Obagi Nu-Derm

The Obagi Nu-Derm System is a prescription only skin care system, which accelerates skin cell turnover. The system penetrates deep to improve pigmentation and damage in all layers of the skin.

Cheshire Lasers is lucky to have an Obagi Skin Ambassador working in the clinic. Our Obagi Ambassador is Rachael Charnley she been on numerous training courses with Obagi and uses the products herself, she therefore has personal experience of the fantastic results that can be achieved as well as knowing first hand how the skin behaves while on the system. Our skin ambassador works closely with Dr Teri Johnson and together they can advise you which regime would suit you best and give you advice and support throughout the treatment.

The Obagi Nu-Derm System optimises functions of the skin at the cellular level to help it look and act younger and healthier. The active ingredients trigger a cascade of actions that:

  • Promotes new skin cells on the surface, resulting in smoother skin reduced lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces uneven pigmentation found in freckles, melasma and age spots and prevents the formation of new pigmentation
  • Promotes uniform distribution of cells at the deep layers improving skin structure and evening tone
  • Boosts collagen and elastin production for firmer and resilient skin with fewer lines and wrinkles
  • Improves circulation and nutrient supply for natural hydration and healthy glowing skin

The Nu-Derm system includes:

  • Obagi Gentle Cleanser – a soap-free cleanser for all skin types, especially sensitive and dry skin or Obagi Foaming Gel Cleanser – for oily to normal skin types, thoroughly cleans away impurities and make-up.
  • Obagi Toner – uses a natural astringent that regulates the skin’s PH in order to make it more open to hydroquinone penetration.
  • Obagi Clear – its main active ingredient is 4% hydroquinone; it blocks the production of melanin, thus reducing hyper pigmentation problems caused by excessive peeling.
  • Obagi Exfoderm – its main active ingredient is a mild acid called phytic acid – it makes normal to dry skin peel even further or Obagi Exfoderm Forte – another exfoliating product based on AHA’s – glycolic and lactic acids; it’s designed to increase penetration of hydroquinone in normal to oily skin.
  • Obagi Blender – the product has 4% hydroquinone and is mixed with a tretinoin-based cream.
  • Obagi Hydrate
  • Obagi SunShield protect against UVA rays linked to deep, premature aging as well as UVB responsible for burning.

How do I use the Nu-Derm system?

  • Prepare the skin by cleansing and toning:

Cleansing and toning makes your skin more receptive to the correction process.

Apply the cleanser recommended by us either GENTLE CLEANSER 1 or FOAMING GEL 1- to wet skin, rinse with lukewarm water and gently pat dry. Avoid rubbing the skin with a towel.

TONER 2 -Apply to entire face with a cotton ball or cotton square, avoiding the eye area.


  • Correct Repairs damage to the skin’s surface, correcting hyper-pigmentation (sun and age spots) and uneven skin tone while smoothing skin roughness.

CLEAR 3 – Apply Clear evenly on the entire face, extending to the hairline.

EXFODERM or EXFODERM FORTE 4 Apply evenly over entire face, avoiding the eye area. Wait until the cream is absorbed.


  • Stimulate Damage to the deeper skin layers is repaired. Skin elasticity is restored by enhancing the production of collagen and elastin.

BLENDER and TRETINOIN Apply 1/2 gram of Blender mixed with the prescribed amount of tretinoin. Apply evenly on the entire face, extending to the hairline. 5 (Rx only)


  • Protect Prevent further damage from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Apply SunShield

Note: Prolonged sun exposure should be avoided for the first month.

What should I expect during treatment?

You can expect to experience four phases as you undergo transformation to a more healthy and younger-looking appearance. The length of time between the phases will vary based upon multiple factors including age, skin type, amount of damage and compliance.

Initial phase- the damaged top layer of skin is replaced by a new layer of fresh, healthy skin cells. This process takes approximately 6 weeks.

During this phase, you can expect to experience one or more of these symptoms:

  • freckles, age spots and dark patches begin fading
  • exfoliation and flaking
  • redness and dryness
  • wrinkles and acne may look worse temporarily

These reactions are indications that the treatment is working. It is absolutely necessary to stay with the program to see these results.

Stimulation Phase

6 to 12 weeks. You begin to notice significant improvements in your skin. New skin cells continue reaching the surface and the production of collagen and elastin increases. Expect to notice:

  • wrinkles begin to reduce
  • tightening of pores
  • further lightening of freckles, age spots and dark patches
  • subsiding redness and flaking

Healthy Glow

12 to 18 weeks. In this phase, your friends will begin to notice your skin. Your skin will look and act younger and healthier. Your skin is:

  • firmer and more resilient
  • more even colour and tone
  • smooth and naturally hydrated


To keep your skin looking and acting younger and healthier, you will want to continue to use the Obagi Nu-Derm System to maintain the improved results you have achieved. By continuing with a maintenance protocol, you can expect to:

  • Maintain healthier, younger-looking skin for a lifetime
  • Prevent future damage
  • Improve anti-aging effects

How much does The Obagi Nu-Derm System Cost?

A consultation and skin analysis with Rachael and Dr Teri Johnson will cost £25 but this will be deducted from the cost of your treatment package if you decide to use the Obagi Nuderm system.

The small starter kit costs £303
This includes your first tube of tretinoin prescribed by Dr Johnson and the obagi hydrate moisturiser.
It will also include 3 free follow up appointments with Rachael to review your progress and advise you on the use of your products. These appoinments are scheduled 2 weeks and 6-8 weeks after starting the regime and a final consultation to advise you about going on to maintenance.

It includes:
Cleanser 2.0 oz.
Toner 2.0 oz.
Clear 2.0 oz.
Exfoderm or Forte 1.0 oz.
Blender 1.0 oz.
Hydrate 1.7oz
Tretinoin 20g

The larger kit will cost £440
This includes the first tube of tretinoin prescribed by Dr Johnson.
It will also include 3 free follow up appointments with Rachael to review your progress and advise you on the use of your products. These appoinments are scheduled 2 weeks and 6-8 weeks after starting the regime and a final consultation to advise you about going on to maintenance.

Cleanser 6.7 fl oz
Toner 6.7 fl oz
Clear 2 oz
Exfoderm or Forte 2 oz
Blender 2 oz
Hydrate 1.7 oz
Tretinoin 20g
Travel Bag

We also provide telephone advice 7 days a week.

You will need to purchase further products later on during the programme, we will give you advice about the prices at the time of your consultation.

For more information visit the Obagi website

Interested? Why not let us know and we can lend you a DVD watching 3 clients going through the 18 week process sharing their experiences.