Our newest Obagi® Ambassador (and bride-to-be!) Desiree Jimenez, shares her story of how she had begun to plan her wedding but found herself feeling that the excitement of her big day was becoming overshadowed by her concerns about her less-than-perfect skin. Fortunately, Desiree knew exactly what she needed to regain her confidence to feel like the gorgeous, glowing bride she had always dreamed of being on her wedding day.
Desiree saw the onset of melasma (a common patchy brown, tan, or blue-gray facial skin discoloration) at just 22 years-old. After trying to mask it with cosmetics, she decided it was time to address the issue head-on. Her experience with the Obagi Nu-Derm® System and what she encountered when she failed to keep up with her maintenance regimen after seeing great results is a perfect example of why so many patients continue to choose Obagi for Life®. This is Desiree’s story:
Name: Desiree Jimenez
Primary Skin Concern: Melasma
Current Skin Care: Obagi Nu-Derm® System
I first noticed the onset of melasma in 2009. It was on both cheeks, and I constantly felt the need to cover it with makeup. A visit to my dermatologist to address my skin concern was the first step in my miraculous Obagi journey. I went through the entire transformation, and after a few months I had beautiful, spot-free skin.
I must admit, I made a huge mistake after my transformation was complete... I never maintained it! In 2012 I realized that my melasma had come back, and with a vengeance. Not only was it on both cheeks, but on my forehead and my upper lip. Again, I turned to quick temporary fixes, covering it with lots of makeup and wearing hats to cover my very visible forehead splotches. I got engaged this year and with the pending engagement photos and eventual nuptials, I realized I needed to make a change. I was determined; there was NO way that these spots were going to be visible in my pictures. I knew exactly what I needed... the only thing that has ever worked for me. Again, I went to the dermatologist and bought the entire Obagi Nu-Derm system again. After just one month, my dark spots were SIGNIFICANTLY less visible... to the point where some days I didn’t even feel the need to wear makeup. Before this, I would never leave the house without the full face: eye makeup, foundation, bronzer, blush, powder, and a shimmer powder to deflect the attention from my spots. This was a HUGE change. Now, it's been a little over two months and my skin is looking great. There's still some work to go, but I'm more hopeful than ever. This second go with Obagi has been life-changing. I learned my lesson; Obagi will forever be a part of my skin care routine!
Are you like Desiree and committed to Obagi for life? Don’t skip a beat, talk to your skin care physician to determine a custom regimen tailored to you and maintain your gorgeous results. If you’re on Nu-Derm you can start by taking our Nu-Derm Continuum Skin Assessment Questionnaire on Obagi.com and talk to your skin care physician.
Do you have an Obagi transformation story to share? Be sure to enter to become an Obagi Ambassador and win free Obagi products like Desiree did!
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People with prior history of sensitivity or allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients should not use it. The safety of topical hydroquinone use during pregnancy or in children (12 years and under) has not been established.
Avoid contact with eyes, nose, mouth, or lips. In case of accidental contact, patient should rinse eyes, nose, mouth, or lips with water and contact physician.
Sunscreen use is an essential aspect of hydroquinone therapy because even minimal sunlight exposure sustains melanocytic activity.
Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.
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Treatment should be limited to relatively small areas of the body at one time since some patients experience a transient skin reddening and a mild burning sensation, which does not preclude treatment.
Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with topical hydroquinone. It is also not known whether hydroquinone can cause fetal harm when used topically on a pregnant woman or affect reproductive capacity. It is not known to what degree, if any, topical hydroquinone is absorbed systemically. Topical hydroquinone should be used on pregnant women only when clearly indicated.
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