Obagi Nu-Derm System Review – A Detailed Analysis

Obagi Nu-Derm System

Using the cosmetics of different brands is not the best option for skin care. Moreover, it leads to irritation, purge, and redness of our skin. It is because most of the time a product from a brand is not compatible with another brand’s product(s).

To overcome such hassles, a prudent beauty products lover prefers to stick with one brand only. As a result, he/she buys all the products ranging from showering to grooming from one particular brand only.

But, very few brands provide such a large variety of skincare products. Moreover, the products provided by these ‘few brands’ are not that good which enforces us to switch to another brand to meet our requirement.

However, I recommend everyone to stick to a particular brand skincare system that can flourish all of our skin requirements. I know it is arduous to find such an astonishing skincare set as they are very rare.

One such marvellous skincare system is Obagi Nu-Derm System. I am using it for nearly 5 years now and am very happy with its result and vitalizing benefits. Hence, in this article, I will be providing a detailed analysis of this system and my personal experience with it.

What Is Obagi?

Obagi Nu-Derm System

I am sure, that most of you are well aware of this magnanimous company Obagi. But, I am providing a brief description of this company for those of you who have heard about Obagi for the first time.

Obagi was founded in 1988, by Dr Zein a world-renowned dermatologist, with an aim to revolutionize the skincare industry. Since, 1988 Obagi is popular for its high-power, result-oriented medical-grade skincare products.

Furthermore, Obagi is popular for bringing the best out of our skin rather than just enhancing or recovering our skin. As a result, Obagi enjoys a significant hype in the market being one of the most loved brands.

In addition to this Obagi’s products have also won multiple awards and enjoys a 4 star plus rating on all its products. Hence, Obagi is a 100% authentic and safe brand and we can rely on it to flourish our skin.

What Is Obagi Nu-Derm System?

Obagi Nu-Derm System is a complete skincare system, it comprises 2 sets to cover all the skin types. One type is for normal to oily skin and the other is for normal to dry skin. However, both of them have nearly the same ingredients and offer the same results.

The prime function of the Obagi Nu-Derm System is to brighten our skin and enhance overall skin appearance. In addition, It is an all-in-one solution for skin problems like acne, wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, and aging.

Thus on one hand Obagi Nu-Derm System brightens our skin and mitigates imperfection. And on the other side, it also fights skin issues like acne and aging. Hence, it is a marvellous system covering all the aspects of skincare.

Products Of Obagi Nu-Derm System

Obagi Nu-Derm System comprises two parts which comprising of 7 products each. I will be discussing each product of the two divisions separately.

Obagi Nu-Derm Fx System – Normal to Dry

This system is for those who are having dry skin. Hence, in addition to the basic benefits of the Nu-Derm system, this system also hydrates our skin making it more attractive.

1. Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser

Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser cleanses our skin and enhances our complexion. With the help of its prime ingredient Oat Amino Acid, it hydrates our skin and prevents skin irritation. In addition, Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanse also eliminates all the impurities and oil. Hence, it completely cleanses and hydrates our skin.

2. Obagi Nu-Derm Toner

We need to apply the toner after using the cleanser, this toner helps to remove the dead skin and impurities. Moreover, this toner also maintains our skin PH to protect our skin from external influences like bacteria and pollution.

The key ingredients of Obagi Nu-Derm Toner are Witch Hazel and Aloe. Witch Hazel cleanses our skin, mitigates skin inflammation, and eliminates excess oil. While Aloe adds moisture to the skin and mitigates the effects of sunburn.

3. Obagi Nu-Derm Clear Fx

Nu-Derm Clear Fx contains the most important ingredients of the Nu-Derm system Arbutin. Arbutin helps to brighten our skin by reducing melanin secretion. Moreover, it also eliminates all the skin impurities and makes the skin even and brighter.

4. Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm

With its key ingredient, Phytic Acid the Nu-Derm Exfoderm exfoliates our skin. The exfoliation reveals the new skin by eliminating the outer dead and dull skin. Hence, instantly brightening our skin and making it more radiant.

5. Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer

Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer uses unique and innovative technology, called Hydromanil. Hydromanil is clinically proven to provide ensures 8 hours of skin hydration. In addition, Hydromanil also retains the moisture in our skin with the help of its water-retaining compound.

6. Obagi Nu-Derm Blend Fx

Obagi Nu-Derm Blend Fx also haves the most important ingredients of the Nu-Derm system Arbutin. Furthermore, it also contains some additional ingredients like antioxidants, which augments the benefits of Arbutin in skin brightening and cleansing. In addition to skin cleansing and brightening, this system also makes our skin appear much younger. Hence, it is a must-buy as a single product as well because of its multiple benefits.

7. Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested. Furthermore, it is also paraben and fit for all skin types.

The SPF 50 gives UVB and UVA protection to our skin. Hence, preventing our skin from undesirable and uneven tan. The key ingredient of this product is Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, and Zinc Oxide 16.5%. These key ingredients provide broad-spectrum protection by sitting at the crest of our skin fending it from harmful rays.

Obagi Nu-Derm Fx System – Normal to Oily

This system is for a person having normal to oily skin. Hence, the products of this system will not contain too many hydrating ingredients. On the other hand, the products will target to eliminate the unwanted oil and moisture from our skin.

1. Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel

Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel is the first product to apply in this system. Hence, its basic function is to cleanse our skin and prepare it for the forthcoming products. Its key ingredients Oat Amino Acids is a water binding agent which clears the skin from excess oils and impurities.

In addition to Oat, this product has one more key ingredient Aloe which provides healthy moisturization and sun protection. Furthermore, aloe also has anti-aging properties and it also eliminates acne. Therefore, it cleanses our skin completely and makes it brighter and ready for the forthcoming products.

2. Obagi Nu-Derm Toner

This is the same product as the second product of the system of normal to dry skin. Kindly, scroll upwards to get brief information about this product.

3. Obagi Nu-Derm Clear Rx

This product aims at correcting all the imperfections and discoloration of skin like age spots and dark spots. Furthermore, its key ingredient Hydroquinone 4% suppresses melanin imparting a brighter and fairer complexion. Hence, it is a very powerful product that single-handedly solves multiple skin problems.

4. Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm Forte

This product has a unique key ingredient AHAs which is one of the best skin exfoliators in the market. This product enhances the brightness of our skin by revealing younger and brighter skin and removing the outer dead skin layer.

5. Obagi Nu-Derm Blender

This product is the same as the fifth product of the Obagi Nu-Derm normal to dry System. Kindly, scroll upwards to get a piece of brief information about this product.

6. Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer

This product is the same as the sixth product of the Obagi Nu-Derm normal to dry System. Kindly, scroll upwards to get a piece of brief information about this product.

7. Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

This product is the same as the fifth product of the Obagi Nu-Derm normal to dry system. Kindly, scroll upwards to get brief information about this product.

Results After Using Obagi Nu-Derm System For Years | What To Expect

Obagi Nu-Derm System

Frankly, I am using this system for more than a couple of years. I would also like to apprise you that every single product of the Nu-Derm system is very efficient. Each product is potent enough to deliver us good results single-handedly. Moreover, when we combine these 7 products into Nu-Derm System, the results are really phenomenal. For this reason, I am breaking down my experience into 2 parts. The first part will give a brief description of my experience using the Nu-Derm System for 6 months. In the second part, I will discuss my experience of using this system for years.

Results And Effects During The First Six Months

Obagi Nu-Derm System

I ordered Obagi Nu-System for normal to dry skin in the year 2017. Prior to this, I was also the victim of the repercussions of using the products of different brands. As a result of these repercussions like redness and skin purge, I decided to stick to a brand only.

My skin adapted to the Nu-Derm system within 2 weeks, all the redness and purge mitigated as well. Hence, I saw a glaring difference in my skin texture by the end of the first month. Firstly, because my skin was no longer suffering from the irritation caused by the incompatibility of different products. Secondly, because of the superior products of the Obagi Nu-Derm system.

I will say by the end of six months my skin was nearly at 80% of its potential. All my fine lines, wrinkles, aging spots, and acne were eliminated, I had smooth radiant and bright skin. Hence, as per the results of the first six months, the product was a blessing for me as it transformed my skin to its best level.

Results And Effects Of Using Obagi Nu-Derm System For Years

It’s now more than a couple of years since I am using the Obagi Nu-Derm System. After every successive month of usage of the Obagi Nu-Derm System, the effects got lesser and lesser. Until, the effects reached their peak i.e, by the end of the first year. Then after that, the effect of the system was nearly unnoticeable. Hence, I will say that our skin reaches its peak by the end of the first year.

Being a penny-pincher, I usually have a month gap after using this system for 4 months. But, I strictly do not extend the gap beyond 1 month because arbutin can not permanently bar the production of melanin. However, it is recommended to use the system on a continuous basis until you get the results.

The one thing I would like to mention is that during the span of five years, there has been ‘0’ aging. Therefore, this system is a potent anti-aging system with other mesmerizing benefits as well.

Pros And Cons Of Using Obagi Nu-Derm

It is evident that the pros of this system are much more than its cons because of its vitalizing benefits. However, it is very beneficial to have full knowledge of the product. Hence, I am providing the prominent pros and cons of this system.

PROS (What we liked)
  • Eliminates nearly all the skin issues like acne, aging, dark spots, e.t.c.
  • Makes our skin youthful, by removing dead and old skin.
  • Obagi Nu-Derm System has two divisions to focus on dry and oily skin separately.
CONS (What we didn’t like)
  • It sounds very expensive at first because the system costs around 400$.
  • If one product out of the 7 gets destroyed or consumed earlier than the other 6, it ruins the efficiency of the whole system.

Frequently Asked Questions On Obagi NU-Derm System

I am listing below some of the most frequently asked doubt, queries, and other FAQs regarding the Obagi Nu-Derm System.

1. Can Men Use Obagi Nu-Derm System?

Yes, men may also use the Obagi Nu-Derm system. But, there is a different section in the Obagi website for men as well, I will recommend giving it a shot as well.

2. How Long Does An Obagi Nu-Derm System Lasts?

On average, the Obagi Nu-Derm System lasts for 16 to 18 weeks or nearly four and a half months.

3. After How Long Should I Expect Obagi To Give Results?

Basically, you will start noticing results by the end of the first week. But, you will notice the significant results after 2 months of using the Obagi Nu-Derm System.

4. At What Temperature Is It Recommended To Store The Obagi Nu-Derm System’s product?

It is recommended to store the Nu-Derm System’s product between 15 to 25 degrees Celcius. ( 59 to 77-degree Fahrenheit’s)

5. Are The Products Of Obagi Cruelty-Free?

No, the products of Obagi are not cruelty-free, but they stated that they do not test on animals until mandated by FDA.

Final Words

Obagi Nu-Derm System
A Customer’s Review On Nu-Derm System

So this is it for the review for one of the best products from one of the best brands Obagi. I have tried nearly 10 products from Obagic Skincare, and they all were wonderful. My younger cousin is using the Obagi Nu-Derm System for normal to oily skincare and she is very happy with the results as well.

In addition to my reviews, you may also have a look at the reviews on amazon it got an average of 4.4 stars rating. And, 4.4 stars for a skincare system is really phenomenal and rare. Hence, the people are also very happy with the effectiveness of this system. I will personally rate this system a 10 out of 10, thus a must-try from my side.

If you still have any doubts or queries regarding this product or any other product feel free to let me know in the comment section. It will be an honor for me to solve your issues.


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