Obagi Transformations: Lisa Riggin

03.05.2018, 12:54 CST | Posted In: Signs of Aging, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Obagi Stories

Obagi Transformations: Lisa Riggin

We all know the frustration of having to wear heavy cover up to conceal dreaded hyperpigmentation, but imagine using a skin care product that could visibly lighten pigmentation so you could wear less makeup to show off your smooth and naturally beautiful complexion?

With Obagi® Nu Derm Clear, this dream may become a reality. Just ask Lisa Riggin, author of San Francisco’s Queen of Vice. Lisa has a fair complexion and has always had to be extra careful in the sun as her skin freckles quite easily. However, even with diligent use of sunscreen, she still experienced dark spots.

Keep reading to find out how Obagi helped Lisa address her skin issues and made it easier for her to wear less makeup!*

“I have always had a fair complexion, and as a young woman, my face often freckled in the summer months. As I aged, I was more careful to apply sunscreen every day, but still, the inevitable dark spots began appearing on my face and neck replacing the once ‘youthful freckles.’

In an effort to even out my skin tone, I tried multiple over-the-counter products (none of which worked), then moved on to expensive and harsh laser procedures , only to have the spots quickly reappear. Finally, a friend introduced me to Obagi Nu Derm Clear (Step #3 in the Obagi Nu-Derm system). I wasn’t expecting immediate results, and was thrilled when I saw results after using the product for only two weeks. The greatest surprise is getting texts from friends asking ‘what are you using on your skin?’

After only four weeks of using Clear, my natural skin looked so amazing that I replaced heavy concealers and foundation with a light tinted serum.”

If you have similar skin concerns as Lisa, we really hope her story helped give you some insight. Ask your physician if the Obagi Nu-Derm system or Clear may be right for your skin, and you may just be on your way to going make-up free!

Lisa Riggin is a California historian and currently a history professor at California State University, Fullerton and is working on her next book. Feel free to follow her on Instagram @lisa.riggin and Facebook as Lisa Riggin.


*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 Fx™ system.


(Contain prescription 4% hydroquinone)


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.


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.


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.


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