Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) can be a refractory problem to treat due to the deep level of increased pigmentation in the affected area. However, there are now many products that claim to be the most effective skin lighteners on the market. Even so, we have to be careful with the specifics to avoid potentially dangerous products and scams. Two of the most popular options for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation right now are Meladerm vs Obagi. Both products have received quite a lot of positive reviews, so they are most likely effective. Still, different products may use different ingredients; they can work on some people but not for others. See the comparisons between Meladerm and Obagi below.
One of the most important things to be checked when buying a skin lightening cream is the ingredient list. You need to make sure that the product does not contain any dangerous ingredient or allergen that may trigger your allergy, if you have one. So, let’s see the ingredients of Meladerm vs Obagi.
On one hand, Meladerm boasts a completely safe and effective formula of natural ingredients. The cream contains alpha arbutin, niacinamide, kojic acid, lactic acid, mulberry, bearberry, lemon juice extracts, embilica powder, and licorice. As you can see, Meladerm uses natural ingredients that are safe for most skins. Alpha arbutin, niacinamide, and kojic acid are particularly popular for skin whitening products due to the effectiveness to lighten and restore the skin. Licorice is a good anti-inflammatory ingredient.
On the other hand, like Meladerm vs Murad, Obagi Nu-Derm Clear works by using the active ingredient 4% hydroquinone USP. There are various inactive ingredients such as glycerin, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, lactic acid, ascorbic acid, methylparaben, BHT, and water. Note that hydroquinone is a chemical used in photo processing as well as in many skin whitening products. Hydroquinone is indeed able to lighten the skin because it is a melanin inhibitor. However, hydroquinone is toxic and become very dangerous at a high concentration level. The OTC products are only allowed to use 2% hydroquinone, while prescription products may use up to 4% hydroquinone.
Potential Side Effects
Meladerm may cause dryness on the skin. So, you need to avoid direct exposure to sunlight to avoid skin damage. You may need to use a moisturizer if your skin is dry or if the air is very dry. Meladerm does not use hydroquinone, so it is much safer and the potential side effects aren’t as severe.
On the other hand, Obagi Nu-Derm Clear which uses hydroquinone may cause mild redness, burning, or irritation; more severe side effects may include skin discoloration, blisters, cracking, and burning. When using this product, you should also avoid direct exposure to sunlight and extreme weather conditions.
In the end, we recommend you to choose Meladerm. It is hydroquinone-free. It uses much safer natural ingredients. Even so, it is highly effective for lightening and restoring the skin tone. It may still cause minor side effects such as skin dryness, but you can use a skin moisturizer to reduce the dryness. Obagi Nu-Derm Clear is not recommended due to using hydroquinone.