It’s about to get real up in here.
I’ve debated showing these pictures…because honestly…they are so very very embarrassing.
But, then I remembered that y’all are women just like me. Women who appreciate honesty and transparency, right?
I’m praying that this will help one of you out there who has been dealing with some of the same skin issues I faced.
After I became pregnant with my first child I started developing spots on my face. Brown spots to be exact.
They almost looked like sun spots…except it was not summer.
After seeking advice from a dermatologist I learned that I had melasma. I also learned that it was very common in pregnant women. <sigh>
The doctor told me there was pretty much nothing I could use on my skin to make it disappear UNTIL I was no longer pregnant or breastfeeding. I was completely bummed, but hopeful after he told me that as soon as I was done breastfeeding I could start on a skin care system called Obagi.
<que angels singing>
Let me just show you what we were working with here and you will see why I was desperate for products that would work. No judging…as I point my school teacher finger at you.
Those pictures make me want to cry. EEEEK!
When I first started Obagi my primary concern was the melasma. I wanted the brown spots to disappear, but I also had sun spots and scars from when I picked as a teenager. I was hopeful that using the Obagi products would clear it ALL up.
I can remember how self-conscious I was to go ANYWHERE without full coverage makeup. I didn’t even want to wash my face at night in fear that my husband might think I just spilled coffee all over my face. It was bad.
Obagi is a complete skin transformation so I knew it was something where I wasn’t going to see results overnight.
At times that got discouraging because I wanted it gone and I wanted it gone NOW. But I kept at it. I kept using it day-in-and-day-out. Every morning and every evening.
I documented the first few weeks because I wanted to see the progress. I NEEDED to see the progress.
I promise you that last shot is not photoshopped. It’s real. And it’s what my skin looks like AFTER Obagi. I also realize I look like a white girl, but I’m telling ya…the sun is not my friend. LOL! I try my best to wear 50 SPF on my face at all times. If I want a tan…I use a lotion tanner.
The system takes months to completely work, but I love how you can see such a huge difference even just in the first few weeks.
That “NOW” image is from a few months ago. My skin looks even better today.
I continued to use Obagi on-and-off for the next few years after Parker was born. I had to stop each time I was pregnant or breastfeeding, but I was pretty religious about getting back on it once I was not.
I had the amazing opportunity to meet the Obagi team when I attended Blissdom last year. If you’ve ever been to a blogging conference then you know it’s common for brands to email you prior to the event. I mean this when I say it…I don’t normally respond to brands unless I LOVE them. And I jumped on the opportunity to respond to Obagi.
They ended up inviting me to a breakfast they were having and I loved meeting and talking with other women who were passionate about pretty skin!
Somehow I overcame the fear of what people would think of me and I shared my before photo at the table at breakfast. <gasp>
I wanted people to see how much Obagi has helped me.
Luckily, everyone was too amazed by my results to comment on how terrible my before pics were. Phew.
I’ve stayed in touch with Bre, the Obagi rep that I met in Dallas at Blissdom and she has been asking me for months if she could do a “patient feature” on me on their website. I kept putting it off.
It’s one thing to show your before pictures to 13 women at a breakfast table…BUT it’s another thing to put it on the internet for all to see.
The reason I ended up saying yes is because I know a ton of you are mothers and a ton of you have dealt with melasma just like me. I wanted to show you real results and how much it has helped my skin.
I encourage you, if you have discoloration, melasma, sun spots, age spots, scarring…this skincare system CAN help you.
Looking back at my before pictures…it truly is amazing to see how much Obagi has done for me.
If you want more information on Obagi you can visit their website. Some of the steps in the system require you to have a RX so you will need to contact a dermatologist to prescribe the system for you. I swear it will be worth it.
What about you, did you experience any type of skin issues during pregnancy?