We get asked this question all the time.  And to most of our patient’s surprise the answer is, YES!  

One of the myths regarding skin care is that people need to stop using their “active” products during the summer months.  They have been told that Tretinoin cream will make the skin photosensitive. It is true that the first initial few weeks on a retinoid product will leave you more vulnerable to sun exposure, but that will bounce back to normal quickly.  Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 will keep you out of harms way.

The broad-spectrum sunshield that is included in the Obagi Nu-Derm System is an award-winning formula that provides a high level of protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. It is a non-greasy, PABA-free and fragrance-free formula for all skin types that applies in a sheer, matte finish that feels great on your skin. It is something we should all be wearing, regardless of the time of year.  Sunscreen goes a long way in preventing sun-damaged skin.

While it is true that the active ingredient in a retinoid product is sensitive to sunlight, there is still no need to worry. Tretinoin does most of its work in the first four hours of use and patient’s who are on the Nu-Derm System are using it at night. It doesn’t get applied in the morning.

Finally, the most important point of all to make very clear is this: stopping the use of your Obagi Nu-Derm System in the summer months will cause you to incur more sun damage to your skin.  Isn’t sun damage the reason why we are using Obagi to begin with? Stick to your protocol and continue keeping pigmentation, texture, tone, and laxity issues at bay. Your skin will thank you!

 

The Obagi Nu Derm Kit is available at all three Elase locations – 801.49.LASER

 

Written by Andrea McBride

Posted 4.1.14

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