Why Are Some Obagi Products Only Available by Prescription?

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Some Obagi skincare products contain a prescription grade of 4% hydroquinone that can only be obtained through physicians, medical spas and through other skincare experts. Since hydroquinone is a powerful ingredient, it’s essential to have a proper consultation with a licensed professional in order to make sure that your skin is suitable for hydroquinone treatments.

What is hydroquinone and what is it for?

This well-known ingredient is a skin-lightening agent. It can be very effective in the treatment of hyperpigmentation because it bleaches your skin by simply decreasing the number of melanocytes present. Melanocytes are in charge of making melanin, which produces your natural skin tone. When there is hyperpigmentation, there is an increase in melanocyte production which creates uneven skin tone overtime.

Why are Obagi Products Prescription Only?

Even though hydroquinone is generally tolerated by the skin, there can be a few exceptions. For people who have dry or sensitive skin, it can cause further irritation and occasional allergic reactions. This is why you need to consult a professional before a medical grade of 4% hydroquinone is prescribed to you. While those who have normal to oily skin have a skin type better suited to the use of hydroquinone, it is still required that you go to a professional that can effectively and fully assess your skin accurately.

In rare cases, there are individuals who have experienced ochronosis, which results in a bluish-black pigmentation on the skin because of the incorrect and prolonged use of hydroquinone. If you are not fully aware of how to use products that have hydroquinone content, the results won’t be as effective and it might even do more harm than good. In the US, Hydroquinone has been regarded as the gold standard when it comes to treating skin discolourations and it has been widely used for more than 50 years, however it is only safe and effective when used in line with a dermatologist’s or skin professionals instructed use.

How to Get a Prescription for Obagi Products?

When purchasing Obagi prescription products from Skinstation.co.uk, you will have to register as a patient and complete an online consultation which will be reviewed by the medical team before requesting a prescription from us. The steps are as follows:

1. Log on: Register as a patient

2. Choose a treatment: Our expert team will be on hand to recommend the best treatment for you

3. Free telephone consultation: One of our trained medical team will call you to complete your free consultation as required

4. Complete medical form: Fill out the form online with accurate details 

5. Prescription is sent to prescriber: Your medical notes are then passed on to our prescriber for review, make further contact or sign off

6. Your order is then sent: Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacist partner for dispensing


It’s as straightforward as that!

Obagi’s range of targeted solutions are considered effective when it comes to treating different skin concerns. Its smart formulations contain potent actives that can easily solve common skin issues such as ageing skin, hyperpigmentation, acne, and skin dullness. Skinstation UK and Obagi medical can offer you the support, advice, and care that your skin needs. Visit Skinstation.co.uk to find out more about how we can help!

Latest update: 17/03/2021
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