How soon after Clear + Brilliant laser can I resume the Obagi Nu Derm system?

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Clear + Brilliant Post Care

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I recommend you use only nonabrasive, nonirritating and noncomedogenic skincare products including a gentle cleanser and bland moisturizer for a few days after the treatment. Once the skin has returned to normal, after any sloughing or sandpaper texture has resolved, you can restart your normal skincare regimen including the Obagi Nu-Derm system. 

For my Clear + Brilliant patients, particularly those who get treated with the 1927 nm Permea handpiece, I recommend a topical skincare regimen that includes SkinCeuticals CE Ferrulic. This antioxidant by SkinCeuticals was the one used in the initial studies demonstrating up to 17x increased skin permeability to topical skincare products after C+B treatment.

Clear and Brilliant laser and Melarase creams

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I would recommend the Melarase Brightening Kit over Obagi Nuderm after Clear and Brilliant laser. Use twice daily a few days after laser, including Melarase AM, Melarase PM, Melapads, Replenish cream, and Spectrase. 


Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Timing for products.

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Timing is everything, depending on the settings and passes, your therapist will guide you as to the healing times. Generally I like to wait 3-6 days, depending on the products and your skin sensitivities. Though C and B is meant for a full face even application, good operators will lay extra laser areas where it is need, meaning treatments are always individualised. Hence we always guide patients as to their healing time and product use. Bland washes are advised for the first few days. Dr Davin Lim. The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body. Brisbane, Australia. 

Skin Care after C&B

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I recommend you use gentle products for the first 4-5 days.  You should also use a nutrient serum (like a vitamin C or hydrating serum).  After this time, you should notice the "sandpaper" feeling on the surface has gone away.  At that time, you can resume your normal skin care routine (including all of the Obagi products).

Tracy Evans, MD, FAAD
San Francisco Dermatologic Surgeon

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