What is Obagi's Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask, and how does it work?

Hannah Wilson

Curious about the Obagi Medical Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask? This award-winning vitamin C mask comes highly recommended for instantly luminous skin, but there’s so much more to know about this bestselling at-home facial mask.

At Face Dr we love to lift the lid on some popular products to reveal everything you need to know for a confident purchase, and this time we’re diving into all things Polish + Mask: what is microdermabrasion? Why is vitamin C important? What results will you get? What do the reviews say? How much does it cost? Is it worth it??

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Let’s polish away the fluff and get to the deeper layers of this amazing product…

Keen to try this radiance-boosting mask for yourself? Book a free consultation with one of our Skin Experts:

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • What is Obagi Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask?
  • What will it do for my skin?
  • Why is vitamin C the main ingredient?
  • What does ‘microdermabrasion’ mean?
  • Why is it called ‘Polish + Mask’?
  • Who would benefit most from Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask?
  • Who would not benefit from Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask?
  • What products should I use alongside it?
  • How often should I use it for best results?
  • What do the Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask reviews say?
  • How much does the Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask cost?
  • Summary: Should I try Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask?


What is Obagi Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask?


 Obagi's Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask


Obagi has so many amazing products (you can read more about the full Obagi skincare range here) and one that Face Dr clients come back for again and again is Obagi’s Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask.

This dual-action vitamin C face mask promotes a more youthful-looking complexion by polishing the skin to prime for the ingredients within the mask. With a powerful infusion of 30% vitamin C, it instantly reveals smoother and brighter skin. The formula is waterless, and the dry, dense texture helps support stability and promote exfoliation.


What will it do for my skin?




Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask contains micro-crystals that help slough away superficial layers of the epidermis to remove any buildup of dead skin cells. The polish exfoliates and primes skin, while the leave-on mask introduces nutritious ingredients that brighten dull skin and enhance radiance for an extra luminous complexion.

Excited by the idea of these results? Book your consultation now.


Why is vitamin C the main ingredient?


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Vitamin C is the star ingredient in this product, and for good reason. It’s one of the top skincare ingredients to treat ageing skin by neutralising free radicals, as well as:

  • Strengthening the skin’s barrier against environmental stressors
  • Improving previous skin damage
  • Improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Restoring the skin's antioxidants to aid in future-proofing

Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask boasts a powerful formula with high levels of L-ascorbic acid (the best form of vitamin C), as well as sea berry fruit oil for bright, healthy-looking skin.

You can learn more about the skincare benefits of vitamin C on our blog here.


What does ‘microdermabrasion’ mean?



Microdermabrasion typically refers to a minimally invasive skincare procedure usually done in a skin clinic or beauty studio. It is done to refresh the tone and texture of skin, improving everything from sun damage to wrinkles to acne scarring and more.

There are several versions of the procedure. One uses an abrasive beauty tool similar to a small sander to remove the outermost layer of skin, while another sprays tiny particles at the skin to remove the top layer. Either way, the result is an extremely thorough exfoliation that removes a layer of the epidermis and leaves behind a smooth, soft surface.

Although Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask is a product, not a procedure, the term ‘microdermabrasion’ is included in the name to convey the similarly effective results it provides.


Why is it called ‘Polish + Mask’?



The product is 2-in-1, meaning it provides both an exfoliating face polish and a face mask to introduce active ingredients into the skin. We’ll share more details on the best application below, but in short, you massage the product into the skin to polish, and then leave it on as a mask for several minutes for the best results.


Who would benefit most from Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask?


The Polish + Mask is perfect for those who want to revitalise and brighten their complexion, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. If you are wondering whether or not the product will work for your skin, your Skin Expert can advise on this or a suitable alternative.


Who would not benefit from Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask?


This product is thought to be suitable for most skin types and conditions, however due to its exfoliating nature, those with sensitive skin should not exceed 60 seconds when massaging into the skin. If you have particularly sensitive skin you may find this product to be too abrasive - definitely speak to your Skin Expert before trying if you have concerns about this.


What products should I use alongside it?




Your Polish + Mask can be used after your usual cleansing routine. After using the product and rinsing, we recommend applying an antioxidant-rich serum like the Professional-C® Serum to maximise the effects of the vitamin C, followed by a moisturiser like Obagi Hydrate® Facial Moisturizer. And of course, don’t forget your broad spectrum sunscreen!


How often should I use it for best results?


 Obagi Medical Vitamin C Product


Always use products as suggested by your Skin Expert, as they will discuss with you a full history of your skin issues and what you would like to achieve in using the product. Generally, they recommend using the Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask 2-3 times weekly, and leaving the mask element on for 10-15 minutes for best results.


What do the Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask reviews say?


On the Obagi website, this product is well reviewed, at 4.2 stars out of 5. Here are some of the best reviews:

“... it doesn't just smell incredible, it feels amazing on my face. It comes with a little plastic spoon to scoop it out and I massaged it all over my face, avoiding my eye area, and let it stay on for 10 to 15 minutes. After wiping it off I rinsed my face with warm water and my face felt clean, soft and looked brighter. I would highly recommend this polish/mask to anyone who is looking for a great vitamin C face product.”
Corrina47, Obagi customer

“This mask is incredible, the difference I saw in my complexion after one week of use was clearly visible. It got rid of the dead skin and left my skin looking a healthy pink. Love this product and the results it gave me.”
Lady nls, Obagi customer

We always aim to offer you the information about the products we stock, minus any bias, which is why our Skin Experts will only ever recommend products they genuinely believe will work for your skin. For this reason, we like to highlight any negatives about each product so you can make a fully informed decision before you purchase.

In the case of Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask, out of 99 reviews on the Obagi website, there are eleven 1-star reviews which mention issues relating to the product feeling thick and being tough to get out of the jar, so this is something to be aware of if you decide to try the product. Obagi recommends stirring the dense consistency of the mask using the spatula that’s included to soften it before application.


How much does the Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask cost?


Like all of the Obagi products we stock, Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask is sold at RRP, and costs £97.


Summary: Should I try Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask?


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If your skin is feeling rough and looking dull and lacklustre, then this could be the perfect product for you. The exfoliation combined with the vitamin C provided to the deeper layers of the skin make it a real instant rescue for skin in need of smoothing, brightening and a boost of radiance.

Our Skin Experts can discuss the Obagi Medical range with you, and help you decide if Professional-C® Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask could work for your skin needs. Your own Skin Expert will talk you through the options and advise if this is the best product for you. They will only ever prescribe what they think is best, so you can be sure what you are purchasing has the very best chance of providing game-changing results.

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