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Obagi Nu-derm Results: Week 2-3

Updated on June 30, 2009

The Great Wall of China definitely wasn't built in three weeks, but after three weeks of using the Obagi Nuderm products I am amazed.  I have faithfully followed the directions my esthetician gave me to use on Obagi, and in as little as three weeks I have seen a difference.  I am falling in love with my face care products

Week Two

As my face is still bringing the impurities to the surface, I noticed a lot of acne along my t-zone and jawline that has been brought out by Obagi Blender and Tretinoin. Both of the Tretinoin and Blender have begun to even out my skin tone and bring the acne to the surface. 

However, my face still has a slick feel from the Clear, Exfoderm and Sunscreen that I have to put on in the morning.  I become really shine on my forehead and nose from the Clear and Sunscreen especially. Obagi Nuderm for Oily skin has definitely not dried my face out or caused any more oil on my face, but neither has it kept my face from getting oily.

I find it difficult to wear liquid foundation as this makes my face more oily, but if i try mineral powder it cakes on top of my face and i look like a ghost. Even though it makes my face oily, my suggestion would be to go ahead and use a liquid foundation and then set your face with a translucent powder.

I have noticed along my forehead a type of "plumping" effect caused by using the Clear and Exfoderm Forte.  The Exfoderm Forte sloughs off the dead skin cells and makes it possible for the Clear to repair my skin and bring new skin to the surface. My skin looks fuller around the wrinkles on my forehead.

Also, I had noticed that my skin damage on my cheeks had started to fade, but then i went to the beach. I forgot sunscreen one day and came home with lots of freckles. Obagi products come with a warning to stay out of the sun as much as possible as your skin will be extra sensitive. This warning is very true as my skin was much more susceptible to sun damage again.  So, the damage that I had begun to repair with the Obagi Clear was reversed.

Overall, throughout the second week I am pleasantly surprised with my results.

Week Three

Throughout week three I am extremely happy. Obagi Nu-derm products are doing something no other product has ever been able to do to my has brought my blackheads to the surface! I am so excited. I have tried everything to get rid of my blackheads which are so deep no product could get rid of them.

I noticed that my blackheads were being removed because it looked like a speck of dirt was on my face. I would brush my hand over my face to try to wipe it off and it wouldn't come off. So i grabbed a blackhead extraction tool, which can be bought for as little as $3.00, and ran it gently over the speck of dirt using the flat end. My blackhead came out of my skin with no trouble at all. No trouble at all!

Not only are my blackheads being removed, but also my pore size is shrinking. I have big pores around my nose and they have closed only a little bit, but still enough for me to be excited.  The Clear, Tretinoin, and Blender are bringing my impurities to the surface.

Along with my pores, the damage i had done to my skin while at the beach was quickly fading. I thought it would take weeks for Obagi skin care products to reverse the damage I had done to my skin, but it only took a week with twice a day use of Clear and three times a week use of the Blender.

Even though I still have bigger acne coming to the surface I am very happy with Obagi Nuderm results so far.

 The camera doesn't pick up what the eye can see, but in natural light my cheeks have a natural rosiness to them that they did not have before.  I still have deep under eye circles, but I have always had them (I think they are hereditary).  You can see the larger acne across my t-zone and jawline.  The only skin damage I notice is across my nose.

 Here in this picture you notice the acne along my jawline.  My cheeks look more smooth and even toned.  Before (though the camera did not pick up on it)  I had light freckles and skin damage along my cheeks and nose and forehead.

The acne along my jawline is more of a scar than it is acne.  I scar very easily, just from acne popping up on my skin causes scarring.  However, I have had other scars on other parts of my face and they have started to fade from Obagi Clear and Obagi Blender.

 On my left side of my face, my acne and scaring and skin damage are clearing up.  It is becoming more even toned all around.

There are still blackheads along my t-zone, but, like everything else they are becoming less frequent all the way around. 

 Along my forehead and nose my blacheads are still visible, though with Obagi Nuderm they are becoming less visible and are clearing up.

My skin tone alone my nose an cheeks are starting to even out and look better.

 You can notice in this picture that my blackheads are becoming less visible and that some of my scars are reducing in color and intensity. 

Hardly any skin damage across my nose and cheeks is detectable.

 Here you can see my skin smoothing out and my skin tone becoming even.  On my nose you can see the blackheads that go out alongside my nose and cheek.


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      Marie 5 years ago

      Hello fellow posters. I am super hesitant and nervous to try the Obagi Nuderm system my estetician just prescribed me. I have combination skin, sometimes oily sometimes dry. I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin since getting regular facials. My only concerns is the hyperpigmentation I have on my forehead and especially my upper lip. This is really why I want to try Obagi. However, my biggest concern is my wedding is in less than 2 months in Maui, this July. Should I give Obagi a shot now or steer clear until after the wedding?! Help!!!

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      LuAnne 5 years ago

      I am on Week Two and have red, bubbly and peeling skin. This is what skin does during it's renewing process. When I started this, I made a commitment for six weeks. This is what you need to do. Your skin did not get the way it is overnight. Be patient. The old, damaged skin has multiple layers and all of them have to come to the surface and peel off. Behind these layers are fresh, new, and healthy ones that will be awesome. Don't quit. I took a photo before I started and another at the end of Week One. Same angle, same lighting. You might want to do the same because then you will look beyond the ugly patches and focus on areas that look better.

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      Callaway 5 years ago

      Does the nu-derm system help get rid of acne? I just bought it and plan on starting it next week.

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      Celine S 6 years ago

      Hi there

      I'm on my 4 th week using Obaji nuderm , I love how my skin looks so far I stii have redness and burning when I apply the product which I can handle but I find it embbrassing to go out when I'm shedding a lot of skin , I was wondering if I can use baby wipes ( alcohol free )to clean my skin would it remove the cream but that's usually after 6 hours of applying my morning cream !!

      Please let me know as I'm very frustrated !


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      ely 6 years ago

      how much blender & tretinoin should i use?

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      YouReviewAging 7 years ago from Brookline

      Wow, thanks for the detailed hub! Glad you found something that worked for you :)

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      Rick 7 years ago

      This is my first time on obagi Clenziderm md and also been using tretinoin and blender , I'm on my 6 day now and I've been peeling really bad but after showers I see how much better my skin has gotten .. I love this product .. I'm hoping when I wake up in the morning for my 7th day it would look much better .. I hope to peel more cause if I peel more I know deep within that nasty old skin that's peeling will give me better results later on ..

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      obagi reviews 7 years ago

      I have used Obagi Nu-Derm system and I felt like I was gonna give up around the third week. The skin was peeling so badly around my nose and it was very embarrassing. I was very hesitant to go to work or go out and meet my friends. But now I am glad I have done it. I feel like as if I was given a whole new skin. Good luck!

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      hk88 8 years ago

      hey there, any updates on your skin? Mine is not so good news... I keep breaking out and I've been now using it for 2 months... Going to my derm soon.

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      mia 8 years ago

      Hi Im using Obagi at the moment it is actually my Day 16 but i couldn't see any improvements I only noticed redness, wrinkly skin and it looks like paper thin skin. i don't think Obagi is working for me --poor me. You are lucky your skin getting better.

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      hkk88 8 years ago

      Hi there,

      Will you be posting your next Obagi phase review and results? I'm starting my fourth week. Last week I had lots of breakouts but this week my skin has calmed but it's very red.

      Keep us/me on your Obagi experience!

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      My Inner Jew 8 years ago

      Thanks and good luck to you too!

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      hk88 8 years ago

      Good luck, looking forward to your next Obag post!

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      My Inner Jew 8 years ago

      Hmmm...about then. I am loving it still I really do like the small results I have seen.

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      hk88 8 years ago

      are you on your fourth week right now?