skin cycle

The Skin Cycle

skin cycle

The concept of Skin Health Restoration, advanced by Zein E. Obagi, MD, is the optimum process to restore skin activity, vitality, strength and youthfulness. You can also treat any skin condition such as acne, rosacea, or pigmentation.

Learn more about skin health restoration here. 

How Long is a Skin Cycle?

Dr. Obagi defines one full skin cycle as the time it takes from new cells to be born at the deepest layer of the epidermis (the skin’s outer layer), and mature as they rise to the surface of the skin, and then ultimately be shed off. This process takes approximately six weeks.

Why is This Important?

It’s important as it explains why you should not expect to see immediate improvement in your skin when you begin a ZO Skin Health regimen. Before the 6-week mark healthy, new cells have not yet had a chance to mature and rise to the surface. So, until a skin cycle is complete you won’t see the incredible difference ZO can make. In fact, the best results you can achieve will occur after three full skin cycles  – which is approximately 18 weeks or between four and five months, according to

In fact, the best results you can achieve will occur after three full skin cycles  – which is approximately 18 weeks or between 4 -5 months, according to Dr. Obagi.

To begin you ZO skin health restoration journey, you should expect it to last for an average of five months. (That is if you dedicatedly follow the regimen your ZO skincare professional has recommended). If, for whatever reason, you choose to slow down the process by using less product than recommended or interrupt the cycle by skipping days, don’t worry too much. You can still see a significant improvement, but it will just take longer than five months to reach optimal results.