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Obagi Nu Derm

The Obagi NU-DERM Cream Program was created in order to restore skin health. It was developed by Dr. Zein E. Obagi, a leading and innovative dermatologist. His methods and techniques are taught all over the world to plastic surgeons, dermatologists and medical specialists. The program emphasizes the unique concepts of correction and stimulation of the skin, which lead to regulating and strengthening skin functions to produce collagen, elastin, and healthier skin cells. This leads to smooth, firm skin, with even color tone for a younger and healthier looking skin.

Regular creams work only on skin surface with ineffective penetration or renewal ability, while Obagi NU-DERM restores and renews skin surface and other skin layers. According to Dr. Obagi’s definition of healthy skin, it is smooth and firm, even in color tone and free of damage or medical problems. Skin Health can be created by using the new Obagi NU-DERM cream program principles.

What is Obagi Nu-Derm?

The Obagi NU-DERM System is a synergistic system that improves the health and appearance of your skin. The system is simple and you can apply the products yourself, in the privacy of your own home. Products include Hydroquinone and are normally used in conjunction with Retin A products to lighten, resurface and enhance the overall quality of the skin.

What can Obagi Nu-Derm improve?

The Obagi Nu-Derm system can solve skin problems like freckles, hyperpigmentations from acne, abrasions, burns, cholasma or melasma. It also improves skin tone, reduces acne breakouts, removes photos damage, pre-cancerous lesions and improve superficial wrinkles. Obagi Nu-Derm can improve the overall texture of your skin as well.

What can't Obagi Nu-Derm improve?

Obagi can not improve ice pick acne scars or other deep or raised scars, deep wrinkles, or moles. Obagi can not remove tattoos either.

Is Obagi Nu-Derm for me?

Only a qualified skin technician or physician can determine if you are a good candidate. Consult your physician today!

What are the disadvantages of Obagi Nu-Derm?

Hydroquinone has been connected with ochronosis, but this is when it is used in very high strengths (much higher than is found in Obagi Nu-Derm products). Ochronosis is the condition when black specks spots form in the epidermis. It is mainly found in people of African and Asian descent who have used it in order to lighten their skin. Tretinoin thins the skin and reportedly thickens the dermis. Aggressive use of it can cause intense irritation, sores and blisters. Especially near the corners of the eyes and mouth and around the nostrils of the nose. This is thought to be due to the reaction with moisture.

Why should I use all the products in the Obagi Nu Derm System ?

Each Obagi System is specifically designed to work together as a system to transform your skin. When used as a system, the formulas work together to effectively balance the ph level and penetrate ingredients to the layers of the skin, revealing superior results.

This 24-week study in 301 subjects examined the clinical efficacy and safety of a proprietary system (Obagi NU-DERMSystem) composed of a specific protocol of cleanser, toner, alpha-hydroxy acid, tretinoin, hydroquinone and SPF (Group 1), compared with a 0.1% tretinoin regimen, including cleanser and SPF 30 (Group 2), 4.0% hydroquinone regimen, including cleanser and SPF 30 (Group 3) and the most common over-the-counter (OTC) products recommended by physicians - cleanser, moisturizer and SPF 30 (Group 4).

Methods: Facial photodamage (perioral wrinkles, periocular wrinkles, facial wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, clarity, sallowness, tactile roughness and laxity) and irritation (erythema, edema, scaling, papular rash, burning, stinging, itching and tightness) were assessed by investigative clinical graders at baseline and 1, 6, 12, 18 and 24 weeks of treatment. Digital photography, ultrasound scans, silicone replicas and full-thickness facial biopsies were also performed.

Results: Obagi Nu-Derm System was significantly more effective (P²0.05) than the other three treatments in all seven variables as demonstrated by change from baseline in evaluations at 12 weeks and 24 weeks (Figures 1 and 2). Conclusions: Obagi Nu-Derm System outperformed the other three regimens (drug or OTC) at both 12 weeks and 24 weeks.

FOUR PHASES of Obagi Nu Derm System:


In this initial phase, the damaged top layer of skin is replaced by a new layer of fresh, healthy skin cells. This process takes approximately 6 weeks. During this phase, you can expect to experience one or more of these symptoms:

These reactions are indications that the treatment is working. It is absolutely necessary to stay with the program to see these results


As correction and stimulation continues, you begin to notice significant improvements in your skin. New skin cells continue reaching the surface and the production of collagen and elastin increases. Expect to notice:


In this phase, your friends will begin to notice your skin. It has been Transformed to function properly, making skin look and act younger and healthier. Your skin is:


In order to keep your skin looking and acting younger and healthier, you will want to continue to use the Obagi Nu-Derm System to maintain the improved results you have achieved. By continuing with a maintenance protocol, you can expect to:

Please call our Chicago Plastic Surgeon for a skin consultation andObagi NU-DERM Skin Care Product Recommendations.