As our focus for this week is on skin lightening, today we’ll be reviewing what is said to be the most powerful skin lightening product on the market today – Obagi Nu-Derm Clear – however there may be a price to pay for using this cream and we’re not just referring to your dollar, dollar bills!
As far as an effective skin lightening treatment goes, Obagi Nu-Derm Clear certainly has a lot of reviews to back that claim up, but overall we want to find out how it sizes up to our top skin lightening product, especially in regards to its level of safety.
Let’s dig a little deeper shall we?
Here’s What We Found Out
We mentioned this briefly in our review on Xtreme Brite, but just to go over it once again quickly, there are two types of skin lighteners available today:
- Those that bleach your skin.
- Those that prevent the production of melanin, which leads to reduced pigmentation.
Obagi Nu-Derm Clear sits pretty much at the top of the first category as far as its ability to reduce most forms of hyperpigmentation. It’s also common to see faster results when using a cream that contains bleaching agents as opposed to those in the second category.
There is however one considerably large issue related to bleachers…
They can be DANGEROUS!
In 2006, the FDA(US Food & Drug Administration) revoked the over the counter license for the primary ingredient used in Nu-Derm Clear – hydroquinone.
It is now believed that when used frequently and in high dosages, this chemical could in fact be a harmful carcinogen that may result in cancer in the long term.
There is debate as to what might be considered a safe level of potency of hydroquinone to use in skin lighteners, with many regarding that less then 5% may be a safe amount.
Still the general consensus is that using a natural alternative might in fact be the better option.
As far as results go, nothing compares in terms of the sheer speed and effectiveness of bleaching agents like hydroquinone.
Why It’s HOT!
We pretty much covered this already, but the main reason why Obagi Nu-Derm Clear stands out above its competition is due to its level of effectiveness.
We literally couldn’t find anyone who said that it didn’t work for them, clearly indicating that this product may in fact be the most powerful on the market today.
But that certainly comes at a price…
Why It’s NOT!
As more and more studies come out about the potential link between bleaching agents and cancer, it kinda makes us worry about what the effects might there be in regards to using a product like this over an extended period of time.
The other problem is that there is the possibility this product may eventually go off the market altogether, as we’re noticing online stores like SkinRX removing it from their shelves, while at the same time starting to suggest other safer alternatives.
For the majority of skin lightening solutions that do use ingredients like hydroquinone a prescription is now needed, making it a lot harder to obtain for those suffering from hyperpigmentation problems.
Right now, the overwhelming majority of skin lighteners being sold today still contain bleaching agents, although there is a movement to pull away from products like Obagi Nu-Derm Clear and move towards safer, more natural alternatives like Meladerm.
Yes we do agree that the results you will see from Obagi Nu-Derm Clear will be noticeable, but with that said there really is no substitute for your own health.
Due to the nature of this product, we chose to place this cream at #3 on our Skin Lightening Leaderboard.