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Will my skin look worse than it did before when I begin Obagi Nu-Derm?

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When you start using Obagi Nu-Derm you will be correcting damage that has happened over years. It will take time to see a positive difference and achieve the results you want.

Unfortunately in the meantime, it does mean that your skin could look markedly worse – at least for a short time.

What might happen?

Your skin may become redder than usual, or you may experience dryness and flaking, itchiness or greater sensitivity than you do normally. If you are treating acne, this may appear to get worse.

Don’t panic!


It really is worth thinking about the timing when you start the treatment. Don’t begin it just before a holiday, a family celebration or a wedding! You’re using Nu-Derm because you’re unhappy with the way your skin looks. If you go to a big event when it is actually looking worse, you may be tempted to give up on the treatment. Remember that this is only temporary – you need to stick with the system for the full course of 16 weeks or more in order to see the end result.

Believe us, the wait will be worth it.

How long will I have to put up with it?

For most clients, usually this type of reaction will occur within the first 6 weeks of using Obagi Nu-Derm. This is the time when the top layer of your skin is being removed. For most, this is a short experience and the worst is quickly over.

The good news is that this means a new layer of healthy skin cells will be revealed, which is your ultimate goal.

What happens after the 6 weeks?

You should start to notice improvements to your skin. Your pores will be less evident as they tighten, any pigmentation will start to lighten and your wrinkles won’t be as obvious. This is just the start of the process so you need to continue to see the full effect. After 12 to 18 weeks you will see an even greater improvement. If you have acne you will see a real difference, and in general your skin will feel smoother and firmer.

Keep with the treatment to the end!

Is it the same for everyone?

No. Everyone’s skin is different, so some people will experience less of a reaction and others more.


Obagi Nu-Derm is a premium product and you have made a long-term investment. So giving up too soon will mean you have wasted your money.

What’s important is that your clinician should have explained that it might get worse before it gets better BEFORE you started on the treatment. It is a prescription only product for a reason.

If you are already using the system and have any worries at all, including how your skin is reacting, you should be able to talk to your clinician who will be able to give you peace of mind.

For reference, your clinic should provide a free consultation AND free reviews. This should be apparent on their website, but if in doubt just give them a call. It is always a good idea to check reviews both on the clinic’s website and independent review sites.

With a prescribed product like Obagi Nu-Derm, you will want to feel confident in the skills and experience of the clinician and the overall commitment of the clinic to client satisfaction. So check if there is a results guarantee.

Brigstock Skin & Laser provides a good model to compare clinics. We provide a results guarantee, ongoing care and highly qualified, trained staff who genuinely want your treatment to succeed.

To read reviews or watch video reviews from clients who have had Obagi treatments please click here. If you would like to book a free consultation you can do this online by clicking here or by calling us on 020 868 36730.

Summing up – there may be a short period where your skin is worse, but you need to complete the course to reveal that beautiful skin and achieve the result you want.

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