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The Obagi Nu-Derm System unlike traditional skin care products that only treat problems on the surface of your skin, work at the cellular level. Working at this level  takes the knowledge and guidance of a specifically trained aesthetician and doctor supervising a medically prescribed Obagi skin health restoration system.. This system helps to correct surface discoloration, blemishes, and stimulate cell renewal to bring back the glow and softness of healthy, younger-looking skin.
By stimulating skin cell renewal, improving circulation and rebuilding collagen, the Obagi system breathes new life into unhealthy skin. In as little as six weeks, you will begin to see a difference. Your healthy skin will be smooth, clear, firm, resilient, naturally moist… beautiful.

Obagi Nu-Derm System is structured to maximise results with the products divided into four action areas:

Prepare- Removes impurities and adjusts pH to prepare your skin for the optimal penetration of theraputic ingredients.

Correct – Repairs damage to skin cells, correcting hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and roughness, enhancing the penetration of ingredients.

Stimulate  Repairs damage to deeper layers of your skin and restores elasticity by enhancing collagen and elastin production.

Protect – Protects newer, healthier skin and prevents further damage from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Each action area has dedicated products. By following the easy, numbered steps described below, the system builds up to produce healthy, beautiful results.

Prepare…

No 1 – Gentle Cleanser or Foaming Gel

Wash your face with the recommended cleanser, rinse with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. Avoid rubbing your skin with a towel.

No 2 – Toner

Put the Toner on a cotton pad and apply to yout entire face. Do not rinse.

Correct…

No 3 – Clear Rx

Measure the product as directed by aesthetician and apply evenly on your entire face, extending to the hairline, over the ears and ending with a feathering motion. Wait 2 minutes and apply a second coat over dark spots. Note: If you have dark skin, use Clear on your entire face once a day, preferably in the morning, and apply at night only on the darkest areas. Once you achieve satisfying results, use Clear only as needed.

No 4 – Exfoderm or Exfoderm Forte

Measure the product and apply evenly over your entire face, avoiding the eyelid area and lips. Massage until the cream is completely absorbed.

Stimulate…

No 5 – Blender Rx and Tretinoin

Measure 1/2 gram of Blender, followed by the prescribed amount of tretinoin. Combine and apply evenly on your entire face, extending to the hairline and ending with a feathering motion. Avoid Eye area unless directed otherwise. Note: Avoid the corners of the lips and creases around the nose.

Protect…

No 6 – Sunfader SPF 15, Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35 and/or Physical UV Block SPF 32

Apply in the morning under your makeup. Reapply often while in the sun. Note: Always avoid prolonged direct sun exposure. Remember to practice sun protection daily. Control…

At the beginning of your treatment your skin may be sensitive and have reactions, such as becoming red, dry and itchy. If this is the case, using the Control products, when necessary, will help you comfortably reach your skin goals. Eventually, your skin will become more tolerant.

The Control products should be applied before using the sun protection products.

Elastiderm Eye Cream – Recommended to use twice a day to take care of the thin skin around your eyes.

Action – Spot treat only where your skin is uncomfortably dry.

  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Increase smoothness
  • Reduce pore size
  • Improve elasticity
  • Generate a balanced, even skin tone
  • Normalize oil production
  • Reduce age spots and/or hyperpigmentation
  • Increase the skin’s own ability to hold moisture
  • Increase skin tolerance to external factors

Where can Obagi be used?

The Obagi Nu-Derm System of correction and stimulation will:

  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Increase smoothness
  • Reduce pore size
  • Improve elasticity
  • Generate a balanced, even skin tone
  • Normalize oil production
  • Reduce age spots and/or hyperpigmentation
  • Increase the skin’s own ability to hold moisture
  • Increase skin tolerance to external factors

The Obagi system can be used all over the face, neck and decolletage

How does the Obagi System work?

1 – Out with the old

What Happens?

The Obagi Nu-Derm System penetrates to the deepest layer of the skin to correct signs of aging. Old, dead skin cells are sloughed off and replaced with fresh cells. Itching, dryness and redness indicate that your treatment is working.

This phase lasts approximately 6-8 weeks and you can expect more even-toned skin as pigment cells begin to become balanced.

2 – In with the new

What Happens?

Your skin begins producing normal, healthy cells. Healthy new cells are pushed to the surface faster. Pigment cells are distributing melanin more evenly. Collagen and elastin production is stimulated. Your skin begins to tolerate the treatment and reactions subside.

This phase lasts approximately 6-8 weeks and you can expect smoother, softer skin as its natural rhythm of renewal is regained.

3 – Healthy glow

What Happens?

Skin cells are in the process of Transformation. Layers of the skin receive an increased supply of nutrients and blood flow. Healthy, strong collagen and elastin production continues. Skin is smooth, naturally hydrated, evenly coloured and more resilient.

This phase lasts approximately 6-8 weeks and you can expect to see the skin becoming firmer and tighter with improved clarity and a healthy glow.

4 – The New You

What Happens?

The Obagi Nu-Derm System has Transformed your skin! Now, your goal is to make it a permanent part of your daily health care routine. Check in routinely with your skin care specialist to maintain your results long term with the Obagi Nu-Derm System maintenance programmes.

This phase will last indefinitely, with maintenance. Your skin now looks and acts younger and healthier.Reduce pore size

  • Improve elasticity
  • Generate a balanced, even skin tone
  • Normalize oil production
  • Correct blemishes
  • Reduce age spots and other hyperpigmentation
  • Increase the skin’s own ability to hold moisture
  • Increase the skin’s tolerance to external factors

Who can benefit from the Obagi Nu Derm treatment program?

The Obagi Nuderm product line is generally dispensed in a physician’s office but there are several products in the line that do not require a prescription, like the Foaming gel, Obagi Toner, and Obagi Exfoderm. At the London Medical and Aesthetic clinic, we will dicuss your individual skincare needs, and help you customize the system to help you achieve your skin care goals.

The Obagi Nu-Derm System is suitable for all skin-types and you will notice vast improvements in the appearance and feel of your skin after simply 12 weeks of use

The Obagi skin care range can dramatically improve aged skin. Skin aging is a natural process, but daily sun exposure can contribute to premature aging, slowing down the turnover of skin cells between healthy new cells and old damaged cells.

Obagi can benefit those  individuals with signs of aging and photodamage:

  • Age spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Rough skin
  • Skin laxity (loss of elasticity)
  • Erythema (redness)
  • Sallowness (complexion)
  • Hyperpigmentation (discoloration)

Obagi also has The ELASTIderm Décolletage System, which  is used to treat discoloration, sun spots and wrinkles on the neck and chest. This system contains two products (used twice daily) to help improve the appearance of your décolletage:

Obagi also  has a range of products which suit normal to dry skin types and sensitive skin types also.These will be discussed in your consultation.

How to use the Obagi Nu-Derm System

The Obagi Nu-Derm System can transform you, giving you healthier, younger looking skin.

The system is structured to maximise results with the products divided into four action areas:

Prepare – Removes impurities and adjusts pH to prepare your skin for the optimal penetration of theraputic ingredients.

Correct – Repairs damage to skin cells, correcting hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and roughness, enhancing the penetration of ingredients.

Stimulate – Repairs damage to deeper layers of your skin and restores elasticity by enhancing collagen and elastin production.

Protect – Protects newer, healthier skin and prevents further damage from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Each action area has dedicated products. By following the easy, numbered steps described below, the system builds up to produce healthy, beautiful results.

Prepare…

No 1 – Gentle Cleanser or Foaming Gel

Wash your face with the recommended cleanser, rinse with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. Avoid rubbing your skin with a towel.

No 2 – Toner

Put the Toner on a cotton pad and apply to yout entire face. Do not rinse.

Correct…

No 3 – Clear Rx

Measure the product as directed by aesthetician and apply evenly on your entire face, extending to the hairline, over the ears and ending with a feathering motion. Wait 2 minutes and apply a second coat over dark spots. Note: If you have dark skin, use Clear on your entire face once a day, preferably in the morning, and apply at night only on the darkest areas. Once you achieve satisfying results, use Clear only as needed.

No 4 – Exfoderm or Exfoderm Forte

Measure the product and apply evenly over your entire face, avoiding the eyelid area and lips. Massage until the cream is completely absorbed.

Stimulate…

No 5 – Blender Rx and Tretinoin

Measure 1/2 gram of Blender, followed by the prescribed amount of tretinoin. Combine and apply evenly on your entire face, extending to the hairline and ending with a feathering motion. Avoid Eye area unless directed otherwise. Note: Avoid the corners of the lips and creases around the nose.

Protect…

No 6 – Sunfader SPF 15, Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35 and/or Physical UV Block SPF 32

Apply in the morning under your makeup. Reapply often while in the sun. Note: Always avoid prolonged direct sun exposure. Remember to practice sun protection daily. Control…

At the beginning of your treatment your skin may be sensitive and have reactions, such as becoming red, dry and itchy. If this is the case, using the Control products, when necessary, will help you comfortably reach your skin goals. Eventually, your skin will become more tolerant.

The Control products should be applied before using the sun protection products.

Elastiderm Eye Cream – Recommended to use twice a day to take care of the thin skin around your eyes.

Action – Spot treat only where your skin is uncomfortably dry.

Possible side effects of the Obagi skin care products

Severe long term side-effects are very rare. The Obagi system gives second to none results in skin rejuvenation and repair, but there are some short term side-effects that any dedicated patient has to put up with. These include redness, tightness and peeling of the skin, and these can occur even while just using the preparatory Nu-Derm creams. These symptoms are rarely severe and as we always say, the more of a reaction you get, the better the results in the long term.

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