Obagi skin care really works

Compared to other areas of our field, skin care often lags behind when it comes to good science. That’s one reason why an article in this month’s issue of ASJ (the Aesthetic Surgery Journal) is exciting: it looks at the effect of the Obagi skin care system in a good quality study. Here the study focused on the combination effect of Obagi in patients receiving Botox for facial wrinkles.

I’ll skip to the bottom line for you: the Obagi system, with additional Retin-A, significantly improved fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, leading to higher patient satisfaction ratings in patients who combined the skin care system with Botox treatments. It’s a winning combination.

Here’s one of the many charts from the article, showing the higher patient satisfaction scores with Obagi and Retin-A, compared to a standard skincare regimen. You don’t have to be a statistician to see the difference here!

“The new hydroquinone system is not only effective, it is also easy for patients to use, increasing the likelihood that they will be able to get maximum benefits,” said study co-author Joel Schlessinger, MD, FAAD, FAACS. “Most importantly, using the system in combination with tretinoin significantly improved how patients perceived themselves, which is the ultimate goal of any aesthetic treatment.”

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