Obagi Nu-Derm: #1 for Treating Hyperpigmentation

Colleen Welsch


Obagi Nu-Derm is the #1 physician-dispensed skin care system for aging skin. This anti-aging collection brightens and evens skin tone for a radiant, youthful-looking complexion.

Utilizing the most effective ingredients available, the Obagi Nu-Derm System is clinically proven to:

  • Reduce moderate to severe melasma, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and sun spots
  • Smooth rough and uneven skin
  • Tighten lax and sagging skin
  • Diminish fine lines and wrinkles

Best of all? The system is flexible, allowing for use by all skin types.


Clinically-Proven Results

In a clinical study, patients using Obagi Nu-Derm saw noticeable results, including reduced pigmentation, improved skin tone and texture, and a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. In this 24-week study, patients used Obagi Nu-Derm RX plus a 1.0% retinol twice daily.

Obagi Nu-Derm Before and After


The Science Behind Obagi Nu-Derm

Obagi Nu-Derm transforms the skin by increasing skin cell turnover and exfoliating dull, dead skin cells. This process occurs in five phases. Each phase lasts one to several weeks, depending on skin type.

By the end of the first phase, more even-toned, rejuvenated skin will be revealed as older cells are sloughed away. Significant results should be noticeable within eight to twelve weeks of beginning the Obagi Nu-Derm system.


Phase One: Remove

During the first six weeks of treatment, Obagi Nu-Derm’s proprietary ingredients work to improve skin cell turnover by exfoliating the dulled, dead cells of the top layer of skin.

Mild to moderate side effects are normal during the first six weeks of treatment. Common side effects of Obagi Nu-Derm include itching, redness, and dryness. Report any excessive itchiness or redness to your physician.

Phase Two: Restart

Between the seventh and twelfth week of treatment, new skin cells are produced. Skin tone will improve as pigment cells evenly distribute melanin throughout the fresh, rejuvenated layer of skin.

Phase Three: Refresh

During the thirteenth to eighteenth weeks of treatment, Obagi Nu-Derm’s products continue to promote skin cell turnover. Hyperpigmentation will be reduced. Skin will look younger, with a more firm and hydrated appearance.

Phase Four: Restore

Beyond the eighteenth week, skin will continue to improve. Skin is resilient, healthy-looking, and evenly toned.

Phase Five: Retain

Speak to your physician for a personalized recommendation on how to use Obagi Nu-Derm to maintain clear, youthful-looking skin.


The Obagi Nu-Derm Product Lineup

Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser

This mild, soap-free gel cleanser is formulated for dry to normal skin. The Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser removes oil, dirt, and makeup without dehydrating.

Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel

This cleansing formula is for normal to oily skin. Like the Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser, this non-soap cleanser effectively clarifies skin, laying the foundation for the rest of the Obagi Nu-Derm system.

Obagi Nu-Derm Toner

This alcohol-free, non-drying toner corrects skin’s pH levels after cleansing.

Obagi Nu-Derm Clear

With its unique prescription-strength formula, Obagi Nu-Derm Clear evens skin tone and diminishes sun and age spots for more youthful-looking skin.

Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm

This exfoliating lotion gently sloughs away dull and dead skin cells, promoting skin cell turnover for a smoother, more radiant complexion. For normal to dry skin.

Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm Forte

Like Exfoderm, this lotion exfoliates the top layer of skin to reveal glowing, healthy skin underneath. For normal to oily skin.

Obagi Nu-Derm Blender

Using effective yet gentle ingredients, this serum gradually lightens hyperpigmentation for a more even skin tone.

Obagi Nu-Derm Hydrate

This moisturizing cream soothes and hydrates skin.

Obagi Nu-Derm Physical UV Block SPF 32

Maintain your results with this non-irritating sunblock. Great for sensitive skin, this sunblock is formulated with 18.5% zinc oxide.

Obagi Nu-Derm Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35

This non-greasy formula protects skin from UVA and UVB rays with 9% zinc oxide and the chemical filter octinoxate. Use daily to maintain results.


How to Use the Obagi Nu-Derm System

For best results, follow these steps twice daily.

Step One: Cleanse

Wash skin using Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser (for dry skin) or Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel (for oily skin). Apply a small amount to hands and massage onto wet skin, starting from the outside of the face and working inwards. Allow to sit for 30 seconds to open up pores, readying the skin for further product. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Step Two: Tone

Apply toner to cleansed skin using a cotton ball. Do not rinse off.

Step Three: Clear

Apply 1 or 2 pea-size drops of Obagi Nu-Derm Clear onto face, extending to the hairline and ears.

Step Four: Exfoliate

Using fingertips, massage 1 to 2 pea-size drops of Exfoderm (for dry skin) or Exfoderm Forte (for oily skin) into skin.

Step Five: Blender

Apply 1 or 2 pea-size drops of Obagi Nu-Derm Blender onto skin using hands.

Step Six: Moisturize

Smooth a small amount of Obagi Nu-Derm Hydrate over the entire face.

Step Seven: Protect

Liberally apply Obagi Nu-Derm Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35 to skin in the morning, underneath makeup. For longer sun exposure, liberally apply Obagi Nu-Derm Physical UV Block SPF 32 to skin fifteen minutes before sun exposure. Reapply least every two hours for maximum protection.


Obagi Nu-Derm Usage Tips

  • During application, use ½ gram of each product. This roughly translates to the size of a pea.
  • The Obagi Nu-Derm system contains alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA. AHA can increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun. For this reason, it’s important to practice proper suncare techniques while using the Obagi Nu-Derm system. Always wear a sunblock and protective clothing, and avoid sun exposure between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, when UV rays are their strongest.
  • Redness, dryness, and itchiness may occur within the first six weeks of treatment. These side effects are completely normal. However, if itchiness and redness become excessive, speak to your physician about discontinuing use of the Obagi Nu-Derm system.

Obagi Nu-Derm is an incredibly effective skincare system, visibly reducing hyperpigmentation and signs of aging. Begin your treatment today for a rejuvenated, even-toned, and youthful complexion.