specifically for people with sensitive skin.

Product Details

  • Nu-Derm System for Normal to Dry Skin

    Complete skin care system specially formulated for normal to dry skin to help correct hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots and melasma, and transform the appearance of aging skin. Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    Kit Includes:

    • Gentle Cleanser
    • Toner
    • Clear
    • Exfoderm®
    • Blender®
    • Obagi Hydrate®
    • Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum

     

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx™ System.

  • Gentle Cleanser

    Gently removes makeup and everyday impurities for a clean, fresh complexion.

    Key Ingredients:
    Oat Amino Acids, Glycerin, Aloe, Apricot Kernel Oil, Panthenol, Sage Leaf Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract

  • Toner

    Alcohol-free, non-drying toner helps adjust the pH of your skin.

    Key Ingredients:
    Witch Hazel, Aloe

  • Clear

    Effective prescription 4% hydroquinone that helps correct hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots, sun spots, age spots, melasma, and other types of discoloration, for a healthier-looking, more even skin tone.* Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    Active Ingredient:
    4% Hydroquinone

    *Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx™ System.

  • Exfoderm®

    A lightweight lotion that helps exfoliate the top layer of the skin, removing dull, old skin cells, while revealing new skin cells for a brighter complexion.

    Key Ingredients:
    6% Phytic Acid

  • Blender®

    A unique formula containing prescription 4% hydroquinone for the gradual lightening of hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots, sun spots, age spots, melasma, and other types of discoloration.* Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    Active Ingredient:
    4% Hydroquinone

    *Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx™ System.

  • Obagi Hydrate®

    A moisturizing cream to be used as needed to soothe areas of dry, flaky skin.

    Key Ingredients:
    Hydromanil, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Avocado, Glycerin

  • Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

    A sunscreen that combines UVA and UVB protection in an elegant matte finish that is non-comedogenic, allergy tested, and dermatologist tested. Sheer, PABA-free, and fragrance-free for all skin types.

    Active Ingredients:
    10.5% Zinc Oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate

  • Nu-Derm System for Normal to Oily Skin

    Complete skin care system specially formulated for normal to oily skin to help correct hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots and melasma, and transform the appearance of aging skin. Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    Kit Includes:

    • Foaming Gel
    • Toner
    • Clear
    • Exfoderm® Forte
    • Blender®
    • Obagi Hydrate®
    • Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx™ System.

  • Foaming Gel

    Gently removes makeup and everyday impurities for a clean, fresh complexion.

    Key Ingredients:
    Oat Amino Acids, Aloe, Alfalfa Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, Chamomile Extract

  • Toner

    Alcohol-free, non-drying toner helps adjust the pH of your skin.

    Key Ingredients:
    Witch Hazel, Aloe

  • Clear

    Effective prescription 4% hydroquinone that helps correct hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots, sun spots, age spots, melasma, and other types of discoloration, for a healthier-looking, more even skin tone.* Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    Active Ingredient:
    4% Hydroquinone

    *Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx™ System.

  • Exfoderm® Forte

    A lightweight lotion that helps exfoliate the top layer of the skin, removing dull, old skin cells, while revealing new skin cells for a brighter complexion.

    *Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

    Key Ingredients:
    6% Glycolic acid, 4% Lactic acid

  • Blender®

    A unique formula containing prescription 4% hydroquinone for the gradual lightening of hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots, sun spots, age spots, melasma, and other types of discoloration.* Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    Active Ingredient:
    4% Hydroquinone

    *Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx™ System.

  • Obagi Hydrate®

    A moisturizing cream to be used as needed to soothe areas of dry, flaky skin.

    Key Ingredients:
    Hydromanil, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Avocado, Glycerin

  • Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

    A sunscreen that combines UVA and UVB protection in an elegant matte finish that is non-comedogenic, allergy tested, and dermatologist tested. Sheer, PABA-free, and fragrance-free for all skin types.

    Active Ingredients:
    10.5% Zinc Oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate

  • Sunfader®

    With SPF 15, helps to minimize uneven skin tone and brown spots with 4% hydroquinone.* Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    Active Ingredients:
    7.5% Octinoxate, 5.5% Oxybenzone, 4% Hydroquinone

    *Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices.

  • Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35

    A sunscreen with 9% micronized zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

    Active Ingredients:
    9% Zinc Oxide, 7.5% Octinoxate

  • Physical SPF 32

    A sunscreen with 18.5% zinc oxide that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

    Active Ingredient:
    18.5% Zinc Oxide

Obagi Nu-Derm® System

Complete skin care system specially formulated for normal to oily skin to help correct hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots and melasma, and transform the appearance of aging skin. Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

Kit Includes:

  • Foaming Gel
  • Toner
  • Clear
  • Exfoderm® Forte
  • Blender®
  • Obagi Hydrate®
  • Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

How It Works

Nu-Derm Transforms Your Skin From the Inside Out

Skin aging is a natural process, but daily sun exposure can contribute to premature aging. Sun-damaged skin appears dull, with older, damaged cells accumulating due to slower skin cell turnover. 

The Nu-Derm System helps transform the skin’s appearance by reducing darks spots, revealing younger, healthier-looking skin. 

Nu-Derm is ideal if you have:

  • Age spots
  • Rough skin
  • Erythema (redness)
  • Sallowness (yellowish complexion)
  • Hyperpigmentation (discoloration)

Real Results

The safety and effectiveness of the system has not been evaluated beyond 24 weeks. If there is no improvement after 12 weeks, please discontinue use of the system. See below for Important Safety Information.

Obagi Nu-Derm System with 0.025% Tretinoin Cream Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

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Obagi Nu-Derm After

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Obagi Nu-Derm System with 0.025% Tretinoin Cream Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

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Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

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Obagi Nu-Derm System with 0.025% Tretinoin Cream Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

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Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

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Obagi Nu-Derm System with 0.025% Tretinoin Cream Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

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Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

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Obagi Nu-Derm System with 1.0% Retinol* Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

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Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

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Obagi Nu-Derm System with 1.0% Retinol* Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

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Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

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Obagi Nu-Derm System with 1.0% Retinol* Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

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Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

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Obagi Nu-Derm System with 1.0% Retinol* Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

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Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

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Obagi Nu-Derm System with 1.0% Retinol* Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

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Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

*Retinol 1.0% sold separately.

Study results for a 24-week evaluation of the efficacy and tolerability of twice-daily use of the Obagi Nu-Derm Normal to Oily System with 0.025% tretinoin cream, N=20

Study results for a 24-week evaluation of the efficacy and tolerability of twice-daily use of the Obagi Nu-Derm Normal to Oily System with 1.0% retinol, N=33

 

Success Stories

Changing Skin. Changing Lives.

See what real people have to say about their experiences with Obagi Nu-Derm.

The testimonials presented are based on these users’ experiences; and individual results may vary.

Meet Corinne

Watch Corinne’s video as she describes how Obagi Nu-Derm® helps her keep signs of aging at bay. Using the system helped Corinne reduce hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and dark spots. With her skin tone and confidence back, it’s no wonder she was selected to be one of our 2013 Obagi Ambassadors.

See Important Safety Information about the Obagi Nu-Derm System below.

Meet Kristen

Hear Kristen’s story and watch her transformation as she describes how she tried everything to achieve healthy-looking skin without success, until she discovered Nu-Derm.

Meet Wendy

Watch Wendy’s transformation on Nu-Derm as she made a commitment to her skin to reverse the appearance of skin damage that has occurred over the years.


Hear what others are saying about Obagi Nu-Derm:

“We have used the Obagi Nu-Derm skin care system for 17 years, and I have not found any other system that is comparable to the excellent results for rejuvenating and maintaining healthy skin.”

Jody Comstock, MD
Founder/Physician
Skin Spectrum, Tucson, AZ

“I really didn’t like the texture of my skin, my pore size, and I had a lot of hyperpigmentation. I was a little intimidated to have to use so many products and have to buy into some sort of system. I was skeptical. But all I can say is WOW! What a transformation.”

Paige
Orinda, CA

“I started the Obagi [Nu-Derm] System about 2 weeks ago to improve melasma on my face after my dermatologist recommended that I try it.

“WOW! In only 2 weeks, most of my melasma has improved and the really tough spots I've had for years are noticeably faded!* I am so delighted with your product! Even the redness and peeling (which I was warned ahead of time would happen) were very manageable.

“Some women in my office approached me the other day to ask what I was doing to my skin because it looked so smooth and radiant. I was floored! Again, thank you.”

Christine
Bedford, NH

*Results may vary.

 

The safety and effectiveness of the Nu-Derm System beyond 24 weeks of use have not been established. If no improvement is seen after 3 months of treatment, use of this product should be discontinued.

New to Nu-Derm®? Join our exclusive program for helpful tips along the way to optimize your results.

Looking for next steps after Obagi Nu-Derm? See how to maintain or continue your transformation for beautiful results.


Important Safety Information for Obagi Nu-Derm Clear, Blender® and Sunfader

(contains 4% hydroquinone)

CONTRAINDICATIONS:
People with prior history of sensitivity or allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients should not use it. The safety of topical hydroquinone use during pregnancy or in children (12 years and under) has not been established.

WARNINGS:
Avoid contact with eyes, nose, mouth, or lips. In case of accidental contact, patient should rinse eyes, nose, mouth, or lips with water and contact physician.

Sunscreen use is an essential aspect of hydroquinone therapy because even minimal sunlight exposure sustains melanocytic activity.

Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

PRECAUTIONS (ALSO SEE WARNINGS):
Treatment should be limited to relatively small areas of the body at one time since some patients experience a transient skin reddening and a mild burning sensation, which does not preclude treatment.

Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with topical hydroquinone. It is also not known whether hydroquinone can cause fetal harm when used topically on a pregnant woman or affect reproductive capacity. It is not known to what degree, if any, topical hydroquinone is absorbed systemically. Topical hydroquinone should be used on pregnant women only when clearly indicated.

Nursing Mothers: It is not known whether topical hydroquinone is absorbed or excreted in human milk. Caution is advised when topical hydroquinone is used by a nursing mother.

Pediatric Usage: Safety and effectiveness in children below the age of 12 years have not been established.

Use of the product should be discontinued if hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients is noted.

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Obagi Transformations: Maurizio Rasti

06.12.2018, 16:57 CDT | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Dry Skin, Obagi Stories

Obagi Transformations: Maurizio Rasti

A common misconception is that Obagi® products (and other skin care products) are only for women, which couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s an Obagi product for everyone - all ages and skin types, male or female.

Maurizio is our latest inspirational transformation, and he can vouch that the Obagi Hydrate® Facial Moisturizer is better than a very popular mainstream brand!

For quite some time, Maurizio has struggled with oily, acne-prone skin. He was introduced to the non-comedogenic Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer after getting a facial treatment at a clinic. Maurizio was skeptical at first, due to its thick, creamy texture, but after just three uses, he was hooked by how smooth the product made his skin feel. We are now proud to call Maurizio a loyal Obagi customer!

Many people choose to forego the moisturizer when struggling with oily or acne-prone skin, but what they may not know is that even oily skin needs water. Dehydration can cause skin to over-produce sebum to make up for the lack of moisture, leading to oilier skin. The Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer provides all-day hydration for a variety of skin types!

Read on to see what Maurizio has to say about Obagi Hydrate:

“Here’s my story on how I got to know about OBAGI and why I can’t quit it :) I was first introduced to the OBAGI Hydrate Facial Moisturizer after getting a facial treatment at a clinic. At first, I was unsure about the thick, creamy texture. It reminded me of my former moisturizer, La Mer, which ultimately created blocked pores, oiler skin, and breakouts. But after three uses of HYDRATE, I was hooked because it makes my skin feel so soft and smooth, without clogging pores! In 6 months, I have gone through 8 bottles and have recommended the moisturizer to my family and close friends.

Three times a week, I will mix HYDRATE with a tiny bit of tretinoin, and the rest of the week, I apply it after a gentle cleanse, morning and night.”

A common misconception is that Obagi® products (and other skin care products) are only for women, which couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s an Obagi product for everyone - all ages and skin types, male or female.

Maurizio is our latest inspirational transformation, and he can vouch that the Obagi Hydrate® Facial Moisturizer is better than a very popular mainstream brand!

What is Retinaldehyde and what are its benefits?

05.30.2018, 11:53 CDT | Posted In: Sensitive Skin, Lines & Wrinkles, Signs of Aging, Texture, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

What is Retinaldehyde and what are its benefits?

In the battle against aging skin, there are so-called “miracle” ingredients that always seem to pop up as the best solutions to fight undesirable skin conditions.

One such skin-saving ingredient we start hearing about in our twenties and thirties  is a Gold Standard in Skin Care.

We’re talking about Retinol of course.

Retinol is a type of retinoid, which is a class of Vitamin A compounds and derivatives that are popular in products designed to improve skin complexion and texture. Retinoids come in different forms and strengths. Some can only be prescribed by your physician whereas others are available over the counter. Retinol is a non-prescription retinoid that has been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth skin texture, and improve overall skin tone.

But if Retinol has left you unsatisfied, you may be tempted by a different retinoid for your aging skin: Retinol’s gentle cousin, Retinaldehyde.

Like all non-prescription retinoids, both Retinaldehyde and Retinol have to be first converted by skin enzymes to the only active form of Vitamin A (aka Retinoic Acid) before they can start working their rejuvenating magic. Here’s the sequence of the conversion process:

Retinyl palmitate → Retinol → Retinaldehyde → Retinoic Acid (Tretinoin)

The closer on this cascade a compound is to Retinoic Acid, the more readily it can be converted, and the more effective it becomes. However, effectiveness can have drawbacks, and side effects like redness, flaky skin, and irritation, even temporary, are often encountered when using Retinoic acid. The search for a compromise between effectiveness and mildness can leave you frustrated. This is where Retinaldehyde comes in.

Retinaldehyde has been shown to improve the feel of firmness and elasticity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and rough skin. It is also better tolerated than Retinoic Acid, making it an attractive option for those with sensitive or delicate skin.

Should I use a Retinaldehyde product?

If you’d like to explore an alternative option to address aging skin, or if your skin simply doesn’t play well with other retinoids, we highly recommend giving Retinaldehyde a try.

Ask your skin care professional about our SUZANOBAGIMDTM Retivance® Skin Rejuvenating Complex, which includes 0.1% Retinaldehyde and other key ingredients, such as Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 and Antioxidants, which work together to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin texture, leaving you with a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion.

In the battle against aging skin, there are so-called “miracle” ingredients that always seem to pop up as the best solutions to fight undesirable skin conditions.

Obagi Transformations: Kathy Hagquist

05.23.2018, 16:19 CDT | Posted In: Signs of Aging, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Obagi Stories

Kathy’s testimonial is another inspirational Obagi Nu Derm® transformation story that we are excited to share with our readers!

Like so many others, Kathy suffered with sun damage that manifested as freckles and sun spots. She wanted to diminish her hyperpigmentation, but wasn’t sure where to start.

Fortunately, her aesthetician introduced her to the Obagi Nu Derm system, and she hasn’t looked back since! During treatment, Kathy’s skin initially looked worse before it looked better, as it needed time to adjust to a new system of products with active ingredients.

However, after a few weeks, Kathy began to see noticeable results* and this motivated her to continue. And we are so glad she did!

Check out her inspirational story with before and after photos:

My name is Kathy and I’m 54 years old. I met my aesthetician, Hillary, in November 2016. She recommended the Obagi Nu Derm system for my hyperpigmentation. As you can see in my before photos, I had freckles, sun spots, and sun damage.

I then started using the products for several months daily. Initially, there was some redness and peeling, and it took several weeks for my skin to adjust. As I adjusted to the products and I started to see results, it motivated me to keep going.

At month 3, I started to use ELASTIderm Eye Cream as well as Sun Shield TINT SPF 50, which I wear every day. At about month 4, I was using the Obagi Nu Derm products as maintenance, and that is what I’ve continued for the last 11 months.”

 

BEFORE: NOVEMBER 2016

 

AFTER: JULY 2017

 

*Individual results may vary.

Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic, skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm FxTM system.

The safety and effectiveness of the Obagi Nu-Derm System beyond 24 weeks of use have not been established. If no improvement is seen after three (3) months of treatment, use of this product should be discontinued. See below for Important Safety Information about the Obagi Nu-Derm system.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR OBAGI NU-DERM CLEAR AND BLENDER®

(Contain prescription 4% hydroquinone)

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

People with prior history of sensitivity or allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients should not use it. The safety of topical hydroquinone use during pregnancy or in children (12 years and under) has not been established.

WARNINGS:

Avoid contact with eyes, nose, mouth, or lips. In case of accidental contact, patient should rinse eyes, nose, mouth, or lips with water and contact physician.

Sunscreen use is an essential aspect of hydroquinone therapy because even minimal sunlight exposure sustains melanocytic activity.

Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

PRECAUTIONS (ALSO SEE WARNINGS):

Treatment should be limited to relatively small areas of the body at one time since some patients experience a transient skin reddening and a mild burning sensation, which does not preclude treatment.

Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with topical hydroquinone. It is also not known whether hydroquinone can cause fetal harm when used topically on a pregnant woman or affect reproductive capacity. It is not known to what degree, if any, topical hydroquinone is absorbed systemically. Topical hydroquinone should be used on pregnant women only when clearly indicated.

Nursing Mothers: It is not known whether topical hydroquinone is absorbed or excreted in human milk. Caution is advised when topical hydroquinone is used by a nursing mother.

Pediatric Usage: Safety and effectiveness in children below the age of 12 years have not been established.

Use of the product should be discontinued if hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients is noted.

Please see Prescribing Information for Clear and Blender.

Kathy’s testimonial is another inspirational Obagi Nu Derm® transformation story that we are excited to share with our readers!

Like so many others, Kathy suffered with sun damage that manifested as freckles and sun spots. She wanted to diminish her hyperpigmentation, but wasn’t sure where to start.

The SUZANOBAGIMD Philosophy

03.23.2018, 12:15 CDT | Posted In: Sensitive Skin, Acne & Blemishes, Dry Skin, Lines & Wrinkles, Prevention & Protection, Signs of Aging, Texture, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

The SUZANOBAGIMD Philosophy

If you’re looking for effective products that will target skin care concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, but not aggravate or irritate your skin, then you can’t go wrong with the SUZANOBAGIMD line!

This new product line was developed with Dr. Suzan Obagi in a partnership with Obagi Medical. Dr. Suzan Obagi is one of the world’s most respected cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists, committed to training medical students, residents, fellows, and other physicians from around the globe. Her interest in skin health and restoration has led to multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in premier textbooks on dermatologic, plastic, and cosmetic surgery.

While Dr. Suzan Obagi focuses on the scientific approach to skin health restoration, she continuously keeps up with the latest technological advances in cosmetic surgery, including the use of the latest laser and radio-frequency technologies.

Who can benefit from this line?

Anyone can enjoy the benefits of this line because scientifically studied antioxidants, peptides, and retinaldehyde help to give the skin a real boost, defend against free radicals, and reveal healthier-looking, more radiant skin - something we could all use!

However, this line is especially beneficial if you:

  • Have noticed signs of photoaging such as fine lines and wrinkles
  • Have dull, delicate skin
  • Have rough, uneven skin texture
  • Have sensitive skin


These scientifically formulated products will help to effectively, yet gently cleanse the skin of dirt and impurities, while providing an overall skin rejuvenation and protection against UV damage. They’re wonderful to help prevent and minimize the signs of aging in all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Beneficial ingredients to improve the look of photoaging

This line has been formulated with the perfect balance of scientifically studied ingredients, antioxidants, and naturally derived compounds to help provide consumers with healthier-looking, more radiant skin, while remaining hypoallergenic and free of parabens, synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Two significant ingredients in this product line that target the appearance of aging skin include retinaldehyde and polyhydroxy acids (PHAs).

Retinaldehyde is a derivative of Vitamin A with fantastic benefits for aging skin. Retinaldehyde can improve the feel of skin elasticity for firmer, plumper-looking skin with a reduced appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and roughness.

Polyhydroxy acids provide moisturization, antioxidant protection, and exfoliation, helping to protect the skin barrier and improve the appearance of aging skin with less irritation than other hydroxy acids.

Unique 3 step process for beautiful skin

A 3-step process for individualized skin care is the core philosophy behind the SUZANOBAGIMD product line:

Cleanse

This first step is very important, as it cleanses the skin of impurities and provides a clean base for products to be properly absorbed. During the cleanse & tone steps, the skin is given its first application of antioxidants to help combat environmental damage. Cleansing the skin is an important step to allow beneficial ingredients to properly absorb and work to their fullest potential, and also reduce the possibility of clogged pores.

Protect

This step helps to provide protection against harmful and aging UV rays, in order to help minimize the visible signs of skin aging. As we all know, the sun is one of the most significant contributors to aging skin, so if you don’t protect your skin against its harmful UV rays, it will be counterproductive to your skin care regimen, making any progress you may have achieved challenging to maintain.

Renew

No skin care cycle is complete without renewing the skin. With this step, scientifically studied ingredients are used to renew and rejuvenate skin complexion and texture.

Can you guess which steps the 7 products in the SUZANOBAGIMD line fall under in Dr. Suzan Obagi’s philosophy? Check them out here.
 

Since the SUZANOBAGIMD line was developed by a successful and reputable dermatologist who truly understands skin health and restoration, you can feel confident using these products on your skin, and you can expect to see visible results. Not only are the products in this line hypoallergenic and free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, and dyes, but the ingredients are backed by scientific research and will gently nourish your skin. That’s what we call the perfect balance!

If you’re looking for effective products that will target skin care concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, but not aggravate or irritate your skin, then you can’t go wrong with the SUZANOBAGIMD line!

Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide: 2 Important Ingredients for Acne Treatment

03.05.2018, 14:21 CST | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide: 2 Important Ingredients for Acne Treatment

If you have troubled skin prone to breakouts, then you’ve likely heard of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, because these are two of the most popular active ingredients used in acne skin care products to help clear up blemishes fast.

But how are you supposed to know the difference and ensure you use the right product for your specific type of acne? That’s where your skin care professional comes in! But allow us to arm you with some educational info on these ingredients, so that you are well prepared when consulting with your provider.

By the end of this blog, you’ll feel like an acne pro, and you’ll be ready to tackle your breakouts head on! (excuse the pun)

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a favorite when it comes to banishing blemishes, because it has the unique ability to clear up the skin while providing soothing relief at the same time.

Salicylic acid is a type of beta hydroxy acid (BHA), which works to clear up the skin by exfoliating and dislodging stubborn skin cells that can clog pores and result in pimples. It’s no surprise that salicylic acid has such powerful soothing and anti-inflammatory properties due to a chemical makeup closely related to acetylsalicylic acid (also known as aspirin).1

So to sum it up, salicylic acid helps to exfoliate and calm skin. It’s also wonderful for reducing the look of pore size, something oily skin sufferers long for.

Benzoyl Peroxide

This powerful acne ingredient, also known as BPO, works on all kinds of acne lesions by effectively targeting acne-causing bacteria in the pores.

Benzoyl peroxide helps to exfoliate and remove the buildup of dead skin cells and sebum from the pores. Benzoyl Peroxide does not simply slow the growth of bacteria; it halts it right in its tracks by killing bacteria right away.

So to sum it up, benzoyl peroxide is great for all types of acne and it works by targeting bacteria in the pores. If your acne is particularly severe and you are also on antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide is great right alongside your meds, as it can help overcome antibiotic resistance.2

Side Effects

Always be sure to consult with your dermatologist or skin care specialist before starting salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as an acne treatment. They will be able to ensure you use the right protocol and frequency of use, based on your skin, to help prevent or reduce side effects that could include peeling, dryness or redness if used incorrectly.

Products We Recommend

We recommend using products with both ingredients as part of a complete and balanced acne treatment regimen. This has shown to be highly effective, with benzoyl peroxide actively targeting bacteria, while salicylic acid gently exfoliates and calms skin. View our CLENZIderm M.D.™ system here.

The products in this line with 2% salicylic acid are CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser and CLENZIderm M.D. Pore Therapy.

You can find benzoyl peroxide in our CLENZIderm M.D. Therapeutic Lotion (5%).

If your skin gets too dry during treatment, we recommend our Therapeutic Moisturizer, a glycerin-rich, non-comedogenic moisturizer that keeps skin hydrated and protected during treatment.

Do you now feel like an acne pro? Let us know your thoughts on this blog in the comments below!

References: 1. Arif, T. Salicylic acid as a peeling agent: a comprehensive review. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2015; 8: 455–461. Accessed Feb 20, 2018. 2. Tanghetti EA, Popp KF. A current review of topical benzoyl peroxide: new perspectives on formulation and utilization. Dermatol Clin. 2009 Jan;27(1):17-24. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2008.07.001 Accessed Feb 20, 2018.

©2018 Obagi Cosmeceuticals LLC. All rights reserved. 2/18 CLZ.0001.USA.18.r0

If you have troubled skin prone to breakouts, then you’ve likely heard of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, because these are two of the most popular active ingredients used in acne skin care products to help clear up blemishes fast.

But how are you supposed to know the difference and ensure you use the right product for your specific type of acne? That’s where your skin care professional comes in! But allow us to arm you with some educational info on these ingredients, so that you are well prepared when consulting with your provider.

Obagi Transformations: Angela Carter + Daughter

03.05.2018, 14:19 CST | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Obagi Stories

Having suffered from acne her whole life, Angela Carter understands the frustration and insecurity that comes with problem skin. This made her able to relate to her teenage daughter when her skin started to flare up. As a cheerleader, her daughter’s face is always on display, so it broke Angela’s heart to watch her daughter struggle with the frustration and embarrassment of acne breakouts. Her daughter’s pimples were not just on her face, but spread out over her chest and back too.

Luckily, Angela discovered Obagi’s acne treatment system, CLENZIderm M.D.™ system, when she was 30 years old, and was blown away by the results because it was the only product that cleared up her skin. Naturally, she immediately started her daughter on the same regimen and she wasn’t disappointed! Read her story and check out the exciting results below!*

“Just wanted to share my 15 year old’s results using the Obagi acne treatment system, CLENZIderm M.D. I introduced her to the system because I suffered from acne just about my whole life it seems, until I found Obagi when I was 30. I’m now 39 and still use it from time to time so I know her frustration and embarrassment of not having a clear face, and being made fun of and trying to hide behind your hair.

My daughter, Kylee, is now a sophomore cheerleader and her face is all everyone sees, so since it has worked for me like magic, I got her started. This is her skin care routine:

AM: Cleanse with CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser (2% salicylic acid), follow with Obagi Nu-Derm® Toner (gentle and soothing), next with CLENZIderm M.D. Therapeutic Moisturizer, and finally with a sunscreen.

PM: Cleanse with CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser (2% salicylic acid), follow with CLENZIderm M.D. Pore Therapy (2% salicylic acid toner), and let completely dry. Finish with CLENZIderm M.D. Therapeutic Lotion (5% benzoyl peroxide).

She’s been using these products now for 6 months and will always keep them as a staple in her life.


Before and 45 days after


Chest before and after

As you can see, the before picture is really bad - the acne was even on her chest and back. As a mom, it breaks your heart to see this happen to your child and to know she’s embarrassed and shies away from things because of her face! We started seeing results in as early as the first week, then week 2, and by week 3 - WOW!!!

The after picture is a total of 45 days. She smiles a lot more and her face just lights up. She doesn’t wear makeup so these are true, no filter pictures. I’m so thankful for Obagi and their products and passion for helping others.”

 

What an inspiring testimonial from Angela! And those before and after photos are truly impressive. Do you have a success story to share about yourself or anyone you know after using the CLENZIderm M.D. system for acne? Share in the comments below!

 

*Individual results may vary.

©2018 Obagi Cosmeceuticals LLC. All rights reserved. 2/18 CLZ.0002.USA.18.r0

Having suffered from acne her whole life, Angela Carter understands the frustration and insecurity that comes with problem skin. This made her able to relate to her teenage daughter when her skin started to flare up. As a cheerleader, her daughter’s face is always on display, so it broke Angela’s heart to watch her daughter struggle with the frustration and embarrassment of acne breakouts. Her daughter’s pimples were not just on her face, but spread out over her chest and back too.

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