Care for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Adult acne is no different from juvenile acne; and it should be treated the same way. Acne may be  attributed to genetics or hormonal imbalance. Contributing factors, or acne triggers, include lifestyle choices such as diet, sleep pattern, hygiene, and stress. When skin does not exfoliate as it should, dead cells build up on the skin surface and inside the  pore. Dead cells mix with trapped oil and pores become clogged, resulting in blackheads and whiteheads. Some forms of  acne require medical supportive treatment, such as oral medication. Recommendations for acne skin care are based upon…


Stress Reduction Strategies

Have you noticed that people are looking older these days? Could be that they’re not getting their BOTOX injections as frequently, or it could just be that they’re under a lot of stress—which shows up on the face as wrinkles, skin laxity, rosacea, inflammation and acne. “The problem,” Dr. Zein Obagi says, “is that stress increases the production of hormones that damage collagen and elastin.” Too much stress also takes the joy out of life—so you’re more likely to frown or scowl, thereby inducing wrinkles, fine lines, and premature aging. Take good care of yourself, get…


Incredible Shrinking Pores

Large pores: how can  something so small be such a big deal? Probably because enlarged pores make it difficult to have smooth, firm, tight, youthful-looking skin. Correcting large pores can be a challenge, and it’s even harder for men who tend to have larger pores and more oil glands than women. Here are a few do’s: Make sure that you use the right cleanser. Use  one designed for oily skin—look for ingredients like salicylic, glycolic, or lactic acid, and make sure that you use it for one full minute—it takes that long to break down sebum. Even if…


Best Facials for Acne

Sometimes, despite your best intentions, at-home care for acne just isn’t enough. Sometimes you need the advice and treatments of an aesthetician or a dermatologist. A facial may be a good idea, but always make sure that you’re getting the right kind of facial as some acne facials can actually make the problem worse. Here’s what to look for—and what to look out for. A good acne facial requires four steps: cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, and sunscreen. The exfoliation can be mechanical—a good scrub, like ZO’s Exfoliating Polish—or a device such as a crystal-free microdermabrasion. Particle-based microdermabrasion,…


Asian Skin—Part Nature, Part Nurture

Asian women are often the envy of women around the world because they tend to look younger than their chronological age. Why are they so fortunate? Asian skin generally contains more melanin, so photoaging is less visible. By avoiding sun exposure, they can maintain a more even-tone complexion and their skin is less prone to the tell-tale signs of aging—like wrinkling and sagging. What are some of the characteristics of Asian skin types? Sensitivity. Asian skin is susceptible to discoloration from UV rays, hormonal changes, hot water, saunas, and steam. Asian skin also reacts badly to the use…


Stretch Your Skin Care Budget with ZO

Want to save some money on your beauty routine? Here’s one easy way: start with a simple regimen from one skincare company. If you mix and match brands, you’re likely to have redundancy (too much of one ingredient), or voids (not enough of another). So when you find skin care that really works for your skin, stick with it. Your regimen MUST include these basic products: a good gentle daily cleanser treatment product (that activates cellular function) antioxidant blend (to suppress free radicals) moisturizer (for occasional use) SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen nighttime repair product If you…


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