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What Is an Obagi Blender?

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Presentation specialist Constance Dunn focuses on beauty, grooming, style, etiquette and communication. Author of the book "Practical Glamour" (RLD Publications, 2010), Dunn has a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and a Master of Arts from the University of Southern California.
What Is an Obagi Blender?
Healthy skin is firm and even-toned. Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Raul

Obagi Blender is a topical skin lotion designed to be used in tandem with tretinoin cream. Applied to the skin nightly, Obagi Blender lightens uneven patches of skin, such as age spots and freckles. This treatment is also designed to correct skin at the cellular level by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.

Cost and Origin

What Is an Obagi Blender?
Obagi Blender is part of a skin care program. Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Allan Chatto

Obagi Blender costs approximately $65 for a 2 ounce bottle and is sold by licensed physicians, typically plastic surgeons or dermatologists. Tretinoin, a topical skin treatment used to treat wrinkles and acne, is available in strengths of 0.025 percent, .05 percent and .1 percent, and in the United States, available by prescription only.

Use of Obagi Blender and tretinoin is part of Obagi's Nu-Derm System, a treatment regimen of products created to work together to minimize sun damage.


What Is an Obagi Blender?
Obagi Nu-Derm ingredients. Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of aolin

Obagi Blender contains 4 percent hydroquinone, a skin-bleaching agent prescribed to correct changes in skin pigmentation. The hydroquinone is contained in an activating base formulated to work in concert with tretinoin.

Obagi Blender's base contains the following ingredients: water, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, PPG-2 myristyl ether propionate, sodium lauryl sulfate, TEA-salicylate, lactic acid, phenyl trimethicone, tocopheryl acetate, sodium metabisulfite, ascorbic acid, methylparaben, Complex 272 (saponins), disodium EDTA, BHT and propylparaben.

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Mixing Obagi Blender with Tretinoin

What Is an Obagi Blender?
Blender is combined with tretinoin cream. Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Sir Mervs

Obagi Blender is mixed with tretinoin in specific proportions (determined by a physician or skin care practitioner) and applied nightly. Measure one-half gram of Obagi Blender, followed by a prescribed amount of tretinoin. (To measure one-half gram of Obagi Blender, use the the distance from the tip of your little finger to its first joint, which approximates one-half gram.)

Applying Obagi Blender

What Is an Obagi Blender?
The mixture is applied to the skin. Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of sunshinecity

A consistent and even application of Obagi Blender and tretinoin cream is key to its effectiveness. Combine the products evenly in your freshly cleansed palm, then apply to your entire face. Extend the mixture to your hairline, and apply around your eye area as directed. Take care to only apply a light application of the mixture at the corners of the lips and around the nostrils.

The combination should be completely absorbed by the skin, so take time to thoroughly massage the Obagi Blender and tretinoin mixture into your skin.

Seek Professional Guidance While Using Obagi Blender

What Is an Obagi Blender?
Seek out a skin care professional while using Obagi Blender. Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of iyasser .com

Given the potency of ingredients such as hydroquinone and tretinoin, Obagi Nu-Derm products are sold by physicians. These products should be used with the guidance of a skin care professional who has experience with the Obagi Nu-Derm System. A skin care professional can advise on the correct usage, frequency and mixing proportions for your specific skin condition. Likewise, a professional can monitor your progress while undergoing treatment, as well as detect skin sensitivities and other irritations.

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