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Unlocking the Secrets of Skincare: Why Dr Gemma uses Obagi Medical Skincare

Updated: Oct 7, 2023



When it comes to skincare products, there are three main categories: cosmetic, cosmeceutical, and pharmaceutical. Each of these categories differs in their composition, intended purpose, and regulatory status. In this blog, we will explore the differences between these categories and the advantages of using Obagi skincare products.





Cosmetic skincare are the products widely available on the high street including stores like Boots. These products are often formulated to improve the appearance of the skin, but they do not contain active ingredients that have a therapeutic effect on the skin. Cosmetic products are not regulated and their claims are not evaluated for efficacy or safety.


Cosmeceutical skincare products are most likely to be found in beauty salons and higher end high street stores. They contain some active ingredients and may contain ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants, peptides, and plant extracts. Cosmeceuticals are also not regulated , but their claims are often marketed as having therapeutic benefits.




Pharmaceutical skincare products are intended to treat specific skin conditions and are regulated by the FDA or MHRA. They contain active ingredients that are clinically proven to have therapeutic effects on the skin and may require a prescription from a healthcare professional. Examples of pharmaceutical skincare products include topical corticosteroids for eczema, retinoids for acne, and immunomodulators for psoriasis.


One well-known pharmaceutical skincare brand is Obagi. Obagi produces medical-grade skincare products that contain active ingredients such as hydroquinone, tretinoin, and salicylic acid. These products are sold exclusively through licensed medical professionals such as doctors, and are formulated to target specific skin concerns, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles.



There are several advantages to using Obagi skincare products. Firstly, because these products are medical-grade, they contain a higher concentration of active ingredients than over-the-counter cosmeceutical products. This means that they can provide more significant and faster results in improving the appearance and health of your skin. Secondly, Obagi skincare products are formulated to target specific skin concerns, meaning that they are more effective in treating specific skin conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles. Finally, Obagi products are sold through licensed medical professionals, meaning that you can be sure that you are receiving expert advice and guidance on how to use the products effectively and safely. This is especially important when using prescription-strength skincare products.



In conclusion, pharmaceutical skincare products contain active ingredients that have a therapeutic effect on the skin. Obagi is a pharmaceutical skincare brand that produces medical-grade skincare products that are formulated

to target specific skin concerns and sold exclusively through licensed medical professionals. Using Obagi skincare products can provide faster and more significant results, while also ensuring that you receive expert advice on how to use the products safely and effectively.


To start your journey to radiant skin, book a

Skin Consultation with Dr Gemma today!






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