Product Details

KèraPhine™ Body Smoothing Lotion

Clinically proven to1,*:

  • Exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin
  • Help smooth rough and bumpy skin
  • Reduce dryness on the arms

Used daily, KèraPhine helps to restore healthy-looking skin.1,*,‡

*Study results for a 4-week evaluation of the effectiveness of KèraPhine Body Smoothing Lotion; N=81.
No statistically significant reduction in dryness was seen on the thighs.
Do not use on damaged skin and avoid contact with the eyes. Discontinue use if rash occurs.

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

Reference: 1. A single-center clinical study to assess the efficacy of two topical products for improving the appearance of moderate dry, persistently rough, bumpy skin on the body. OMP, Inc. Data on file.

How It Works

Key Ingredients Make the Difference

KèraPhine works to reduce bumpy skin patches on arms and legs using rich emollients and powerful exfoliants including:

  • 15% glycolic acid1,2, II
  • 5% Ammonium Lactate1,3

IISunburn 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.

At week 1§:

  • 89% of patients reported their skin felt smoother
  • 92% of patients said their skin felt softer

By week 4§:

  • 92% of patients felt smoother skin
  • 97% of patients felt softer skin

§Patients responded “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” to self-assessment questions.

References:
1.
Valeant body lotion tentative ingredient list (for United States). OMP, Inc. Data on file.
2. Aging skin and skin care products. American Academy of Dermatology website. https://www.aad.org/media/stats/cosmetic-treatments. Accessed September 27, 2016.
3. Ammonium lactate. Environmental Working Group Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database website. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700371/AMMONIUM_LACTATE/. Accessed December 15, 2016.

Real Results

Results you can feel1,*

Used daily, KéraPhine Body Smoothing Lotion helps to restore healthy-looking skin.1,*,†

KéraPhine Before & After

Keraphine left arm before

BEFORE

Keraphine left arm week 4

WEEK 4

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

KéraPhine Before & After

Keraphine right thigh before

BEFORE

Keraphine right thigh week 4

WEEK 4

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

 

Clinical proof that KéraPhine works1,*

Statistically significant improvements in upper arms at week 4

upper arms at week 4, chart

Statistically significant improvements in thighs at week 4

upper arms at week 4, chart

 

* Study results for a 4-week evaluation of the effectiveness of KéraPhine Body Smoothing Lotion; N=81.
† Do not use on damaged skin and avoid contact with the eyes. Discontinue use if rash occurs.

Reference: 1. A single-center clinical study to assess the efficacy of two topical products for improving the appearance of moderate dry, persistently rough, bumpy skin on the body. OMP, Inc. Data on file.

Fun Ways To Shed Those Extra Holiday Pounds

12.28.2016, 12:00 CST | Posted In: Health & Beauty

Fun Ways To Shed Those Extra Holiday Pounds

We all love the delicious festive treats that are a part of the holidays, but we may not love how they make our jeans a little harder to zip up. Ladies, you know what we’re talking about!

A few extra pounds may seem inevitable at this time of year, but don’t despair, because there are some very simple, and super fun, ways you can shed those extra pounds, no gym membership required!

Keep reading to find out a few ways you can get fit and healthy without a boring treadmill workout.

Get Creative In The Kitchen

The quickest way to shed those extra pounds is to watch what you eat. Exercising is pointless if you are filling your body with unhealthy calories every day in the form of processed carbs and sugar laden cookies.

We aren’t referring to dieting here, because that’s no fun, but rather to switching up a few staples in your pantry for healthier alternatives. Switch up processed sugar for coconut sugar, and purchase whole grains in the form of brown rice and quinoa, rather than white bread and white rice. A good rule of thumb is to ditch any refined white foods in your cupboard or fridge. White flour, rice, bread, pasta, etc. These foods may taste good, but they do absolutely nothing for you in terms of nutritional content, except leave you feeling sluggish and bloated.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Just check out these delicious superfoods you can munch on, or this nutrient rich smoothie you can enjoy without any guilt!

Go Ice-Skating

Take advantage of the frosty season, gather up your nearest and dearest, and enjoy a day or evening on the skating rink.

Ice-skating is so much fun it won’t even feel as if you are working out, but while you glide along the ice you are treating your body to a complete cardiovascular workout. This type of exercise mainly targets your leg muscles, but your abs stay engaged too as you constantly work on keeping your balance. You get your blood pumping, calories burning, and feel-good endorphins released for a “workout” that will leave you feeling happy and rejuvenated.

Try A Dance Workout

Ever tried a YouTube workout, but quickly given up after what feels like the thousandth squat? We know we have.

Instead of trying a traditional (and boring) strength workout, why not try something a little different like a dance workout? You know when you are home alone, you turn the music up and get your boogie on? Well, this is the same thing. The difference is that you have an instructor to guide you to really get the most out of your workout.

So put on some comfy clothes, tie your hair back, and get ready to get your groove on!

Join A Class or Team

Nothing will make you give up quicker than trying an activity or exercise program you don’t enjoy. That’s why we recommend finding a physical activity you truly enjoy and then signing up to be part of a class or team. This can be soccer, basketball, tennis, yoga, you name it, but just make sure it’s something you enjoy.

When you find an activity you love, and you feel part of a team, you will end up having such a good time, you won’t even notice those extra pounds melting off ‘til the next time you try on your skinny jeans.

Follow these fun tips and you’ll be feeling fit in no time! Remember, it’s not just about fitting into those favorite jeans, but rather about taking charge of your health and feeling good within yourself.

Can you think of any additional activities that are fun and don’t feel like a workout? Please share in the comments below!

 

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Gained a little weight this holiday season? Not to worry! Here are some fun ways to shed those extra pounds.

6 Realistic 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

12.14.2016, 9:40 CST | Posted In: Health & Beauty

6 Realistic 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

In a few days from now, you’ll be getting ready to ring in the New Year with a celebration. Or perhaps New Year’s Eve for you involves relaxing on your couch with some scrumptious snacks and a special someone, while you enjoy the festivities on your television from the comfort of your home.

Either way, no matter how you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve, it will be here before you know it, and with a new year comes New Year’s resolutions. While New Year’s resolutions can be fun, did you know that the most people fail to stick to their New year’s resolutions? This is because most resolutions are unrealistic; for example, someone who never exercises saying they are going to work out every day for the next year. When you set the bar so high, it’s easy to fail, and New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t be about trying to impress anyone, but rather about achieving something on your own that will make you feel proud.

Here at Obagi, we are all about taking care of yourself, nurturing yourself, so that you are better able to deal with life’s challenges. Most of us are so busy running around and taking care of others that we often forget about ourselves.

Keep reading to find out a few loving (and realistic) ways you can pamper yourself starting in the new year so you can feel better within yourself, and set the perfect tone for the year ahead. Why not make this your best year yet?!

Treat Yourself To Some Daily TLC

Chances are you set a day aside every now and then to take some time out when life gets hectic. But why wait until you feel completely worn out to recharge your batteries? Instead, take some time out every day to pamper yourself so that you are able to navigate through everyday life in a more relaxed and mindful manner.

We move through our days, often without paying attention to small things, such as our breathing. Most of us breathe shallowly from our chests, but if you become more aware of your breathing and simply start every day with a few deep belly cleansing breaths, you won’t believe the difference you may feel! You don’t need a lot of time for this, so this is something you can easily squeeze into your day, no matter where you are.

Other great calming practices include yoga and meditation. Perhaps start with some beginner yoga videos on YouTube, or popular meditation apps that may include numerous meditations ranging from just one minute to over an hour. Also, be sure to do something that you love every single day. Even 5 minutes of reading, singing, dancing, you name it, will help to open up your creative flow, so that you can live your life on your terms.

Stick To A Regular Skin Care Regime

If 2016 has been the year of infrequent skin care, then remedy that going into 2017! The trick with sticking to something new is giving it 21 days to become a habit. After 21 days, it will simply become a part of your life, just like brushing your teeth.

Obagi offers skin care products and systems for all ages and skin types. A great way to get started is with our Obagi360® System, which includes everything you need for maintaining beautiful, healthy-looking skin. Even if your skin already looks great, now is the time to set the foundation for the future, to help your skin age gracefully.

Get Moving

So of course a staple resolution every New Year is exercising more. However, many people start exercising with the sole purpose of losing weight, rather than doing it for health and happiness. When you approach something from a health standpoint, knowing you are going to feel healthier, more energetic, and happier, it becomes easier to stick to, as when you stop doing it, you feel the effects.

So if exercising really isn’t your thing, then try new ways to get active and fit. Go for a beautiful walk in nature, run around with your dog outside, or take up a fun sport. Exercising doesn’t have to be boring! Aim to get your heart pumping for at least 30 minutes, 4 times a week, and just notice the positive changes that will occur.

Get Your Beauty Sleep

In this era of technology, this one can be a little tricky. We aren’t judging, but we know, like the rest of us, you probably find yourself scrolling through your phone late at night when you should be getting your beauty rest.

Contrary to popular belief, many of us are fine with just 6 or 7 hours of sleep, but these precious hours of shut eye need to be good quality sleep. This means preparing your body for a good night of rest in the right way. A warm bath, some lavender spray in your bedroom, a good book, and dim lighting are all wonderful ways to ease your mind into dreamland.

Say Yes More

Many of us are creatures of habit. This is normal human behavior, so you are likely to find yourself saying no to new experiences that seem a bit out there, or different from what you are used to.

Why not make 2017 your year of saying yes more? Don’t worry, we aren’t going to encourage you to try anything that makes you uncomfortable, but why not try that new dish at that trendy restaurant, or take a spontaneous road trip? Been wanting a new hairstyle? Well, go for it! You only live once, and you’ll be surprised at the doors that can open for you when you venture slightly out of your comfort zone.

Eat Clean

Drastic diets never work, and aren’t the best for you either, but making small and positive changes is an excellent way to enjoy a healthier 2017! Try a vegetarian dish at least once a week, drink more water, cut back on sugar or try healthier alternatives such as stevia, and ditch the processed and refined white foods. Being healthier starts slowly with small steps, and before you know it, you will be a pro at re-creating healthier versions of your favorite meals! Eating less processed foods may leave you feeling happier, more energetic, and your skin may thank you too!*

We hope these tips help you to enjoy a beautiful, bright and healthy New Year. Do you have any resolutions not on this list? Please share in the comments below!

 

*Results of your diet may vary and this is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician for any medical, nutritional, or health-related questions or concerns.

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6 Ways To Truly Enjoy The Holiday Season and Not Let Stress Get To You

11.30.2016, 16:55 CST | Posted In: Health & Beauty

6 Ways To Truly Enjoy The Holiday Season and Not Let Stress Get To You

The Holidays are often portrayed as a blissful, fun, and magical time in all the best holiday movies.

You know the scene... the snow falling gently outside, while the kids play a friendly game of Scrabble in the living room and the smell of gingerbread cookies fills the house.

Idyllic as that may seem, wouldn’t you agree when we say that in real life it’s a little more chaotic?

Of course it’s still a wonderful time of year, but with all the parties, planning, and gift buying it can quickly feel like it’s spiraling a little out of your control.

The holidays should be about togetherness; special times with those nearest and dearest to you while enjoying all the little things that make this time of year so beautiful: snowy winter landscape, candy cane hot chocolate, and ice skating with your loved ones.

This is why we have put together a simple guide with 6 of our best secrets to help you de-stress this holiday season, and make more time for the important things!

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

Why juggle all the holiday chores yourself when you can get your family involved and make a day out of it?

Set a day aside right before the busy season begins to clean your house from top to bottom, allowing your home to become holiday ready so you can focus on other things, like perfecting that caramel pecan pie!

Get your family involved, and even make a game out of it so that the kids enjoy helping out.

Get Your Holiday Shopping Done Early

We’ve all been there... leaving our holiday shopping ‘til the last minute. All this causes is more stress and double guessing!

The holidays aren’t all about giving gifts, but if you do like to get your friends and family a little something to show how much you care, try to start earlier this year and make it a goal to be done at least 2 weeks prior to the big day. You’ll save so much time and take a lot of pressure off of yourself.

Make Time For Yourself

This doesn’t have to mean booking yourself in for a spa day, if you love to play guitar and rarely get time for it these days… allow yourself 30 minutes per day to remember old tunes you used to love playing. Or paint that picture you’ve been thinking about all year.

Do what relaxes you for 30 minutes per day… this can do wonders for your mind, especially around the holiday season.

Eat Your Greens AND Fats!

We know how tempting it can be to eat all the cookies, pies, and tarts the holiday season brings… and we’re in no way, shape, or form saying that you should stay away from them…

What you should try to do is one healthy habit per day throughout the holiday season whether it be having a nutritious smoothie each day, a plate of greens with each meal, or even better, a green juice once per day. Not only will this help keep you from overindulging, getting your daily greens will help you stay healthy throughout those holiday parties and get-togethers.

The best foods to help you curb overeating are healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, healthy oils (extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil) and vegetables.

Move Your Body

Speaking of keeping your body healthy this season, don’t skimp on the exercise! If you live in California (where we are), you have no excuse not to get outside for a brisk morning walk. If you’re feeling really motivated, how about a hike?

If it’s snowing in your neck of the woods this holiday season, why not try a group yoga class or get moving right in your living room with a quick video workout.

Laugh A Little (or a lot)!

What are the holidays without a bit of fun! Get out your favorite holiday DVD’s or turn on Netflix and spend some quality time with the family and a bowl of popcorn.

If holiday movies aren’t your thing, why not catch the latest stand up from a renowned comedian?

Nothing helps you de-stress quite like a bit of laughter.

 

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The Holidays are often portrayed as a blissful, fun, and magical time in all the best holiday movies.

You know the scene... the snow falling gently outside, while the kids play a friendly game of Scrabble in the living room and the smell of gingerbread cookies fills the house.

Idyllic as that may seem, wouldn’t you agree when we say that in real life it’s a little more chaotic?

Of course it’s still a wonderful time of year, but with all the parties, planning, and gift buying it can quickly feel like it’s spiraling a little out of your control.

Holiday Gift Ideas Courtesy Of Obagi

11.30.2016, 16:46 CST | Posted In: Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

Holiday Gift Ideas Courtesy Of Obagi

The holidays are right around the corner and it is now the perfect time to get many things done in preparation!

One of the biggest tasks on everyone’s list is presents for your near and dear, and because most of us leave this until the last minute, it’s one of the most stressful tasks on our holiday schedules.

Instead of doing what you probably do every year; leaving the gift buying ‘til a few days before Christmas, when the malls are packed with frustrated buyers in the same boat as you, why not purchase some gifts from your skin care professional’s practice so that you can forego the malls altogether! Sounds like bliss right?

This year, buy a gift that loved ones can truly benefit from, and let us help you with your choices. Everyone wants beautiful and healthy-looking skin, so keep on reading to find out which products will leave your friends and family with healthy-looking, glowing, and radiant skin all year long!

For The 20 or 30 Year Old Skin Care Lover

Do you have a 20 or 30 something best friend or sibling that prefers a straightforward skin care routine without all the fuss? They like to take care of their skin, but hate using a million bottles to achieve great results?

If so, then our Obagi360® System may make a great gift for them. Three products in this system can help maintain youthful-looking skin by helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve skin texture, and refine complexion. Packaged in an attractive kit box, this is one gift that will have your intended recipient grinning from ear to ear!

For The Beach Bunny

We all know that one person who seems to have been born on the beach. They simply thrive during the glorious heat of summer, but seem to wither away in winter and you’ll often hear them complaining that “it’s just too cold!”

They are likely to be heading off to a warm destination over the holidays so a terrific gift for them would be one of our sunscreens. Our sunscreens contain an array of ingredients along with unique technologies to provide protection against the harmful effects of the sun.* Send your friend off with some protection when gifting them with one of our sun protection products!

For Your Mom

We can’t forget mom! Our moms take most of the brunt of the holiday work by cooking up delicious feasts over Thanksgiving and the holidays, so why not show her how much you care by presenting her with one of our ELASTIderm® Eye Products?

These products contain clinically supported ingredients for firmer-looking and more resilient-looking skin around the delicate eye area, helping mom to look wide awake and refreshed - no one would believe she’s spent all day in the kitchen! Mom will truly appreciate such a thoughtful gift, we guarantee it.

There you have it! Trust us here at Obagi, and just watch how happy you make your loved ones this holiday season.

 

*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.

©2016 OMP, Inc. 12/16 OBG.0219.USA.16

The holidays are right around the corner and it is now the perfect time to get many things done in preparation!

One of the biggest tasks on everyone’s list is presents for your near and dear, and because most of us leave this until the last minute, it’s one of the most stressful tasks on our holiday schedules.

Five Super Foods For Beautiful-Looking Skin

11.30.2016, 16:44 CST | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Five Super Foods For Beautiful-Looking Skin

You might spend lots of time paying attention to what you apply to your skin externally, but did you know that a healthy, clear complexion actually starts from the inside? These are a few superfoods packed with wonderful properties to literally help you eat your way to the look of beautiful, healthy, glowing and youthful skin.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are very high in lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid, a group of pigments that give fruits and vegetables their red, orange, and yellow colors. Twice the strength of beta carotene, lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps defend against free radicals such as those caused by UVA and UVB rays.1

It has been suggested that lycopene, such as that found in tomatoes, may help calm skin and improve the appearance of skin texture, making it appear more youthful-looking.2,7

Flaxseeds

High in essential fatty acids and a source of antioxidants, flaxseeds help improve the moisture holding capacity of skin, which is useful for undernourished, dry skin with a lack of luster.3,4 By locking in moisture, flaxseeds help keep skin soft and hydrated, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Dark Chocolate

Yes you read it correctly! The only catch is that it must have at least 70% cocoa and you don’t eat too much. In this case, less is more and a little goes a long way.

Dark chocolate is filled with flavanols, strong antioxidants that can help neutralize oxidative stress.5

The cocoa in dark chocolate increases blood flow to the skin, contributing to increased skin hydration and the overall maintenance of skin health.5

Red Grapes

The skin of red grapes is rich in resveratrol, an antioxidant and natural polyphenol that helps defend against free radicals and may help with the signs of photoaging.6,7

And guess what? Dark chocolate also makes the list for a delicious source of resveratrol.8 The good news doesn’t stop here! You can even have your dark chocolate with nuts for an extra bonus dose of resveratrol.6

Pomegranates

Another fruit with great antioxidant properties is the pomegranate. They are an excellent source of flavanoids, potassium, vitamin C, and other important nutrients.

The juice, seed, and peel of this fruit have been reported to contain strong antioxidant activity, which helps defend the skin against free radicals and may help with the appearance of photoaging. Its antioxidant properties may also help calm skin.9

Next time you shop, be sure to add these foods to your cart. They may not only help benefit your skin, but your health too. They may make you feel wonderful and give you a boost of energy so you are ready to take on your day.* It will be an added bonus when people stop you to ask you what secret skin product you are using to give you that beautiful-looking glow!

*Results of your diet may vary and this is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician for any medical, nutritional, or health-related questions or concerns.

 

References:

1. Goodman, H. Lycopene-rich tomatoes linked to lower stroke risk. Harvard Health Blog. 2012 Oct. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/lycopene-rich-tomatoes-linked-to-lower-stroke-risk-201210105400

2. Evans, JA and Johnson, EJ. The Role of Phytonutrients in Skin Health. Nutrients. 2010 Aug; 2(8): 903–928. Published online 2010 Aug 24. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257702/

3. Goyal A, et al. Flax and flaxseed oil: an ancient medicine & modern functional food. J Food Sci Technol. 2014 Sep; 51(9): 1633–1653. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4152533/

4. Neukam K, et aa. Supplementation of flaxseed oil diminishes skin sensitivity and improves skin barrier function and condition. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2011;24(2):67-74. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21088453/

5. Scapagnini G, et al. Cocoa Bioactive Compounds: Significance and Potential for the Maintenance of Skin Health. Nutrients. 2014 Aug; 6(8): 3202–3213. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4145303/

6. Bastianetto S, et al. Protective Action of Resveratrol in Human Skin: Possible Involvement of Specific Receptor Binding Sites. PLoS One. 2010; 5(9): e12935. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2944869/

7. Goswami PK, et al. Natural Sunscreen Agents: A Review. Sch. Acad. J. Pharm., 2013; 2(6):458-463.

8. Hurst JW, et al. Survey of the trans-Resveratrol and trans-Piceid Content of Cocoa-Containing and Chocolate Products. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2008, 56, 8374–8378.

9. Zaid MA, et al. Inhibition of UVB-mediated oxidative stress and markers of photoaging in immortalized HaCaT keratinocytes by pomegranate polyphenol extract POMx. Photochem Photobiol. 2007 Jul-Aug;83(4):882-8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17645659/

 

©2016 OMP, Inc. 11/16 OBG.0217.USA.16

You might spend lots of time paying attention to what you apply to your skin externally, but did you know that a healthy, clear complexion actually starts from the inside? These are a few superfoods packed with wonderful properties to literally help you eat your way to the look of beautiful, healthy, glowing and youthful skin.

Tomatoes

A moisturizing sunscreen that protects against harmful UV rays and contains an exclusive blend of skin-identical ceramides to help repair the skin barrier; natural growth factors kinetin and zeatin help diminish the appearance of the early signs of skin aging.*

*This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.

Tinted broad-spectrum sun protection while helping to reduce the appearance of redness and blotchiness.

Why You Should Wash Your Face with a Cleanser Instead of Soap

11.21.2016, 9:19 CST | Posted In: Sensitive Skin, Acne & Blemishes, Dry Skin, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

Obagi Non-soap Cleansers

We have all, at some point, felt frustrated with the condition of our skin. Dry, flaky, sensitive, too oily, prone to breakouts. Sound familiar?

The interesting fact is that your skin’s health is directly linked to the balance between acidity and alkalinity, which is measured by the pH scale.1

All soaps, lotions, cleansers, and other skin care products have an effect on the pH level of your skin.  

How Does pH work?

The pH level of a substance is measured on a scale of 0 to 14: 0 is the most acidic, 14 is the most alkaline, and 7 is neutral, which is the pH of pure water.

The surface of normal adult skin is coated with a combination of sebum, skin’s natural oil, and perspiration. This coating is referred to as the acid mantle, which protects the skin and locks in moisture.2 Normal adult skin is slightly acidic with a pH level in the range of 5.4 - 5.9.1

There is a delicate balance with skin’s pH - when the pH is too alkaline, the skin becomes dry and very sensitive, which may lead to signs of skin aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.3

What is the pH Level of my Skin?

Normally you can quite easily determine the pH level of your skin, by taking a look at the behavior of your skin. For instance, if your skin is oily and acne-prone it may be overly acidic. If it tends to be dry, sensitive and flaky, it may be too alkaline.  

You can buy pH testing strips at your favorite drugstore to test in the comfort of your home. An alternative would be to consult your skin care physician to get a more accurate reading.  

So Why Cleanser Instead of Soap?

Soap has a general pH level of between 9 and 10, which can make your skin feel very clean, but is just way too harsh. It removes all natural oils from your skin making the pH level too alkaline.1 This can cause a host of new problems - the skin becomes dry, flaky, and prone to inflammation. This can cause the sebaceous glands to overproduce oil to compensate for the dryness causing clogged pores and breakouts.3 When skin is overly dry and flaky, it can also lead to premature fine lines and wrinkles.

Cleansers are generally at a much lower pH level than soaps and are gentler on your skin

Different cleansers have been developed for different skin types

Oily skin can benefit from an “active” cleanser, such as the CLENZIderm M.D.™ Daily Care Foaming Cleanser. This particular cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid to unclog pores and wash away dead skin cells, leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed. It also includes calming menthol to help cool irritated skin.

The Obagi360™ Exfoliating Cleanser works chemically and mechanically to help clear clogged pores that can cause dull, dry, uneven skin. It thoroughly cleanses skin to reveal a soft, smooth, and radiant complexion.

Dry and sensitive skin will benefit from a gentle “resting” cleanser. The Gentle Rejuvenation Soothing Cleanser is specifically formulated to cleanse delicate skin while soothing, rinsing clean to leave skin feeling comfortable and soft. You really can’t go wrong with the Obagi Nu-Derm® Gentle Cleanser as it gets the job done by gently removing makeup and everyday impurities for a clean, fresh complexion.

Skin showing the appearance of aging may benefit from a cleanser with Vitamin C, such as the Obagi-C® Rx C-Cleansing Gel, which is designed to help clarify and prepare your skin for other products, while also removing makeup and oil.

Remember: a good cleanser will work with the skin, not stripping it from its natural oils and drying it out.

Bottom Line

Avoid harsh soaps on your face, such as bar soaps, which have an alkalinity level between 9 and 10. Use facial cleansers, which have a lower pH level and are specifically designed to cleanse the face.

And on a separate (but important) note: eat a healthy, balanced diet to regulate the pH level of your body.4 Avoid processed foods and eat plenty of fruits and veggies, which will help keep your skin glowing and radiant!

References:

  1. Tarun, Jose, et al. Evaluation of pH of Bathing Soaps and Shampoos for Skin and Hair Care. Indian J Dermatol. 2014 Sep-Oct; 59(5): 442–444. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4171909/
  2. Lee, SH, et al. An Update of the Defensive Barrier Function of Skin. Yonsei Med J. 2006 Jun 30; 47(3): 293–306. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2688147/
  3. Mukhopadhyay, P. Cleansers and Their Role in Various Dermatological Disorders. Indian J Dermatol. 2011 Jan-Feb; 56(1): 2–6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3088928/
  4. Anton, Stephen Douglas, et al. Effect of a novel dietary supplement on pH levels of healthy volunteers: a pilot study. J Integr Med. 2013 Nov; 11(6): 384–388. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4643844/

 

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We have all, at some point, felt frustrated with the condition of our skin. Dry, flaky, sensitive, too oily, prone to breakouts. Sound familiar?

The interesting fact is that your skin’s health is directly linked to the balance between acidity and alkalinity, which is measured by the pH scale.1

All soaps, lotions, cleansers, and other skin care products have an effect on the pH level of your skin.  

How Does pH work?

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