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Hello, Fall Skincare! So Long, Summer.

Do You Need a Fall Skincare Regimen?

In many places, fall ushers in crisp weather, stunning foliage, pumpkins and fun-filled trips to apple orchards. While it can be tempting to jump in to the fun head first, now is the time to renovate our fall skincare regimen and reverse the damage caused by the summer months.

“Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet A and B light happens all year long, not just in summer,” explains Beverly Hills Dermatologist Sameer Bashey, MD. “It also ages our skin exponentially, causing wrinkles, age spots and dryness that appear well in advance of aging.”

The best defense for fall skincare is a good offense, he says.

For starters, don’t ditch the SPF because the weather is getting cooler. You need protection all year long.

To the rescue: Smart Tone SPF 50. This broad-spectrum sunscreen offers a sheer tinted primer that matches any skin tone.

Your pores can use a good fall skincare cleansing routine as well, Bashey says.

To the rescue:  Exfoliating Polish and Complexion Renewal Pads remove the debris that clogs pores and makes them appear larger than they really are.

Your summer at the beach or vacay by the pool can bring out brown spots and other pigmentation issues that mar your complexion, leaving you with a tough challenge for your fall skincare routine.

To the rescue:  Retinol Skin Brightener 1%. It comes in three strengths (1.0%, 0.5% and 0.25%) and helps even skin color and tone. Brightalive Non-Retinol Skin Brightener  is another option and works well on sensitive skin.

Top it off with C-Bright Serum 10% Vitamin C to brighten skin and erase the memories of summer skin damage.

Fall is also a great time to check in with your dermatologist especially if you are concerned about any skin issues such as rosacea or acne and/or haven’t had your annual skin cancer screening yet.

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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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As the saying goes, every wrinkle tells a story, but you may want to keep all those stories to yourself…

We don’t blame you!

The best way to avoid wrinkles is to get ahead of what causes them – much of which is in your control, including:

Your age

OK, we can’t really change our age, but wrinkles are another thing we can blame on our depleting supply of collagen. The building block of elastic youthful skin, our collagen supply dwindles with advancing age. The good news: There are a bonafide ways to prevent the break down of collagen and boost its production. The growing list includes certain energy-based therapies that build up our collagen supply as well as the Silhouette Instalift which used sutures and cones to lift sagging facial tissue. The sutures and cones are made of glycolide / L-lactide (PLLA/PLGA) which stimulates collagen production over time. Some injectables also volumize by enhancing collagen production.

Your genes

OK, we can’t change our genes…yet. If your mom had furrows, chances are you will too unless you take steps to protect your skin from the sun’s rays and other known causes of wrinkles.

Exposure to UV light breaks down your skin’s connective tissue including collagen and elastin in the deeper layer of skin. When this occurs, your skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Stop this process in its tracks by using Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30, Sun Spray SPF 50 or Daily Sheer Broad-Spectrum SPF 50  all year round.


Those vertical lip lines are called smoker’s lines for a reason. Smoking produces free radicals in the body, which contribute to premature aging. Antioxidants like vitamin C sop up damaging free radicals, and C-Bright Serum 10% Vitamin C is chock full of vitamin C. This serum helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when used as directed. The repetitive pursing of lips that occurs when you smoke also causes wrinkles. If you smoke, the best thing you can do is quit, and if you don’t smoke, don’t start. Wrinkling is but one of a laundry list of problems and diseases that are caused and worsened by smoking.


Oxidative stress from pollution ages the skin and damages its ability to repair itself from damage. If moving or switching occupations isn’t an option, an antioxidant serum such as C-Bright 10% Vitamin C Serum will provide a high dose of stabilized pure vitamin C to reduce the effects of pollution on the skin.  The addition of coenzyme Q10, another powerful antioxidant, helps to defend against other environmental triggers that cause inflammation.

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Here’s something else you can blame on your parents – your aging skin.

If your mom or dad had lots of wrinkles, brown spots and a double chin, you may be in for it too.

The good news? Genes aren’t destiny, they are just one part of the puzzle. If you are aware of your genetic predispositions, you’ve got a fighting chance to defy them.

Here’s how:

Adopt a healthy lifestyle

Certain lifestyle factors namely sun tanning, smoking and stress can aggravate the signs of skin aging. Avoid the sun when its strongest and always use ZO® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 50 whenever you are going outside during the Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about quitting. Find something healthy that helps you de stress and do it every single day whether yoga, meditation or deep breathing.

Take your skincare to the next level

Choose and use a daily cleanser to remove dirt and debris such as Hydrating Cleanser, Exfoliating Cleanser or Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Don’t skip the toner. Toners such as Calming Toner helps invigorate dry, weak skin, removes impurities and balances the skin’s pH to optimize the penetration of other treatments. Maintaining an ideal Ph Balance on your skin is the best way to assure optimum skin health.

Check in with your dermatologist

Visit your ZO skincare specialist regularly to see what else you can be doing to put the brakes on aging skin – despite your genes. This may include laser skin resurfacing, Custom ZO® Peels, Hydrafacials powered by ZO- HydraFacial Brightalive® Booster Serum, Injectables and other aesthetic treatments including those that target skin laxity or fat in the chin area.

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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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The numbers are in… and they are staggering!

The global prevalence of rosacea is estimated to be 415 million, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen reviewed 32 population-based studies that included information on the incidence of rosacea around the world, comprising 26.5 million patients. The general population estimates from the individual studies ranged from 0.09 percent to 22.41 percent, and when the studies were pooled together, the proportion was 5.46 percent. Based on an estimated global population of 7.6 billion, 5.46 percent equals 414,960,000 rosacea patients worldwide.

And this may just be the tip of the iceberg. The researchers noted that individuals with mild or moderate rosacea symptoms may not seek medical attention and as a result wouldn’t be included in these already high estimates.

Rosacea symptoms include facial redness/flushing, swollen red bumps, eye problems and possibly enlarged noses (think Santa Claus). Many people mistake rosacea for acne and attempt to treat it accordingly, but these two conditions respond to different therapies. Is it rosacea? The only way to know for sure is to see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Find a ZO physician near you here.

If you do have rosacea, treatment starts with:

Avoiding your rosacea triggers

Know what causes your rosacea to flare and avoid it where and when you can. This may include extreme cold or heat, sun exposure, alcohol, spicy foods, and stress. You will find that keeping a daily log can help you identify your rosacea triggers.

Taking good care of your skin

Proper skin care can also help keep rosacea flares at bay. ZO Skin Health’s products that treat Rosacea related symptoms include Restoracalm Soothing Recovery Crème™ and Rozatrol™ serum which works to normalize skin by reducing excess surface oil.  Consider a Hydrafacial with HydraFacial Rozatrol® Booster Serum. HydraFacial cleanses, extracts and hydrates skin, and super serums such as Rozatrol Booster Serum sweeten the pot.  Powered by ZO® Skin Health, HydraFacial Rozatrol® Booster Serum is specifically designed to relieve the visible signs of red, sensitized skin and the appearance of blood vessels or telangiectasia.

Following doctors’ orders

Renowned dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi typically recommends oral medication and/or photodynamic therapy (PDT) including intense pulsed light (IPL) or laser treatments for rosacea. He also may advise the use of prescription metronidazole gel 1% to decrease the redness.

HEV Light from Smart Phones May be Ruining Your Complexion

Electronic Devices: The HEV Culprit

46 – the number of times we look at our smart phones each day, according to a survey by Deloitte.

And phones aren’t the only device we are glued to, either. We spend around 10 hours each day on our computers, smartphones and tablets, Nielsen Company audience reports.

There has been much research about the damaging effects of the blue or high-energy visible (HEV) light emitted from these devices on our vision and sleep patterns. Now there is a small, but convincing, body of evidence suggesting that such exposure may also lead to pigment changes and accelerate the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Continue reading


Crow’s feet are fine lines that form around the eyes. They were given this name because they look a lot like … crows’ feet. They are also called laugh lines and are largely caused by sun exposure, although smoking also plays a role, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).

There are two main types of crow’s feet:

Dynamic lines are the result of underlying muscle movement. (Think frowning, smiling and squinting.)

Static lines are always there and are caused by a long history of squinting, frowning and sun damage.

The real question, however, is what can you do about them?

Lots, says Norwalk, Connecticut plastic surgeon Rick Rosen, MD.

“Injections of neuromodulators such as Botox Cosmetic, Xeomin and Dysport are popular ways to address crow’s feet,” he says. “The results last about three to four months.”

Another option, Pelleve Wrinkle Reduction, also targets crow’s feet. Pellevé uses radiofrequency energy to heat inner layers of skin and stimulate collagen production. Collagen, the main protein that gives our skin the supple elastic qualities most associated with youth, will then plump and tighten the skin from within. Results appear gradually with improvement after just one treatment and last up to six months.

A dream cream such as Hydrafirm™ Eye Brightening Repair Crème will also help minimize the appearance of crow’s feet – among other benefits.

All three of these can be used alone – or together — for a combined rejuvenation effect that dramatically softens crow’s feet and improves skin’s overall texture. “Softening crow’s feet not only improves your appearance and can make you look younger, but it can also improve how you feel about yourself and boosts your self-confidence,” says Dr. Rosen.

If you are concerned about Crow’s feet, see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to learn about the best options out there.

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Planning to travel this summer? Vacations are often filled with overindulgence in food, sun and fun – and light in exercise and healthy choices.

And that’s kind of the point, but it’s easy to keep your skin in shape with Dr. Zein Obagi’s travel and TSA-friendly portable skin care regimen.

“Don’t stop taking care of your skin just because you are going off the grid for a vacation,” says Frank Barone, MD, a plastic surgeon in Toledo, Ohio. “Keep up with your skin care regimen, so when you come back you will look as rested as you feel, and remember that beautiful and youthful skin requires consistency and commitment in any season.”

This starts with a regimen:

  1. Cleansing daily. Even if you are exhausted from travel or long day at the beach, cleanse your skin daily with Offects® Hydrating Cleanser,Normacleanse™ Cleanser for Normal to Dry SkinOilacleanse™ Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin or Foamacleanse™ Gentle Foaming Cleanser for All Skin Types.
  2. Treating acne, rosacea or pigmentation as needed. Don’t take a break from your skin care when you are on a break, as any issues such as acne, rosacea or hyperpigmentation may come back or worsen. Make sure to pack your Aknetrol Acne Treatment, Rozatrol for your rosacea and/or Brightenex 1.0% Retinol for lightening brightening dark spots.
  1. Wearing sunscreen. Don’t take a break from you sun protection either. Make sure to use sunscreen such as Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 judiciously and reapply it regularly throughout the day after sunning and sweating. Whether your vacation is spent relaxing by the surf, hiking in the Berkshire mountains or taking a road trip across the country, SPF is SOP.
  1. Exfoliating twice per week –even when you are on holiday. Offects Exfoliating Polish gets the job done brilliantly which is why it is one of ZO’s best sellers.

If you are checking your bags or just tossing them in the back of your car, size doesn’t necessarily matter – but if you are taking them with you on your flight make sure your skin care products are packed in a resealable container that is 3.4 ounces or less and that all containers must fit in one clear, plastic, resalable 1-quart-sized bag.

Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist before your summer vacay. It’s a great time for your annual skin cancer exam and will give you a chance to review your skin care needs.

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Deciding between an AHA or a BHA in the skincare aisle is not as easy as ABC.

Alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids are found in many skin care products, from cleansers to daily peel pads. We all need to exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead dull skin cells and make room for new ones, and both of these are effective exfoliants. But there are differences between how these two key skin care ingredients really work.

Knowing the difference between the two and choosing the right one for your skincare needs can really help you get and keep your glow.

If you have dry skin, AHAs are your BFF

AHA stands for “Alpha Hydroxy Acid.” Some popular AHA’s include glycolic (derived from sugar cane), lactic (made from sour milk), and mandelic (comes from almonds) acids. AHAs are ideal for sun-damaged and dry skin because they help to exfoliate and moisturize. Renowned dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi recommends Glycogent Exfoliation Accelerator – a mix of potent glycolic and lactic acid — – for dry skin.

AHA’s can cause sun sensitivity in some people, so it’s best to use them at night and make extra sure to use your ZO SPF by day.

If you have acne-prone skin, BHAs are your BFF

BHA is short for “Beta Hydroxy Acid.” It penetrates the pores and helps release the ‘gunk’ trapped inside. This is why they are perfect for oily and acne-prone skin. The most well known BHA is salicylic acid. Dr. Obagi suggests Offects® TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment for acne-prone skin. These daily treatment pads are one of ZO’s hero products for oily skin types. Warning: Salicylic acid may cause drying if you overdo it.

“Both AHAs and BHAs offer positive effects on skin quality and condition,” says Tracy M. Pfeifer, MD, MS, a plastic surgeon in New York City. “Choosing the right products for your skin care needs will maximize the effectiveness of these effective exfoliators.”

If you have other concerns about your skin or your acne does not seem to be improving, schedule an appointment with a skin consultation to see what else you could or should be doing.

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