ObagiRosaclear Metronidazole Topical Gel
1.6 fl. oz. for $58
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This product is available by prescription only. Its active ingredient is 0.75% metronidazole, the same topical antibiotic used in the brand name prescription product MetroLotion (and Gel and Cream). This fragrance-free formula is closest to that of MetroGel and there’s every reason to consider it if you’re dealing with rosacea. As for whether or not this is the more cost-effective prescription option, that depends on your health insurance coverage.

Last Updated:12.08.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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The most prescribed topical treatment for rosacea. Indicates for the treatment of inflammatory acne-like pimples and treats the inflammatory papules and pustules associated with rosacea.


Active: Metronidazole, Topical Use Gel USP, 0.75% (Rx Only), Other: 7.5mg of Metronidazole, USP As The Active Ingredient With 0.8 mg of Methylparaben, NF As Preservatives In A Gel Consisting of Carbomer 940, NF: Edentate Disodium, USP; Propylene Glycol, USP; Purified Water, USP; and Sodium Hydroxide, NF

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Obagi At-A-Glance

Strengths:Selection of good water-soluble cleansers; some effective skin-lightening and tretinoin products.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some products available only via prescription, which can be inconvenient; disappointing anti-acne products; moisturizers should contain more state-of-the-art ingredients.

Obagi is a skincare line which got its start back in 1988, spearheaded by Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, who has since left the brand. Choosing to focus on the skin issues that plague many aging adults (chiefly, skin discolorations from sun damage and other sources and wrinkles), Obagi offers a mixed bag of cosmetic and prescription products sold only through authorized physicians, plastic surgeons, and accredited medical spas. That exclusivity may increase this line's cache with consumers, but let me assure you that most of what's offered isn't all that exceptional—and what's available by prescription can be prescribed in other forms by any dermatologist, so you don't need to seek one that retails Obagi's products. The highlights of this line are actually the prescription products. Several options with 4% hydroquinone are available as well as two products with tretinoin. There is a significant amount of research demonstrating that 4% hydroquinone, especially when combined with tretinoin, has a high success rate for persons dealing with stubborn skin discolorations or the skin condition melasma (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2007, pages 36–39; Cutis, January 2005, pages 57–62, and March 2006, pages 177–184).

The skin-care products Obagi sells to support the prescription-only options are either standard or below-average formulas that are easily replaced by less expensive options from other lines. Beware: This is a line whose proponents are adamant about the products being used as a system, so expect pressure to purchase an entire routine rather than cherry-pick what you really need. Savvy shoppers will find some viable options from Obagi, including a very gentle, fragrance-free sunscreen for someone with sensitive skin.

For more information about Obagi, call (800) 636-7546 or visit www.obagi.com.

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