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®

    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

    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

Transform the look of your skin with a clinically proven hyperpigmentation system that corrects unwanted age spots and significantly lightens the look of your skin.1,†

The safety and effectivemess 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 1.0% Retinol* Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

BEFORE

Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

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

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

BEFORE

Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

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

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

BEFORE

Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

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

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

BEFORE

Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

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

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

BEFORE

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 1.0% retinol, N=33

 

Reference: 1.OMP, Inc. Data on file.

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 and Blender®

(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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Difference Between Retinol, Retinoids, and Tretinoin

10.11.2017, 11:27 CDT | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Lines & Wrinkles, Signs of Aging, Texture, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

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Retinoids are a class of synthetic and naturally occurring Vitamin A compounds and derivatives that include retinol and retinoic acid, which are naturally occurring in humans.1 Some retinoids, such as retinoic acid (tretinoin), are available with a prescription only. Other retinoids, such as retinols, are cosmetic. Retinoids work to provide smoother-looking skin.1

Retinoic acid: a prescription-only treatment

Tretinoin is the generic name for synthetic, first-generation all-trans-retinoic acid.1 Topical tretinoin first arrived on the dermatology scene in the 1960s.1,2 It is a prescription drug approved to treat acne,5,6 and in a few FDA-approved products, to treat fine facial wrinkling,7 limited psoriasis, and other conditions.1,† Patients who use tretinoin may experience skin irritation and photosensitivity in the first few weeks of treatment, which can sometimes be counteracted with less frequent application or a less potent strength.2 Obagi offers topical tretinoin in prescription-only creams and gels*:

Retinol: a cosmetic treatment

Topical retinol has been used in cosmetic skin care products for more than 30 years2 to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Generally a well-tolerated treatment, retinol users typically experience minimal skin redness and irritation.2 A plethora of cosmetic creams, gels, and serums contain retinol. Obagi offers 2 concentrations of retinols to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In a clinical study, patients reported a noticable difference in 1 to 3 weeks.3,**:

  • Obagi Retinol 0.5%—an entrapped form of retinol is gradually released, improving the look of uneven skin texture and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with minimal irritation.2,4
  • Obagi Retinol 1.0%—a higher concentration retinol formula improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin texture with minimal irritation.2,4

Contact a skin care physician to see which retinoid is right for your skin.

 

The exact method of action of tretinoin is unknown.

*RENOVA (tretinoin cream) 0.02%, Obagi® Tretinoin Cream 0.025%, 0.05% and 0.1%, and Tretinoin Gel 0.05% prescriptions may not be available in certain states. Please check with your physician.

**Study results for daily application of the Obagi360 System in a 12-week study; N=40.

Tretinoin Cream and Gel


Indication

Tretinoin Gel 0.05% and Tretinoin Cream (0.1%, 0.05% and 0.025%) are indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris.

Important Safety Information

If a reaction suggesting sensitivity or chemical irritation occurs, discontinue use of Tretinoin.

The skin of some patients may become dry, red, or exfoliated while using Tretinoin and patients may need to temporarily reduce the amount or frequency of application, or discontinue use temporarily or altogether.

Tretinoin should not be used on eczematous or sunburned skin due to potential for severe irritation. Patients should protect their skin from sun, tanning lights, and extreme wind or cold. Use of effective broad spectrum sunscreen products and protective clothing over treated areas is recommended when exposure cannot be avoided.

Caution should be exercised when using Tretinoin with products that have a strong drying effect, particularly those containing benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid.

Tretinoin Gel should be used with caution in patients allergic to fish due to potential for allergic reactions to fish protein; patients who develop pruritus or urticaria should contact their healthcare providers.

Tretinoin should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, and it should be used with caution in nursing women.

The safety and efficacy of Tretinoin have not been established in the treatment of patients younger than 10 years of age (gel) and 12 years of age (cream).

The most common adverse reactions are dry skin, peeling/scaling/flaking skin, skin burning sensation, and erythema. In some subjects the skin-related adverse reactions persisted throughout the treatment period.

Please click here for Prescribing Information for Tretinoin Cream, including Patient Information.

Please click here for Prescribing Information for Tretinoin Gel, including Patient Information.

RENOVA® (tretinoin cream) 0.02%


Indication

RENOVA (tretinoin cream) 0.02% is a serious prescription medication that may reduce but will not remove fine facial wrinkles. RENOVA 0.02% WILL NOT REPAIR SKIN, ELIMINATE WRINKLES, OR REVERSE AGING.

Important Safety Information

  • Do not use RENOVA if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant or are nursing.
  • RENOVA should be used as part of a total skin care program that includes avoiding direct sunlight (by using protective clothing and broad spectrum sunscreens with a minimum SPF of 15) and using other moisturizing facial creams without tretinoin, the active ingredient in RENOVA. It is not known if RENOVA is safe or effective if used longer than 52 weeks.
  • RENOVA is for use on the skin only. Avoid contact with the eyes, ears, nose, or mouth.
  • You should not use RENOVA if you are sunburned, are highly sensitive to the sun, have eczema, have irritated skin, or are allergic to any of the ingredients in RENOVA.
  • Tell your doctor about any other medications or skin creams you are using. RENOVA increases your sensitivity to sunlight and should not be used with other medications or skin care products that increase sensitivity to sunlight.
  • RENOVA can irritate the skin. Most patients experience one or more local skin reactions, including peeling, dry skin, burning/stinging, itching, and redness. These are usually mild to moderate and occur early in treatment, but can be severe. Contact your doctor if the side effects are a problem.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please click here for full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.

References:

1. Chew A-L, Bashir SJ, Maibach HI. Topical retinoids. In: Elsner P, Maibach HI, eds. Cosmeceuticals and Active Cosmetics: Drugs vs Cosmetics. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group; 2005. 2. Mukherjee S, Date A, Patravale V, Korting HC, Roeder A, Weindl G. Retinoids in the treatment of skin aging: an overview of clinical efficacy and safety. Clin Intery Aging. 2006;1(4):327-348. 3. Bruce S, Investigator. An open-label study to evaluate the anti-aging effects of three months of treatment using the Obagi 360 System in subjects with photodamage: final analysis. Protocol OMP360-01; April 2014. OMP, Inc. Data on file. 4. Final report: A facial irritation evaluation of a cosmetic retinol product after 3 weeks of product use. 1.0% Retinol Cream Formula Number 006-40-11 (GS BK-12-01309. April 22, 2013. OMP, Inc. Data on file. 5. Obagi Tretinoin Cream [prescribing information]. Bridgewater, NJ: Obagi Medical Products, Inc., a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC; 2015. 6. Obagi Tretinoin Gel [prescribing information]. Long Beach, CA OMP, Inc., a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC; 2014. 7. RENOVA [prescribing information]. Bridgewater, NJ: Valeant Dermatology, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC; 2015. 8. Symphony Health Solutions (formerly Wolters Kluwer Health), Source® PHAST data, January 2015-December 2015.

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Retinoids are a class of synthetic and naturally occurring Vitamin A compounds and derivatives that include retinol and retinoic acid, which are naturally occurring in humans.1 Some retinoids, such as retinoic acid (tretinoin), are available with a prescription only. Other retinoids, such as retinols, are cosmetic. Retinoids work to provide smoother-looking skin.1

Retinoic acid: a prescription-only treatment

7 Surprising Ways You May Be Aging Your Skin

10.11.2017, 11:25 CDT | Posted In: Dry Skin, Lines & Wrinkles, Prevention & Protection, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

Signs of aging skin

When it comes to keeping your skin radiant and youthful-looking, your go-to is probably a good skincare range of products. While we certainly recommend good quality skincare products to address the appearance of skin aging, you may be surprised to learn that it's just one factor, out of many, that contributes to a more youthful-looking complexion.

Keep reading to learn more about what may be aging your skin, and how you can counteract these factors so you can enjoy the glowing, healthy-looking skin you deserve!

1. Skimping on the SPF

Many of us reserve the SPF for our beach tote, when we'll be lounging seaside for a few hours, but the sun's rays are just as strong whether you're on the beach or in your car.

If there's one thing you can do every day to help prevent premature skin aging, it would be applying a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30, either alone or under your makeup.* Don't forget your neck and ears, as well as your hands, which are actually one of the first areas to give your age away!

Check out our sunscreen range here.

2. Not drinking enough water

Okay okay, you've heard this one enough, but then why aren't you doing it? We get that water can be a little boring, and you'd rather be sipping on an iced coffee, but water is essential for hydrating your skin and body from the inside out. A lack of water will dehydrate your skin and put you at risk for dryness, which can eventually result in fine lines and wrinkles.

To spruce up your water, try a refreshing spa water recipe with some fruit,**and be sure to share with your friends!

3. Sleeping on your stomach

You may be shaking your head in confusion at this one, but sleeping on your stomach or on your side can increase your chances of getting wrinkles. If you've ever woken up with a "sleep wrinkle" after spending the night with your face pressed into your pillow, then you know what we mean. Over time, these temporary wrinkles may decide to stick around.

Try sleeping on your back, and ensure your face is deeply hydrated before hitting the sheets. This allows your face to move around more freely with less risk of developing wrinkles.

4. Spending too much time on the couch

We all love a good movie binge, but making it a habit to lounge on the couch, rather than getting in your workout, can take a toll not only on your health, but on the appearance of your skin.

When you work out, you increase circulation in your skin, which helps to keep it luminous and glowing. A good workout may also help you sleep better, which allows body tissues, including the skin, to renew and repair.

You don't need heavy gym equipment to benefit either! Just 30 minutes of low impact exercise such as walking is all you need to get started on a healthier path. Aim for at least four times a week.  

5. Using the wrong products

Many people assume they know their skin type, but without having your skin assessed by a skin care professional, how can you really be sure? Just because you break out, doesn’t mean you have an oily complexion; it could mean you have combination skin. So if you use products aimed at drying up your blemishes, they may affect areas that actually need more moisture and vice versa.

Often, skin issues can easily be remedied by making the switch to products targeted towards your specific skin type. Here’s a guide on the 5 factors that determine skin type, and a skin care professional can help you find yours. You can then start a new skin care routine, and achieve the results you deserve.

6. Leaving your makeup on at night

Don’t feel too bad if this sounds familiar, but just try to not make it a habit. Sleeping with your makeup on can dry out your skin and expose it to free radicals, which are the skin’s worst enemy when it comes to aging. Makeup can also clog your pores, so you may wake up with an annoying blemish or two, as well as an overall dull complexion.

Keep some makeup wipes next to your bed for when cleansing your face is simply not an option. Otherwise, we highly recommend our cleansers that work to remove makeup and impurities, while still maintaining your skin’s delicate moisture balance.

7. Eating unhealthy foods

Last, but not least, that old saying “you are what you eat” couldn’t be more true. The proof is in your state of health and the appearance of your skin. Fill your body with processed, fatty foods, and your skin will look dull and age quicker. But fill your body with fresh, whole foods rich in healthy fats, nutrients, and antioxidants, and be amazed at how your complexion will appear luminous and more youthful.

If you follow these tips, you will see a difference in your skin. The trick is to keep up with them and have lots of patience, but the results are well and truly worth it!

Let us know in the comments below if you have any additional lifestyle tips that help maintain healthy-looking skin.

 

*Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher together with a comprehensive sun protection program including wearing sun protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and avoiding the sun between the hours of 10am - 2pm may help reduce the risk of premature skin aging.

**Any links to external or third party sites are provided merely as a convenience, and do not in any way constitute or imply our endorsement or recommendation of such third party, its information, products or services.

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When it comes to keeping your skin radiant and youthful-looking, your go-to is probably a good skincare range of products. While we certainly recommend good quality skincare products to address the appearance of skin aging, you may be surprised to learn that it's just one factor, out of many, that contributes to a more youthful-looking complexion.

Keep reading to learn more about what may be aging your skin, and how you can counteract these factors so you can enjoy the glowing, healthy-looking skin you deserve!

1. Skimping on the SPF

Exfoderm VS Exfoderm Forte: Which One for My Skin?

09.05.2017, 12:48 CDT | Posted In: Dry Skin, Lines & Wrinkles, Signs of Aging, Texture, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Obagi exfoliators

From sugar scrubs to salt scrubs, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), choosing a facial exfoliator can be challenging with all the different options out there! So which one should you use?

The type of exfoliator used should be based on skin type, sensitivity of skin, and frequency of use. It’s best to visit a skin care professional to get an accurate skin assessment and a recommended protocol.

If your skin is in need of lightweight, daily exfoliation, you should ask your skin care professional about one of our Exfoderm® products. These exfoliating lotions work to remove dead skin and other debris that could be contributing to a dull, lackluster complexion. Not only will your skin look more radiant, but these products can also help to smooth uneven skin texture, resulting in an overall healthier-looking complexion. These exfoliators are absorbed into the skin, leaving a smooth, silky finish.

You may be wondering why there are two Exfoderm options. The answer is simple - one is for normal to dry skin and the other is for normal to oily skin. They also contain different key exfoliating ingredients. Read on to learn more about the differences and benefits of each product.

Exfoderm

Exfoderm is recommended for dry or sensitive skin types. The greatest benefit of this lightweight lotion is its ability to promote natural skin cell turnover, helping to achieve a more youthful-looking, rejuvenated complexion. It exfoliates effectively, yet gently, removing impurities and promoting a brighter complexion.

The key ingredient is 6% phytic acid, which is a gentler acid that’s responsible for exfoliating the skin. Glycerin soothes the skin and provides deep hydration to minimize irritation.

Apply this lotion in the morning, and follow with a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

Exfoderm Forte*

Exfoderm Forte is recommended for oiler skin types, as it contains the following AHA key ingredients: 6% glycolic acid and 4% and lactic acid. These AHAs deeply exfoliate the skin, reduce oiliness and blemishes, and smooth uneven skin texture. They also minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion. Exfoderm Forte also contains glycerin to soothe and hydrate the skin.

Apply this product in the morning, and follow with a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

We hope this blog helped clear things up a bit (no pun intended). The good news is that no matter what skin type you have, one of these products will work for you. If you already use one of the Exfoderm exfoliators, let us know which one and please share how it’s working for you!

 

*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.

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From sugar scrubs to salt scrubs, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), choosing a facial exfoliator can be challenging with all the different options out there! So which one should you use?

The type of exfoliator used should be based on skin type, sensitivity of skin, and frequency of use. It’s best to visit a skin care professional to get an accurate skin assessment and a recommended protocol.

A Guide to Obagi® Cleansers

09.05.2017, 12:47 CDT | Posted In: Sensitive Skin, Acne & Blemishes, Dry Skin, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

Obagi cleansers

How many times have you skipped the cleanser, opting for a makeup wipe instead, only to find that your skin starts to look a little dull after a few times of doing this?

Don't worry, we've all been there. But if you can start to make cleansing part of your daily skin care ritual, your skin will reward you!

Why is cleansing important?

Cleansing is essential for removing dirt and grime that may have accumulated throughout the day. It helps clear clogged pores, keeping skin looking healthy and free from impurities. It's also the first step in a skin care regimen, and really sets a good foundation for the products that follow. Cleansing should be done morning and night, and always followed up with a good toner.

Keep reading to learn which of our cleansers may be suitable for you!

CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser

This one should be your go-to if you suffer from acne breakouts. This cleanser is lightweight, yet penetrates into the pores to remove dirt, oil, and debris. Salicylic acid (2%) helps to unclog pores without over-drying, while menthol provides cooling and soothing relief. Foaming properties help to wash away dead skin cells that may have accumulated in the pores, leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed.

Obagi Nu-Derm® Gentle Cleanser

Gentle Cleanser is designed for normal to dry skin, or sensitive skin, thanks to its mild and gentle ingredients. Glycerin, apricot kernel oil, and herb extracts provide gentle hydration and beautiful nourishment to the skin, while aloe helps to soothe irritation. This cleanser will leave skin feeling balanced with just the right amount of hydration.

Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel

This gel-based cleanser is formulated for normal to oily skin. It removes excess oil without stripping the skin of essential oils, and removes any impurities or makeup, leaving nothing but clean and healthy-looking skin. It also contains aloe and herb extracts, key ingredients that will leave the skin feeling soothed, soft, and smooth!

Obagi-C® C-Cleansing Gel

Brighter and healthier-looking skin is yours for the taking with this cleanser! It is infused with L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), and contains aloe, which will provide wonderful soothing hydration. This gel-based formula will clarify your skin, leaving it purified and refreshed.

Obagi360® Exfoliating Cleanser

This cleanser provides effective, yet gentle, exfoliation to keep your pores open and ready for any other products you may apply. Papaya fruit acids and biodegradable beads provide excellent exfoliation properties to reveal a soft, smooth, and radiant complexion.

Gentle Rejuvenation Soothing Cleanser

The name says it all! Daily use of this cleanser will help hydrate your dry skin with gentle apricot oil. Aloe will soothe dry, irritated skin. With dry skin, it's important to use a product that will effectively remove dirt without affecting the skin's natural moisture barrier, and this cleanser does just that! Your skin will feel soft, soothed, and hydrated.

Tips when cleansing

When cleansing your skin, always be sure to apply with clean hands, and to rinse with lukewarm water. Hot water will strip the skin of necessary oils, while lukewarm water will protect the skin's natural moisture barrier.

Pat your skin dry with a clean towel before following up with your other products.

Also, be sure to cleanse twice a day, and don’t rely on makeup wipes for your daily cleansing ritual.

 

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How many times have you skipped the cleanser, opting for a makeup wipe instead, only to find that your skin starts to look a little dull after a few times of doing this?

Don't worry, we've all been there. But if you can start to make cleansing part of your daily skin care ritual, your skin will reward you!

Why is cleansing important?

Obagi® Sunscreens at a Glance

06.12.2017, 9:46 CDT | Posted In: Sensitive Skin, Dry Skin, Prevention & Protection, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

Obagi sunscreens

Sunscreen is a summer staple, as it’s one of your best protections against the aging and damaging effects of the powerful UV rays of the sun.* Shopping around for the right one though, may seem a little complicated. There are different SPF strengths, physical sunscreens, chemical sunscreens - how do you choose?

Instead of hopping from store to store, or site to site, Obagi is your one stop shop when it comes to finding the right sunscreen for you. Not only do we offer a vast array for every skin type, we have written this blog to help you figure out which ones may be right for you!

If Your Skin Needs a Pick Me Up

You’ve probably never thought of sunscreen as a product to create a healthy-looking, glowing complexion while it protects, but with our tinted sunscreens, that’s just what you’ll get! Available in Cool and Warm shades, Sun Shield TINT Broad Spectrum SPF 50 will provide broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays as well as infrared defense, which helps to buffer the skin from heat-derived oxidative stress.

If Your Skin is Sensitive

If your skin is sensitive, we recommend Obagi Nu-Derm® Healthy Skin Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 35. This sunscreen with micronized zinc oxide and octinoxate can help to protect newly transformed skin, while still providing broad spectrum sun protection.

If Your Skin is Dry

Dry skin is never fun, but you shouldn’t have to struggle with it when there are great products out there to help you out! Obagi360® HydraFactor Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a moisturizer and sunscreen in one to provide a dose of hydration and soothing ingredients, as well as UV protection.

If Your Skin is Oily

If your skin is oily, chances are you sometimes skip the moisturizer or sunscreen for fear of a greasy looking skin. Fortunately, with Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50, you can enjoy broad spectrum protection with no greasy feel or appearance, and a sheer elegant matte finish.

If You Want An Added Antioxidant

We don’t know many people who would turn down a chance to improve the appearance of the signs of skin aging while protecting their skin from the sun, and with Professional-C™ Suncare Broad Spectrum SPF 30, this is possible! While it protects, 10% L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) helps improve the appearance of the signs of skin aging.

If You Prefer Physical Sunscreen Ingredients

If you would prefer a sun protection product that deflects and scatters UV rays, rather than absorbing them, Obagi Nu-Derm® Physical SPF 32 or Sun Shield Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 50 may be good fits for you. These may also be good options if your skin is on the sensitive side. As an added bonus, Sun Shield Mineral is water resistant for up to 40 minutes.


By now you’ve probably already figured out which sunscreen may be right for your skin. Ask your skin care professional about this particular sunscreen, and then it’s time to plan a day on the beach!

 

*Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher together with a comprehensive sun protection program including wearing sun protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and avoiding the sun between the hours of 10am - 2pm may help reduce the risk of premature skin aging.

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Sunscreen is a summer staple, as it’s one of your best protections against the aging and damaging effects of the powerful UV rays of the sun.* Shopping around for the right one though, may seem a little complicated. There are different SPF strengths, physical sunscreens, chemical sunscreens - how do you choose?

6 Awesome Staycation Ideas

06.01.2017, 15:35 CDT | Posted In: Health & Beauty

tent in back yard

Summer is around the corner, and this means many people are planning their holiday vacations to various destinations.

Instead of feeling pressured to fork out extra money this year to jet off to that tropical vacation, why not save some bucks, and try the awesome staycation ideas below? Instead of a one or two week vacation, you can have fun all summer long right in your own home!

Have A Tech Free Day

In this era of all things technology, it may be hard to put down that phone or look away from the computer screen, but you’ll thank us if you do!

You may be stressed out from your phone and your laptop without even realizing it, until you take a break from them. As humans, we weren’t designed to spend all of our time glued to screens, scrolling mindlessly through endless social media apps, and comparing ourselves and our lives to other people we have never even met.

We understand that in 2017 it can be a little tricky to avoid the computer and phone altogether, but you can certainly choose how much time to spend on these devices. We doubt that your boss encourages you to spend half an hour scrolling through Instagram!

So for a stress-free day, where you can just be yourself and spend time by yourself or with your family, we encourage you to turn off your phone and your laptop for at least 12 hours. Encourage your family to do the same, and you may be surprised at how much fun you end up having.

Go Camping...In Your Backyard

No, we aren’t crazy. Try this one and we promise you’ll have fun! Going camping is great, until you think about the mosquitos, the lack of a shower, and of course, the gas money required to get to your destination.

By camping out with friends or family in your backyard, you can enjoy all the perks of being in nature, but without the extra cost and small inconveniences.  

Bring Out Your Inner Child

Ever wish you could be a child again, just for a day, so that you can enjoy the freedom of no responsibilities, and just do whatever you would like?

Well, why can’t you?

Why not dedicate a whole day to just doing whatever your heart desires? Grab your kids, or your nieces and nephews, your best friend or even your dog, and indulge in mile high ice-cream cones, try your hand at adult coloring, or run outside barefoot. What’s life about if you can’t completely let loose now and then?

Try new Things

Life should never be boring, and the best way to ensure it never is, is to always try your hand at new things. Most of us will always talk about how we would love to learn a new language, or play an instrument without ever really giving it a go.

By staying home this summer, you can dedicate at least a little bit of time each day to something new that will get your creative juices flowing and leave you feeling fulfilled and ready for more!

Put On Your Chef Hat

Another awesome staycation idea is to create a 3 course meal at home! Get your family involved, even print out some fun menus, and make a night of it! You might want to invite friends or family over so that no one feels left out.

If you feel a little out of your depth, simply check out Pinterest, which is brimming with recipes, all of which are simple to make, but taste like they come from a top restaurant!

Enjoy A Movie Marathon

We couldn’t leave this one out. What could be more fun on a quiet Summer day than a day dedicated to your favorite movies (Netflix shows count too!)? So get comfy, make some popcorn, throw in some movie candy (we aren’t judging), and settle down for a day of rest and relaxation in front of the telly because you earned it!

Feel free to share any other fun staycation ideas you have in the comments below!

 

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Summer is around the corner, and this means many people are planning their holiday vacations to various destinations.

Instead of feeling pressured to fork out extra money this year to jet off to that tropical vacation, why not save some bucks, and try the awesome staycation ideas below? Instead of a one or two week vacation, you can have fun all summer long right in your own home!

Have A Tech Free Day

In this era of all things technology, it may be hard to put down that phone or look away from the computer screen, but you’ll thank us if you do!

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