Obagi Medical Products have grown incredibly since being launched by Dr. Zien Obagi and other leading experts in 1988. Obagi Medical Products
initially started as a pharmaceutical company that developed and manufactured medical prescription skin care systems. Dr. Obagi and his team wanted to fill the gap and provide products that were pharmaceutical strength, yet available without a prescription. Over the years, Obagi has expanded their retail line, and can be found in 35 countries worldwide.
The focal point of the Obagi Systems is to prevent and improve common skin disorders such as hyperpigmentation, acne, sun damage, rosacea, wrinkles, scarring and uneven skin tone. Always committed to success, Obagi has been rated the number one brand of physician-dispensed products in the United States. Obagi and its users have accredited their success to their prescription strength formulations and their stipulations to only allow physicians such as dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medical spas and highly trained skin care specialists to sell their products. Obagi manufactures a few products that are available by prescription only; however, the full line utilizes the same technology, and many products, such as Professional C Serum 20%, offer similar results.
Obagi specializes in providing aggressive dermatological treatments that work to remove issues associated with the skin such as sun damage, scarring, wrinkles, fine lines and flushing. As seen on Fox News, the Obagi Blue Peel is a highly popular treatment used in medical spas and dermatologists' offices today. For those looking for an alternative to in-office procedures, Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm Forte provides an exfoliation with alpha hydroxy acids that helps to diminish these common signs of aging.
Tretinoin and hydroquinone are two of the main active ingredients found in the Obagi skin care products. Tretinoin is the acid form of vitamin A used by dermatologists to treat wrinkles and acne, and to increase collagen and elastin productivity. Tretinoin works by increasing cellular turnover, which smooths and softens the skin and improves the skin's overall appearance. Hydroquinone is an ingredient used topically to lighten or bleach areas of hyperpigmentation in the skin. Hydroquinone reduces hyperpigmentation by decreasing the formation of melanin. Hydroquinone treats freckles, age spots, chloasma and melasma, skin conditions from which many consumers often suffer.
Obagi products work particularly well for mature or adult skin types because Obagi focuses on aged skin. As we age our skin's cell turnover rate and collagen and elastin production begin to slow down. Over time, our skin experiences damage from many sources, including internal and external sources. As this damage occurs, our healthy skin starts to break down and the degradation of collagen continues and wrinkles and sagging begins to show. Obagi products, such as Elistiderm Eye Gel and C-Exfoliating Day Lotion SPF 12, have been proven to transform and affect aged skin and help to restore it to its young healthy appearance.