OverviewThe Truth about AcneAdult AcneObagi ClenzidermBefore & After


Acne is a skin condition which can affect most people at some point, but is most common during adolescence. Typically, it causes spots to develop on the skin, mostly on the face, back and chest.

These spots can range from blackheads and whiteheads which are often mild, to inflamed pus-filled pustules and cysts, which can be severe and long lasting and can lead to scarring.

Why do I have acne?

It is thought that acne is linked to the changes in hormone levels during puberty.

Glands in the skin begin to produce excessive amounts of an oily substance known as sebum. This blocks small holes in the skin through which hairs grow (hair follicles), causing blackheads and whiteheads.

Normally harmless bacteria that live on the skin can then infect a blocked follicle, causing pus-filled papules or cysts.

Acne is known to run in families. If both your mother and father had acne, it is likely that you will also have acne.

Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during the menstrual cycle or pregnancy, can also lead to episodes of acne in women.

Acne is very common in teenagers and younger adults. About 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 will be affected by acne.

Acne is most common between the ages of 14 and 17 in girls, and between 16 and 19 in boys.

Most people have acne on and off for several years before their symptoms start to improve as they get older. Acne usually disappears when a person is in their twenties.

In some cases, acne can continue into adult life. About 5% of women and 1% of men have acne over the age of 25.

What can I do if I have acne?

Keeping your skin clean is essential to prevent new spots developing. Washing the affected area twice a day with a mild soap or cleanser is usually effective, but be careful not to scrub the skin too hard as it may lead to skin irritation.

Although there is no cure for acne, it can be controlled fairly effectively with treatment. A wide range of creams, lotions and gels to treat spots are available at pharmacies. If you develop acne, it’s a good idea to speak to your pharmacist for advice in order to select the most appropriate product.

Severe acne may need to be treated with antibiotics or stronger creams that are only available on prescription.

One of the most effective treatments is with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acids containing products, which are available in a range of strengths.

Alternatively, light treatment which works by killing the skin bacteria which promote acne, is now gaining significant interest.

Treatments can take up to three months to work, so don’t expect overnight results. Once they do start to work, the results are usually good.



Raise your hand if you are struggling with adult acne. For many of us, graduating from high school did not bring the added benefit of graduating from breakouts. In fact, studies have shown that acne is the most common skin concern in the United States, affecting 40-50 million adults.1

Obagi’s CLENZIderm M.D.™ System was formulated to help combat acne and, with daily use, help prevent future acne from forming.

“Nothing has worked like CLENZIderm. At age 32, I had given up on the idea of clear skin. I thought I would always require makeup. Not anymore.” Jessica, LA

The CLENZIderm M.D System is a three-step acne treatment with clinically proven ingredients that help treat acne where it starts and help provide a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.

Using the 3-Step CLENZIderm System every day may help reduce the visible signs of acne when used as directed. Clearer skin is as easy as 1, 2, 3!*

Step 1: Cleanse. Wet your face with warm water and dispense a nickel-sized amount of the Daily Care Foaming Cleanser into your hand. Lather, rinse, and pat dry.

Step 2: Therapy! Fall in love with our Pore Therapy. About 10 minutes after you have cleansed, apply according to the instructions to help unclog pores and clear away dead skin cells.

Step 3: Finish. The Therapeutic Lotion, a lightweight acne treatment lotion with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) rounds up the CLENZIderm treatment. Apply sunscreen, and maybe a little makeup, and you’re ready for your day! Want to see some real results? View these testimonials from women and men who love CLENZIderm!



Obagi CLENZIderm MD for normal to oily skin is a 3 step acne treatment system. It uses a revolutionary form of benzoyl peroxide in combination with salicylic acid which promotes deeper penetration into the skin, with a fast control of acne.

This powerful system is only available through accredited suppliers, and works on all three primary causes of acne:

  1. Excess oil production
  2. Clogged pores
  3. Acne-causing bacteria

The products in this 3-step system have been specifically formulated to work together to deliver anti –acne medication deep within the pores where acne starts. Using CLENZIderm MD every day, will result in a reduction in the visible signs of acne in as little as 2 weeks and will prevent new breakouts, helping to maintain clear, healthy skin

Daily Care Foaming Cleanser
  • Gentle foaming salicylic acid cleanser
  • Removes dirt and acne-causing excess oil
  • Leaves skin clean and refreshed
Pore Therapy
  • Salicylic acid acne treatment
  • Unclogs pores and helps clear the skin of acne-causing bacteria
  • Opens up the pores to promote the deep penetration of the Therapeutic Lotion
Therapeutic Lotion
  • Benzoyl peroxide acne treatment lotion
  • Using a patented technology, it delivers the benzoyl peroxide active ingredient deep within the pores to clear acne quickly whilst minimizing dryness.
  • Helps to prevent new breakouts from occurring by targeting acne at it’s source.

CLENZIderm MD – for fast and long-lasing acne control


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