Obagi Nu-Derm VS. Obagi Nu-Derm FX Hydroquinone Free

Today we’re going to talk all about the Obagi Nu-Derm FX™ system which is a skincare system that is a complete morning and night skincare system that neatly packed into one box. If you’re familiar with the original Obagi Nu-Derm™ system, it looks very similar to this and has the 4% hydroquinone which lightens hyperpigmentation, sun damage, sun spots, and melasma. The Obagi Nu-Derm FX™ system will do the exact same thing but without using the hydroquinone. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the Obagi FX Nu-Derm™ system and compare it to the original Nu-Derm system.

Firstly, let’s talk about what kind of ingredients they use in the Obagi Nu-Derm FX™ system compared to the hydroquinone used in the original version of the Nu-Derm.

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In both the Obagi Nu-Derm™ and Obagi Nu-Derm FX™ systems (normal to oily system) they include the foaming gel cleanser, toner, Exfoderm® Forte (exfoliating enhancing lotion), hydrate, and then the Sun Shield Matte SPF. The main key difference between the two are two different products, namely the Clear and Blend for the Original Nu-Derm system and the Clear FX™ and Blend FX™ for the FX system. The original Obagi Nu-Derm™ system contains the 4% hydroquinone meanwhile FX system uses a more natural alternative.

The Obagi Nu-Derm FX™ system does not have hydroquinone, instead, they use the ingredient called Arbutin which is extracted from the leaves of the bearberry plant and also found in certain weeds and pear skin. The Clear FX™ and Blend FX™ contains this natural ingredient to help lighten up dark spots in the skin, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, melasma instead of hydroquinone. Arbutin inhibits the enzyme that is responsible for producing melanin in the skin and these melanin inhibiting properties is one of the most effective non-hydroquinone skin lightening ingredients you can find today.

Let’s take a closer look at the comparison between the two Nu-Derm systems. The original Nu-Derm system with hydroquinone, which is a chemical that you won’t find it anywhere naturally, is a powerful and potent skin lightening ingredient. This ingredient quickly and effectively deals with hyperpigmentation and melasma and you typically see results within the first 8 weeks of using it. Meanwhile, the Nu-Derm FX system uses Arbutin which is a milder and gentler natural ingredient for the skin. This makes it suitable for people who have sensitive skin and can’t tolerate or experience side effects while using the original Nu-Derm system that contains hydroquinone. The Nu-Derm FX system will give you similar results but it will take longer to show those results which typically take up to 20-24 weeks since, as stated earlier, it is gentler and milder on the skin.

Basically, the Obagi Nu-Derm FX™ system is for people who have sensitive skin or are experiencing side effects using the hydroquinone to lightening your hyperpigmentation. If you’ve been using the hydroquinone system for 4-6 months (average use) and you’re very happy with the results, I would like to recommend switching over to the FX system. This is so that you can take a break from using the original, which has the stronger chemical ingredient hydroquinone, to the FX system with Arbutin just to maintain the results you have with the initial use of the original Nu-Derm system.

Lastly, the great thing about both Obagi Nu-Derm systems is that they are a complete set of skincare products that work well together to deliver the best results. As stated earlier, Obagi Nu-Derm includes a variety of skincare products such as the Clear/Clear FX which help fade the hyperpigmentation on the top levels of your skin, Exfoderm® Forte which is a lightweight lotion that helps exfoliate the top layer of your skin which is key, the Blend/Blend FX which works on a deeper level of your skin, and more. This system is the perfect skincare system, scientifically crafted and put together to get rid of hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun damage and so on.


August 13, 2019 by Ahryn Scott
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