Obagi skin careSkin health is a revolutionary idea. Most products concentrate on the concept of skin care – treating symptoms, providing surface moisture and covering up blemishes. But the only way to reclaim the health of your skin is to reach below the surface and work at a cellular level. The concept of Skin Health Restoration is revolutionary because, instead of just dealing with the superficial symptoms of aging skin, it actually reaches deep below the surface, right down to the cellular level to stimulate
and actually promote your skin's restoration.
Obagi is a skin health restoration system. It includes an assortment of bottles designed to do different things, with each complementing the others. This is a medical product, not a cosmetic product. It actually stimulates collagen -- the second component in the dermis together with elastin and hyaluronic acid -- and removes passive wrinkles. That's why it's only sold in doctor's offices, or at least should be. But a lot of people, well you know how Filipinos areÉ they bring the product home from the US, they've been able to get it from doctors there, then they sell it on the side. But most people use it the wrong way, and if you're doing it wrong, it doesn't work. The doctor has to see them first, tell them what program is best for them, how much or how little to use, then monitor them after one week, after three weeks, after six weeks, see if they're doing it correctly. There's a slightly different method for everybody.
Obagi includes a gel and a toner, which prepare the skin for the products that come after. If you just use your own soap and toner, usually Obagi won't work. You see the skin has a barrier -- the stratum corneum -- whose main function is to protect us from the environment. The skin has to be strong so that things don't enter. But precisely because it's so strong, when you do want things to enter, they also won't. That's one of the reasons a lot of cosmetic products won't work -- they can't go in. The foaming gel and toner prepare the skin for effective penetration.
The Obagi Nu-Derm System produces soft, radiant-looking skin which helps to restore skin that has been abused by sun damage and smoking. It works by correcting surface discoloration and blemishes, stimulating cell renewal, improving circulation and rebuilding collagen. After approximately six weeks, new healthy cells emerge to the surface making your skin less sensitive and better able to hydrate properly.
The Obagi Blue Peel is an in-office procedure designed to significantly improve the appearance and health of your skin. It is complementary to the Nu-derm range of skin creams. The Blue Peel enables the physician to achieve optimal results on a broad range of conditions: Epidermal and Dermal Pigmentation problems; Fine lines, wrinkles, shallow stretchable scars, large pores; Acne, Comedones, Actinic Keratoses; Skin laxity.
Using a low concentration of the chemical trichloroacetic acid (TCA) mixed with a special blue base to slow penetration, the Blue Peel allows your doctor to monitor the appropriate depth to effectively remove the thin surface layers of aged and damaged skin from the face and other parts of the body. These dead skin cells are replaced by healthier ones, allowing the skin’s own clarity and tightness to resurface. In addition to the face, The Blue Peel can be performed on the neck, chest, hands, back, arms and legs and is appropriate for all skin types.
The Blue Peel is a quick, relatively simple and tolerable procedure that in most patients does not require sedation. Application of the Blue Peel takes about 20 minutes, depending on the number of coats your doctor has determined are necessary to achieve your goals. You will experience a moderate burning sensation that lasts a few minutes with each coat. Your doctor will use a fan to minimise this sensation. The bluish tint will be gently washed off with a special cleanser immediately following the Blue Peel.