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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.

What are you waiting for? To find a ZO physician near you to talk about fall skincare, visit https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you

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.

Schedule your annual skin check today with a ZO skincare specialist near you. Visit https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you

HOW CAN I AVOID WRINKLES?

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.

Smoking

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.

Pollution

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.

Find a ZO physician near you https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT DARK SPOTS?

Dark spots or hyperpigmentation can mar a complexion. They come in many forms and shades from sun spots and melasma to moles.

What is causing your discoloration? It could be advancing age, your hormonal activity, sun exposure and/or skin irritation.

According to Beverly Hills dermatologist Sameer Bashey, “In light-skinned individuals, sun damage is the usual culprit, while in darker-skinned people, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) or melasma (brown to gray-brown patches on the face) is often the cause. PIH can occur with acne, but it also can result from psoriasis, a burn, an injury or a skin rejuvenation treatment.”

Your best defense from sun spots is judicious use of sunscreen such as Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30, Sun Spray SPF 50 or Daily Sheer Broad-Spectrum SPF 50.

If you already have dark spots, see your dermatologist. There are more options today than ever before to lighten dark spots, and they don’t all contain Hydroquinone. For example,  ZO® Non-Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation System is a multi-product, skin therapy system designed for the treatment of hyperpigmentation without the use of hydroquinone.

The kit includes Retinol Skin Brightener 1%, Daily Power Defense,  Wrinkle + Texture Repair and Brightalive Skin Brightener. When used correctly, Hydroquinone is both safe and effective and remains the gold standard. ZO® Multi-Therapy Rx Hydroquinone System is an all-encompassing system formulated to help treat hyperpigmentation, severe texture damage, sun damage and general skin health restoration. It is comprised of Melamin™ Skin Bleaching & Correcting Crème, Exfoliation Accelerator, 10% Concentration, Melamix™ Skin Lightener & Blending Crème and Daily Power Defense.

Both of these systems contain retinol (an over-the-counter form of vitamin A) which is also highly effective for dark spots.

Sometimes, your dermatologist may need to bring in the bigger guns — superficial chemical peels containing salicylic acid and glycolic acid, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices and Q-switched lasers can be used alone or in combination with topicals in light-skinned individuals with dark spots. In darker skin types, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and non-ablative fractionated lasers or very low-level Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers may help, when used with caution by a pigment specialist.

You don’t have to live with dark spots anymore. Depending on the cause, there are multiple treatments to try and combine to lighten the spots and improve your complexion. The first step is to schedule an appointment with a ZO physician near you https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you

DEFYING THE GENETICS OF SKIN AGING

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.

Locate a ZO skincare specialist near you at https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you

WHAT CAUSES ACNE?

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 (AAD.org).

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.

Are you doing all that you can to keep acne at bay? Schedule an appointment with a ZO physician near you at https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you to make sure.

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

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

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

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.

Locate a ZO skincare specialist near you at https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you

THE WORLDWIDE ROSACEA EPIDEMIC

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.

WHAT’S THAT GROWING ON YOUR SKIN?

Lumps and bumps can appear on your skin – seemingly out of nowhere. Before you hit the panic button, take a deep breath and remember that not all skin lesions are dangerous.

Trinidad-based dermatologist Rachael Eckel, MD, the principal trainer for ZO® Skin Health in Europe, sheds some new light on a few of the more common benign skin lumps and bumps.

Sebaceous Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of oil on the skin.  They usually feel like large peas and can develop as a result of infection or clogging of sebaceous (oil) glands. Sebaceous cysts typically grow slowly, are usually painless, and have a smooth appearance. If a sebaceous cyst is bothersome, it can be removed surgically. Occasionally, cysts become infected and require medical care. How can you tell? When a cyst becomes infected it usually grows rapidly, hurts, and the skin surrounding the area can become very warm to the touch and red. In these cases, your dermatologist may drain the cyst and prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. Sometimes steroid injections are also needed to cool inflammation.

Lentigines (liver spots) are freckles or age spots that occur on the arms, legs, and face or any sun-exposed area of the skin. They are various shades of brown and have a clearly-defined edge surrounded by normal-appearing skin and a flat surface. There are lasers and many bleaching creams available to help eliminate lentigos, but they are harmless. If you have a lentigo that starts to rapidly grow, change color, itch, or bleed see your doctor for evaluation. This may signal lentigo maligna, a form of the potentially fatal skin cancer melanoma.

Seborrheic Keratosis has a waxy brown, black, red or white appearance. These are rough lumps that can grow rapidly anywhere on the body. A Seborrheic Keratosis can appear suddenly, grow rapidly, be multi-colored and itch. They are harmless, but if bothersome, there are many ways to remove Seborrheic Keratosis. Most removal treatments involve lasers or excision. There is, however, much hope being pinned on an investigational topical product called A-101. It works by penetrating into the lesion and causing oxidative damage, which can ultimately result in the sloughing of the cells. Stay tuned.

Warts are viral-caused painless growths typically caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can be disfiguring and embarrassing and they can sometimes itch or become irritated. Your dermatologist has a whole tool box to address warts including “painting” them with cantharidin to cause a blister to form under the wart, killing it and cryotherapy (freezing) among others.

Skin Tags (acrochordon) are soft, skin-colored growths that hang from the surface of the skin on a thin piece of tissue. They typically appear the skin folds of the neck, armpits, and torso, beneath the breasts or in the genital area. They are harmless, but can become irritated if clothing or jewelry rubs against them. They are permanent unless you have them removed. There are many ways for a dermatologist to remove skin tags that become bothersome.

This is just a guide.  There is no substitute for a visit with your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon to diagnose any skin condition. When in doubt, always check it out. If something on your skin is bothering you, there is no downside to scheduling a visit with your doctor to find out what you need to know.

To locate a ZO skincare specialist near you, visit https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you

CARING FOR YOUR DRY SKIN

Dry, flaky, itchy skin and cold weather go hand in hand.

Winter winds and cold weather leaves skin flaky, red and rough. Severely dry skin (xerosis) can show up on your arms, hands, lower legs, ankles and even your scalp.

Dry skin needs more moisture and barrier protection so that your skin’s natural moisture does not escape.

Reverse dry skin and restore moisture by:

Taking shorter showers

Limit yourself to a single 5- or 10-minute shower or bath each day. Spending more time in the water often leaves your skin less hydrated than before you started, the American Academy of Dermatology states.

Cooling it

Hot water strips the essential oils from your skin, drying it out. Opt for warm or cool water, never hot.

Smearing on lotion

Apply body lotion right after your shower and bath when your skin is still moist. Read the labels and look for certain ingredients. Ceramides, or synthetic ceramides, help skin retain water and soothe dry skin. Dimethicone and glycerin draws water to the skin and keeps it there. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is like ceramides and also helps the skin to retain moisture. Lanolin, mineral, and petroleum jelly help skin hold on to the water absorbed during bathing.

Dr. Zen Obagi recommends Ommerse® Overnight Recovery Crème. It works overnight to repair and regenerate severely dry, irritated skin. He suggests applying one or two pumps on the face and neck 30 minutes before bedtime for best results.

Choosing and using gentle products

Look for unscented, soap-free, or mild soap cleaners. These will be the least likely to irritate and exacerbate dry skin problems.

Turning the humidifier on

Indoor air is dry, but using a humidifier at home to keep skin hydrated during winter months.

If you feel your skin is itchy or inflamed, apply a cool compress or an over the counter hydrocortisone cream on the area for a few days to one week. See your dermatologist or ZO skincare professional for more tips and tools to help resolve your dry, itchy winter skin.