Here's the deal with Obagi...it is a fabulous product. It is also however, extremely strong and can be harsh and damaging to the skin. That being said...I believe it is more of a reparative skincare product then a maintenance skincare product. If you are past the point of preventive and have entered the world of reparative, Obagi is a good place to start. If you do decide to go with an Obagi regime, pick a 6 month program (they have different options) finish the program then stop! Being an Esthetician I have seen quite a few people who have been on a Obagi regime for extended periods of time and their skin looks transparent! After you have finished your 6 month regime and have repaired the skin it is up to you to maintain it. I suggest using an "At Home" Pharmaceutical Grade Chemical Peel! Glycolic Acid along with high quality professional skincare products, will not only save you money, it will also save your skin! Try SkinRxClinic's "At Home" Glycolic Acid Peel. If you are looking for a way to kick your skin into high gear this is another option for you. It is worth looking into go to www.SkinRxClinic.com type "glycolic" in the search box the product and all the information will come up!
Yes toner is an essential step in your skincare regime. You have some options...toner that is designed to hydrate and is most beneficial for irritated sensitive skin SkinRxClinic has a Hydra Essence Toner that is soothing and mild and has gentle plant extract. Then there are toners made for corrective reasons such as controlling acne and pore size as well as lifting and tightening the skin. SkinRxClinic has a Glyco-Lactic Toner that is formulated with AHA's which gently exfoliate, clarify and rejuvenate the skin. These toners are most beneficial for aging, acne prone and uneven skin tone. You can find these toners at www.SkinRxClinic.com just reference "toner" in the search box and the product and information will come up.
Glycolic Acid will be your best friend! SkinRxClinic has a 15% Glycolic Smoothing Gel that is formulated specifically for acne, blackheads and large pores. It is one of my favorite products and inexpensive! Go to www.SkinRxClinic.com reference "smoothing" in the search box and the product and description will come up. This is worth looking into...you will love this product!
Yes this is normal but you are right it is not very common. Your best bet is a good eye treatment. The best I have found so far is SkinRxClinic's Eyebright Anti-Puffiness Gelee...it is great. At good tip is put it in the fridge so it is cool when you apply it, this will also help combat the puffiness! Go to www.SkinRxClinic.com type "gelee" in the search box and the product and information will pull up. It is worth looking into!
It is not necessarily bad to apply toner as a substitute to cleansing but I would not recommend it. There is reasoning behind cleansing before toning. I would have to say it far more important to wash your face then it is to use toner, so if you would like to omit a step in your regime the toner should be the first to go. Cleanser and moisturizer are your most important products. Washing your face removes dirt, oils and impurities that accumulate through out the day and your moisturizer is designed to hydrate the skin. Try something lightweight thats fragrance-free & paraben-free like SkinRxClinics Skin Recovery Creme just go to www.SkinRxClinic.com and type "recovery" in the search box it will pull up. You should browse the website they have great prices and tons of products to choose from. You might also want to check out the Glyco-Lactic cleanser, you will get the benefits of a cleanser and toner in one! Just type "glyco-lactic" in the search box and you can read all about it!
Neither...I recommend using a PVA Smooth Skin Shammy. It is ideal for sensitive skin and not abrasive at all...being that you describe you skin as sensitive this would be perfect for you! Try Skin Rx Clinic PVA Smooth Skin Shammy...www.SkinRxClinic.com reference "shammy" in search box and it will pull up.
Neither...you can get a high quality product at a inexpensive price without goint to the drug store or big retailers! Mineral Secrets has a Congo Safari Bronzer that is better than any bronzer I have ever tried! And I was an Account Executive working in Sephora! That alone should tell you I know what I'm talking about! They must have a gazillion bronzers at Sephora but nothing comes close Mineral Secrets Congo Safari Bronzer and I live in Florida the sunshine state and its a must to have the perfect bronzer!!
Here's the deal...the zits you are referring to are called Cystic Acne. They are underneath the surface, large, hard, bumps that rarely come to a head and are almost impossible to pop. This being said...the only way to get rid of them is from the inside. The best way to do this...(and I know from personal experience,I had Cystic Acne) is with a Alpha-Beta product. I recommend SkinRxClinic's Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser and Glyco-Lactic toner. They both contain Glycolic and Salicylic Acid designed to penetrate at a deeper layer into the skin and dissolve the cyst. If you pick they will become red and inflamed and you wont be able to extract it anyway so as hard as it is...and I know it's hard...do not pick you can cause scarring and scabs and I'm certain you don't want that!
Oily and irritated skin...this is tough because you want to get the oil under control and most products that control excess sebum (oil) are harsh and irritating...exactly what you don't want. I suggest trying a Alpha-Beta cleanser, this will contain Glycolic and Salicylic acid and will help control the oil and breakouts. Then you can follow up with a lightweight oil-free moisturizer. www.SkinRxClinic.comcarries a product called Glyco-latic Cleanser. It is an Alpha-Beta Gel Cleaner that works wonders for this skin type. They also carry a Glyco-lactic Toner that is a favorite of mine and it works great with the Gel Cleanser. I would check out the Skin Recovery Creme if you are looking for a good moisturizer, it would be the ideal product to follow up with.