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How to calm rosacea flare ups

Winter brings its own set of skincare challenges especially if you’re one of the 1 in 10 people who suffer from rosacea. Keeping rosacea flare-ups under control in normal conditions is difficult enough as triggers are many and varied. But when you throw arctic winds, indoor heating and low humidity into the mix, it gets even more challenging to soothe your temperamental skin.

So, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite tips and products to help you beat the discomfort and how to calm rosacea flare-up during the chilly weather and keep your rosacea symptoms at bay:

#1 Avoid long, hot showers

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So hard to do in the winter months, but necessary if you want to combat face flushing. Hot water strips the skin from its natural oils and moisture, so after a day of braving the cold, the last thing you want to do to your sensitive face is put it under a steaming hot shower.

#2 Cover up

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Limit your cold exposure as much as you can. Infinity scarves are not only a good fashion choice, but you can pull them up and protect your face from the biting wind. When you suffer from rosacea, you always want to avoid dramatic changes in your body temperature. Try to layer your outfit, so you can quickly peel off when you start to feel too warm, after coming into a heated building from frosty outdoors.

#3 Turn the thermostat down

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With freezing temperatures outside, it’s tempting to turn up the heating and snuggle up, when you get home. However, dry warm air doesn’t do your irritable skin any good. Instead of cranking up the heat, put on the humidifier. If you don’t have a central one, you can buy a portable humidifier or just put a bowl of water next to your radiators. It will put the much-needed moisture back in the air.

Revamp your rosacea skincare routine for winter

Choosing the right products for your winter routine is the most important part of your flare-up management. Any abrasive products can further irritate your already sensitive skin, so forget about scrubs, cleansing powders, and aggressive exfoliators. A good rosacea routine should consist of the following steps:

Protection

It might be tempting to skip sunscreen when the thermometer dips down below freezing, but just because you don’t feel the sun as much as you do in the summer, it doesn’t mean the UV rays are not damaging your skin.

oclipse-c Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 ZO Medical
Oclipse-C™ is a non-irritating, mineral SPF 50 sunscreen, developed to protect the most sensitive skin types. It shields your skin from UVA, UVB, HEV and IR-A rays and supports its natural barrier function thanks to a slow-release antioxidant complex. Use daily to prevent your cheeks from turning red this winter.

Cleansing

If your skin is rosacea-prone, you need to be extra careful when choosing your cleansing products. Even the ones labelled for “sensitive” skin can cause irritation.

ZO Medical Rozatrol Rosacea Treatment

Rozatrol™ is an enzymatic exfoliator which provides ultra-mild cleanse and prevents excess sebum production. This little tube can be a lifesaver for anyone struggling with rosacea flare-ups. It not only cleans your skin thoroughly but also reliefs existing redness and inflammation thanks to its amino acid complex.

Hydration

The last step in your winter routine is the most obvious one…Hydration. At this time of the year, you want to give your skin a major hydration boost and lock in as much moisture as you can.

RESTORACALM Soothing Recovery Crème

For a quick flare-up relief, use the Restoracalm™ soothing recovery cream. It provides immediate comfort to dry, flushed skin and stimulates the natural restoration of the skin barrier. Restoracalm™ has been developed with silk sericin protein to support skin’s recovery process and prevent future irritation and signs of ageing.

An Acne Case Study

See how Ella Harvey from Harvey’s Skin and Beauty managed to beat her battle with acne. See the acne case study below where she used ZO Skin Health products and the ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™ to achieve the clear skin she’s always wanted.

acne case study

Acne Case Study Participant Profile

Name: Ella Harvey

Age: 21

Location: Guernsey and London

Employment: Founder of Harvey’s Skin and Beauty

Bio: Ella suffered from acne for 3 years and was unsure of the cause of it. She used a number of different skincare ranges but none alleviated the symptoms of her acne. Following a consultation with a ZO Skin Health specialist, Ella was given a regime of ZO Skin Health products and a ZO Medical peel.

Below was the ZO regime she had to carry out every day for 4-6 weeks prior to the peel, to enhance results and prep the skin.

ZO At-Home Skincare Regime

Oilacleanse

AM + PM

Vitascrub

AM

Cebatrol Pads

AM + PM

Daily Power Defense

AM + PM

Tretinoin

AM + PM

Melamin

AM + PM

Melamix

AM

Glycogent

AM

Restoracalm

PM

Smart Tone SPF50

AM

ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™

For this particular acne case, Ella was recommended the 3-Step Peel™.

This peel is a solution of 17% salicylic acid, 10% trichloracetic and 5% lactic acids to remove the outer layers of the skin. A 6% retinol crème is then applied following the peel solution to stimulate deeper layers of the skin maximising collagen production, cellular renewal, anti-oxidant benefits and DNA protection. The retinol stimulation is continued with an at-home application at least 5 hours after the peel solution is applied in the clinic. A calming crème, which is hydrating and anti-inflammatory, is also given for at home application 3 times daily.

Find out more about the 3-Step Peel™.

Ella’s peel story

Ella experienced redness and peeling skin for 8 days following the peel, hear about her experience of the peel and the amazing results:

“After suffering from acne for the last three years, in November 2015 I had finally had enough. I had tried to clear up my skin with every method you could imagine, I even found out what my blood type was and kept to a very strict diet. So I turned to ZO for help. I was advised to have the 3-Step Peel™ and told I would have to prepare.

I was advised to have the 3 Step Peel and told I would have to prepare my skin before treatment, so Dr Shirin Lakhani prescribed Tretinoin and Melamix and told me to use this every day.  On the 20th of January, I had my 3-Step Peel™ at Wigmore Medical.

I arrived at Wigmore Medical and had a numbing cream applied for twenty minutes. The doctor then talked me through the treatment and asked me some questions to ensure that I had been using my products correctly. There was only a slight bit of discomfort when the 3-Step Peel™ was applied but I found on the second and third day the skin very tight and uncomfortable. The results are worth everything I went through with the preparation and the peel. I am very happy with the results and would definitely recommend this peel and I cannot wait to have my next one!”

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Ella Harvey is founder of Harvey’s Skin and Beauty.

Harvey’s Skin and Beauty offer the ZO Medical 3-Step Peel™.

For other stockists of ZO products and peels visit: https://zo-skinhealth.co.uk/find-zo-2/

Post-Workout Acne

Sweaty gym environments combined with a lazy skincare routine can cause all sorts of problems! Exercise obviously causes sweating which is why without the proper post-workout cleanse; breakouts or dehydration can occur. If you already suffer from problem skin such as oily skin, then skipping on cleansing makes you a real victim to post-workout acne.

 

Avoiding Post-Workout Acne

Of course, prevention is always easier than treatment and with post-workout acne, and there is actually quite a lot you can do to help yourself.

Sweaty Skin

Sweat is unavoidable when you have a good workout, and of course, it’s necessary to help balance your body temperature out. But when your sweat mixes with the natural body oils, product residue and potential dirt that has been pushed out of your pores during the workout; this can lead to trouble. Leaving your skin (both face and body) unwashed for too long after a workout is a breeding ground for acne. This gross mixture could re-settle into your skin, blocking pores and inflaming skin leading to acne breakouts.  Your body could be especially prone to post-workout acne if your wear tight-fitting exercise clothes. So try to wear loose-fitting clothing or go for the outfits specifically designed for working out, with moisture-absorbing abilities. Plus, of course, just try to take a shower as soon as you can after your workout.

Dirty Equipment

Gym equipment is enemy number one when it comes to your skin. Yoga mats, weights and exercise machines all tend to harbour bacteria and dirt collected from use by lots of different (sweaty) people. Yuck! So, to avoid transferring bacteria to the skin and prevent post-workout acne, always wipe down your equipment before and after every use. Also, try to avoid touching your face or any other areas that are prone to breaking out.

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Treating Post-Workout Acne

If you haven’t managed to avoid the dreaded post-gym breakout. Don’t worry. We’ve got some tips to help you treat it.

  • To treat blemishes, use products with salicylic acid in them. So we recommend cleansing your skin with the Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser which will help to gently remove impurities and excess oil. What’s more, it’s exfoliating ingredients, including salicylic acid, unclog pores, ease out blackheads and keep skin clear.
  • If you want to disguise your acne, till it goes away, use the Offects® Correct and Conceal Acne Treatment. This is a concealer for acne designed to both cover visible blemishes and provide an effective spot treatment. This concealer is also an anti-inflammatory to calm the skin and soothe redness as well as helping the skin clear away bacteria to reduce breakouts.
  • For a deep-pore treatment, use the Offects® Sulfur Masque. This face mask for oily skin absorbs surface oil, sloughs off dead skin cells and removes dirt from pores to leave you with refreshed skin. Formulated with 10% sulfur for an extremely effective acne treatment; the Offects® Sulfur Masque reduces sebum production and calms irritated skin. What’s more, this face mask includes ingredients to replenish hydration in the skin and restore skin’s barrier function to avoid future damage. So, your skin won’t feel parched or stripped of its natural oils.

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ZO Skin Health

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The Nontraditional Skin Health Restoration For All Skin Types

skin health restorationTraditional dermatologic treatments typically address the skin surface and symptoms without improving cellular function or overall skin condition. While this may enhance the skin’s appearance, results vary widely and are usually short-lived since the source of the problem is never addressed. Reasons for this may include the physician’s personal approach, patient noncompliance, product efficacy (penetration, amount of application), patient skin type (thick, thin, oily, dry) or development of resistance to certain products. Dr. Obagi’s new skin health restoration program eliminates most – if not all – of these variables with a standard treatment approach to any skin problem. By taking this approach, program results are consistent, reproducible by any physician and achievable by any patient.

Skin Health Restoration Overview

  • Overcome skin resistance to medical topical agents by limiting their use since skin can acquire tolerance and resistance to many topical agents, leading to  treatment failure and complications.
  • Incorporate non-medical products into the maintenance phase that can be used indefinitely.
  • Adopt an early, effective, daily and preventative program using non-medical products that work to keep skin looking and acting healthy.
  • Normalize barrier function, as compromised barrier function is the most common cause of persistent sensitivity, chronic dryness and susceptibility to inflammation and treatment intolerance.
  • Protect and repair DNA since damaged DNA is responsible for cellular dysfunction, inadequate renewal, mutation and skin cancer.
  • Eliminate chronic skin inflammation, which is a common cause of treatment intolerance, failure and sensitivity.
  • Stabilise the skin by increasing its tolerance and resistance to damaging factors.

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Skin Health Restoration Solutions

ZO® products and programs offer comprehensive and continuous skin health solutions for every skin type, gender, age and skin condition.

ZO® Medical Therapeutic Solutions

Treatment programs for medical skin problems with a time-restricted treatment phase to prevent resistance and reduce complications.

ZO® Skin Health Daily and Preventative Skincare Solutions

Maintenance programs with non-medical products that patients can use indefinitely after the treatment phase; also daily and preventative programs for patients who do not have medical skin problems but need to keep their skin healthy, prevent premature aging and avoid future skin damage.

ZO® Product Properties

ZO® products contain innovative ingredients that provide specific beneficial properties not found in many other skincare products on the market. These added properties are based on Dr. Obagi’s years of clinical observation and research, and support his new objectives in skin health science.

  • Anti-irritant benefits
  • DNA protection and repairing agents
  • Skin barrier function, strengthening and repair
  • Cellular activation and stabilization
  • Unique ability to hydrate and calm without the damage caused by regular moisturizers
  • Multiple antioxidants used in combination for best effect

ZO Skin Health For Beginners

1 Daily Skincare ProgramZO Skin Health was created by the renowned Beverly Hills doctor Dr Zein Obagi. As Medical director of ZO Skin Health, Dr. Obagi has created products with technologically advanced ingredients and even more effective formulations, designated into two categories: ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical. ZO® Skin Health products maintain the results of therapeutic treatments and provide effective daily skincare and protection from the environment while ZO® Medical products have been optimized to treat a range of skin disorders and chronic conditions.

If you are interested in learning more about the brand it is recommended that you start with the Level 1 Daily Skincare Programme which provides the essential tools to help achieve healthier skin using retinol, specialized enzymes, and antioxidants to promote cellular function and restore and maintain youthful, healthy-looking skin.


What is included in this kit?

Offects™ Exfoliating Cleanser

Offects Exfoliating CleanserCleansing is an important first step for all skin types, but for oily, acne-prone skin, it’s critical. The key to managing oily skin is gently exfoliating dull, dry skin cells that trap bacteria; reducing excess oil; and neutralising free radicals. Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser does all of that and goes one step further–it includes encapsulated Vitamin E–the most important anti-oxidant for healthy skin.

Key Ingredients

  • Micro-beads: Exfoliate dead skin cells
  • Encapsulated Vitamin E: Antioxidant
  • Salicylic Acid: Promotes chemical exfoliation to keep pores clear
  • Lipopeptide Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8: Stimulates collagen production
  • Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) Extract: Antioxidant and anti-irritant benefits

Offects™ Exfoliating Polish

Round magnesium crystals exfoliate dead skin cells, increase epidermal turnover and create a clearer, smoother, more even-toned complexion. But the benefits go deeper than that. Vitamins A, C, C-Esters and E provide powerful antioxidant protection. Then active Offects Exfolliating Polishingredients can penetrate your skin and work much more effectively.

Key ingredients

  • Ultra-Fine Magnesium Crystals: Removes dead skin cells, improves skin texture, promotes healthy circulation and cell turn-over.
  • Vitamins A, C, C-Ester and E: Deliver antioxidant protection

Ossential® Daily Power Defense

Ossential® Daily Power Defense uses DNA repair enzymes to enhance your skin’s recovery capabilities. These special enzymes attach directly to your own DNA molecules and repair oxidative damage caused by UV exposure. It works all day with time-release retinol, enzymes, and antioxidants to repair damaged cells and protect against future damage.Ossential Daily Power Defense

Key Ingredients:

  • Ultrasomes (UV-endonuslease) and Roxisomes (glycosylase): Enzymes that initiate and speed up the repair of DNA
  • Vitamin E: Provides antioxidant properties
  • Retinol (Vitaine): Stimulates epidermal renewal and collagen production, and helps even skin tone
  • Ceramide 6: Helps restore barrier function
  • Matrixyl 3000 (Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7): Stimulates collagen production

Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer was named the #1 best sunscreen by the online beauty authority. Not just because it has broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection; not just because it multi-tasks as a makeup primer; and not just because it’s tinted (bye-bye white and pasty sunscreen!). The best part: it’s something you’ll want to wear every day. Have you ever said that about a sunscreen? It’s the smart sunscreen because it features natural Oclipse Sunscreen+Primer SPF30melanin. If you’re going to do just one nice thing for your skin this is it.

 Key Ingredients

  • Titanium Dioxide (8.2%): Broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high energy visible light (HEV)
  • Helinathus Annus Seed Oil, Ethyl Ferulate, Rosmarinus Officinalis Lef Extract, Disodium Urine Phosphate: Helps provide DNA protection

What is salicylic acid?

What is Salicylic Acid and why is it one of the most sought after ingredients in skincare products? 

Salicylic acid, also known as, beta hydroxy acid (BHA) is a keratolytic (exfoliant), which is a multitasking ingredient that is fantastic in tackling many troublesome skin problems such as acne, irritation, and uneven skin texture.

It is a much more effective exfoliator than microbeads as it can exfoliate deep within your pores, preventing skin cells from sticking together, and enabling you to shed dead skin cells much more easily, consequently inhibiting skin cells from blocking pores, and forming blackheads and whiteheads.

Furthermore, salicylic acid promotes an increase of moisture in the skin and works as an anti-irritant that can soothe skin, calm breakouts and reduce redness. In addition, it has the ability to resurface skin texture, allowing for a smoother complexion. But that’s not all, salicylic acid has been proven to improve skin thickness, barrier function, and collagen production, meaning that it has the ability to give you younger looking skin, by helping to firm and plump the skin.

The multitude of benefits is why ZO Skin Health has a range of products that include this amazing ingredient, from our brand new products Oraser® Correcting Hand and Body Scrub & Offects® Correct and Conceal Acne Treatment to our staple skin care products Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser, Oraser® Microderm Hand Renewal, Offects® Te-Pads Acne Pore Treatment and many more!

Find your nearest ZO Supplier here: http://bit.ly/1Nwmjq1
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What is Rosacea? – Dr. Kannan Athreya

Interview with Dr. Kannan Athreya, Essex Private Doctors, about rosacea skin condition.

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.

Glycolic acid in skincare products – Fiona Collins

Interview with Fiona Collins, Fiona And Marie Aesthetics, about Glycolic acid in skincare products.
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.

ZO skincare products and acne – Dr. Kannan Athreya

Interview with Dr. Kannan Athreya, Essex Private Doctors, about ZO skincare products and acne.
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.

Under the Skin: Effects of HEV Light – Dr Eccleston

Interview with Dr. David Eccleston, Medizen Clinic, about the harmful effects of High Energy Visible (HEV) Light.
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.