Obagi Nu-Derm System

Obagi Nu-derm using the most effective prescription-strength ingredients, specifically formulated to correct hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots and melasma and transform ageing skin and target acne pigmentations.  This prescription only treatment allows you to transform your skin at home. 

How does the Obagi Nu-derm system work? 

Any of the over the counter cosmeceutical skin care products that anyone can purchase, will act very superficially on the skin only and create a very temporary perception of softening and plumping of the skin. However, they do not contain any active ingredients that can create a real cellular change in your skin. 

The Obagi Nu-derm system uses prescription strength active ingredients that allows a deeper penetration throughout all of the layers in the skin including the deep dermis layer to create a real change and aims to; 

  • Increase the cell turn over which remove dead cellular build up on the skin, improving dull, sluggish skin and promote healthy skin function.


  • Corrects and reduces uneven pigmentation found in freckles, age spots and melasma and prevents formation of new pigmentation by blocking the melanocyte activity and blocks the build-up of melatonin to reach the surface of your skin. 


  • Promote healthy fibroblast function which produce extracellular matrix which in turn boosts collagen and elastin production for firmer and resilient skin with fewer lines and wrinkles.


  • Promotes a more compact and uniform distribution of the cells at the deeper layers of the skin improving skin structure and even skin tone. 


  • Improves circulation and nutrient supply for a hydrated glowing skin



What is the Obagi Nu-Derm System?

The system itself comes in a normal/dry and normal/oily formulation. Each system contains seven products; a cleanser, toner, prescription strength hydroquinone, exfoliating lotion, blender, moisturiser and a broad-spectrum sunscreen.


For the best result you would be advised to also use a medical grade Retinol or prescription Tretinoin. 

What is the cost of the Obagi Nu-Derm System?

The complete Obagi Nu-derm system plus the first tube of prescribed Tretinoin cream cost £500 and includes your initial skin consultation, six weekly review and telephone contact throughout the program .


The smaller trial pack, lasting around 4 weeks plus the first tube of full size Tretinoin or retinol and the Nu-derm moisturiser price £320

Obagi Nu Derm complete package

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The cleanser will depend on the Obagi system your practitioner has prescribed. 

Gentle Cleanser (Normal to dry): Cleansing is the golden foundation of skincare. You should never skip a cleanse. This gentle wash removes impurities and makeup, leaving the skin feeling fresh and clean.

Foaming Gel (Normal to oily): The Foaming Gel cleanser works in the same way as the gentle cleanser, strong enough to remove makeup but kind enough to avoid stripping it dry. The foaming action makes it a favourite for oily or congested skin types for that ultra-clean feel.


We know we need one, but do we know why? This balancing toner helps adjust the pH level of your skin, which is important to maintain a healthy skin function. To work at its best the skin’s pH should be at 5.5 making it slightly acidic. Too much alkaline and the skin becomes dry, sensitive and irritable.

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Clear is one of the prescription strength products in your kit that contains 4% Hydroquinone. It blocks the production of melanin which will help to correct and diminish pigmentation, age spots and discolouration.

Exfoderm or Exfoderm Forte (Product varies depends on the kit prescribed)

A very important step in the regime is the exfoliant lotion that removes the top layer of dead cellular build up revealing young, new and freshly made baby skin underneath. This will keep your skin from looking dull during your shed. It uses glycolic and lactic acid (AHA’s) to increase your skins cellular turnover and hydration allowing a more effective penetration of the hydroquinone.


This is where the damage to the deeper skin layers is repaired.  Skin elasticity is restored by stimulating the fibroblast which enhances the production of collagen and elastin


This is the second prescription strength product that contains 4% hydroquinone to help lighten the skin and reduce the appearance of the problematic pigmentation. The blender should be used together with Tretinoin/retinol cream. 


Is the most potent form of vitamin A and is a prescription only product that helps accelerate healing, repairs and regulates damaged skin cells, to even the skin tone and texture. 

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Maintain deeply hydrated skin that supports a healthy lipid barrier function

This unique moisturising lotion will alleviate the symptoms and ease the flaking. It can be applied throughout the day as and when needed and is the perfect pocket size formula.


When using high strength products, it is vital you are protecting your skin and preventing it from further damage from harmful UV rays. Obagi Sun Shield SPF 50 is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that combines both UVA and UVB protection. Sunblock is your skin’s new best friend and goes hand in hand with your Obagi treatment but should also be continued as part of your maintenance routine after your treatment is complete.

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What can I expect during the treatment?

Phase 2: In with the new (Weeks 6-12)


  • You may begin to notice significant improvements in your skin

  • Your skin begins to produce normal healthy cells

  • Pigment cells are distributing melanin more evenly in your skin

  • Collagen and elastin production is stimulated

  • Your skin is acclimatising to the system


Expect: smoother, softer, clearer skin with tighter pores with reduced fine lines and wrinkles emerges as normal healthy skin cell production is established. 

Phase 3: Healthy glow (Weeks 12-18)


  • Your skin cells are in the process of transformation

  • Collagen and elastin production continues to maximise

  • Your skin is becoming clearer, smoother and firmer looking with improved clarity and a healthy glow


  Expect: your skin is resilient, smooth, fresh and hydrated with an even colour

Phase 4: The new you (lasting results with maintenance)


  • Your skin has been transformed by the Nu-derm system and is looking fresh and glowing with healthy optimal function

  • Continue to use the system in the morning and evening to maintain healthier, younger looking skin, prevent further damage and recurrence of pigmentation with improved anti-ageing effects

  • Check-in with your skin care practitioner to maintain your results long-term


Expect: Skin that looks and acts younger and healthier.  

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Phase 1: Out with the old (Weeks 1-6)


  • Nu-derm system penetrates to the deepest layer of your skin to correct signs of premature ageing and pigmentation. 

  • Old, dead skin cells are pushed to the surface and replaced with fresh cells. 

  • Exfoliating, flaking, itching, dryness and redness are possible side effects as your skin adapts to the system.

  • Wrinkles and acne may look worse during the first few weeks as your skin acclimatises to the system. 

  • These reactions indicate that the treatment is working. Persevere and continue to stick with the program and get support from your practitioner.


Expect: pigmented skin cells are improving, creating a more even toned apperance.