Obagi Nu-Derm on Oily Skin for Rejuvenation + Tretinoin Cream. - London, GB

How do I put this nicely? My naturally oily skin...

How do I put this nicely?
My naturally oily skin was looking it's age, wrinkles, spots, age spots and odd textural issues. It was totally grassing me up as a 40-something-year-old.
Not what I wanted.
Thanks to a quirk of fate my Doc started me on the Obagi Nu-derm (Normal to Oily).
It is dead easy to follow, makes falling off a log look complicated.
Steps 1-5 and with AM and/or PM printed on the tubes so you know when to use it, followed by a "hydrator" (am I so old now that the word "moisturiser" has gone out of fashion?).
Then I also have a 0.05% tretinoin cream to mix half/half with step 5 and use every 3 days.

I'll try and find out exactly what steps 1-5 do. I guess my usual technical explanation of "magic" won't quite cut it here!
**Totally taken from their website (ish)**
Step 1 Foaming gel - Gently removes makeup and everyday impurities for a clean, fresh complexion, and then...
Step 2 - Tone - Non-drying toner helps adjust the pH of your skin, and then...
Step 3 - Clear - Effective prescription-strength hydroquinone helps correct the appearance of age and sun spots for a healthier, more even skin tone, and then...
Step 4 - Exfoderm Forte - A lightweight lotion that helps exfoliate the top layer of the skin, removing dull, old skin cells, while revealing new skin cells for a brighter complexion, and then...
Step 5 -Blender - A unique formula containing prescription-strength hydroquinone for the gradual lightening of sun spots, age spots, and other types of discoloration, and then...
...there is a Hydrate -A moisturizing cream to be used as needed to soothe areas of dry, flaky skin (considered step 6 in some kits).
and then... Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 - A sunscreen that combines UVA and UVB protection in an elegant matte finish that is non-comedogenic, allergy tested, and dermatologist tested. Sheer, PABA-free, and fragrance-free for all skin types.
(*and then..? ...No and then! *movie reference, smug face points awarded if you are doing the voice when reading it!).

Anyway, I've sworn and oath to Doc that I will keep faithful to this for 2 months and I will not deviate, flirt with or abuse other products (apart from my usual factor 50 + cream already, oops!).

I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

2 months in...

Sooooo, I was toddling along on the Obagi nu derm, getting the hang of it;
red/scaly day, spotty day, shedding day (and repeat).

Not that I was getting much in the way of redness, only on occasions.
The shedding was more like a slight camo-effect under my foundation and then it would all slough off in the shower.

I couldn't really work out what people were talking about when they mentioned their degree of flaking and peeling... ...THEN Christmas came around!

My usual 2 showers a day didn't happen and I realised that Boxing day I had an small but noticeable skin-shed by my chin.
Oh how attractive!
I also found that I was getting dry/sore patches on my face.

Once I got back to 2 showers a day the issues resolved themselves.

So my tip would be shower and let you face soak in the water for about 5 minutes before going at it with a face cloth.

I'm into a routine...

I pretty much sing this to myself in the shower to the tune of Big Bopper Chantilly Lace while I'm sloughing my skin off with a flannel/wash cloth!

A scaly face and a scabby place,
And a shed of skin hangin' down.
The scattering of spots to treat with cream dots.
Spread it all around, round, round.
Ain't nothing in the world like a big pored girl
To make me shriek so funny, make me spend my money
Make my skin peel off loose and from my neck too.
Smooth now like a baby, that's a-what I like!

I caught a rare flaking moment on camera.
As long as I shower twice a day and give my face a good soak for about 4 minutes (while I'm cleaning my teeth) then the dead skin comes off with a flannel and I don't get flaking that is noticeable to the human eye.
I have also realised I can't skip any of the moisturisers or I go flaky and sore.

I can't say I'm less oily or that I've smaller pores (yet) but my skin is noticeably smoother.
I will persist!
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