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What is Hydroquinone?

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What are the cosmetic uses of hydroquinone?

Hydroquinone is used to treat sunspots and hyperpigmentation and when used via Dr. Zein Obagi’s extensively researched guidelines, the results are extremely simple, effective and safe. It should always be prescribed by a trained and qualified Medical Practitioner and should not from any source other than a Pharmacy with a legal prescription from a Medical Practitioner.

Through an entire Hydroquinone treatment, it is advised to use a non-Hydroquinone product alongside it. Furthermore, Hydroquinone should not be used for any longer than four to five month, with at least twelve weeks given for the skin and melanocytes to stabilise. It is also recommended that a Non-Hydroquinone product continue to be used to help in stabilising and controlling the melanocytes activity. If, however, the pigmentation increases post-treatment, you could consider another pulse treatment for another four to five months. Although, it is advised that the Hydroquinone be combined with a Retinoic acid to limit skin bleaching and to help even out the colour and tone of the skin. Additionally, it is recommended that a product with botanical anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants like the Daily Power Defense be used, to assist in stabilizing the melanocytes and suppress the triggers of pigmentation, such as sun exposure or inflammation.

It is important to note that using excessive Hydroquinone concentration can cause many problems from unmanageable hyperpigmentation to toxic effects such as acute skin inflammation and melanocyte hyperactivity, leading to rebound hyperpigmentation.


Source: Dr. Sam van Eeden, MD, ‘Hydroquinone: Wolf in Sheep’s clothing?’ in Body Language Journal

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
Source: nlm.nih.gov

Winter Skin Conditions & How to Ease Them

With the temperature rapidly dropping this month, it’s common that our skin becomes a playground for problems, so we’ve decided to summarise the most common skin conditions during winter and what you can do to help prevent and/or treat them.

Eczema 

Eczema is a common inflammatory skin condition, with symptoms which may include itching, redness, and scaling. Flare-ups in the winter are common but avoiding these triggers may help lower the chances

  • Soap and detergents
  • Overheating/Indoor heating: can cause flares up, so while we’re not saying you need to freeze indoors, just try to keep the temperature down, to ensure it’s not too hot and aggravating for your skin.
  • Rough clothing: when it’s cold it’s evident that we’ll want to layer up to stay warm but some fabrics such as wool can be rough against the skin and become an irritant, so go for softer materials when buying your scarves and winter jumpers
  • Stress: this is obviously something which can impact  year round, so why no try to keep active as the endorphin released from exercise are great for mood boosting and minimizing stress.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common rash, which usually occurs on the face, and which predominantly affects both middle-aged (age range 30 to 60) and fair-skinned people. In the winter, Rosacea can often be easily aggravated due to triggers which are commonly sought out during this cold weather. So, here are a few things to avoid this winter:

  • Hot beverages such as tea and coffee, especially taken hot or strong, are obviously much loved, especially to help against those dark, cold mornings. However, for those who suffer from Rosacea, it’s best to try to steer clear of hot drinks.
  • Spicy foods, mustard, pepper, vinegar or pickles are advised to be avoided.
  • Alcohol is also a big no, no.
  • Excessive heat/indoor heating
  • Rough clothing

ZO Skin Health has a selection of products designed to help with Rosacea: http://bit.ly/1M6g2zL 

Acne

Virtually every adolescent has a few “spots” and in most patients. the acne clears up by the late teens or early 20’s. However, about 15% of the adolescent population have sufficient problems and need to seek treatment and this more severe acne tends to last longer. A small number of people can struggle with persistent acne lasting up to the age of 30 to 40 years, and sometimes beyond. Although, patients with persistent acne often have a family history of this kind of sever acne.

Factors which can impact acne are:

  • Hormonal factors: About 70% of females will notice an aggravation of the acne just before or in the first few days of the period, also known as PMS.
  • Stress
  • Diet: the temptation to comfort eat in the winter is arguably much stronger than in the summer but decreasing the consumption of  high-glycaemic index foods such as sugar, biscuits, and cakes have reportedly made a significant improvement for some sufferers.
  • Cosmetics: oil-based cosmetics, as well as general laziness in terms of taking off your makeup. can clog pores, cause excessive oil, and thus result in acne.

ZO Skin Health has a variety of treatments and products for acne: http://bit.ly/1MDLwOE

source: pcds.org.uk

Winter Skincare

Winter Skincare
We all know we shouldn’t be lazy when it comes to our winter skincare regime. Yet every year when the colder months come around, we find ourselves slacking on the routine we were so dedicated to, during the summer. It’s easy to become indifferent to skincare when you’re covered by a ton of layers, but trust us when we say, your skin will thank you for being attentive year-round!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when updating your winter skincare routine.

GSR™: Getting Skin Ready

ZO Skin Health’s first steps to achieving healthy skin are; cleanse, scrub and oil-control. These objectives enable the skin to function properly and to tolerate all daily exposure and activities.

Correction

You can correct and restore the surface texture of your skin through exfoliation. Exfoliating promotes skin-cell turnover and avoids a build up of dead skin cells to allow your skin to look it’s freshest.

SPF

Remember to ensure that your daily primer or cream has SPF such as our Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer in SPF30. UV rays can still damage your skin even in winter so an SPF is always essential.

Stabilisation

As the temperatures drop and indoor heating rises, it will cause your skin to become dull and lack-lustre. So after you’ve cleansed your face, it’s essential that you strengthen your skin and restore normal hydration to it. ZO’s Ossential Daily Power Defense is the perfect serum as it speeds up the skin’s natural mechanism to repair DNA damage and protect against future oxidative damage. In addition to providing antioxidant protection to combat free-radical damage and restore the skin’s barrier system.

Diet

During the summer you’re constantly drinking water because of the warmer weather but in the winter it’s still just as important to keep yourself hydrated. It doesn’t matter how good your skincare routine is, if you’re not drinking enough your water, your skin will be negatively affected. Alongside a healthy supply of water, your body also needs as good a diet as ever, so avoid the comfort foods and stick to healthy alternatives.

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