- Question: What is the difference between Obagi vs. PCA skin? I have an oily T zone with normal to dry in the cheek areas. I tend to break out around the sides of my face and on my neck line. I tend to have more blackheads around my chin area. What would you recommend for me to use? I am a 32 year old female. I want something that works well but I don't want to spend lots of money. I have some PCA samples from a microderm treatment. That seems to work well but I heard Obagi works better. Thank yo for your help.
There are many differences between these two product lines – they are formulated from two different manufacturers so each is quite different. PCA focuses on using alpha hydroxy acids throughout their products, like lactic and citric acids. Obagi offers a wide range of over the counter and prescription products, but encourages the use of their prescription products. For more information on both product lines I highly recommend you take a look at DermStore’s dermatologist reviews of each brand, Dermatologist Review of Obagi and Dermatologist Review of PCA Skin. Both are great lines and also have products to address your concerns. Unfortunately finding what works best for you can be challenging. While Obagi may in fact work better for some consumers, it does not always and vice versa for PCA. Whichever line you decide I suggest starting out with a kit of products, as it will be more cost-effective. Obagi offers a full size kit that is slightly less then PCA, Obagi Clenziderm M.D. Starter Set – Normal to Dry. But the PCA kit offers more products in their kit, PCA Skin Acne Control Solution Kit – Full Size. Additionally, if you take a look at the customer reviews of each, they have about the same number and same rating. Please contact me with further questions.