This changed my life and ENDED my acne. PLEASE READ THIS REVIEW
I have never written a review anywhere on the internet before, but I felt compelled to join this website solely to write about this product in the hope that it will help someone out there end their misery. This time, exactly one year ago I was on this website, crying and desperately searching for the next 'miracle cure' after suffering from adult acne for over 6 years. As I write this review today my skin is completely clear and Obagi is the reason I look this way. PLEASE read all of my review, and please ignore the comments people have written in this forum about Obagi making their skin red and sore - it is MEANT to do that, it is part of the process, it is only temporary, and these people clearly have not been guided by an expert through the process.
This is my story -
I am now 38 years old, (female) and have had mild adult acne on and off since my mid twenties. In my 20's I was prescribed the Dianette contraceptive pill, which fixed my acne, and was great for 8 years - I had perfect skin and no problems. However once I came off the pill my old problems returned, my mother then passed away and my acne accelerated with stress, which became anxiety, and the vicious circle of self loathing and sadness began. For the next 6 years I struggled terribly with acne, I had endless antibiotics, creams, tried all the diets, detoxes, potions lotions.... the same desperate cycle I know so many people reading this are stuck in right now. Nothing worked, and it just never went away.
On January 2nd 2014, after searching the internet I snapped and decided to invest in serious professional treatment. I enrolled at the 'Absolute Aesthetics' clinic in Guildford (they also have a London clinic) who specialised in a clinical approach to acne treatment and scarring. At my first meeting they prescribed the Obagi Cleanziderm MD treatment as my first stage. They explained in detail what would happen to me when I started using the products THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. The product comes in three stages, a face wash, a 'therapeutic lotion' and a 'therapeutic moisturizer', the 'therapeutic lotion' is the vital part that contains benzoyl peroxide.
WHAT HAPPENS - Basically you wash your face with the face wash, let your skin dry properly (5 mins) then you apply 1-2 tiny pumps of the 'therapeutic lotion' let it sink in, and then end with the moisturizer. What happens next hurts, but is bearable. For the next 2-3 weeks you will have a sore face, I'm being completely honest. You will look like you have sun burn, it is not painful, but your skin will be dry and at times sore. This is your skin getting used to the product, it is NORMAL, it does not damage your face in anyway at all, and is just part of the process. Grit your teeth, go through it, it is nothing in comparison to the reward of the results. Slowly after this period your skin gets used to the products and completely readjusts back to normal with no redness / sore at all, its just like using any other normal product. During the first few weeks I read lots of reviews online of people saying it stopped their acne in 2 weeks, a month etc, and I was forever hopeful it would happen to me, but of course it didn't. But my skin was slowly improving, not much, but a little at a time. The best thing I did was watch a youtube video of a poor girl who had horrific acne who used the Obagi system and it took 140 days, but it did finally stop her acne - so I understood it would take time, and it gave me the hope to carry on.
I continued to go back to my clinic every 5 weeks, and they photographed my face and told me the progress was good and to keep going. By month 3 there was a change, my acne was definitely reducing, and by month 4 I had patches, but it was the best it had been in the past few years. At month 5 my acne had stopped. At this point my face had some red marks and scarring so my clinic started using the 'edermastamp' method on my face, which is a process where the skin is lightly wounded all over with surgical needles (takes 30minutes) and then for the next 6 weeks, your skin floods with collagen and elastane (injury repair cells) and its boost cell growth to reduce scars. This was purely cosmetic, it does not fix acne, it is for scar repair and was my own choice. I had 5 treatments 6 weeks apart, and continued using the Obagi system alongside it.
It is now December 31st 2014, I have had a year of treatment and my skin is almost completely restored apart from a few tiny scars that can be covered with light make-up. In one year I have stopped my acne after years of struggling. I continue to use Obagi twice a day, it feels absolutely normal, it isn't strong on my skin, and I no longer have any spots. The Obagi system is Â£95 a box which is expensive, but it is something I was happy to pay to get my life back. When I first started using the system I tended to over use it, because I wanted fast results, I also used it on my back, so I would get through 1 box a month. Now I don't have acne, I use it much more sparingly and don't need to buy new products until around every 2.5 months, so it is much cheaper. You MUST buy the correct Obagi system for you, mine was the 'normal - to dry' system (there is an oily skin version), and you MUST enroll with a dermatologist, or clinic who will prescribe you the correct formula, and who will chart your progress and advise you / help you through this. The internet is full of fakes, or out of date Obagi products - which will obviously mean that the formula wont work for you. It is a prescription strength product - it's like buying medicine from ebay - something you would never do. It's such an issue that Obagi have posted a warning page about it on their website here - [link removed]
So that is my epic review, I hope this helps someone I really do. Remember this is long term treatment, it is not an overnight success, and it will be sore and make your skin red at first. But keep going, don't give up, and you will get results in the end. For the first time in years I have got some control back in my life, I wish doctors knew about this treatment instead of forcing pills down our necks, I'm amazed how few people are aware of this product, even dermatologists. So I wanted to write this to help get the word out. Good luck, I hope this helps someone I really do xx