What Really Works

What really works?

Woman after spa treatment

Key product ingredients that can provide effective results:

Hydroquinone (4% Rx strength):

  • Inhibits melanogenesis
  • Exerts its depigmenting effect by selective action on melanocyte metabolism
  • Results in more even skin tone and reversal of abnormal pigmentation

Tretinoin (Retin A):

  • Improves DNA transcription by binding to nuclear receptors
  • Stimulates increased cell production in the dermis
  • Speeds up keratinocyte turnover and renewal
  • Increases epidermal thickness
  • Slows down the natural thinning of the dermis
  • Provides healthy glow and increases blood flow
  • Improves elasticity and reduces collagen breakdown
  • Treats acne and improves pore function and size

Hyaluronic Acid:

  • Moisturizes topically
  • Transports essential nutrients internally
  • Holds 1,000 times its weight in water

Malonic Acid:

  • Helps stimulate production of healthy cells
  • Increases collagen and elastin production
  • Provides skin resilience

Alpha Hydroxy Acids:

  • Binds moisture to the skin
  • Decreases corneocyte cohesion
  • Improves skin texture and increases cell turnover
  • Allows for improved penetration of active ingredients


  • Provides protection and aids in product penetration
  • Combats and neutralizes free radicals, thus averting premature damage
  • Includes L-ascorbic acid, retinol, and vitamin E, among others


  • Protects skin cells from harmful, aging UV rays

All of these effective product ingredients can be found in the Obagi Nu-Derm System.

Before   After
Before obagi treatment   after obagi treatment

Before and after pictures courtesy of www.obagi.com.


  • Hydroquinone - an aromatic organic compound used as a topical application in skin whitening to reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Tretinoin - the acid form of Vitamin A
  • Hyaluronic Acid - a hydrating fluid found in the skin; hydrophilic agent with water-binding properties
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acid - naturally-occurring mild acids which exfoliate by loosening the bonds between dead corneum cells and dissolve the intercellular cement and stimulate cell renewal
  • Melanogenesis - the process of cells producing melanin
  • Melanocyte - cells that produce pigment granules in the basal layer
  • Keratinocyte - cells composed of fiber protein found in the skin, hair, and nails; provides resiliency and protection to the skin
  • Collagen - fibrous, connective tissue made from protein; found in the reticular layer of the dermis; gives skin its firmness
  • Elastin - protein fiber found in the dermis; gives skin its elasticity and firmness

If you would like to make an appointment or talk to someone about our services, please call 410-328-SKIN (7546) or 410-328-FACE (3223).