What do I think of Obaji products?

How do you feel about the Obaji line of cosmetics? I am thinking the ones you use are some of the best and better than the Obaji line?

This is a tough one because while the products are generally of good quality and well thought out, I have two problems with the this line that are serious.

First, I think most dermatologists would agree that the line overuses hydroquinones.  hydroquinone  is  the “bleaching”  compound used in most of the Obagi line.  While these work to prevent and reduce brown pigment, there are medical concerns about using these all the time – every day – which is what happens in many of the Obaji regimens.   Most dermatologists in the U.S. are using hydroquinones (including me) for patients but in limited quantities and courses limited to several months (not years).   Hydroquinones have been banned by the European Union.  

Secondly, the active ingredients in the Obaji line are available in other forms much less expensively, in general.   You can achieve similar results with less expense in other words by using a good antioxidant in the morning, followed by a sunscreen (containing at least 10% zinc) and tretinoin/Renova/Retin A, retinol etc.  at night with a moisturizer.   See antioxidants/retinol sunscreens here.    Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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