Sorry, have not blogged in a while. I have reached week 10 and am seeing some results. The scars and redness on my cheek and forehead have reduced by 25%.
I was eager to do the Obagi peel to increase the results but my doctor has said that the product does 90% of the work and is far more effective than the peel. So I am going to complete another 12 weeks worth of product and make a decision then. I have paid for a package of two Obagi kits and a peel.
Overall I would have to say that the product does work. In previous blogs people have commented on the smell and cost. The products do not smell and if you only try it for a few weeks you will not see results. Yes, it is embarrassing to have a red face and flaky skin but if my skin continues to improve I would say it is well worth it. I hope by Christmas I can report that my scars have reduced by a further 25% or more.
It is expensive, but compared to all the products and laser treatments I have shelled out for previously I do not think it is a great expense.
If you are about to do the Obagi regime there are a few things you should know. The SPF step 6 is the one product they tell you to use the most, it is also the smallest tube of product. It runs out very quickly and it does not offer that much relief in regards to your dry and peeling skin. Another tube in the UK costs Â£50. Knowing what I know now I probably could have made it last longer.
I have used vaseline around my mouth and nose, the nurse told me to use just a little but as my mouth and chin have peeled considerably more than the rest of my face I was not too concerned with a rubbing vaseline around those areas.
Also don't use a lot of the face wash you only need a little bit. To use the toner buy a small spray bottle and use two to three spritzs on a cotton ball/pad, it is plenty.
I will write again in a few weeks.
Well my skin has calmed down. My face is still dry in a few places but overall has returned to normal. I have broken out a little on my chin. I had one big lump that developed on my chin but thankfully disappeared after two days.
I cannot say I am impressed at this point I have not seen much of a change with my skin. Phase one is six weeks so I do technically have two weeks before I am supposed to see a new skin revealed. We shall see!!!!
Yeah, I am very happy as my skin is not as dry around my mouth/chin. I spoke to one of the nurses at the clinic I am going to and she suggested I use very little tretonin around my mouth. If you are going to use Obagi I would go very easy around your mouth/chin. On the rest of my face I have been slathering it on with very little peeling, not sure if it will be more of a subtle peel overall?
I have not noticed any significant changes to my scars or overall appearance. I should notice some changes in 4 weeks hopefully.
I am happy that my skin is adapting, last week I honestly wanted to hide away. I felt that everyone was looking at my red peeling face. This week is much better.
Okay, I have entered my second week and I am really looking forward to getting over the dryness and flaking. It is actually difficult to smile as my face is so tight and sore. But my skin is looking better in that my pores are smaller and a few discolorations on my face have disappeared. I am crossing my fingers that by the end of the week my skin will not be so dry and the redness will be gone.
P.S. I did cheat and use a little moisturizer around my mouth
Today was the first day I began to feel very self conscious on the Obagi. My skin is very red and dry. I have really started to peel around my mouth and chin, large flakes of skin. I have a circle of red skin that encompasses my mouth and chin. I have been slathering on the sunblock but truly it does not help with the flaking skin and redness, it offers only momentary relief. I have been fantasizing about using moisturizer but I am staying strong. I bloody better have beautiful skin by the end!!
Yes, I feel like an idiot and have received a few odd looks but I am almost done with the first week and only one more to go (this may not be true as phase one can last longer but I really don't want to think about that). The good news is I have not broken out as I know some people have experienced.
Send me any messages if you found any way to combat the dryness or redness. I am not wearing makeup as I think the combination of flaky skin and foundation would not be good. (I know you are only supposed to wear mineral make up).
Last night I started my Obagi treatment. I have purchased the full kit for normal to oily skin and plan on having an Obagi blue peel in 18 weeks. I am quite nervous as I have heard that the first two weeks will be awful. My skin will be red, raw and flaky.
I suffered from cystic acne from the age of 16 to 21. I was able to go on Accutane and did not suffer from outbreaks afterwards. However, I was left with scarring on my cheeks, forehead and chin. Although I am told the scars are not noticeable they have always bothered me and I am desperate for a permanent solution. I am tired of adapting my life to suit my insecurities with my face.
Previously, I have had three Fraxel laser treatments which cost about $5000. The results were extremely disappointing. Only slight changes to the scarring, not in any way as significant as I was promised.
I also purchased about six months ago a Dermaroller, again I did not feel the results were significant and I did not purchase another one.
I wanted to post on Acne.org as I think it is a fabulous way to share success stories and the reality of treatments and their results. I hope that the Obagi treatment works for me and that I can offer you honest straightforward feedback.
I am a 31 year old white female with boxcar and rolling acne scars.
Day one - skin tight and a little red.