Achieving an Even Skin Tone: how to prevent and treat hyperpigmentation
In the past, anti-aging skincare was all about combating wrinkles, texture issues, and sagging skin. Nowadays, evening out skin tone (reducing dark spots) plays a huge role in achieving a more youthful looking skin.
The problem is that most of us didn’t realize the damage that was happening to our skin (by not using a daily SPF product) until it was too late. Now we are all scrambling to find the best answer to lighten pigmentation spots without wasting our money on the latest ‘miracle in a jar’. Is it really possible to lighten dark spots on your skin with a cream or a masque that we see on TV commercials and in magazine ads? Probably not. Let’s face it, getting rid of dark spots on the skin takes a lot of time and effort and one simple product is just not going to do the job. What we need is a skincare system designed for our skin’s needs and we need to use it properly and diligently.
Obagi Medical is a leader in complete skin rejuvenation using specific top-quality ingredients to prevent and correct all types of skin conditions including skin with hyper/hypo-pigmentation. Obagi is most well-know for their Nu-Derm system which effectively treats all signs of aging and evens out skin tone using products that contain proven pigmentation lighteners like arbutin or hydroquinone. Another excellent system is the Obagi-C RX System which also has products which contain arbutin and hydroquinone, but the Obagi-C system also contains premium grade Vitamin C in the L-Ascorbic Acid form. This form of Vitamin C penetrates deep into the skin to stimulate collagen synthesis as well as acts an an powerful antioxidant which protects your skin from harmful free radical damage.
Here is a brief breakdown of each Obagi System for lightening skin pigmentation:
The Obagi Nu-Derm FX System (with arbutin) is suitable for anyone with no to mild pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, texture issues, and/or adult acne.
The Obagi Nu-Derm System (with hydroquinone) is suited for anyone with mild to stubborn pigmentation (including melasma), fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, texture issues, and/or adult acne.
The Obagi C-FX System (with arbutin) is made for anyone with no to mild pigmentation, minimal signs of aging, and mild texture issues.
The Obagi-C RX System (with hydroquinone) is excellent for anyone with mild to moderate pigmentation, minimal signs of aging, and mild texture issues.
Each system comes in a starter set with full sized products and it is highly recommended to use all of the products in the set for best results. Additionally, a prescription retinol (Vitamin A) may be added to the regime to greatly boost results. The daily use of an SPF product is mandatory and if it is not properly used you should not expect to achieve good results. A daily SPF is not only necessary during treatment, but continuously after treatment as well to prevent recurring pigmentation damage as well as skin aging.
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