I received my Obagi Clenziderm skin care system in the mail today. When I got home, I found the package waiting for me at my door. After eating, I opened the package and read all of the instructions very carefully. While I planned to read everything carefully anyways, I was especially inclined to read everything carefully because there was a little card along with the package…basically telling you in big bold letters to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!
So I read the instructions and went on to utilize step 1, which was the cleansing wash. I liked the way it felt on my skin. It was almost a wintery, minty, pepperminty feel. My skin felt very clean and that mentholy feeling was quite soothing. As per the instructions, I was to dry my skin after using the cleanser with a towel, then wait about 10 minutes to allow it to air dry as well. I took that oppourtunity to set up my dialysis machine and prepare everything I needed before I put myself on.
After drawing up my heparin and putting my saline, bloodlines, and dialyzor on the machine, I decided to go ahead with step 2 which was the toner which was called pore therapy. I didn’t feel much with the toner, or perhaps my skin was just still nice and tingly from the cleanser. The pore therapy is basically supposed to remove dead skin cells, rempve excess dirt, and also prep your skin for step 3. I washed my hands and went back to my dialysis machine. I connected my bicart and my acid as well as prepared my gauzes for the next day. After that, I went on to step 3, which was the serum gel. For me, this was the most intriguing step of the whole system. The serum gel has some sort of potent liquefied benzoyl peroxide in it. The fact that it is liquefied is supposed to help it get into your pores more readily in order to kill bacteria and dry out acne. It felt tingly on my skin, but didn’t burn. It did really feel like something was happening.
After setting up everything else where my machine was concerned, including preparing my button hole needles, getting my sitting/standing blood pressures, my temperature, etc., I decided to put a light moisturizer on my face. As per some of the previous reviews I’ve read, this system can be drying on the face. I allowed the serum gel to penetrate into my skin for a good amount of time before putting any moisturizer on my face. The product line also reommends putting sunscreen on if you use the system in the morning as the serum will make your skin sensitive to the sun. Since this is a once a day ONLY program, I’ve decided to use it only at night. I decided against using it in the morning because I didn’t want to expose my skin to the outdoor sun right after using the system. Also, the fact that I have to pause like 10 minutes after step 1 would really eat into my time. In the mornings after I wash my face, I also need time to do my makeup too…so it was just take too much time. I will continue to use rx for brown skin in the mornings.
So, I’ll report back with my findings where obagi clenziderm is concerned in 7 days! Credit will also go to rx for brown skin as I am using it in the morning. Pictures will be taken in 7 days, and compared with the last set of pictures that I took for the rx for brown skin experiment.