5 Things to Know Before Trying Obagi Medical’s New SUZANOBAGIMD Line

BY Gracee Tolentino · April 26, 2018

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Obagi Medical needs no introduction. If you frequent your dermatologist’s office or any medispa, chances are you’ve seen this brand prominently displayed on its immaculately groomed glass shelves and marble walls. Famous for its professional-grade skin care systems (Nu-Derm, CLENZIderm M.D. and Obagi360) and targeted treatments (ELASTIderm and Professional-C), Obagi has now come up with a new line designed to marry time-honored, medical-grade formulas with naturally sourced ingredients: the SUZANOBAGIMD line.

Curious? Here are five important things you need to know before trying this line.

1. It is developed by a world-renowned dermatologist.

SUZANOBAGIMD is developed in partnership with an internationally renowned expert in cosmetic dermatology and surgery, Dr. Suzan Obagi. Aside from being Obagi’s medical consultant, she is also an associate professor of dermatology and plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, director of the state-of-the-art UPMC Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Health Center and president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

Throughout her career, her work in skin health and restoration has been the subject of multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in premier textbooks on dermatology and cosmetic surgery. She has also been quoted extensively in print publications (USA TodayElle and CNN.com, to name a few) and appeared on TV shows multiple times as a guest expert. And if that’s not enough, she was also cited by the New York Times Style Magazine as one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the United States. Any questions?

2. Every product is dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, non-sensitizing and free of parabens and synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Obagi is known for its clinical-strength formulas, which makes it a staple in most medispas and dermatologists’ offices all over the world. But with more and more people opting for skin care products that are hypoallergenic, non-sensitizing and free of traditional skin care ingredients like parabens, synthetic fragrances and dyes, Obagi set out to create this line to address this demand. “The goal of this line is to address the growing trends in the marketplace and the growing consumer base that are more ingredient-savvy and are looking for safe yet effective products,” explains Jennifer Riad, Global Brand Manager for Obagi.

3. Anyone can use it, especially those with sensitive skin or who prefer natural alternatives.

While this line is an ideal standalone line for patients with any skin type with early signs of skin aging, Riad also notes that it’s particularly great for:

  • Younger patients with oily or acne-prone skin who can’t handle more intense therapies.
  • Older patients with delicate skin or those with sensitizing conditions.
  • Patients who are sensitive to certain common skin care ingredients (dyes, fragrances and preservatives) or who express an interest in more naturally derived, plant-based compounds that are free of synthetic ingredients.
  • Patients who are between cycles of other regimens such as Obagi Nu-Derm or Obagi-C Rx who want maintenance options that will continue to deliver skin improvement without skin irritation or skin drying.

4. It combines clinically proven ingredients with naturally derived antioxidants to delay signs of age.

According to Riad, this new line features a combination of clinically proven ingredients and naturally derived antioxidants to reveal healthier-looking, more radiant skin. “The line’s core technology is a specific antioxidant blend that marries the free radical fighting power of sulphoraphane from brassica oleracea (a plant species that includes many common foods as cultivars, including cabbage, broccoli and kale), citrus bioflavonoids (another type of antioxidant) and the soothing effect of aloe. This new cocktail packs a punch and aims to rejuvenate skin by scavenging free radicals that may inflict damage.”

5. There are seven products in this line—and they can be customized according to your skin’s needs.       

The SUZANOBAGIMD products are scientifically formulated to cleanse dirt and other impurities while defending against UV rays and rejuvenating the skin. You can use this line by itself, or integrate some of the products into the Obagi system you’re currently using. Want to know which products to try first? Here are five of the seven products to help get you started:

1. SUZANOBAGIMD Cleansing Wipes

The perfect on-the-go solution to quickly cleanse and refresh the skin. These soft, pre-moistened, textured wipes remove excess oil, makeup, dirt and other impurities.

Key Ingredients:

  • Aloe: helps to moisturize and soothe the skin
  • Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract: contains sulforaphane, a compound that helps to scavenge free radicals
  • Citrus Bioflavonoids: have antioxidant properties which help defend against free radicals
  • Witch Hazel: removes excess oil and impurities to minimize the look of pores

2. SUZANOBAGIMD Acne Cleansing Wipes

For oily or acne-prone skin, these facial wipes are formulated with 2% salicylic acid to help treat and prevent acne while quickly and gently cleansing and refreshing the skin.

Key Ingredients:

  • Aloe: helps to moisturize and soothe the skin
  • Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract: contains sulforaphane, a compound that helps to scavenge free radicals
  • Citrus Bioflavonoids: have antioxidant properties which help defend against free radicals
  • Witch Hazel: removes excess oil and impurities to minimize the look of pores
  • Salicylic Acid: works as an exfoliant, helps to correct and clear acne blemishes

3. SUZANOBAGIMD SOOTHING COMPLEX Calming Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 25

This broad-spectrum sunscreen provides physical UVA and UVB protection. Its lightweight, hydrating formula also soothes dry, delicate skin while helping blur minor imperfections with a light tint.

Key Ingredients:

  • Allantoin: helps hydrate to allow for a better skin-healing environment
  • Vitamin K and Bromelain: help promote post-procedure skin recovery
  • Sodium Hyaluronate and Aloe Vera: provides soothing and hydrating benefits

4. SUZANOBAGIMD IDR Exfoliating and Hydrating Lotion

Aside from hydrating and rejuvenating the skin, this daily lotion contains polyhydroxy acids (gluconolactone and lactobionic acids) which gently exfoliate to minimize the look of pores and visible signs of aging.

Key Ingredients:

  • Allantoin: helps hydrate to allow for a better skin-healing environment.
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract: acts as a calming agent
  • PHAs Gluconolactone and Lactobionic Acid: help protect the skin barrier while reducing signs of photoaging with their humectant and exfoliating properties
  • Sodium Hyaluronate: helps retain moisture and condition the skin

5. SUZANOBAGIMD RETIVANCE® Skin Rejuvenating Complex

This treatment combines retinaldehyde (more potent than retinol) with calming natural ingredients to improve skin texture and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles without causing irritation.

Key Ingredients:

  • Retinaldehyde: a vitamin A precursor of retinoic acid, helps to improve the appearance of firmness and elasticity and reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles and roughness, while being well-tolerated by patients
  • Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) Flower Extract: acts as a calming agent to help further reduce the appearance of redness

Gracee Tolentino

Gracee Tolentino is the managing editor of the Dermstore Blog. After spending 10 years of her writing and editing career working in the travel and food industries, she finally found her true calling: beauty, health and wellness. In her spare time ... Read More >

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