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Modus Skin Care products, worth it?

  • AliGrace
  • Bristol, VA
  • 6 years ago

I am five weeks post-Fraxel Re:Pair, and my doctor has suggested I consider the Modus Skin Care regimen. I have read the company's entire web site (several times!), but could find very few reviews by actual users. (The ones I DID find online were overwhelmingly favorable, for whatever that may be worth).

The products are numerous and very pricey (IMO, anyway), and the regimen seems incredibly time-consuming. However, if I could find some compelling "evidence" from either physicians familiar with the Modus products, or from actual Modus users, I would still give serious consideration to the regimen.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance... allie

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About 18 months ago, I bought the "prescribed" MODUS steps from my dermatologist's office. I had 6 steps to follow and the cost of these 6 products was over $600. I used them for about 1.5 months, then stopped using them. The main reason was the very DISTINCT and unpleasant smell of several of the products. This smell was not acceptable to me or to my husband, who commented on it quite a bit.
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I tried the entire Modus line and purchased it from my dermatologist about 1.5 years ago. I had TONS of steps, plus several of the products had a very distinct smell to them, and they were very unpleasant to myself and my husband. I got tired of all the steps after more than a month, and stopped using them. The cost of the products that were suggested to me were over $600. Over the past year, I have had a regular dermabrasion done every 4 weeks. For my age, my skin was in very good condition, with fewer than average wrinkles and sunspots (I had the CO2 laser done 10 years ago, and the Rhytec done on my neck & chest 3 years ago). I just had the Fraxel Re:Pair done on June 24th and will report on that soon. I have 2 places that have not healed as well but they are improving. I hope my comments on MODUS are useful.
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Martha - Of course your comments are useful... thank you! Since we share the same dermatologist, I should have thought to ask you if he had recommended MODUS to you as well. I've decided not to try the system... for now, anyway. I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend, and your healing is progressing nicely. Thanks again! ~allie
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Modus is a skincare system designed to control irregular pigmentation. There are a number of skincare systems and products in this category that use the terms "brightening" or "lightening". Some call it "skin bleaching". Modus does not have hydroquinone (HQ), one of the most commonly prescribed agents in controlling or reducing irregular pigmentation. Hydroquinone has been called into question in other countries, carries risks of skin thickening, thinning or darkening in certain populations, but is used commonly and safely in 2% OTC solutions, and by prescription in higher solutions. In conjunction with HQ or sometimes as an alternative, kojic and aezaliac acids are used to reduce irregular pigmentation. Arbutin is a melanease inhibitor -- it doesn't lighten it interferes with the metabolic activity that results in irregular pigment. Adding anti-oxidents to strengthen and protect the skin and prevent new pigment from forming, such as Vitamin C or ideobenone or even coffeeberrry also is helpful to such a regimen. In many cases, retinoids or glycolics to keep skin exfoliated is also important. Bottom line, if you feel Modus is too expensive, ask your doctor to recommend an alternative. Weigh the pros and cons and, consider what you invested to get the resurfacing results. If you are prone to pigmentation--it may be an important part of your skincare regimen to include a program that helps inhibit pigment, protect the skin and prevent new pigmentation. I'm not a chemist or an M.D., but I am a woman who loves her skincare and hates the pigmentation problems I am a victim to. The slightest stress, irritation or sun exposure can cause my fair skin to look like a spotted pony. But with regular, good skincare that keeps things in control and keeps my skin balanced, and with diligent (and I mean DILIGENT) sun protection, I can go confidently on nearly any given day without foundation or even powder. My best advice -- no matter how expensive the skincare you use, it will be worthless in preventing pigment or preserving your resurfacing results unless you use a daily SPF of 30 or more, and sport shade (a wide-brimmed hat) every time you are in the sun. Sun protection is a must no matter the weather!
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Marie - Thanks so much for your thoughtful, informative, and well-written advice regarding Modus. I was aware one of its distinctions was being hq-free, and I found that a definite plus. I was also impressed by the line's pH-balance focus, as my pre-Fraxel Re:Pair skin was likely the very epitome of "combination". I have certainly taken into consideration the investment I made via my FR procedure, as well as the value I place on my doctor's expert opinion/recommendation. However, I am still a woman who endeavors to perform her due diligence before committing her time, efforts and money. I feel the monetary cost of the regimen is substantial, but not prohibitive. I do travel frequently, and the number of steps in the regimen - not to mention the actual containers of product themselves - would be a bit cumbersome. Again, not prohibitive, but a definite drawback for me. I have arrived at no definite conclusion yet, but I do sincerely appreciate your info and advice. Oh - and I could not agree more regarding sunscreen and hats. While I can't do a thing about the genetics that play a major factor in my assorted and sundry skin issues, I absolutely can (and do!) take every possible measure to prevent the sun from ravaging my skin: a daily Heliocare capsule, Korres Watermelon Sunscreen (or Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Spray SPF 70 if I'll be in the sun for a while - even inside the car), and my trusty UV/UPF hat,which I just ordered in 2 additional colors. Thank you again for the information! ~allie
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I have been using MODUS for about a year and a half. I love the product and am always getting compliments on how my skin looks. There are a lot of steps, but like anything else, you get used to it. It has become a good routine for me. I really can say that my skin has never looked better. I have facials once a month and my aesthetician says the same thing. I just cannot say enough good things about this product.
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I have been using MODUS products now for over 2 years. I was a loyal Obagi for 8 years prior to that that. It is an easy routine and the benefits are well worth the little extra effort. My face used to have a bleached looked to it, now it does not. You may think it is expensive but it works and I have compliments on my skin all the time. I use to pay $150-$200 for a jar or "miracle cream'' that never did any thing. MODUS works, it's easy to use and and you won't be disappointed!!!!
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So you like this A LOT better than Obagi??? I am considering purchasing the whole MODUS line, right now I only have a few items, and I have also used Obagi and I've heard great things about a line called OSMOSIS, so I am confused and scared to invest $500 in products unless I know they're better than Obagi. I used the Obagi Nuderm Line and lost over $180 because I was allergic to two of their products and I couldn't return them....ok, I'm babbling. I just wanted to know how much more do you like the MODUS line than Obagi? What differeces have you noticed in your skin? Line reduction/pore reduction, more even skin tone???? Thank you for your time. MG
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I have been using Modus' complete line since November, my skin has never looked or feeled better. I was very skeptical since i have been oily and break-out prone as a 54yo women. I have been very pleasantly surprised. I will continue as i have not found anything close to what this line provides for me.
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I have been using 5 of the Modus products since January. I have an extremely busy travel schedule with work, and I was skeptical that I could keep up with the routine. I struggled but stayed true to the program. By April, I saw fine lines and one visible line above my lip, that I could even feel, disappear. I had a friend comment that she would do anything and use anything to have the fresh glow my face has now! I'm 42, and my 30-year old sister hates to hear it, but people think we are twins! I hope to use the routine for many years to come! Thanks Modus!
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