Worse pigmentation with Obaji products!

Dr Irwin, I made the horrible mistake of putting obagi products on my face. I had even skin before and it made me get discoulration, I went to my dr and they made me stay on it bc apparently it was normal? well i stuck it out for the 17 weeks they said and then threw in the towel. My discoluration was a little better but now has been darking I have no idea what to do bc I ve never had this before and it was a result of this awful product. do yiu have any suggestions? I am set to marry in feb and i cant have bloched uo skin.

Here’s a link that will help on pigmentation problems.  But just to reassure you, this should resolve by the wedding if you let your skin rest and use:


  • Gentle cleanser twice a day. CeraVe or Cetaphil lotion cleansers are fine
  • A bland and gentle moisturizer twice a day or more if you’re dry
  • A good sunscreen with at least zinc 10% every morning with a non irritating foundation over it – even better if the foundation has a little sunscreen – try the Jane Iredale mineral powders.
  • Very gentle exfoliation with a wash cloth (no scrub for now) twice a week. The key word is gentle.
  • If anything stings, burns or makes you feel dry, don’t use it!


If you aren’t improving in a few weeks, please see a different dermatologist.


Good luck!  Dr. I


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