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Obagi Nu-derm Information

Updated on June 27, 2009

 "For skin that looks younger and acts younger and healthier."

These words are the mission statement that the Obagi Company lives by and helps hundreds of women across the world. With the rise in enviromental factors, such as pollution and sunbathing, women's skin has been stressed and damaged to the deepest layers.  The Obagi Company has brought forth revolutionary products to change and revert skin back to its natural, beautiful texture.  Obagi Nu-derm is a physician strength skin care system that not only improves fine lines, wrinkles, and hyper pigmentation on the surface, but also, deep under the skins top layer. 


Obagi Systems was named after leading developer and expert Dr. Obagi.  The company was stationed in California, and Obagi Nu-derm System was created in 1988, under the guidance of leading skin care specialists, and later became Obagi Medical Products, Inc. in 1997. With the continued growth of the company each year, Obagi has become available to millions of women in over 42 countries.

Designed for the aesthetic and surgical market, Obagi products penetrate the deepest layers of skin to bring change in women's skin giving a whole new meaning to beauty within. The company maintains its position as top beauty provider through several lines in the Obagi system: Obagi Clenziderm, Obagi C-Rx, Condition and Enhance, and Elistderm.

Effects of Photodamaging

Signs of photodamage and aging

  • Age spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Rough skin
  • Skin laxity
  • Erythema (Redness)
  • Sallowness (Complexion)
  • Hyperpigmentation (Discoloration)

On a daily basis our skin is exposed to UVA and UVB rays from the sun.  Even stepping outside our home, office, and car open are faces to an onslaught of these harmful rays.  Their effect is known to cause not only skin cancer but delayed growth in healthy skin.  Old skin becomes more difficult to remove and slough off.  Elastin and Collagen break down, causing wrinkles and fine lines to form in-between the layers of old, dead skin.  The more the skin is exposed to the sun's rays with no treatment, the deeper the wrinkles become and the darker hyper pigmentation becomes.


Skin Transformation

With the Nu-derm system, skin is rejuvinated and revitalized.  Cellular turnover is increased causing faster regeneration by constantly pushing new,fresh skin to the surface.  The cellular structure under the surface is made uniform causing even toned and smooth skin to be brough forward.  Melanin, which causes pigmented skin, is controlled so that the skin tone becomes more even.  Lastly, with Nu-derm,  Collagen is produced causing stronger, firmer skin with less fine lines and wrinkles. 

Obagi will make skin look younger, act younger, and be healthy.

Clinical Study

According to the most recent study of over 300 women, Obagi Nu-derm treatment showed the greatest improvement in 12 weeks for fine lines and photodamaged skin compared to stand alone products.  Nu-derm has been clinically proven to reduce, by 3x the power, the appearance of hyper pigmented, mottled, sallow skin than a hydroquinone treatment, and there is 6x the improvement in fine lines and wrinkles than other over the counter products.

Skin Phases

 There are four distinctive phases that the skin will go through as it is be transformed and revitalized with Obagi Nu-derm skin care products.  With daily use as instructed per medical advisor, results will start to be seen in as little as four weeks.

Phase I, "Out With the Old":  Phase one begins the moment the Obagi  Cleansing system is used till up to 6 weeks after.  Nu-derm begins penetrating deep into the skin cells to begin a transformation with in to bring fresh cells to the surface.  Old and dead skin cells are removed from the outer surface of the skin, to allow skin to regain its youthful glow and fullness.  In Phase I redness, itching, dryness does and can occur while skin begins adapting to the new system.

Expect: Pigmented cells are being controlled so that a more even tone is given.

Phase II, "In With the New":  Because skin has begun adjusting to the Nu-derm system,  new cells and collagen are being produced and melanin is distributing more evenly through pigmented cells.  Phase II lasts from 7 weeks till 12 weeks.

Expect:  As new cells are formed, a smoother, softer and more even toned appearance is given.

Phase III, "Healthy Glow":  . Skin Cells and collagen are still in the process of transformation and regeneration during this phase.  However, skin becomes tighter, firmer, and smoother.  Fine lines and wrinkles begin to fade and an overall youthful glow is given to the skin.  This phase lasts from 12 weeks till 18 weeks

Expect: Naturally hydrated, smooth, and even skin tone.

Phase IV, "The New You":  Skin has finally been transformed and a new you is evident across your face.  This phase is continuous as skin has to be maintained to keep the young vibrant look.  Your esthetician and medical advisor can help you keep a regimen that will keep your skin looking young and beautiful.

Expect:  "Skin that looks and acts younger and healthier."

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Sun Smart Quiz

Does your skin match your age? Are the fine lines and wrinkles beginning to show on your face or are you as young as ever?  Chances have it, in this day and age, your skin probably does not match your age.

Take this Sun Smart Quiz to find the true age of your skin.

Medical Guidance

Always seek medical guidance before using Obagi. Click here to see before and after photos of real women who have experienced Obagi. These photos are untouched and without makeup.

To read about my own personal experience with Obagi, read the following hubpages.

 Obagi Product Review Week One

Obagi Product Review Week Two and Three


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      My Inner Jew 8 years ago

      haha tried the natural on my face...doesn't work for my hormones...made my face even worse

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      Conny 8 years ago

      Natural in your hair but not on your Face????