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ZO Skin Health-Approved Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy

Now is the perfect time to double down on your prevention efforts with our ZO Skin Health-approved skin cancer prevention strategy.

The plan starts with:

Understanding the different types of skin cancer and what they look like: basal cell carcinoma (open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars), squamous cell carcinoma (patches, open sores, elevated growths or warts that may crust or bleed), and potentially fatal melanoma, which manifests as Borders that are uneven, Colorful (shades of brown, tan or black red, white or blue are common), have a Diameter that is larger than the eraser on a pencil and are Evolving in size, shape, color or other features. (These are they ABCDE’s of melanoma.)

Avoiding the sun when it’s the strongest (typically between 10 AM and 2 PM).

Wearing protective clothing such as a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Remember rash guards are not just for kids anymore.

Choosing and using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher such as  ZO® Skin Health’s Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 whenever you are going outside during the Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall.

And don’t be stingy with your sunscreen either. Studies have shown that most of us don’t use enough. It takes an ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass, to cover all exposed skin. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Performing regular skin self-exams to detect skin cancer early and seeing a board-certified dermatologist if you notice new or suspicious spots on your skin, or anything changing, itching or bleeding is also essential.

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Summer is almost here, and despite your best efforts at the gym, you’ve still got that belly. You’ve given up carbs, and taken to sit ups, bicycle crunches and Russian twists galore so it may be time to bring in the bigger guns.

These include:


This fat-freezing technology uses controlled cooling to eliminate resistant fat such as that in your belly. Several treatments are usually needed for maximum effects. Results appear gradually.

BTL’s Emsculpt 

This is the new kid on the belly-busting block, and it’s generating a lot of buzz. Emsculpt uses HIFEM or focused electromagnetic fields to build muscle and burn fat – potentially crafting washboard abs. Several treatments are needed for the six pack of your dreams.


Yes, liposuction is surgery, and surgery does carry intrinsic risks, but there is no substitute for liposuction when it comes to bonafide results. Unlike minimally invasive technologies which produce gradual effects, liposuction offers immediate results. It is also a one-and-done procedure. When combined with a tummy tuck, liposuction can have dramatic effects on the size and shape of your abs.

None of these procedures are substitutes for eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, but they can help remove stubborn pockets of fat for good.

Schedule a consultation with a ZO Skin Health professional to discuss your options and find out which procedure best suits your goals, time frame, and budget.

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Why am I breaking out? This is a common question that skin care specialists get asked all of the time.

There is no one answer to this question, but understanding how acne develops can shed some light on its causes and importantly, its prevention and treatment.

According to Newport Beach dermatologist Stefani Kappel, “Acne occurs when a pore becomes clogged. This starts with an accumulation of dead skin cells. Instead of shedding these cells, an overproduction of sebum oil in the body makes it easier for the dead skin cells to cluster in the pore, where they can become trapped. Sometimes bacteria, p. acnes, also get inside the clogged pore, where it can multiply quickly. When this occurs, the pore becomes inflamed and you are at risk of developing a painful acne cyst.”

The reasons this process occurs differ by ages and stages of life.

If you are a teen, acne is almost always caused by overactive oil glands.  Adult acne, however, is usually caused by fluctuating hormones.

Regardless of your age, diet, sleep patterns, hygiene, lifestyle, exercise, and stress can exacerbate breakouts.

When it comes to diet, it’s not the greasy foods that are the culprits. Instead, skim milk and foods high in the glycemic index (GI) may play a role in causing acne. The GI ranks foods on a scale from 1 to 100 based on how quickly (or slowly) carbohydrates affect your blood-sugar levels. White bread scores 100 and foods that rank below 55 are considered to have a low GI. The evidence is limited and no specific dietary changes are recommended in the management of acne, as reported in the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Aesthetic (

Stress gets in the way of us living our best lives and may prevent us from doing the things that help us stay healthy including taking care of our skin. Taking steps to lower your stress levels or the way you cope with stress will have a positive effect on all aspects of your health including your skin. Find something that makes a difference  and do it every day whether yoga, meditation, deep breathing or taking a walk in the park.

The right skin care regimen can treat and even prevent acne. The ZO Skin Health Acne Prevention and Treatment Program includes highly effective products formulated to treat clogged pores, blackheads (comedones), papules and pustules (pimples) and cysts.  It includes Exfoliating Cleanser, Exfoliating Polish, Complexion Renewal Pads and a Sulfur Masque. When used as directed, these products work to slow sebum production, exfoliate skin cells to help unclog pores and lighten pores.  If your acne is caused by hormonal ups and downs, birth control pills can help. Ask your dermatologist about your options.

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The Eight Best Nutrients to Protect Yourself Against UV Damage

The Eight Best Nutrients to Protect Yourself Against UV Damage

It’s not just what you put on your skin that protects against damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays — what you put in your body counts too.

There are many nutrients that can help prevent UV damage from the sun, but none take the place of judicious use of a broad spectrum sunscreen such as ZO® Skin Health’s Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50. That said, these eight nutrients can, and do, play a role in a comprehensive skin protection program.


Heliocare supplements contain Polypodium leucotomos fern, an antioxidant that, when taken orally once per day, helps protect your skin from sun damage.

Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3)

Studies tell us that that supplements of Vitamin B3 can reduce skin cancer risk. Researchers think that nicotinamide boosts DNA repair in response to UV exposure.

Green tea

Green tea is loaded with polyphenols including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which may protect against the development of skin cancer.  Consider swapping your AM cup of Joe for a mug of healthful green tea or delicious matcha.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because our bodies produce it in response to unprotected sun exposure, but you don’t have to bake to get the D you need. Supplements can help keep your blood levels where they ought to be, which is important because low vitamin D is linked to a laundry list of diseases and conditions.


Omega-3s are powerful anti-inflammatory agents, and they may reduce UV-induced inflammation too. Eating fatty fish such as mackerel or salmon at least twice a week is your best bet. If you don’t eat enough fish, consider supplements. Your whole body – including your skin – will thank you.


Lycopene, the nutrient that gives tomatoes their rich, red color, also protects our skin from UV exposure and acts like a natural sunscreen. Don’t slather it on your skin though. Instead, include more tomatoes in your diet or take a supplement containing lycopene.

Vitamin C

This antioxidant powerhouse may help stave off sun damage in addition to its other healthful properties. (P.S: Vitamin C is also helpful as a topical. This is why Vitamins C is included in ZO® SKIN HEALTH C-Bright Serum 10% Vitamin C)

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a building block of collagen, the protein that gives skin the supple elastic properties of youth and can be found in abundance in almonds spinach, sweet potatoes and avocadoes.

Renowned dermatologist Zein Obagi, MD encourages eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This type of diet is shown to have many positive effects on health and wellness and may help our bodies fight off UV damage, but food or supplements should never replace sun protective behaviors such as wearing sunscreen, avoiding the sun when it is strongest and seeing your dermatologist each year for a clinical skin cancer exam. Always tell your doctor about any supplements that you are taking as they may interact with prescription or over-the-counter medications.

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Hyperpigmentation is one of the most challenging problems reported by dermatologists and other skincare professionals. An over production of melanin, and uneven distribution of melanin can show up in several ways, and presents difficulties for many people, particularly in darker skin types.

Pigment can also be complicated to treat safely and effectively. Some topical agents can be difficult to tolerate for prolonged periods and inconsistent sun protection habits can make it worse. All of the unwanted signs of sun damage are a universal problem that can affect all skin types, from very fair to very dark skin.

We have all seen what happens to skin that gets exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. It looks sallow, feels dry, becomes mottled with dark patches and blotches, and generally looks old and dull. Chronic exposure to ultraviolet light results in severe skin damage; translation: lines, wrinkles, and brown spots that nobody wants to see.

New Way To Reverse Pigmentation

ZO Medical Melamin-C™ Skin Bleaching and Correcting Creme contains (4%) hydroquinone and 20% vitamin C to correct even the most severe and advanced forms of hyperpigmentation. A potent level of 20% vitamin C works to accelerate the exfoliation of existing surface pigmentation to create a more uniform skin tone. In addition, antioxidants help calm and soothe irritated skin, making this very potent formula easy to tolerate for most people.

Melamin-C works well for melasma, freckles and age spots. The addition of a potent strength of 20% vitamin C helps enhance skin brightening and reverse superficial pigmentation. An anti-irritant complex consisting of sichuan pepper fruit extract, sunflower seed oil and rosemary leaf extract helps keep inflammation and redness to a minimum.

For best results, Melamin-C should be applied to skin areas twice daily, and the use of a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or above is mandatory. Ask your ZO® skincare professional if Melamin-C is right for you.


When November rolls around, you can’t go very far without seeing a turkey or two. But the last place you want to be reminded of turkeys is in the mirror. If you are troubled by a turkey neck, you will be pleased to learn that there are new ways to cope. The excess fat and saggy skin in this tricky area can be hereditary in many cases, and can show up in women and men at almost any age. There is now a great selection of new and novel treatments that can help to get your turkey neck under control.

If you’re interested in neck contouring that is effective, yet non-invasive, CoolSculpting® (Zeltiq) offers the Cool Mini applicator that was designed especially for treating this key area. This FDA-cleared treatment can restore definition to your chin and jawline by freezing unwanted fat cells with zero downtime.

More recently, FDA-approved Kybella™ (Allergan) was introduced to reduce the fat deposits under your chin. This treatment involves a series of 2 to 6 sessions of injections to dissolve fat deposits. There is some swelling and mild redness and you can return to normal activities over a weekend.

Another excellent option to sculpt the area under your chin is minimally-invasive liposuction. This can be performed on local anesthesia with or without sedation to keep you comfortable. Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon will make tiny incisions under the chin and behind your ears to suction our small amounts of fat with a thin instrument. A chin strap will be applied to wear for several days. There is minimally swelling and bruising and you can get back to enjoying your life with new confidence very quickly.

All of these popular neck-contouring treatments can provide noticeable and rapid results with minimal downtime.


Tis the season for holiday party after holiday party after holiday party. Between office parties, college friends, your partner’s office party and all of the family-friendly fetes, you have one busy dance card.

Your head is likely spinning when you start to think about all the prep and primping you’ll need to look your best at each event. Dr. Zein Obagi has a practical solution with long-lasting benefits.

The ZO® 3-Step Peel targets hyperpigmentation, acne, fine lines, rough texture, large pores and dullness, and works on all skin types.

Step 1 is the actual peel itself, which is formulated to remove the outermost layer of skin. Composed of salicylic acid (17%), trichloracetic acid (10%) and lactic acid (5%), the peel also contains saponins to minimize inflammation and glycerin for hydration.

Step 2 is the application of the Stimulating 6% Retinol Crème, which stimulates deep-down cellular function. The results include collagen enhancement as well as firming and wrinkle reduction.

Step 3 is the use of the Revitatrol™ Epidermal Repair Creme which minimizes inflammation and irritation from the first two steps while restoring the moisture balance of the skin. It also is one of the reasons that the downtime with those peels is so minimal, but the results are so incredible. Your skin will be aglow after just one peel, and results will grow more dramatic with time.

Dr. Obagi recommends using ZO® Skin Health Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair Plus or the even more potent ZO Medical Retamax Active Vitamin A Micro Emulsion for three to four weeks before having the 3-Step Stimulation Peel. The skin needs to be primed to tolerate the peel safely, and using Retinol or retinoids consistently will help strengthen the skin to improve barrier function. The ZO® 3-Step Stimulation Peel can be repeated every three to four weeks, or as needed.

Other options for pre-party season skin smoothing include microdermabrasion with Hydrafacial and/or skin-tightening lasers such Fraxel, which stimulate your collagen production from within.

Talk to your dermatologist about the best way to get your holiday glow on. Cheers!


Walking in a Winter Wonderland can be anything but wonderful for and on our skin. Harsh winter weather can leave skin dry, flaky and itchy.

Our skin becomes dry when it loses too much water or oil, and this tends to occur more dramatically in winter months. Extremely dry winter skin, in turn, can lead to inflammation.

Prevent this vicious cycle by stepping up winter skincare today with:


Dr. Zein Obagi recommends exfoliating daily during the winter months to get rid of dead, dry skin and allow younger, healthier skin cells to emerge. ZO® Skin Health Offects® Exfoliating Polish is effective without risk of irritation, making it a win-win for winter.


Sunscreen isn’t just for summer. It is important in winter too. In fact, snow can double UV exposure because it reflects sunlight. ZO® Skin Health’s Oclipse® Sunscreen comprises two different physical sunscreens plus melanin to protect the skin all year long.

Avoidance of hot water

No matter how cold you get, hot water will dehydrate your skin, deplete its natural oils, and worsen dry skin. After showering, pat skin dry, and apply ZO® Skin Health Oraser® Body Emulsion Plus to restore hydration and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. Always choose unscented, soap-free, or mild soap cleansers. These will be the least likely to irritate and exacerbate dry skin problems. Along the same lines, avoid the overuse of heaters as they can also worsen dry, winter skin. Instead, plug in your humidifer and make sure to drink enough water and load up on omega-3-rich foods. Omega 3’s fight inflammation and can be found in cold-water fish like salmon and halibut, flax, walnuts, and safflower oil. These friendly fats help fortify the skin’s natural oil-retaining barriers.

If you feel your skin is itchy or inflamed, despite all of these prevention efforts, apply a cool compress or a hydrocortisone cream on the area for a week. Sometimes dry, itchy skin may be a result of eczema or atopic dermatitis. See a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and skincare advice.


A recent New York Times article alleged that the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and instead, throw shade on fat.

With the sugar-heart disease connection in the spotlight today, sugar’s effects on the skin is also getting some much-needed attention and fat is getting a bit of a reprieve.

Sugar has always been on the “most-wanted” list when it comes to skin saboteurs. Sugar contributes to chronic inflammation, and that can age our skin more rapidly. Put another way, sugar equals wrinkles.

Here’s the deal: Sugar and high glycemic ingredients, which are also found in refined grains such as pasta and bagels, convert to sugar which causes blood sugar to spike. This in turn raises insulin levels and puts a burden on your body to handle the food you ingested. This leads to an inflammatory response that produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. Collagen and elastin are the building blocks of healthy, youthful and resilient skin. They give young skin its bounce factor.

There’s more: undigested sugar attaches to the collagen in your skin through glycation, forming harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). This process can accelerate aging and exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea. This is another good reason to minimize your sugar intake, aside from just managing your waistline and cellulite.

Among the worst skin offenders are all of the simple carbohydrates (and there are a lot of these), including candy, fried foods, ice cream, fruit juice, pasta, sugary jams and jellies, pizza, processed foods like packaged snacks, cookies and chips, and sodas. There is also a long list of foods that may contain hidden sugars that you aren’t even aware of, like ketchup and cream cheese.

3 Ways To Save Your Skin

  1. Go for complex carbohydrates. Switch over to whole grains like brown rice and wheat bread alternatives to their less healthy white rice and bread counterparts. These break down at a slower rate (and won’t cause a blood sugar surge).
  1. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet replete with healthy fats like olive oil, avocados and salmon. Healthy fats keep your skin aglow.
  1. Choose and use products regularly that contain potent retinoids such as our hero anti-aging products: ZO® Skin Health’s Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair and ZO® Medical Retamax Vitamin A Micro Emulsion. Retinoids have been clinically proven to help build new collagen to undo the negative effects of sugar from the inside out.


Are you obsessed with your pores?

If the answer is a resounding yes, you are not alone. Many of us would do just about anything to shrink our pores.

Pores actually slack off with age as they get lazy. Therefore, they look larger or more open. Sun damage also contributes to the shape your pores are in and how visible they are. Chronic oil production and clogging from daily debris and dead skin is also a major culprit. You may find that the pores that bother you most tend to be in the oilier areas of your face, such as the forehead, around the nose and cheeks and the chin.

The good news is smaller-appearing fine pores are within reach.

Dr. Zein Obagi recommends these four steps for pores you will love.

  1. Cleanse. Your pores look larger when they are clogged.
    Use a gentle cleanser to clean your face in the AM and PM. Make sure to remove all make-up as it can clog pores along with dirt and oil.
  1. Exfoliate. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, which mix with dirt and sweat and clog your pores, making them look like they are under a magnifying glass. Dr. Obagi recommends ZO® Skin Health Offects® Exfoliating Polish and ZO® Skin Health Offects® TE-Pads to remove dead skin cells efficiently and effectively.
  1. Prevent. Avoid all skin care and cosmetic products that are not oil-free and non-comedogenic as they can clog your newly unclogged pores. Don’t touch your skin throughout the day as this can also add to the dirt and oil load in pores.
  1. Protect. Daily sun protection is also key to keeping pores in check. Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 is a perfect final step to your daily AM skin care regimen. The silky texture keeps skin smooth and protected while minimizing fine lines and pores under makeup.