The goal of the Obagi Nu-Derm system is to create soft, radiant-looking skin. The Nu-Derm system corrects surface discoloration and blemishes. It also penetrates into the skin to stimulate skin cell renewal, improve circulation and help rebuild collagen. The Nu-Derm system of correction and stimulation will:
- Diminish fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduce age spots and/or hyperpigmenation.
- Increase smoothness
- Reduce pore size
- Improve elasticity
- Increase the skin's own ability to hold moisture
- Generate a balanced, even skin tone
- Generate rosy, radiant skin tone
- Increase skin tolerance to all external factors
The Obagi Nu-Derm system is a treatment with four easy steps. The chart below which will guide you on what products to be used in the morning and in the evening. The Obagi Nu-Derm booklet "Personal Guide to Skin Health" (instructions) will be included with every Gentle Cleanser Starter Kit and Foaming Gel Starter Kit.
STEP 1 - PREPARE: In this step, you cleanse and tone your skin to make it more receptive to the correction step. Wash your face with either the Obagi Gentle Cleanser or Foaming Gel, rinse with lukewarm water and gentle pat dry. Avoid rubbing the skin with a towel. Apply the Obagi Toner on a cotton ball or pad and apply to your entire face. Do not rinse.
STEP 2 - CORRECT: This step helps to repair the damage to the surface of the skin, correcting hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and smoothing skin roughness. Apply Obagi Clear (1/2 gram) evenly on the entire face, extending to the hairline and over the ears. Wait 2 minutes and apply a second coat over dark spots. Note: Patients with dark skin should use Obagi Clear on the entire face once a day, preferably in the morning, and apply at night only on the darkest areas. Apply Obagi Exfoderm (1/2 gram) or Exfoderm Forte (1/2 gram) evenly over the entire face, avoiding the eyelid area. All creams should be rubbed in gently until totally absorbed before proceeding to the next step.
Measuring: There is an easy way to measure ½ gram of Exfoderm, Blender or Obagi Clear products. Just use the lines of OBAGI on the front of these packages. The distance between OBA is exactly ½ gram.
STEP 3 - STIMULATE: This step helps to repair damage to the deeper layers of the skin. It restores skin elasticity by enhancing the production of collagen and elastin. Apply Obagi Blender (1/2 gram) mixed with 1/2 to 1 gram Tretinoin 0.025% to 0.05% (0.1% only for those tolerant to this higher dose). We recommend that customers new to the program start with a first tube of Tretinoin 0.025% before graduating to the 0.05%. Peeling and redness is normal and temporary. Skin may look temporarily worse from the use of Obagi Blender and Tretinoin until your skin builds a tolerance to the program. If peeling, irritation and redness persists, slow down your application of Obagi Blender and Tretinoin to every other night or every third night, and use Obagi Action or Tolereen as needed.
STEP 4 - PROTECT: This step further protects against damage from harmful UVA and UVB rays, as well as protecting the sensitive eye area. Apply Obagi Sunfader and Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35 in the morning under your makeup. Reapply often while in the sun. Physical UV Block SPF 32 may also be used. Note: Prolonged sun exposure should be avoided. Obagi Eye Cream is recommened for daily use to take care of the thin, wrinkled skin of the eyelids.
STEP 5 -- CONTROL: This moisturizing product helps alleviate the dryness or sensitivity that sometimes occurs at the beginning of treatment. As you continue the system, your skin will become healthier and in less need of control agents. Obagi Action should be used sparingly only when your skin is uncomfortably dry. Can be used to cut strength of Exfoderm. Apply Tolereen (a hydrocortisone lotion) whenever needed in the areas where you experience itching, burning, or redness. Note: Control agents should only be used temporarily and sparingly, as they slow down the skin restoration process.
MAINTENANCE PHASE: Once the desired results have been achieved, a maintenance program is described in the Obagi Nu-Derm booklet "Personal Guide to Skin Health."
Please note that we offer Obagi Nu-Derm Starter Kits that contain all the products necessary for the Nu-Derm Daily Regimen. These kits are a wonderful value as the price is much less than purchasing the products individually.
Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel Starter Kit
Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser Starter Kit
Nu-Derm Daily Regimen for Normal to Oily Skin, Less Sensitive Skin Type
Most people are able to use this program, especially if your skin has been conditioned by the use of glycolics, such as the MD Forte program.
Most products needed to follow this regimen can be purchased in the Foaming Gel Starter Kit. The Eye Cream, Sunblock, Action and Tolereen are optional and need to be purchased separately. Each product is numbered 1 through 6 to assist you in the order of application.
Nu-Derm Daily Regimen for Normal to Dry Skin,
Sensitive Skin Type
Most products needed to follow this regimen can be purchased in the Obagi Gentle Cleanser Starter Kit. The Eye Cream, Sunblock, Action and Tolereen are optional and need to be purchased separately. Each product is numbered 1 through 6 to assist you in the order of application.