This is a battle I have been fighting for many years and I suppose that it's been something that's had its ups and downs- yet as I get older, I have seen an increase in cystic acne and blemishes. I really didn't have all that many issues with acne and breakouts- even in my teen years, only the typical acne we usually get around that age. With new challenges, I've started to do my research to see what I could do to change it ;)
One of the first things I did was to adjust daily supplemental intake, in addition to changing my diet a bit too! This will greatly aid in reducing breakouts and overall skin issues by taking those easy steps. Next, I chose to tackle what I was utilizing to fight breakouts on the home-front: my facial skincare routine.
That means that I've definitely searched far and wide to find the perfect acne skincare system to help make my life easier and banish those breakouts for good; in the process- I've uncovered quite a few systems out there that make a LOT of promises AND quite a few of them fell short :/ There are some good products out there though, you just have to do a little searching...OR you can use other great assets you have available- like ME ;)
WHO IS OBAGI?
Their name is actually Obagi Medical Products and they are a specialty pharmaceutical company that is a worldwide producer of skincare products created by skincare experts, that was founded in 1988. They are now a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, with their products being made in the US. In regards to their products, Obagi does advise that certain products do have limited distribution and that is a possibility that it may not be available to you in your area.
This basically means that you will need to pick up the products from an authorized retailer online or your nearest spa and Dermatologist office. You can use their tool at Obagi's site at obagi.com and search by your location! Obagi Medical also offers a very wide variety of collections to fit about any skincare need, issue, or type and have in-office procedure products too.
THE BEAUTY CLOSET'S
SKINCARE PRODUCT REVIEW:
OBAGI Medical CLENZIderm M.D.
I was really thrilled when I got the opportunity to give this set a try and couldn't wait for it to arrive! Right away I noticed that it was an easy system to use and little complication and that's something that I like when it comes to many things ;) The first step in the kit is the 2% Salicylic Acid Acne treatment which is a foaming cleanser with a mild formula that still fights acne with a punch! It also doesn't have an unpleasant odor and will get up a nice foam with ease- you don't need much to accomplish this either which means you won't have to waste the product either.
The cleanser rinses off nicely and will leave your skin feeling clean, refreshed, and soft :) After cleansing, I like to utilize the Pore Therapy product in the kit and this is my FAV part of the entire collection! As a 2% Salicylic Acid treatment, it has a super unique application method that I just LOVE: the bottle has a flip-top cap that snaps securely in place and with about 2-4 quick little pushes on the clear nob pushing up underneath the cap, you can easily get the right amount of product on a cotton ball/pad. This really did make application a cinch and I just had fun using it too ;)
You can then follow with the CLENZIderm M.D. Therapeutic Lotion which contains a 5% Benzoyl Peroxide acne treatment that does well at clearing up breakouts- while providing good moisturization at the same time. I apply a thin layer of the lotion to the affected areas and breakout-prone places and then let it dry in about 2 minutes. Using all of these 3 products combined, I saw a significant improvement and difference in my breakouts, acne, and skin health- it's gotten better with every day of usage! This is a great kit I would recommend to anyone with chronic acne and breakout issues and it's good for most skin types too.