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ARE YOU SABOTAGING YOUR SKIN CARE?

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.

HOW TO COPE WITH ECZEMA

Itchy, red, inflamed patches, blisters and cracking…these could be signs of eczema or atopic dermatitis, a very skin common problem. Depending on the cause, eczema can flare up with severe symptoms at times. It can also be a chronic problem for many people with less intense symptoms and less frequent flares. Eczema means different things to different people.

Up to 20 percent of children and one to three percent of adults develop atopic dermatitis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Some of the most common causes and irritants are detergents, soap, synthetic fabrics, sweating, household chemicals, certain foods, dust mites, fragrance, pets, plants and other allergy triggers. If you tend to have many allergies, hayfever and other conditions, you may be more prone to eczema or atopic dermatitis.

Avoid things that may trigger outbreaks is the first step to take. The worst thing you can do is to scratch. Scratching the skin can cause it to become thickened and red. It can also create wounds that may become infected if left untreated. You should avoid using potent skin care products, scrubs with large particles, and rubbing your skin with a loofah or anything rough that can increase irritation and cause the problem to spread.

If you think you may have dermatitis, see your Dermatologist who can make a diagnosis and prescribe the right medications if needed. Treatments range from simply avoiding the allergic triggers that cause flare-ups, to antihistamines, antibiotics and steroid drugs applied to the skin or taken in a pill form.

Find a dermatologist near you at aad.org or visit the ZO®DoctorFinder.

Tips For Winterizing Your Hands

Don’t let your hands give away your age! Fight the effects of cumulative sun damage, and daily wear and tear on your hands by keeping them protected from the environment and harsh chemicals.

Hands actually have fewer oil glands and get the most exposure to the elements – along with your face, neck and upper chest – which makes them especially prone to premature aging. Always exposed to the elements, your hands give away your age more than any other body part. Dermatologists agree that sun damage is the main culprit. Although hands start showing signs of aging by your late 20s, most women don’t zero in on it until their 30s or 40s. To prevent damage early, it is wise to upgrade your routine before the signs of aging hands appear.

The NEW ZO Skin Health Oraser Nourishing Hand Creme  was designed by Dr. Zein Obagi for universal usage, day or night, to help reduce the signs of aging in hands. Oraser contains powerful retinol enzymatic skin resurfacers to diminish lines and wrinkles, dry skin, brown spots that cause your hands to look older. With continued use, Oraser will work to break up existing pigmentation and sun spots, and prevent new pigment formation for a more even skin tone. It also stimulates exfoliation to improve rough texture and soften dry skin patches.

To restore hydration and replenish skin barrier function to dry hands, start at your pulse points, apply Oraser generously, smoothing into hands, wrists and cuticles so it gets absorbed. Reapply after washing hands and right before bedtime. If your hands are noticeably cracked and dry, try sleeping with a thick coating of Oraser under cotton gloves for greater absorption overnight. With cooler temperatures on the horizon, Oraser will help keep your hands well moisturized and protected.

Of course, no skin care program for your hands would be complete without adequate daily sun protection. Apply sunscreen – SPF30 – to the backs of your hands, and reapply as needed throughout the day if you will be outdoors. For best results, try the ZO Medical OCLIPSE-C™ Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50. This innovative sunscreen formula is intended for the face and the body, and goes beyond conventional UVA and UVB protection with the addition of fractionated melanin that minimizes the damaging effects of HEV light. Powerful antioxidants will help protect your hands from free radical damage, and anti-irritants help to minimize irritation and reduce redness. This creamy formula also restore hydration and enhances the skin barrier to prevent dehydration from daily environmental exposure.

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 Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – and it is also the start of the summer season when most of us will be spending more time enjoying the great outdoors.

According to Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc, New York plastic surgeon, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and the rates of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer,  have been rising steadily for the past three decades.

Basal Cell Carcinomas (most common form of skin cancer) and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (the second most common form) are caused primarily by sun exposure, and develop most commonly on sun-exposed areas, including the face, ears, neck, lips, scalp, and the backs of the hands. Unfortunately, most skin cancers occur on the face because that your face get the most exposure to UV rays.

In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, ZO Skin Health is pleased to report that our newest sunscreen – ZO Skin Health Oclipse Smart Tone SPF50 – just received the highly coveted Sun Safety Award from the nominating committee of physicians of Plastic Surgery Practice (PSP)! Woo hoo! This unique formula offers complete protection in a creamy wearable consistency with anti-redness properties and customizable color beads with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection to match any skin tone. You’ve got to try this product!

Using the right sunscreen and enough of it for adequate protection is key, as well as other prevention measures, such as seeking shade from 12 – 2 pm daily when the sun hits its peak, and wearing a wide brimmed hat, and protective clothing on your chest, arms and legs to prevent further sun damage.

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.

 

 

 

What is Healthy Skin?

Dr. Zein Obagi first introduced the definition of skin health in 1983 and expanded it in 2008. His definition provides specific, easily recognized physiological, histological, and clinical attributes that can be represented by the skin of a baby as a model for healthy skin. According to the author, skin treatments must correct any abnormality in skin health that deviates from the definition so that it attains the desirable attributes.

“Currently skin health does not have a widely accepted definition or model, as it means different things to different people throughout the world. Healthy skin is frequently described as beautiful, flawless, glowing, and young, but these terms are imprecise and reflect subjective and non-quantifiable characteristics,” says Dr. Obagi.

HEALTHY SKIN IS NATURALLY:
•    Smooth
•    Even in color tone
•    Firm and tight
•    Hydrated
•    Tolerant
•    Contour rich
•    Free of disease

Dr. Obagi’s goals to achieve optimum skin health include the following 4 steps:

  1. Restore skin smoothness, tolerance, and even color tone
  2. Provide uniform hydration
  3. Improve circulation
  4. Regulate skin cellular functions

 

“Most of us begin life with healthy, unflawed skin, but environmental, internal, and hereditary factors and the normal process of aging proceed to undo what was ours at birth. Over time, activities promoting skin health decrease and deterioration begin. Intrinsic aging and/or photoaging (sun damage) cause anatomical, physiological, and clinical changes. These range from a sensation of dryness and dull, weathered skin to wrinkling, jowling, laxity, skin thinning, and easy bruising. Although these changes may not be detectable in youth, they are occurring and will become visible with age,” Dr. Obagi says.

 

To reverse the signs of aging skin and restore skin to a healthy state, consult with a ZO Authorized Physician

 

 

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.

 

6 Makeup Tips To Make You Look Younger

“You look tired!” Those are three little words that no woman ever wants to hear, especially after sleeping a full eight hours. Newsflash – it could be that you’re making makeup mistakes that are ruining your good looks.

Before you apply any makeup, make sure your skin is properly cleansed and hydrated, protected with your daily SPF, especially around the delicate eyelid area. ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 is the ideal first step before foundation.

  • Apply foundation the right way.

Wearing too much, none at all, or the wrong shade that doesn’t match your skin tone are all considered cardinal sins by makeup artists.  Skipping foundation or base completely can make your skin look pale and washed out. The wrong foundation in any form – from powder to liquid or cream –  can make wrinkles and imperfections actually appear more prominent too. Find your ideal color and apply it evenly. If you’re struggling to choose the best match, ask for professional help. If you are not a consistent makeup wearer, try mineral makeup that is feather light and looks great on all skin types with added UV light protection.

  • Add a sweep of  bronzer or blush.

A touch of natural looking blush gives your face a brightness and radiance – as if you were kissed by the sun. Start by using a soft natural bristle blush brush on the apples of your cheeks and apply toward your hairline. Keep the shade warm, peachy or golden for maximum effect and don’t overdo it. You’ll look awake and refreshed and ready to face the day (and night).

  • Never leave home without mascara.

Glossy dark mascara is a must to make your eyes really stand out, and it adds a touch of glamor to every woman’s face. For maximum impact lashes, try ZO Skin Health Ossential Lash Enhancing Serum with a powerful blend of peptides that has been clinically proven to enhance eyelash thickness and length and add volume to thinning, sparse lashes and brows too.

  • Don’t go crazy with eyeliner.

If you wear too much or a thick application of jet black liner, you eyes can actually appear smaller and look tired. Choose a softer shade for daytime wear – such as gray, black-brown, or charcoal. If your eyes are bloodshot or you haven’t had enough sleep, also consider lining your lower lid with a blue or navy-colored pencil to open up your eyes and make the whites look whiter.

  •  Set your brows to frame your eyes.

Brows are critical elements of a well put together face. They balance out your features and frame the eyes for a maximum impact. If you are stumped as to what shape works best for your face, take a lesson with a pro to learn how to groom your brows. Stick with the shade that matches your brow and hair color – don’t go too dark. Powders and pencils may be easiest to apply. Use a fixative – wax or gel – to keep unruly brows in place. Avoid over-plucking or your brows may end up looking too thin for your face.

  • Choose a flattering lip color.

If your lips are small or have lost volume, don’t choose a color that makes them look smaller. Stick with soft, pretty shades (rosy, tawny, medium pinks, corals) that flatter your complexion. Browns and brown-reds, deep plums and wines can make lips recede and accentuate fine lip lines. Line your lips with a neutral shade pencil to maintain a nice shape, follow with lipstick, and add a touch of gloss in the center of the bottom lip for a sexy pout. Matte lipsticks can also make you look older. A young lip is a moist, curvy, and natural-looking lip.

Coping with the Redness of Rosacea

Rosacea is a common but largely misunderstood inflammatory skin condition that affects more than 16 million Americans, according to the National Rosacea Association. Early symptoms include flushing and persistent redness, but for more severe cases, redness, pustules, and thickened rough skin can play havoc with one’s self esteem and confidence.

Rosacea outbreaks come and go in a cyclic manner, and flare-ups may last for weeks to months and then disappear for a long time. Unfortunately, what causes this cascade of inflammation is not completely understood. Hormonal fluctuations, genetics, and hyperactive oil glands most likely play a key part in the development of the disease.

While there is no known cure for rosacea, effective treatment regimens exist and can be customized to fit your particular set of symptoms. The good news is that for mild cases, topical creams alone may be enough to control the redness and maintain healthy skin.

A key component of any rosacea treatment involves recognizing and avoiding the triggers that set off the cascade of inflammation. These vary by individual, but very often include extreme cold or heat, sun exposure, alcohol, spicy food, and stress. You will find that keeping a daily log will help you identify your rosacea triggers.

But if avoiding triggers doesn’t do the trick, seek professional help from a dermatologist. Treatment depends on the appearance of the skin and your stage of rosacea. For mild cases with minimal inflammation and no acne-like pimples, a daily skin care regimen that helps mitigate the skins inflammatory response to excess sebum production as well as ingredients that strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function may keep flare ups under control. Moderate to severe cases, with redness, irritation, and weakened oily skin call for therapeutic treatments, including peels and retinol products, to be used in tandem with at-home anti-redness products.

For the most severe cases, Dr. Obagi recommends oral medication, and photodynamic therapy (PDT) including intense pulsed light (IPL) or laser treatments may be required. Use of prescription metronidazole gel 1% may be advised to decrease the redness.

As with any skin condition, the ultimate goal is skin health. With that in mind, the ZO Skin Health and ZO Medical rosacea protocol includes: ZO® Medical Oilacleanse, ZO® Skin Health Offects® Exfoliating Polish, ZO® Medical Cebatrol™ Oil Control Pads, ZO® Medical Glycogent™ Exfoliation Accelerator, ZO® Medical Brightenex™ Skin Brightener & Correcting Crème, ZO® Skin Health Ossential® Daily Power Defense, ZO® Retamax™Active Vitamin A Micro Emulsion, and the generous use of a non-irritating sunscreen such as ZO® Skin Health Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30.

With the right combination of therapies and skincare products, symptoms of rosacea can be controlled and optimal skin health restored.