CLENZIderm M.D. Therapeutic Lotion

by Obagi  CLENZIderm M.D.
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$70 - 1.6 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Anti-Acne Products > Benzoyl Peroxide
Last Updated:
9/26/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes
This is a very good topical antibacterial for acne-prone skin. The active ingredient, benzoyl peroxide, is the gold standard for killing the bacteria that cause acne, though the price for this product is almost enough to make anyone break out! The formula deserves a Good rating for its efficacy and its lack of needless irritants, but you need to know you don’t have to spend anywhere near this much to get an effective benzoyl peroxide product. There are products at the drugstore with identical formulas for a fraction of this price. Obagi either has an overinflated ego about what his products are worth or really doesn’t care if the consumer overspends on his products.
5% solubilized Benzoyl Peroxide lotion quickly clears acne and prevents new breakouts without drying the skin.
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (5%), Other: Benzyl Benzoate, BHT, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Propylene Glycol, Squalane, Water

Dermatologist Zein E. Obagi is behind this line, which claims to be your skin's key to transformation. Choosing to focus on the skin issues that plague many aging adults (chiefly, skin discolorations from sun damage and other sources and wrinkles), Obagi offers a mixed bag of cosmetic and prescription products sold only through authorized physicians, plastic surgeons, and accredited medical spas. That exclusivity may increase this line's cache with consumers, but let me assure you that most of what's offered isn't all that exceptional—and what's available by prescription can be prescribed in other forms by any dermatologist, so you don't need to seek one that retails Obagi's products. The highlights of this line are actually the prescription products. Several options with 4% hydroquinone are available as well as two products with tretinoin. There is a significant amount of research demonstrating that 4% hydroquinone, especially when combined with tretinoin, has a high success rate for persons dealing with stubborn skin discolorations or the skin condition melasma (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2007, pages 36–39; Cutis, January 2005, pages 57–62, and March 2006, pages 177–184).

The skin-care products Obagi sells to support the prescription-only options are either standard or below-average formulas that are easily replaced by less expensive options from other lines. Beware: This is a line whose proponents are adamant about the products being used as a system, so expect pressure to purchase an entire routine rather than cherry-pick what you really need. Savvy shoppers will find some viable options from Obagi, including a very gentle, fragrance-free sunscreen for someone with sensitive skin.

One more point: Obagi is also "known" for his Blue Peel. This is a standard trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel that has been performed by dermatologists and plastic surgeons for years; Obagi simply instructs the practitioner to mix the TCA with a blue-tinted base. TCA is used for peeling the face, neck, hands, and other exposed areas of the body. It causes fewer pigmentation problems than other doctor-only peels such as phenol, and is considered excellent for "spot" peeling specific areas. It also can be used for medium or light peeling, depending on the concentration and method of application. AHA and BHA peels are considered light peels, and are often done in a series of six. TCA peels are best for fine lines and can be somewhat more effective on deeper wrinkling, but they are performed only once every couple of years. Many of the dermatologists we spoke to believe that a TCA peel is a viable option for many skin types, despite consumers' fascination with AHA peels.

For more information about Obagi, call (800) 636-7546 or visit www.obagi.com.

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  1. Kitalie T.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Too painful
    • It burned so badly! My face turned really red and felt like it was on fire! Something in this product doesn't work well with my skin. BTW, I have a 10% benzoyl peroxide product and my face doesn't react negatively.

  2. Manny, P
    Reviewed on Friday, March 15, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    More powerful than others
    • I've tried probably more than 20 different benzoyl peroxide products over the years and I would have to rate this as the best. Sure it stings the first time you use it, but the stinging goes away after the first week of use. This product goes deep into the skin and leaves no white residue. Just follow with the Obagi therapeutic moisturizer and you will have an excellent nightly regimen. The price justifies the efficacy.

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