How to target acne face-first
We all know that girl with ridiculously gorgeous skin. It’s clear, supple and evenly toned. She doesn’t have to pick up foundation in the morning and her skin care routine consists of the simplest steps. Ah, the jealousy…
Unfortunately, for many of us, a clear, glowing complexion can seem far out of reach. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, acne can have a huge impact on not only your skin, but also your sense of self worth.
So what’s the solution? Well, the brains behind Obagi® Medical have harnessed the power of effective ingredients to clear skin and control blemishes via two bespoke skin care systems: one for normal to oily skin, and one for normal to dry skin, available only through a professional skincare consultation at cosmetic clinics, dermatologists and plastic surgery centres.
The Obagi CLENZIderm M.D.™ Systems contain a specially formulated solubilised form of five per cent benzoyl peroxide that provides enhanced penetration into the root of hair follicles, where acne begins. Many traditional benzoyl peroxides are formulated with insoluble crystals that remain on the surface of the skin, however this range, with Obagi’s patented SoluZyl Technology™, helps remove acne-causing bacteria from deep within the pores. It’s clinically proven to deliver clearer, healthier-looking skin in as little as one week, while also helping to prevent future breakouts.
If you’re a fan of fuss-free skincare regimens, you’ll be pleased to hear these complete systems are streamlined. Each system is made up of three products, so you won’t feel like you’re spending time and effort slathering your skin with a million products both morning and night.
The Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. Normal-to-Oily System consists of the CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser, which helps to unclog pores and whisk away dead skin cells with two per cent salicylic acid, while calming the skin with menthol. After cleansing, the CLENZIderm M.D. Pore Therapy - a ‘toner’-like acne corrector - is applied to unclog pores at a deeper level and further remove dead skin cells with two per cent salicylic acid, helping to eliminate acne-causing bacteria at the source. Skin is then ready for the final step in the system, which is the application of the CLENZIderm M.D. Lotion. This lightweight acne concentrate lotion contains five per cent benzoyl peroxide to help quickly clear the skin with minimal drying.
The Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. Normal-to-Dry System features the soap-free M.D. System Daily Care Cream Cleanser, a non-irritating formula that soothes the skin while removing impurities and make-up. The lightweight CLENZIderm M.D. Lotion is also part of this acne-clearing range. After application of the acne concentrate lotion, a drier skin may require a moisturiser. Non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic, the CLENZIderm M.D. Moisturiser is specifically formulated to calm, soothe and protect drier, acne-prone skin with 20 per cent glycerin.
It is essential with both systems that you wear an SPF 30 or SPF50+ during the day, and keep in mind that some stinging, tingling or sensitivity may occur, but it’s generally short-lived. Be sure to ask your skin care professional if you have any questions or concerns.
If you think one of the Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. Systems would enhance your skin care routine, check out what our members who recently trialled the ranges had to say:
“My complexion was significantly smoother. It gave me a lot of confidence that I could wear less heavy foundation during the day.” – chocolatelace
“The lotion even reduced the size of the massive pores on my chin, because they were full of gunk and therefore more open than they should be. Once they were clean, they really appeared smaller.” – Kezziebelle
“My skin was so moisturised! It felt soft and smooth, and my pores visibly lessened. I really, really like this product and would like to continue using it.” – Miss_Bella_Boo
“Using the Pore Therapy in conjunction with the Foaming Cleanser and Lotion has definitely improved the appearance of my blemishes. My skin looks and feels cleaner. I highly recommend this to everyone with acne-prone and problematic skin.” – Senorita
“After each wash with the Cream Cleanser, my skin feels very clean. The product is not drying at all. It does not break me out and preps the skin for the next few steps of the Obagi regimen.” – Mdy_118
Do you suffer from acne? Would you like to try the Obagi range to help clear up your skin?