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Introducing ZO Skin Health Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30

Since the early 1990s, skin cancer incidence rates have more than doubled (135%) in the UK. There are around 16,200 new cases every year, which makes it the 5th most common cancer in the UK.

86% of melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to risk factors and could be prevented. ZO Skin Health has launched the latest addition to its sun protection range – ZO Skin Health Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30, to make SPF reapplication easy and help patients stay protected at all times.

The ZO® Difference

ZO® Triple-Protection products are formulated with exclusive technologies and the highest quality ingredients to offer superior protection against UV rays and environmental aggressors.

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Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30 formula features titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to offer physical protection from UVB and UVA rays. The formula is enriched with vitamins A, C and E to protect the skin from infrared damage and free radicals. Rosemary and beta-glucan extracts counteract dullness and dehydration, caused by air pollution, while fractured melanin protects against the HEV light, emitted from phones and computer screens.

Easy and Convenient Reapplication

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The new Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30 comes in a compact brush format to offer on-the-go sunscreen reapplication. The brush is densely packed with ultra-soft bristles to guarantee even application onto the skin. Most importantly, the brush doesn’t shed and cleans easily, ensuring it will continue to provide smooth and consistent application over time.

The Perfect Companion for Every Skin Tone

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Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30 comes in three universal shades – light, medium, and deep. Light has a cool undertone which neutralises the signs of redness and irritation. Medium creates a clean, even canvas for a natural look or sheer base, while deep is perfect for adding warmth and definition for a bronzed look. The powder is formulated with advanced colour-enhancing pigments to provide buildable coverage and a touch of luminosity for instant complexion perfection.

Hyperpigmentation 101 – Your Treatment Options

Hyperpigmentation is one of the 5 most common skin concerns for women and men in the UK and affects over 30 million people worldwide. The condition is caused by an increase of melanin and characterised by dark patches, spots and uneven skin tone.

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What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

The worst culprit of pigmentation disorders is cumulative sun exposure. UV exposure triggers the production of melanin – the pigment responsible for protecting skin from injury. Melanin works hard to keep UV rays from deposing energy onto and into the skin. Repeated, unprotected exposure disrupts the production of melanin and leads to a build-up of darker cells in the exposed skin areas.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy often lead to melasma, which is another form of hyperpigmentation also known as the “the mask of pregnancy.” About 70% of pregnant women develop brown patches or spots on their face, upper lips, cheeks and forehead, as well as their bellies. In most cases, melasma clears up on its own after birth; however some patients, especially those with darker skin tones, may experience long-term discoloration.

Dark marks from acne can often develop in areas where blemishes have been. The same is true for insect stings, cuts, bruises, kitchen burns, and other skin traumas. These marks often take months to fade and some never fade much at all. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is also more common in darker skin types.

Containing Hyperpigmentation Through Treatment

 

ZO Skin Health 3-Step Peel™

Designed to address melasma, post-inflammatory pigmentation and sun-induced discoloration, this potent stimulating peel provides longer lasting benefits beyond the temporary superficial improvements seen with ordinary peels. Post-procedure peeling is mild, with minimal downtime.

ZO Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel™

Designed to target the most persistent forms of hyperpigmenattion, this peel offers controlled absorption and penetration of treatment and excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Peeling, irritation and darkening of pigmentation is expected for a few days after treatment.

Intense Pulsed Light

IPL therapy uses a beam of light to bring spots to the skin’s surface and gently sloughs them off. It’s a great option for persistent discoloration, however patients should be prepared to experience some redness, minor swelling and a darkening of the pigmentation a few days after the treatment.

Fractional Laser Treatment

This is the bridge between an ablative and non-ablative procedure in which a laser beam is used to minimize the appearance of pigmentation. Mild redness and swelling can be expected for a few days after treatment.

Micro-needling

It’s a device with tiny needles that prick the skin to improve the appearance from acne scars and pigmentation. Most patients experience mild redness for up to 48 hours post-treatment.

Hydroquinone – Everything You Need to Know

Hydroquinone (HQ) is the gold standard treatment for treating various forms of hyperpigmentation such as hormone-related melasma, post-inflammatory pigmentation and sun damage.

How does it work?

To understand how hydroquinone bleaching works, it is important to first have look at how melanin is formed. Melanin production in the skin starts with the oxidation of amino acids tyrosine and L-DOPA, catalysed by the enzyme tyrosinase. Since hydroquinone’s structure resembles that of tyrosine and L-DOPA, having it present means tyrosinase will grab hold of the hydroquinone instead of tyrosine. As a result, there’s less tyrosinase available for transforming tyrosine and L-DOPA which slows down melanin production.

By slowing down melanin production, skin becomes more evenly toned over time and dark pigmentation patches fade.

Although hydroquinone can be very effective for a number of indications, prolonged use can cause serious side effects that are hard to reverse.

Resistance

Using hydroquinone for more than six months leads to resistance to its lightening effects for more patients. After this period, the treatment no longer affects the dark spots of melasma and its bleaching effects appear more pronounced in unaffected areas.

As the active melanocytes in the affected regions can no longer be influenced by hydroquinone, hyperpigmentation in these areas can worsen.

Ochronosis

In rare, severe cases the prolonged use of high-concentration hydroquinone can lead to intense blue-black pigmentation. Ochronosis is more common among darker skin tones.

Skin Sensitivity

Hydroquinone can be harsh on the skin. Many HQ crèmes are formulated with retinoic acid to enhance hydroquinone’s bleaching efficacy, however, in some patients this combination can lead to irritant contact dermatitis.

Skin Atrophy and Telangiectasia

Some of the side effects with hydroquinone don’t even come from hydroquinone itself. A number of products on the market combine hydroquinone with ingredients such as retinoic acid, glycolic acid and topical steroids. However, prolonged use of such product can create a myriad of additional issues. For example, the combination of HQ, tretinoin and fluocinolone can lead to skin atrophy, telangiectasia and more stubborn pigmentation.

Topical steroids in HQ crèmes aim to suppress inflammation. However, topical steroids are effective only when treating trauma or disease – induced pigmentation (PIH). Therefore, topical steroids must be avoided when treating pigmentation not caused by inflammation such as melasma.

What are the alternatives?

Non-hydroquinone brightening agents can the prescribed as a healthy, maintenance system and to avoid local or systematic side effects associated with long-term HQ use.

ZO Skin Health offers comprehensive non-hydroquinone brightening system, designed for the treatment of non-specific discoloration (freckles, liver spots, uneven skin tone), prevent new spots for forming and improve skin texture.

Hydrating Cleanser

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Formulated with sodium lauroyl amino acids and botalnic blend extracts, this gentle formula revives the skin barrier and cleanses without drying.

Exfoliating Polish

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Featuring vitamins A, C, E and ultrafine magnesium crystals, ZO Exfoliating Polish improves skin texture, stimulates healthy circulation and provides powerful antioxidant boost.

Complexion Renewal Pads

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Soaked in a combination of 2% salicylic acid, glycolic acid and botanical extracts, Complexion Renewal Pads offer dual-chemical exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, reduce oiliness and fade post-inflammatory pigmentation.

Brightalive Non-Retinol Skin Brightener

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Brightalive uses multi-vectored skin brightening approach to minimise the appearance of spots and uneven skin tone, while preventing new pigmentation from forming. Formulated with the exclusive ZOX12™ slow-release antioxidant complex, liquorice root, natural enzymes and ultra-stable vitamin C. Mild enough for everyday use.

Daily Power Defense

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Daily Power Defense is formulated with ultrasomes and roxisomes enzymes that initiate and speed DNA repair to enhance skin’s natural healing mechanism and protect against oxidative damage. Ceramides help restore lipid balance and strengthen the skin barrier system, while low-concentration retinol stimulates epidermal renewal and collagen production.

5 Surprising Causes of Melasma

Melasma is a very common skin condition. It causes dark irregular patches on skin, otherwise known as hyperpigmentation. Most people, at some point of their lives, come across this patchy brown discoloration and while it’s not a dangerous condition, it’s certainly an unpleasant one. Although, most people would not pay much attention to it, an old saying goes – “forewarned is forearmed”. Here are five causes of melasma which will make you scratch your head:

 1. Birth control pills may cause melisma

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Besides their main function of preventing pregnancy, birth control pills are used to ease many different things – period pains, acne, oily skin. It is a little wonder-pill which helps with different small but important problems in life. But like all the good things in life – it all comes with a cost. This time the cost is an increased chance of hyperpigmentation. Big word, right? Not really, just means some skin cells are darker than normal. Simple! Contraceptive pills cause oestrogen imbalance and promote development of dark spots in the facial area.

2. You may have a higher chance of having melasma

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Yes, one of the factors of having melasma is genetic predisposition. Usually, for example, it is the people with a darker skin tone who are most likely to be affected by this skin condition. Unlucky tanners!

3. Your beloved skin products can cause it

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Actually, not all of them, but it’s true. Skin products that tend to irritate, inflame or burn your skin can cause hyperpigmentation. If you use skincare products that sting or burn, consider buying softer ones to avoid black spots. We recommend using ZO Skin Health products for a combination of gentle treatment and effective results.

4. Sun protection

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And more precisely, the lack of it. Ultraviolet radiation is prone to penetrate the skin cells on the face and cause a mutation leading to darkening of the skin cells. It is always useful to wear adequate clothing and we also remind you that the use of sun protection is crucial for healthy looking skin. At ZO Skin Health, you will find products that combine sun protection with treatment of hyperpigmentation and discoloration.

5. Mysterious condition

The unusual thing about melasma is that the principal cause of this condition is yet to be known. This creates lots of room for speculation about its cause and unreasonable tales about traditional remedies. Our advice is, keep out of the sun if you aren’t wearing sunscreen, lead a healthy lifestyle, use ZO Skin Health Fundamental Five regime and you will be fine!

ZO Symposium

Wigmore Medical are holding their fifth annual ZO Symposium at FACE 2017. This is a unique forum for industry leaders, including Dr Zein Obagi, to introduce their latest research, breakthroughs and advances in the science of skin care and health.

The ZO Symposium allows us to highlight all the latest products, techniques and results from the 2017 ZO Skin Health range. We are a brand that is consistently developing to the needs of the modern day patient and with that, a selection of new products have been launched in 2017.

The science and history of ZO Skin Health is always important to remember and who better than to tell us all about the range than Dr Zein Obagi himself.

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What Can you Expect From This Symposium?

  • Leading Speakers
  • Skincare expertise
  • New Product launches
  • Treatment Options
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Live demonstrations
  • Product offers
  • Networking opportunity
ZO Symposium Schedule
Time
Topic
Speaker(s)
09.30 – 11.00 The latest advances in skin science and skin health restoration Dr Zein Obagi
11.30 – 12.30 Rozatrol and the clinical trials Dr Rachael Eckel
12.30 – 13.00 Old Dog New Tricks: How to get the most out of the existing products Dr Rachael Eckel

 

14.30 – 15.30 ZO Portfolio Expansion: Cellulite Control, Pore Refiner, Sheer Tone and Oclipse-C (Gen 2) Dr Rachel Eckel
15.30 – 16.15 Spotlight on Acne Dr Kannan Athreya
16.15 – 17.00 Tackling Hyper-Pigmentation with a focus on Melasma Dr Anamica Prasad
17.00 – 17.30 Q&A With Panel Dr Rachael Eckel, Dr Kannan Athreya, Dr Anamica Prasad, Dr John Tanqueray

To attend the ZO Symposium please register your interest by emailing events@wigmoremedical.com and you will then receive instructions on which FACE pass to purchase to gain access to this exclusive event.

How Dr Obagi Treats Skin Inflammation

Skin inflammation is commonly regarded as something negative, however, this is not necessarily always the case. Inflammation is caused by many factors from disease, bacteria and irritants to UV light and even your diet. These elements force the body to fight back, which is where inflammation or specifically acute inflammation occurs. This fight is essential to keeping the body healthy. However, if acute inflammation loses the fight, it will convert to chronic inflammation, which is destructive to your body’s organs. Chronic inflammation causes cellular dysfunction, alteration of skin texture, true sensitivity, dyschromia, poor response to treatment, poor healing and accelerated ageing. This is why Dr Obagi decided to find a way to tackle it.

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Treating Skin Inflammation

Understanding and treating inflammation is complex. Traditional practice in current skincare has not addressed inflammation, though it is a major factor in a variety of skin problems. Medically, practitioners often treat the symptoms rather than identifying and treating the cause.

Dr Obagi has observed violent and prolonged inflammatory response to certain topical agents in some patients. While other patients demonstrated minimal to no reaction to the same agents. These observations inspired him to add anti-irritant ingredients to his skin health restoration products. Proper topical anti-inflammatory agents can be helpful in reducing skin inflammation. These agents are incorporated in most new formulations of ZO® Medical and ZO® Skin Health products and have greatly diminished the violent response from agent-induced skin inflammation.

If acute inflammation is not treated, chronic inflammation will follow. So, to arrest or eliminate chronic skin inflammation, it is necessary to create a 2-6 week phase of acute inflammation by applying the proper concentration, frequency and amount of topical agents. This process enables skin to generate a natural mechanism designed to stop the acute inflammation as well as prevent and eliminate chronic inflammation.

Every patient in Dr Obagi’s practice – whether with acne, rosacea, melasma, sun damage, ageing or textural abnormality – is started with a 2-6 week course of induced acute inflammation known as the ‘Repair Phase’. The patient will show acute inflammation symptoms (redness, dryness and flaking)  in this phase. This phase is followed by the ‘Improvement Phase’ and, later, by the ‘Completion/Tolerance Phase’. Stabilising topical agents can be used indefinitely to maintain skin health.

On the other hand, medical topical agents should be limited to 3-5 months to avoid resistance, continuing irritation or photosensitivity. Upon termination of medical treatment, a maintenance program can begin. Stabilisation can be achieved using Retinol, antioxidants, DNA repair agents and anti-irritant agents.

ZO® Signature Peels

Peels can be used to correct and reduce various skin conditions. From sun damage and hyperpigmentation, (including melasma) to rough texture, dullness and dryness. In addition, lines and wrinkles, laxity, scars and the overall increase of skin health are the benefits a peel can give you. But what makes the ZO® Signature Peels different? Find out everything you need to know below.

ZO® Signature Peels

There are peels for every skin colour, type, and condition:

Invisapeel™ Intensive Resurfacing Peel is used during skin treatments for better, faster and deeper results. It is ideal for those will flaky, dull or dry skin
ZO® Retinol Stimulation Peel™ is used for anti-ageing benefits, but only after the skin has become tolerant to retinol or retinoic acid. This peel is recommended for those who’s skin has a rough texture, an uneven tone, dull or has lines and wrinkles.
ZO® 3-Step Peel™ is used for general exfoliation and offers a wide range of benefits. Consequently, it is great for many skin conditions from acne, to lax skin, sun damage, uneven tone or lines and wrinkles.
ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™ can be used on all skin types and ethnicities for deeper repair, texture improvement, and skin tightening. For those who suffer from melasma, scars, severe laxity or severe texture damage, this peel is for you.

ZO® Signature Peels

A little more information on ZO® Signature Peels

The intensity of the peel relates directly to the improvement you will see and the downtime and irritation you will experience post-peel. Although depending on your time-demands, at-home peels may be more appropriate for a slower, yet still effective, cumulative treatment. Pre-conditioning the skin prior to a peel will improve skin health as well as accelerate post-peel healing. Furthermore, using retinol or retinoids consistently before a peel will help strengthen the skin to improve barrier function. If the skin is weak or dehydrated, it is not ready to be peeled.

How to treat Melasma – Dr Toni Phillips

Interview with Dr Toni Phillips, Destination Skin Clinic, about how to treat Melasma.

Under the Skin is a one-to-one interview that addresses different skin issues and concerns, providing the latest information about ZO Skin Health protocols and treatments for the consumer clients.

How to get rid of hyperpigmentation on the skin

Hyperpigmentation is a change in skin colour, usually of the face, but often also of the hands and other parts of the body most exposed to solar radiation. It is a common problem, regardless of skin colour or ethnic origin.

Hyperpigmentation can spread to the entire surface of the skin, either affecting different areas or restricted to individual parts.

Human skin contains cells that produce melanin (melanocytes), a pigment that gives colour to the skin and helps protect the body from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. An overproduction of melanin leads to hyperpigmentation of the skin.

Types of hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation includes many different forms.

Freckles are small circular dark spots, focused on the face, shoulders, neck, torso and hands, more commonly found on people with fair skin and red or blond hair. They are present all year round on the face of these subjects but became more evident in the summer with exposure to sunlight.

Another form of freckle is solar lentigos, also known as liver spots, that are formed due to overexposure to radiation of the sun; it is more commonly called “sunspots skin”.

The senile lentigo is formed by the accumulation of damage caused by sun exposure.

Another form of hyperpigmentation, rather severe, is melasma, caused by an intense and uneven accumulation of melanin. If the freckles are just small spots, melasma is a spot much more extensive and unsightly.

Finally there is the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that is formed in the presence of scars, burns, eczema and acne.

ZO Skin Health and Medical products and protocols are optimised to treat a wide range of skin disorders and chronic conditions including all forms of hyperpigmentation.

Causes, and how to get rid of hyperpigmentation

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