Expected Effects During Treatment
Duration of Treatment
Usually it is necessary to undertake treatment for a minimum of 12 to 24 weeks to see the desired effects of treatment. A less intensive maintenance regime can be used after this if desired to prolong the effects of treatment. The products are designed to work together in a complimentary fashion. It is therefore important to use all products in the frequency and manner in which they are prescribed for you. A course of treatment can be repeated in the future if required. You will be asked to come back at regular intervals (usually about 6 weekly) for assessment of your skin. Any adjustments necessary can be made during these assessments. Clinical photographs will be taken before, during and after your skin treatment to help plan your care and monitor your progress.
Adverse effects due to medical grade skin care are normally more severe or extensive versions of the expected skin reactions during treatment. Redness, irritation, skin sensitivity, skin tightness, skin breakouts and dryness, flakiness and peeling of the skin are expected to occur. In some people, they can cause greater problems than usual and if this is the case for you, you will be advised on how to deal with this or your skin care regime will be adjusted to make it more suitable for your needs and skin type. If severe, the treatment course will be stopped and your skin reaction will be allowed to settle. Occasionally people are allergic to a component in the skin care regime. Should this happen, the treatment course will be stopped. If you do not protect your skin from the sun adequately during treatment, you will find that your skin is much more sensitive to the sun and can burn more easily.
The Obagi Nu-Derm system is formulated to treat signs of ageing, specifically those related to photodamage or sun damage such as fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and skin tone. It uses a range of products to first cleanse and prepare the skin and then hydroquinone and tretinoin are used to treat the skin damage. This system is tailored to your skin type and the extent of treatment needed.
The Obagi-C Rx system is aimed at those showing early signs of ageing and at preventing future photodamage to the skin. It is also suitable for those who cannot or do not wish to undertake the stronger treatment regimes but would still like to improve their skin tone and appearance. As well as active skin ingredients to treat skin tone and pigmentation irregularities, the antioxidant vitamin C is used to protect against future damage and to stimulate new collagen production.
The Obagi CLENZIderm system is used to treat acne. It incorporates 5% benzoyl peroxide in the treatment protocol in a special formulation that allows it to penetrate into the skin for more effective treatment of acne at its source.
The Obagi360 system is aimed at younger skin. The system uses retinol and an effective sun block. It is formulated to refine the appearance of the skin and to protect against photodamage.
Obagi Professional-C Serums contain the antioxidant Vitamin C. Topical vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant helping to protect the skin. It enhances UV protection of sun blocks and also helps reduce imflammation in the skin. Professional-C serum can be used in addition to the hydroquinone in the Nu-Derm System to help correct uneven pigmentation.
ELASTIderm is an eye treatment from Obagi used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and restore elasticity to the skin around the eyes. The active ingredient is Copper Zinc Malonate in a formula that can penetrate the skin to where it is most needed and the antioxidant qualities of a blueberry extract is also included.
The Obagi ELASTIderm Decolletage System is specially designed to treat the fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and uneven pigmentation on the neck and chest areas. It contains both a skin lightening product and malonic acid which helps stimulate new skin cell production.
Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is a light chemical peel formulated for improving the superficial layers of the face. It containes salicylic acid and after a short period of redness and usually light peeling, it rejuvenates the appearance of the skin. The surface layers are exfoliated and the recovery time is short. As it is a light peel, it is normally used as a course of 4 to 6 applications and is usually performed in the office setting.
Obagi Blue Peel is a trichloroacetic acid (TCA) facial peel which is combined with a special Obagi blue base to monitor penetration. It is a medium depth facial peel performed in the office setting. It will cause redness and peeling of the top layers of the skin. Once this process is complete, skin has a fresher, rejuvenated appearance with better skin tone and a reduction in uneven pigmentation, fine lines and fine wrinkles. Blue Peel is often used in combination with Obagi Nu-Derm to optimise skin condition and to augment and maintain the results.