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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.


Follow these tips from the ZO® team of skin care experts for how to avoid the most common skin saboteurs.

Choosing the wrong products

If you’re looking for visible skin improvements, sticking with a routine customized for you by a skin care professional is where you should start. ZO® Skin Health develops clinically advanced products that work synergistically. Your ZO® doctor will recommend when to use each product, what order your products should be applied, and how much of each to use. They can make the process simple so you will see results.

Skipping vital steps

If you’re getting started on a skin care routine with active ingredients like retinol and glycolic acids, start slowly with only a few products at a time. This will allow your skin to adjust to new products. Once your skin begins to normalize and can tolerate more intensity in the active ingredients, your ZO® doctor may upgrade your regimen. Skipping steps, like not cleansing properly at bedtime or forgetting to use your sunscreen, or not being consistent is going to slow down your progress. Follow the plan designed for you and return to see your ZO® doctor periodically to check on how you are doing.

Not using sun protection properly

Sun protection is needed 365 days of the year, even in winter and when the sun isn’t shining. Most of us don’t use nearly enough sunscreen to get adequate coverage. Don’t get lazy about sun protection or you will reverse some of the benefits you have achieved by using ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical products. Sun exposure causes DNA damage that shows up as premature aging. Over time this damage leads to more lines and wrinkles and mottled pigmentation that will make you look older.

Missing out on the benefits of retinol

Beverly Hills dermatologist Zein Obagi is a huge proponent of adding retinol to your skin care routine. He believes that retinol is the cornerstone of every effective skin care program. Ask your ZO® doctor to recommend the retinol that is best for your skin type and concerns. You may start with ZO® Ossential Advanced Night Repair and move up to using ZO® Medical Retamax Active Vitamin A Micro Emulsion as your skin gets acclimated to it.

Giving up before you see results

If you get lazy or give up after a few weeks of consistent use of your ZO® plan, you will miss out on the real benefits. Stick with your regimen for 6-8 weeks and you will see your skin improve. Good skin care formulations are an investment in your skin’s future, and it takes time to reap the rewards. But it will be worth it when you experience the difference ZO® can make for your skin.


The new buzzword in sun protection isn’t UVA or UVB. It’s HEV – high-energy visible light. HEV is an enemy of healthy skin due to its ability to damage cells.

Exposure to powerful forms of light can be a safety hazard. This hazard concerns doctors more and more as people are continuously surrounded by an increasing variety of artificial light sources, such as computers, digital devices, fluorescent lights and LED sources. These unnatural forms of light release large amounts of powerful radiation known as High-Energy Visible Light.

High-Energy Visible (HEV) Light is made up of certain colors that you can see.  When you look at a rainbow, these particular colors are visible as a thin edge of deep purple and blue on the one side.  HEV light is very closely related to Ultra-Violet (UV) light and has similar physical characteristics.  Invisible ultra-violet (UV) rays cause sunburn, tissue damage and eye disease.  HEV light has been shown to cause similar damage.

Developed by Beverly Hills dermatologist Zein Obagi, the newest sun protection technology from ZO® Skin Health is Oclipse® Smart Tone, that offers a powerful dose of UVA and UVB all day sun protection, while also helping to shield the skin from HEV light. The multi-tasking formula helps to skin support its own natural repair process to helping tackle irritation and pigmentation, while softening and soothing skin with rich conditioners. ZO® Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50 (SPF) is also formulated with patented color-bursting beads that match any skin tone. These micro-beads burst when rubbed into skin to create customizable color on any skin tone, creating a perfect tint to be worn alone or as a primer under foundation.

“I developed this sunscreen to protect the skin, restore the skin, and maintain skin health,” says Dr. Zein Obagi. “Now everyone can reap the benefits of this science.”

This advanced formula is also super-charged with soothing extracts of Petasites Japonicus Root Extract and Beta Glucan to minimize irritants that can cause redness. Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil also moisturizes and aids in lipid repair, as well as Vitamin C to protect against the formation of pigmentation and sunspots.

Introducing ZO Medical AkneBright

ACNE. It’s a four letter word for most of us. Even when you think you’re in the clear after you hit your mid 20s, blemishes can still plague your complexion and can be a problem well into your 40s and beyond.

Acne can be mild, moderate or severe, and it can show up on your forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, chest, and back. It’s important to know what kind of acne you have to chose the most appropriate and effective treatments and products.  That is where a visit to a dermatologist or skin specialist comes in. Basically, acne can be categorized into two main types – inflammatory and non-inflammatory. The mildest and most common is the non-inflammatory type – such as blackheads or open comedos, and whiteheads or closed comedos. Inflammatory acne can be quite severe, resulting in painful, hard cysts and nodules that lie deep under the skin.

As a leading acne specialist, Dr. Zein Obagi and ZO Skin Health are always on the cutting edge of acne therapies. The newest member of the ZO Acne family is  ZO Medical AkneBright™ Acne Spot and Pigmentation Treatment.

This fast-acting targeted blemish treatment brings rapid relief of acne lesions and also prevents post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. AkneBright™ uses the power of encapsulated salicylic acid to prevent the formation of new pigmentation. It contains potent broccoli extract, sunflower seed oil and glucosamine to calm and soothe redness.

In addition to fighting acne, ZO Medical AkneBright also helps prevent pigmentation. Clinically proven Manuka Honey aids in preventing post acne scarring, and is a natural microbial clinically proven for wound healing. It has also been proven to stimulate tissue growth in wounds in just 7 days by over 60%

So if you are suffering with breakouts and the dark spots that often follow, ask your ZO doctor if ZO Medical AkneBright is right for your skin.