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It’s the night before your big event, and as luck would have it, your skin is not behaving properly.

Cancelling is not an option, but camouflaging the imperfections certainly is.

To the rescue: ZO Skin Health Offects® Correct & Conceal. This targeted spot treatment helps eradicate acne and is tinted for light or medium skin tone to conceal blemishes. It’s a win-win. Dr. Zein Obagi recommends cleaning the skin thoroughly before applying Correct & Conceal. Then, he says, cover the entire area with a thin layer of product one to three times per day. Start slowly with just one application a day as excessive dying of the skin may occur, he warns. “Gradually increase to two or three times daily if needed,” he says. “If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day.”

Other ways to camouflage any blemishes or imperfections include:

Taking a Tip or Two From The Pros

Many professional make-up artists also have their own hacks on how to cover up a blemish, smooth skin tone and/or neutralize skin discolorations. Their secret: corrective color. For example, a green corrector neutralizes the redness of rosacea or broken blood vessels, while orange neutralizes dark brown spots or hyperpigmentation.

Refocusing the Eyes

If a pimple has taken up residence your forehead, apply bright red lipstick to divert eyes to your lips. It never fails!

Protecting While Covering

While covering up imperfections is important, never sacrifice sun protection. Many sunscreens do double duty – protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and evening out skin tone. For example, Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 features a universal tint, serving as both a sunscreen and a primer.

All of these trouble-shooting tips can help your skin look its best on your big day or night, but if your skin is breaking out repeatedly, your rosacea is flaring more often or your sun spots or age spots become bothersome, see a dermatologist to discuss all of your treatment options. To locate a ZO skincare specialist near you, visit https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you

Back to School With Clear Skin

College is calling your name – and unfortunately, so are stress, sleepless nights, partying, and forgetting about your good skin habits. What comes next? Acne breakouts, pimples, blackheads and more, of course.

Stay calm and carry on. ZO Skin Health has solutions that are easy and simple enough even for an overscheduled student to stick with.

Acne may be caused by genetics or hormones, and usually it’s a combination of multiple factors.   Contributing factors may include diet, sleep patterns, hygiene, lifestyle, exercise, and did we mention stress? If you are not exfoliating regularly because crashing for exams take precedence, dead skin cells will build up on your skin’s surface and inside the pores. These dead cells and debris mix with trapped oil and the end result is pores that get clogged, along with blackheads and whiteheads or pustules can’t be far behind.
To keep breakouts under control requires a 24/7, 365 days/year regimen. Even when you are not breaking out, but have a history of acne, don’t get lax. Stick with a program to achieve and maintain clear skin.
ZO Skin Health makes it easy – even for sleep deprived, stressed out college and grad students.  Try the ZO Skin Health Acne Prevention and Treatment Program that includes:
  • Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Offects® Exfoliating Polish
  • Offects® TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment Pads
For even more convenience, Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment Pads now also come in single use packets, so you can through a few in your backpack or gym bag to keep acne prone areas clean and free from oil and dirt building. And the super effective blue Ossential Bio-Sulfur Masque doubles as a terrific spot treatment to prevent pimples from erupting.
With daily consistent use, these 4 best sellers will keep your skin clear and healthy all semester long!
NOTE: If your acne is severe or you get deep, painful nodules or cysts, see a Dermatologist. You may also required medical treatment with peels, lasers and prescription drugs.

How To Wash Your Face The Right Way

Cleansing should be the simplest part of your daily skin care routine. But, you may not realize that some all too common bad habits can cause a whole list of skin problems, including dry patches, irritation, oiliness, redness, clogged pores, and breakouts.

Cleansing before you go to bed is an essential part of keeping your skin healthy. During the day the oils on your skin oxidize, which collects dirt and debris on cells from pollutants, bacteria, perspiration and smoke. Cleanse skin at night to remove these toxins that can age your skin and contribute to clogged pores. Cleansing your skin in the morning is important to reduce oil and drops of perspiration that may have formed overnight. Beware that overwashing or harsh scrubbing can also exacerbate your skin’s oil production, leading to acne.

If you’ve got sensitive skin, you’ll want to use clean hands or a soft washcloth to avoid irritation. ZO Offects Hydrating Cleanser is the one for you. It gently hydrates and rejuvenates without disrupting the moisture barrier. Using panthenol and allantoin to soothe, repair, and restore skin, it sweeps away all the dead skin cells and supports cellular renewal.

If you have an oily complexion, cleansing your skin with the right product is vital to control breakouts. ZO Offects Exfoliating Cleanser is ideal to gently exfoliate and cleanse skin, reduce excess oil and neutralize free radicals from the environment. This bestseller also contains encapsulated vitamin E that provide antioxidant protection and hydration for healthy oily and acne prone skin. The foaming surfactants to remove oil and impurities from the skin, and micro-beads help to remove dead skin cells to unclog pores and stimulate healthy cell turnover. An added dose of beta hydroxy acid (BHA) also help to stimulate the exfoliation process dead skin cells. Plus, this multi-tasking formula helps to boost your skin’s natural production of collagen.

Generally, it is best to use warm water. Both hot and cold water can be harsh on your skin. After washing, gently pat skin dry and leave skin slightly damp.

Skin Care in Your 30s

The thirties are the time when your skin starts to show visible signs of aging. At around age 35, cells get lazy and slow down so they don’t turnover as easily without a little help. Fine lines and wrinkles appear, and skin tone becomes more uneven from daily UV exposure, even if you are diligent about wearing your SPF. Brown spots and wrinkles start to develop, especially for smokers and sun worshippers, and those who have not taken good care of their skin until now.

If you are prone to acne breakouts, you may find that your skin is less oily and therefore, you have fewer pimples, cysts and blackheads. In some cases, acne can continue into the 30s and beyond.  Many women are also starting a family in their 30s, which may bring on another set of skin concerns, including rosacea and melasma due to hormonal changes.

The first thing to do is to step up your skin care regimen and add some more intensive formulations to combat the signs of aging. ZO SkinHealth Oclipse Sunscreen-Primer SPF30 is a great place to begin. This best selling multi-tasker acts as a primer under makeup, and has a sheer, light tint that can make it your every day go to skin saver. Packed with SPF30, it also protects from sun damage whether you are walking outside or sitting in your office all day by a window.

Another handy kit to try in your 30s is the ZO GSR (Getting Skin Ready) System. This trio of essentials will help optimize the effectiveness of your ZO® treatment program. As the first basic step in your anti-aging skin care protocol, three key products are included: Offects Exfoliating Cleanser, to be followed by the Offects Exfoliating Polish, and your new BFF – ZO Skin Health Offects® TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment to control excess oil and keep skin smooth and clear.

Take on your 30s armed with a super advanced customized skin care regimen to maintain your youthful, healthy skin well into your 40s.


Skin Care in Your 20s

Your 20s is the time to set up a good foundation for basic skin care and age prevention. In your 20s, your skin is still building enough collagen to keep it supple and resilient. Breakouts are often the biggest concern, especially caused by stress, hormonal flux, late nights out, and general bad habits.

Start by using the right cleanser for your skin type, twice daily. If your skin is normal, a gentle cleanser will do the trick while not drying out skin too much. If you skin tends to be oily or combination (some oily areas, and some drier parts), use a gentle cleanser with salicylic acid to keep clogged pores and breakouts at bay. Our most popular cleanser is ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser that has microbeads for sloughing away debris and is suitable for all skin types.

If you learn to practice safe sun early, you can keep sun damage and wrinkles at bay.  Use a broad spectrum SPF30-50 daily for daily protection. If you are tend to be more oily, look for an oil-free formulation so as not to cause clogged pores and acne. The NEW ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sun Spray SPF50 is a great choice because it comes in an easy to use spray formula and is non-greasy and feels weightless on your skin.

In yours 20s, you should also start slowly with anti-aging products such a retinol. According to Dr. Zein Obagi, you are never too young to start an age prevention regimen. He always recommends retinol to not only smooth fine lines, but to help turnover dead cells and keep pores open and clean. Try our best selling ZO Skin Health Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair Plus.

Never go to sleep with your makeup on, no matter how tired you may be. the oils in your cosmetics can clog pores and make breakouts worse.

Pack Your Bags With ZO

You asked for it – we listened. In time for summer vacay planning, we are excited to introduce two new Travel Packettes of Dr. Obagi’s signature complexion control pads. Just because you’re going to be chillaxing at the beach or climbing a mountain trail, or having a barbeque in your backyard, your skin doesn’t have to suffer.

According to Beverly Hills Dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, Medical Director of ZO Skin Health, “Your skin cannot afford to take a vacation. I created our line of Travel Packettes so that you can take these important skin care remedies with you wherever you go. The end result is that your skin will be clear because you will be able to control the sebum in the skin.”

Welcome ZO Offects TE Pads Travel Packettes

One of our best sellers, this daily leave-on treatment helps target oil and decrease breakouts. It exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, prevents clogged pores and calms and soothes skin that is irritated or inflamed.

These single use packettes in the metallic blue pouch will be a lifesaver. Throw a few in your bag, tuck them into your desk drawer, and use after the gym, of before a night out, the uses are endless. 20 packettes per box

Say hello to ZO Medical Cebatrol Oil Control Pads Travel Packettes

This potent acne prevention solution was designed to be used with the ZO acne treatment program to control acne flares and prevent pores from getting clogged with oil and debris so new pimples don’t have a chance to form.  Cebatrol removes oil, keeps pores open and clean, helps smooth out the surface of the skin, while reducing irritation commonly found with acne or oily skin types.

In a white pouch, these pads come in a box of 20 packettes and are intended to be used daily for best results and as part of a long term acne solution.




The Redness of Rosacea

Picture this. Your face flushes for no reason and without notice. Your cheeks often look ruddy and you can see tiny spider veins. You sometimes have breakouts in those areas too. You get flare-ups sometimes after eating spicy foods, drinking alcohol, and when the weather get hot and humid. If this sounds familiar, you could be suffering from Rosacea.

April is Rosacea Awareness Month, which calls out the symptoms of Rosacea to make people more aware of this all too common problem. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is often called “Curse of the Celts” because it is common in people with fair skin, and often in those of Irish or Celtic descent. Just a small fraction of the millions of people who suffer from rosacea are even aware of the condition and seek treatment from a dermatologist and even less of them receive the most effective treatments.

Flushing and persistent redness are the most common early signs of Rosacea. For some people, symptoms may only include mild, intermittent facial redness and flushing. For others, symptoms may be more severe and persistent such as redness, pimples and broken capillaries, or thickened, rough skin. Rosacea onset typically occurs any time after age 30. In some cases, it can affect the neck, chest, scalp or ears as well as the face.

Although exactly what causes the inflammation and redness is not completely understood, hormonal fluctuations and genetics, hyperactive oil glands that lead to increased oil production can all be culprits. While there is no cure for rosacea, effective treatments can be tailored to each individual by a dermatologist to keep Rosacea under control.It is also important to recognize and avoid triggers; the activities or habits that can cause flares.  These can include extreme temperatures, sun exposure, alcohol, spicy food, and stress.

For mild rosacea, Dr. Obagi recommends a daily skin care regimen consisting of ZO® Skin Health products to soothe and calm the skin and repair the skin barrier, such as:

If your case of rosacea is more severe, a combination of in-office treatments and at-home use of redness-reducing products can help improve symptoms. The first step is a consultation with a dermatologist, doctor or skin care professional to find out what is right for you.


Operation: Banish Blackheads

Blackheads are an accumulation of oil and oxidized dead skin cells, which is why they appear black in color. They form in hair follicles where sebum and dead skin collect. Whiteheads are similar clogs, but the oil and dead skin cells do not touch the air, so they appear white. Along with pimples, blackheads and whiteheads are the typical symptoms of acne.

As Dr. Zein Obagi says, “The first line of defense against blackheads is to use a good exfoliating cleanser. This will loosen debris, bringing it to the surface where it can be washed away.” Exfoliating will also help to purge pores and keep them clean to prevent more blackheads from forming. ZO® Skin Health Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser is formulated for daily use and in addition to removing impurities, sebum, and dead skin cells, it neutralizes free radicals with encapsulated vitamin E.

He continues, “Sebum control is also a necessary step in banishing blackheads.” Drenched with 2% salicylic acid, ZO® Offects® TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment reduces sebum production and soothes inflammation and irritation with botanical extracts. Perhaps even more important is the blackhead fighting properties of salicylic acid, which slows down the shedding process of cells inside the hair follicle to keep pores clear.

Finally, a light peel can help control blackheads by removing debris and dead skin before it has a chance to clog the follicle. Invest in an at-home chemical peel such as ZO® Medical Invisipeel™, which uses an enzymatic process to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin without flaking or peeling. It also makes the skin more receptive to other acne fighting ingredients.

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 the  severity of acne, presence of discoloration, age of the patient, and probability of scarring with acne.

Here  are a few rules and tips for acne-prone skin:

  • Cleanse. Skin should be cleansed both in the morning and in the evening with a suitable cleanser that removes sebum and thoroughly cleanses skin, without stripping  the skin. Hot water should be avoided, as it dries the skin and  increases oil gland activity. Skin should be washed for one full minute, as it takes this long to reduce surface sebum and remove dirt and  debris. A toner or astrigent should follow washing to restore the pH and reduce surface bacteria. We recommend the ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser for oily and acne-prone skin.
  • Unclog  the pores. A build up of dead cells, oil, and debris results in clogged pores. When oil and debris mix with bacteria inside the clogged pore, the pore can become inflamed and result in papules (small bumps) or cysts. It’s important  to keep your pores open, allowing oil and dead cells to exit the pore naturally. Exfoliation is one way to keep the pores clean and skin smooth and can be achieved by use of a scrub, one time daily, AM or PM. To be effective, a scrub should not be too gentle, or too harsh. Harsh scrubs may result in microtears on the skin surface, allowing bacteria to enter and creating further problems. Magnesium crystals (such as those found in Exfoliating Polish by ZO Skin Health) are perfect for exfoliating the skin as they are round, so they  do not tear the skin, yet they do the job in clearing off dead skin cells and  removing surface debris.
  • Control oil. Oil-producing glands tend to be more prominent in the t-zone (around the nose, forehead, and chin), so oily skin is more problematic there. ZO Skin Health TE pads are soaked in salicylic acid and glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin cells and reduce oiliness. It’s the combination of these two—a mechanical exfoliant and a  chemical one—that work together to control oiliness and breakouts. Generally, having one without the other just isn’t enough for acne prone individuals.
  • Have a facial. Tea  tree oil is well known for it’s anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial  properties. Apply a tea tree mask once or twice a week to help control acne break-outs. Additionally, you can use this mask to spot treat pimples, leaving the mask on overnight. If you wish, ask a good and trusted aesthetician for an acne mask.
  • Manage your diet. Rumor has it that chocolate causes acne, but there has never been any proof of that. There  is general agreement, however, that fatty, oily foods, and diets high in refined sugar and carbohydrates can trigger acne flare-ups. Salty, iodized, or spicy foods can also be a problem for some people. Water is essential to good health and necessary to keep the skin hydrated and looking its best. Drinking  plenty of water helps to flush out toxins from the body.
  • Be careful with cosmetics. Beware of the term “oil-free.” Many manufacturers use synthetic oils, rather than natural oils (like animal, vegetable ,or mineral oil), because these oils technically can be called oil-free. But the  synthetic oils can still cause or aggravate acne. Acne caused by cosmetics will frequently appear as whiteheads over the cheeks, forehead, and chin. Mineral make-up is generally recommended, as it contains natural ingredients that do not cause irritation or harm the skin.
  • Use moisturizers carefully. Similar to cosmetics, some  moisturizers will provoke acne and therefore are not recommended for acne-prone skin. Moisturizers result in a build-up of dead cells, decreased cellular exfoliation, and damage to the skin. Moisturizers are only recommended under certain circumstances, and only a functional moisturizer (one with active ingredients that stimulate cellular activity) is recommended, like  Ommerse Daily Renewal or Ommerse Overnight Recovery, from ZO Skin Health.
  • De-stress. When you are stressed, stress hormones become imbalanced and a variety of health problems may occur. You may not be able to avoid stress, but you  can manage it with exercise, meditation, and personal down-time.

If acne problems persist, it’s important to get  medical treatment, as acne can cause scars. See a dermatologist for a recommendation, treatment, and/or prescription.

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 plenty of exercise, and try to get 8 hours of sleep per night. Thirty minutes before bedtime, be sure to apply skincare products with retinol—night time is the best time to repair your skin. You’ll feel better, and better about yourself, in the morning!