Q. I can not tolerate Retin A. Can I still use Obagi products?

A. Yes. There are different strengths of Retin A (tretinoin). Most patients will experience a normal sloughing stage when starting Obagi products. However, there are ways of making this stage more manageable.

Q. Can I use Obagi and be exposed to the sun?

A. Yes; however, you must be careful. Using the Obagi system can make you more sensitive. By using a full spectrum SPF and reapplying every few hours you should do just fine.

Q. Can I use Obagi if I am pregnant?

A. Obagi is based on two prescription products, Tretinoin and Hydroquinone that ARE NOT recommended if you are pregnant or nursing.

Q. Will Obagi help with acne?

A. Yes. Obagi has an Acne line, Clenziderm. With 2% salicylic acid and benzolperoxide, Clenizderm has been successfully treating acne for years.

Q. I thought my skin was acclimated to Obagi, but I'm still peeling!

A. Any time you use tretinoin, you will experience a sloughing or peeling stage. Tretinoin works from the inside out to promote cellular turnover. The peeling will subside after continued use. The first three months are where you will see the most peeling and flaking, but the results are well worth it!

Q. Do I have to use the entire Obagi system to see results?

A. It is recommended to start with the full system to achieve the best results.