On Obagi nu derm system, can I apply moisturizer?

Hi there . I am 26 yr old indian female with dark skin. I have PI hyper pigmentation . I made advised by my dermatologist to use obagi new derm system . I have been advised by my dermatologist to use moisturizer ( cetaphil dam ) in morning . I use moisturizer at 7 and after bath I use the obagi system at around 11 . I have read lot of blog of several obagi users who were strictly advised against moisturizer, as using moisturizer delays the peeling effect . Please help I m confused

Doctor Answers 1

You can absolutley use moisturizer with the Nu Derm System!


Feel free to moisturize while you are treating your skin with the Obagi Nu Derm system. I always encourage my patients to moisturize when using products like the topical retinoid and hydroquinone found in the Obagi system. In the past, Obagi did not include a moisturizer in their Nu Derm system, but now they do include their Hydrate moisturizer in the kits. However, feel free to use whatever moisturizer you prefer. Using a moisturizer when treating with the Nu Derm system makes the process much more comfortable. Use of a moisturizer will not decrease the effectiveness of the Nu Derm products. In fact, I find that patients are much more apt to stick with the Obagi routine when they are using a moisturizer because their skin is not as dry, red and uncomfortable. Use of a moisturizer will not "delay" the peeling effect, but rather make you much more comfortable during this initial phase of your treatment. So moisturize away!

I hope this helps!

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