Would you like to markedly improve the health of your skin to uncover your natural beauty or just maintain the beautiful skin you already have, reducing aging to a minimum? At The Center for Plastic Surgery in Highlands, N.C. Dr. Robert Buchanan offers Obagi Nu-Derm. Unlike traditional skincare products that only hide or treat problems on the surface of your skin, Obagi® skincare works at the cellular level to develop and maintain the glow, softness, smoothness, thickness, and elasticity of healthy, younger skin. Initially, Obagi® made skincare only for severely damaged skin. However, they now make products for everyone no matter what their age or the condition of their skin.
Basic skincare is what is needed by those with minimal sun damage and are less than 25 years of age. This consists of a gentle cleanser, a pH balancer, an exfoliant, and a sunblock. The Suzan Obagi® line is designed for this group. It is also ideal for those around or over 30 years of age by simply adding Retivance® (Suzan Obagi’s retinol product) and ELASTIderm® to stimulate the body to continue making collagen and elastic tissue in the skin supportive layer, something the body stops doing automatically between 25 and 35 years of age.
For more severe sun damage, including wrinkling and pigmentary changes, the Obagi Nu-Derm Skin Health Restoration System®, after more than 30 years, is still the absolutely best system available by a proven multiple of 2-3 times.
The Obagi Nu-Derm® System with Vitamin-C and ELASTIderm®:
I have been a patient for many years. Dr. Buchanan is knowledgeable and experienced in aesthetics and takes time to discuss thoroughly any questions you may have. He promotes skincare and sun protection. He carries many professional skincare lines as well as Jane Iredel cosmetics and Clarisonic. The staff is always professional and knowledgeable yet personal. -Carol B.
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It’s not about skincare; it’s about skin health. Skin Health Restoration, instead of just dealing with the superficial signs of aging skin and hiding them, actually reaches deep below the surface, to stimulate and truly promote your skin’s restoration and ultimate health. This is the system against which other systems are measured. It is one of only a few skincare regimens with real clinical studies with published, peer-reviewed data showing its effectiveness and has more studies than all the others combined. These studies show a significant improvement over the separate products alone and combined as well as other products and systems on the market, both prescriptive and non-prescriptive. We have personally seen this as our results from using the same ingredients as in the Obagi® system, though good, improved markedly (2-3 times) when we switched to the Obagi® Nu-Derm System.
You can use the Obagi Nu-Derm® skin treatment program alone or as a preparation to reduce the problems of other procedures such as peels and laser resurfacing. Designed for easy use at home, in as little as six weeks (the time it takes for the outer layer of your skin to be replaced with the fresh one beneath) the Nu-Derm System® transforms damaged, dry or wrinkled areas into smooth, evenly colored, soft and well-moisturized skin.
While the above is designed as a system, Obagi® also makes a number of products that can be added to other basic skin care, such as Vitamin-C and one of the best sunblocks on the market, where restoration is not needed, and a system for people with acne.
Their sunblock, an excellent UVA and UVB block that is water resistant and needs reapplication only if washed or rubbed off, though a normal part of the Suzan Obagi and Nu-Derm systems, is one of the best available for those not using either system.
Also normally recommended with the Obagi Nu-Derm and Suzan Obagi systems, Vitamin-C Serum and ELASTIderm®. The Vitamin-C helps restore the skin’s pH and normal protective barrier, acts as an antioxidant, reduces some spots and stabilizes the cell membrane. The ELASTIderm® converts some of the collagen created by the retinol or tretinoin (Retin-A) as part of the Suzan Obagi® Nu-Derm systems into elastic tissue to help reduce and prevent further wrinkles. One of the ELASTIderm® formulations can even hide under eye wrinkles temporarily.
If you need just basic skincare and not rejuvenation, Obagi®’s alpha hydroxyl cleanser to reduce the dead cell build-up, their Vitamin-C Serum to restore the skin’s normal protective barrier and pH and their sunblock are all you need, though the Suzan Obagi line improves on the basics.
For those with acne, Obagi® makes the CLENZIderm M.D. ™ system. This system contains all you normally need to treat acne, a cleanser with salicylic acid to remove the dead cells obstructing the pores and micronized Benzoyl Peroxide to kill the bacteria causing the breakouts. For some patients with severe acne we occasionally add tretinoin (the generic of Retin-A made by Obagi®).
Obagi® Nu-Derm System Results