Sorry I haven't been posting in awhile. I was out of the country. I stopped Obagi probably 6 weeks into it.
It caused really bad breakouts, which ended up scarring my skin. I can't handle my skin becoming more scarred than it is already, and having to go through months of Obagi in order to finally get a good result in the end is not worth it to me at this point. I will be making negative progress with how harsh it is on my skin.
I believe Obagi can deliver good results if you can get through the bad period of breakouts, which I hear can take many months. I just can't allow my skin to be scarred like that for that period of time.
Goodluck to anyone who tries it.
I still have to get three more Pixel laser procedures, so I will keep you updated on that as I get them.
So this is the end of week four. I have not been on Obagi for the last week. I had a Pixel Laser treatment done - Obagi is a prep product for the laser. But I also plan to stay on it longterm to see the results. About 3 days after stopping Obagi, my skin calmed down and the majority of the breakouts went away.
Anyway, I can give you some info on the laser. I put numbing cream on 1 hour before the treatment. I highly advise you do this. The procedure was tolerable for the most part, sometimes when the laser level was increased, I could feel the burning, like hot rubber bands snapping at my face. It was painful during certain portions. Afterwards, burned like hell. They blew cold air on my face for 15 minutes, slathered my face with some kind of recovery cream, and I went home. Airconditioner in my car on full blast.
Day 1 of the laser burned all day. I had to sit in front of the fan. My face was really read. Like I had a bad sunburn.
Day 2 after the laser my face looked like someone took a grill to my face after having melted a mesh window screen onto my face first. It was red and dark, micro scabbing all over. No pain anymore though. My skin felt tight.
Day 3 after the laser my face is no longer red but very discolored by the dead, sloughing skin and micro scabbing. Looks pretty bad. A lot of peeling. No pain. Feels tight though.
So this is my third week on Obagi Nuderm.
The breakouts are pretty bad. My face is red, irritated, breaking out all over my jawline and cheeks. Its tough to look in the mirror!
Still itchy, no burning.My skin gets kind of oily from the sunblock mostly I think.
No improvements yet, just more breakouts! I feel like a toad.
So Im on my second week of Obagi Nuderm. The breakouts have really started now. My skin is red mostly on my cheeks and jawline. Many many breakouts all along my jawline and cheeks. Its very tough - I don't think I've broken out like this since highschool.
But the breakuts are different this time. Usually I get cystic acne, blackheads, rarely whiteheads. These breakouts are mostly whiteheads and redness. No cystic. So thats a relief I suppose. My face itches a little bit, doesn't burn though.
People have started commenting that my skin is getting worse.
From what I've read online, this is expected to happen. It gets much worse before it gets better. So we'll see.
So I am starting Obagi Nuderm for the first time. A little bit about me:
I am 27, have had acne since I was 11. Most of my face is covered in some type of scar; some ice pick, some box, alot of surface scarring. and I still break out, but it has improved alot since I was a teenager. I have done Accutane twice.
I will be making posts at the end of every week unless some new development happens before that.
So I got the travel kit; it contains the face wash, toner, clear, exfoderm, blender, sunblock, and treninoin cream 0.05%.
I follow the directions every day, and use what I am supposed to be using without skipping. I don't use any other products.
Its the first week, and I have not seen any changes. My skin feels ok, no major breakouts, no improvements. The pictures you see in the gallery are right after the shower, nothing on my skin. The breakouts there were present before Obagi.