Obagi Nu-Derm: so far, so good

I did a lot of research on skincare products for hyper-pigmented skin and ended up choosing Obagi Nu-Derm http://m.obagi.com/patients/product-line/nu-derm/overview. 

 I didn’t consult a skincare specialist about Obagi and this particular skincare regimen wasn’t recommended to me, but based on my needs- make newly appearing age spots and acne magically disappear (over time) thereby avoiding laser treatments for the same problem (painful!)- Obagi Nu-Derm fit the bill.

It apparently takes nearly 6 months to see a significant change in your skin, but after 1.5 weeks, my skin is smoother and less ‘angry’ looking (redness and irritation are practically gone) than it’s been for the last few months. I am having minor breakouts, but this was expected since a retinoid-based cream is a vital part of treating acne and hyper-pigmented skin, i.e., age spots, acne scarring (red marks), and it tends to cause breakouts initially. The Nu-Derm kit also includes an SPF 50 sunscreen, which is a must when embarking on this particular skincare program.

Let me know if you’ve tried and liked Obagi Nu-Derm (or not!) or any Obagi skincare products. I’m not using any Obagi eye creams or serums only because I need to finish the ones I have. I also wonder about Dr. Obagi’s new skincare line called Zo. He’s publicly disengaged himself from the pharmaceutical company to which he sold WorldWide Products, Inc., the umbrella company of Obagi Medical Products, claiming that the company cares more about its sales than the philosophy behind Dr. Obagi’s original skincare line. This is the first time I’ve read such an open and honest regret as Dr. Obagi’s, but having looked at Zo reviews, it seems Obagi may be a better line of products.


why waste when you can redirect


I was at lunch with some girlfriends the other day and one friend was talking about a recent allergic reaction she had had to a facial. She was saying how sensitive her skin (face) has become so she’s had to opt for skincare products that are pretty basic and only for sensitive skin. To make a short story long, K was also telling us how her sister-in-law recently gave her a big jar of Crème de la Mer (there was a time when this brand was the most expensive cream on the market!) that she couldn’t use on her face, because it appeared she was sensitive to some ingredient in it. I happily volunteered to take the cream off her hands, but then suggested that she either do a patch test near one of her ears or use it on her body instead. K decided to keep the cream- oh well!

Here’s what I was getting at (finally!): if you’re like me, you tend to change skincare products before they’ve run out, so you can either pass them on to a friend (which is what I’ve normally done) OR, better yet, use them on other parts of your body like your delicate décolleté, neck, and hands (which is what I now do). Just because a product is for your face doesn’t mean you can’t use it elsewhere,  so think twice before tossing out your beloved skincare product and give it a new purpose elsewhere!