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Obagi Clear

Obagi Clear is one of the products in the Obagi Nu-Derm system, a treatment designed to correct serious skin discoloration issues and such as blemishes (hyperpigmentation) on the forehead, nose, cheeks and mustache due to sun exposure, acne scars and age. It works to create an even skin color on people who suffer from melasma, which is patches of skin that are lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.

Step Three in Nu-Derm System

The Nu-Derm System of which Obagi Clear is a part is made up of five steps each step involving multiple Obagi products.

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The steps are Prepare, Improve, Stimulate, Protect and Complement.  If necessary a final step called As Prescribed is added at a doctor’s discretion depending on a patient’s response to the previous treatment.

Obagi Clear is used in the Improve and Stimulate phases and Obagi Clear FX is used with Obagi Clear during the Stimulate phase.

Using Obagi Clear Separately

obagi clearMany people want to buy Obagi Clear separately and use it by itself because it contains 4% hydroquinone, the potent ingredient used to lighten skin tone to correct uneven skin tone and lighten blemishes.

Hydroquinone is serious medicine that can cause redness and peeling in some users. According to the manufacturer (Obagi Medical Products, Inc.) Obagi products including those in the Nu-Derm system are recommended for use as part of comprehensive treatment plan designed in conjunction with a doctor or skin care professional. However, Obagi Clear remains the single most popular product within the Nu Derm lineup.

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Obagi Clear Reviews

Below is a Dermatologist’s review of the Obagi Nu-Derm system of which Obagi Clear is a main component.

“These potent agents work in harmony to create a ‘therapeutic cascade’ that results in younger looking and acting skin. The perception of many Obagi patients is that the product line lives up to its promise and can produce exceptional results. Our clinical practice experience confirms the value of Obagi’s Nu-Derm System.”¹

The review below is of the Obagi Clear product alone. This is important to note because Obagi Clear is only one product that is meant to be used as part of the sixteen-product regimen that makes up the Nu-Derm system.

“Claims: Formulated with 4% Hydroquinone to correct uneven surface skin color and brown spots. Although the amount of hydroquinone can be very effective for stubborn discolorations and conditions such as melasma, this isn’t nearly as elegant other prescription-only skin lighteners with hydroquinone…”²
Obagi Clear user reviews indicate general satisfaction with the product unless there is sensitivity to some of the ingredients. Best results are achieved when used as recommended.
“I am dark skinned so the [acne] scars were really prominent and difficult to conceal even under tons of heavy makeup.
Obagi clear used with my .10% retin A has been a miracle. It has faded 95% of my acne scars to the point that all i need is a tinted misturizer or a little bronzer to give my skin a more even toned look. The side benefits are that it has brightened and smoothed my complexion … and helps keep new acne from forming and if they do, they come to the surface and dry up much quicker! …
Great product!…
Five out of five³

“My scars are reduced by at least 95% and very easy to cover with a tinted moisturizer.
Really, its almost like it has some anti-aging properties to it because when I wake up, my skin looks so healthy, bright and refreshed.
I did not have any adverse side effects from using this product and highly recommend.”

Five out of five³

 Obagi Clear Review Summary

If you’re planning to use Obagi Clear outside the Nu Derm system it’s important to understand the recommended use amount and application schedule. It’s best to consult a doctor or other skin care professional for an examination who can then recommend a treatment plan based on your individual needs.

From our research we found a few dermatology sites that suggested using about 1/2 ounce twice a day, morning and night, making sure to apply it evenly around the hairline, neck and ears because skin that is not covered will not be lightened like the skin where the product is applied will be.

It’s also important to understand the process that your skin will go through during the weeks of use. Based on our research there is likely to be some peeling and redness, for example. The full NuDerm system includes skin cleansers, pH balancing products, moisturizers and exfoliates to prepare and address these potential side effects of Obagi Clear.

Experienced users are most likely to have a good outcome, new users will likely benefit from a consultation with a professional prior to using Obagi Clear.

Obagi Clear Sales Online

Obagi products are sold online at a few dermatologist sites and at Amazon. These Obagi authorized dermatology sites offer free shipping, loyalty rewards and free gifts.

Obagi Clear 3 with 4% hydroquinone – See prices online

Obagi Clear and Obagi Blender – Save 25% when you buy together


For additional information, visit our Obagi Reviews page.

Sources: ¹Dermstore dermatologist review, ²Beautypedia, ³Makeupalley

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