Obagi Transformations: Mary Dondel

11.20.2017, 11:17 CST | Posted In: Signs of Aging, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Obagi Stories

Imagine being contacted by a world-renowned plastic surgeon to share your skincare regimen in public. For most people, being recognized for their beautiful complexion is something they can only dream of, but that’s exactly what happened to Obagi loyal customer, Mary.

We know how difficult it can be when you go from product to product trying to find what will finally work for you. It’s safe to say that after almost 20 years of her consistent use of Obagi, you can trust what Mary has to say.

Without further ado, here’s Mary:

“The number one question that people ask me... is what do I use on my skin. Many compliment me on an extremely hydrated and moisturized complexion. Anytime I share a photo of myself... I get messaged, private messaged or called about my skin care. Recently, I received a phone call from a marketing professional of a famous plastic surgeon... asking me if I would be interested in sharing everything I knew about my skin care regimen in a public forum. I have been using Obagi for almost 2 decades now... my favorite items are Obagi Nu-Derm® Clear (#3) and Blender® (#5) and Professional-C™ Serum 20%. I am so grateful for these products. One of my very favorite aspects of Clear and Blender is that they correct sun damage.” [See below for Important Safety Information about the Obagi Nu-Derm Clear and Blender.]

More about Mary’s Obagi favorites:

Obagi Nu-Derm Clear and Blender

Part of our Obagi Nu-Derm system, Clear and Blender contain prescription 4% hydroquinone which works by preventing the skin from creating excess melanin (the pigment responsible for giving the skin color). This means that hydroquinone in Clear and Blender is helpful in combatting age spots, melasma, and sunspots by gradually lightening signs of hyperpigmentation. After treatment, what you’ll be left with is a more even skin tone and younger-looking appearance with a healthy radiance! 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.

Professional-C Serum 20%

Our highest concentrated serum contains 20% L-ascorbic Acid (better known as Vitamin C), which helps improve the appearance of aging skin. With a high concentration of this powerful antioxidant, this serum works to defend against free radicals, and can help address the look of skin aging. Not to mention, regular use can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and brightens skin!

Connect with Mary on social media:
@graceandwaves on Instagram & Twitter



(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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