Ensuring Results are Consistent to Make Skin Healthier
Most traditional dermatologic treatments address the skin surface and symptoms without addressing cellular function or improving overall skin. This approach may improve the skin’s appearance but the improvement is usually limited and short-lived since the source of the problem is not addressed. At the end of a traditional treatment, the results always vary. Some patients improve more, others less and some not at all. The fault may lie with one or more of the following variables:
At the end of a traditional treatment, the results always vary. Some patients improve more, others less and some not at all. The fault may lie with one or more of the following variables:
- The physician’s personal approach
- Patience compliancy
- Efficacy (penetration, amount of application) of the products
- Patient skin type (thick, thin, oily, dry)
- Development of resistance to certain products
In the ZO® approach, most (if not all) of these variables have been eliminated with a standard treatment approach to any skin problem. By using this method, the results of the programs are consistent, reproducible by any physician and achievable by any patient.
Eliminating Variables to Make Skin Healthier
Several steps are necessary for identifying and isolating factors responsible for treatment variables using the ZO® Skin Health Restoration Approach. These are the necessary steps:
- Establishing a Definition of Skin Health
According to ZO® Skin Health Restoration Attributes, “healthy” skin is smooth, firm and tight, even in colour, hydrated, tolerant and free of clinically apparent disease.
- Introducing an Essential and Practical Skin Classification
To aid in clinical treatment and selection of the proper procedure and depth, skin is classified by thickness, colour, oiliness, laxity and fragility.
- Introducing and Expanding the Principles of Skin Health Restoration
The ZO® Skin Health restoration program begun from an expansion of Dr. Obagi’s original principles. “Hydration and Calming” replaced “Moisturisation.” The expansion also includes the addition of “GSR™ Getting Skin Ready” and “Stabilisation,” two new and important principles.
Both ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical products follow similar principles and steps that make it easy to transition patients from a medical program to a maintenance program, or from basic skincare and prevention to a medical program. However, ZO® Medical utilises specific principles and steps not shared by ZO® Skin Health, as certain topical agents are reserved mainly for the medical line.