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Is it safe to use retinol in the summer?

Retinol has long been the gold standard youth-booster, but it has a bad rap when it comes to sun sensitivity. Read on to discover why this is so undeserved… 

Skincare experts the world over rave about the restorative benefits of retinol, recommending the active to anyone looking to lessen lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and even acne breakouts. In fact, retinoids – the umbrella name for derivatives of vitamin A, of which retinol is one – are one of the most researched skincare ingredients, according to cosmetic doctor Emmaline Ashley.  

“With more than 40 years of clinical data behind them, we know retinoids can effectively increase cell turnover, stimulate collagen production, reduce sebum production, and aid skin healing,” shares Ashley.  

But there are many misconceptions that surround retinoids and when it comes to retinol especially, the most prevalent myth is that it’s best not to use it during the summer months. But is there any truth to this?  

 

The truth about retinol 

Available without a prescription, retinol is the most commonly used retinoid in over-the-counter skincare, and although it works in the same way as prescription retinoids, it is far milder. And while sensitivity, dryness and redness can be an issue when you first begin, or if you don’t gradually work your way up the strength ladder – “there is no evidence that it makes your skin photosensitive. Meaning it’s a total myth that it will cause your skin to burn in UV light,” reveals Ashley. 

This is a misconception that was likely born out of the advice to avoid the sun when using retinoids, “but that has more to do with UV light inactivating the chemical formula than anything else,” says Ashley.  

Studies have proven this, showing that retinoids don’t impact the minimal erythemal dose of human skin, which is the amount of UV light the skin can tolerate before burning. So, in actual fact the skin doesn’t become any more sensitive to the sun after retinoid exposure, it’s retinoids themselves that are sensitive to the sun. They break down making them less effective, which is why most experts recommend using retinol at night. 

However, even though retinol doesn’t exacerbate your skins’ sensitivity to the sun, “you should be wearing a high broad-spectrum sunscreen all year round,” advises Ashley. Why? Because even retinol has its limits, and repeated sun exposure causes the breakdown of collagen and elastin, and an increase in melanin production, leading to lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and a leathery look to the skin that will be hard to reverse once the damage is done. 

Dark Circles Under Eyes: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Did you know that dark circles aren’t always caused by a lack of sleep? In fact, dark circles under the eyes can be caused by a variety of different factors. Whilst many people despise the presence of dark circles, luckily there are some product and treatment options available to reduce the appearance of them. 

In this article, you’ll learn all about the possible causes of dark circles, how you can treat them, and how to prevent dark circles in the first place. With this information, you can be sure that you won’t have to deal with dark undereye circles ever again.  

To start off our discussion, let’s take a closer look at what dark circles are exactly and why they occur.  

What Are Dark Circles?  

Many people bemoan the presence of dark eye circles and bags, and for a good reason. Dark circles can make your face look older and more tired, which, of course, no one wants.  

Dark circles can affect anyone, irrespective of age, skin colour and gender. However, some people may be genetically predisposed to developing them. 

In some cases, dark circles are present due to hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is a condition whereby the skin darkens in certain areas, often due to sun exposure, ageing and scarring.  

However, abnormal pigmentation most commonly occurs under the eyes. This condition is known in the scientific community as periorbital hyperpigmentation. If you suffer from this condition, you might be wondering what causes it.  

What Causes Dark Eye Circles? 

As mentioned before, there is not just one cause of dark eye circles. However, unsurprisingly, one of the most common causes is lack of sleep and fatigue in general.  

You might have noticed that on the days in which you don’t get enough sleep, your complexion looks paler and more lack-lustre than usual. As the skin around the under-eyes is very thin, the underlying blood vessels are often very prominent and can be more noticeable on people with paler skin. This can create a discolouration around the under-eye area, which appears to look like dark circles.  

In addition to this, fatigue can cause fluid to build up under the skin, particularly around the eye area. This creates a puffiness around the eyes which are often called ‘eye bags’ and creates shadows, which contributes to the overall appearance of dark circles. 

Other Causes of Dark Circles 

Aside from general fatigue, the ageing process is another major cause of dark under-eye circles. As you age, the skin becomes thinner and loses volume, as well as vital collagen and elastin. The orbital area is one which is very prone to volume loss, as well as the cheeks. This can give the face that sunken look that we associate with ageing. This volume loss is a natural part of the ageing process, however it can create visible hollows underneath the eyes, which give the appearance of dark circles. 

Allergies also play a big part. One of the common symptoms of allergies is itchy eyes. As you itch your eyes, the skin around them often becomes irritated and puffy. The skin can also become red or dark in colour.  

Getting too much sun and genetic factors have to do with can both cause hyperpigmentation around the eyes. As for sun overexposure, you can avoid this issue by wearing a pair of sunglasses. Genetic dark circles can be harder to deal with, although, they can sometimes go away with age.  

Very rarely are dark circles a symptom of a more serious condition. For example, some people with thyroid disease may be more likely to develop dark circles under their eyes.  

Treatment Options for Dark Circles 

If you want to prevent dark circles, make sure you always get enough sleep and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Also, be sure to keep your skin healthy by choosing skincare brands that are dermatologically backed and feature key active ingredients, such as ZO Skin Health. However, if you already have dark circles, what should you do to get rid of them? 

Key Active Ingredients 

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We’re going to identify three key active ingredients which you should be looking out for in your search for a product to reduce your dark circles. 

Vitamin A 

Vitamin A, also known as the powerhouse retinol, is a rejuvenating and resurfacing ingredient which is used to address many different skin concerns, including signs of ageing and hyperpigmentation. Retinol is the most active form of Vitamin A and can massively contribute to improving your skin’s overall health. When topically applied, retinol helps to stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin, which can lead to tighter and more youthful skin. Due to its resurfacing benefits, it also works within the deeper layers of the skin to generate new skin cells and encourage new skin growth, helping to address issues such as hyperpigmentation.  

Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant ingredient, which helps to fight free radicals, protect the skin against damage as well as brighten up hyperpigmentation. It has been used for years in skincare as the answer to achieving more radiant and youthful looking skin. Similarly to retinol, Vitamin C is known to boost collagen production and also increase blood circulation which can help over time to minimise the appearance of dark circles.  

Caffeine 

Caffeine is well known for its stimulant properties, however it can also have a similar boosting effect when applied topically to the skin, hence why it is a popular ingredient in many eye creams. Caffeine has a blend of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which when applied to the skin can help to reduce the puffiness and darkness which is commonly associated with dark circles.  

ZO Skin Health Products 

ZO Skin Health is a medical-grade skincare range, created and developed by world renowned dermatologist, Dr Zein Obagi. The products within the range are all backed by extensive clinical research, innovative technologies and effective, high potency active ingredients. Here are three eye care products from the range which are effective at treating the issue of dark circles under the eyes: 

Growth Factor Eye Serum 

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This cooling eye serum is formulated with ZO Growth Factor Technology, neuropeptide and sodium acetylated hyaluronate to target deep eye wrinkles, hollowness and microcirculation decline. The product is designed with a built-in cooling massaging applicator to sooth the skin and de-puff tired eyes. 

Eye Brightening Crème 

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Created to brighten and support the skin’s elasticity, this eye cream contains retinol and caffeine to reduce the appearance of dark circles. The addition of shea butter and squalene provide a deep hydration by helping to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier. 

Intense Eye Crème 

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This targeted eye cream contains a blend of retinol, vitamin E, Matrixyl 3000 and mica and titanium dioxide to address signs of ageing around the eyes and improve the overall complexion. Featuring optical diffusers to reduce the appearance of dark circles and brighten the under-eyes.    

Home Care Tips 

Luckily, there are a few home care methods which you can try in your daily lives to help reduce the appearance of dark circles, however they should not be a substitute for having an expert skincare regime in place. 

A cold compress is a great place to start. Using ice cubes or a cold, wet rag, gently press on your dark circles. This works because the cold will help shrink the blood vessels around your eyes, reducing their appearance. It will also reduce any swelling in the area. Remember that this is not a substitute for a good night of sleep which should be your number one priority when treating dark circles.  

Cold tea bags work much like cold compresses. Tea, however, often contains antioxidants that can help combat inflammation and swelling.  

In-Clinic Treatment Options 

If you have persistent dark circles and are wanting to try a professional treatment, there are a few options available. Chemical peels and skin resurfacing can often help to reduce the appearance of dark circles, though they can be much more costly than home treatments. 

ZO Skin Health offers professional skin treatments through a network of expert practitioners across the UK. There are currently three different chemical peel options available to try, depending on the severity of your skin concerns and your needs. To find out more about ZO’s professional treatments and to find a practitioner near you, follow this link.

Start Your ZO Skin Health Journey Today 

If you have made it to the end of this article, you now know all about what dark circles are, how to prevent them and how to treat them. To find out more about how ZO Skin Health can help to address your skin concerns, head over to our website. 

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.

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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.

AHAs & BHAs for Skin Exfoliation

Before we get into the breakdown of what a BHA or AHA is, and how they work, let’s look at the most important question. Why do we need to exfoliate? Helping you skin to exfoliate ensures the skin stays looking radiant, smooth and that the skin care products you apply are getting where they need to be.

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How are they similar?

Both AHAs and BHAs are chemical exfoliators which make great alternatives to traditional grains and scrubs. They smooth the skin to improve the look of dull, uneven skin tone but both have their own unique qualities making them preferable for certain skin types and conditions. Let’s take a look at each one in a bit more detail.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

AHAs are water soluble which means they will only be effective on the top layer of the skin. This does make them perfect for someone who wants to exfoliate dry and sensitive skin. They are one of the most gentle effective exfoliants, so no more manual scrubbing which can cause extra damage and skin irritation. AHAs also have humectant properties, which means they hold moisture in the skin. AHAs can help with age spots, skin discoloration and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles! The most commonly used AHAs you will see in your skincare items are glycolic acid, mandelic acid and lactic acid.

Some of our favourite AHA containing ZO® products include Glyocgent, Offects® TE-Pads and Invisapeel.

Beta Hydroxy Acids

A big difference between AHAs and BHAs is that BHAs are oil soluble. This means that they can penetrate through any oil clogged pores, so they are working into a deeper level of the skin. BHAs are often used if you have tried to exfoliate with AHAs but need something a bit stronger, or of the needs of your skin have changed. They are generally encouraged for use on oily and acne prone skin, this is also due to their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The most commonly used BHA is Salicylic acid.

Many of our products contain BHAs, some of which include Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser, Cebatrol™ and Vitascrub™.

Something To Note

An important factor to remember with both AHAs and BHAs is you must wear a daily SPF 15 or higher! This is because where they exfoliate the skin’s surface, you will be more vulnerable to sun damage. The best direction is to apply your AHA or BHA product at night before bed, so it has time to really work on the skin, then apply SPF as part of your morning routine to keep you protected.

 

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.

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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/

Product Spotlight: SPF

Photoageing is one of the biggest causes of premature ageing leading to an increase in fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity and pigmentation. Sun damage is cumulative, the damage over the years from daily exposure to UV rays is not always externally visible. Early pigmentation damage occurs within the deeper layers of the skin and becomes more apparent on the surface as we age. The skin loses its ability to repair itself, prohibiting the breakdown and production of collagen, as well as the elasticity of the skin weakening, resulting in leathery and wrinkled skin.

With options for every skin type and lifestyle, ZO Skin Health’s sunscreens provide protection from the harmful effects of the sun while also improving the health of your skin.

Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50

  • The combination of UVA and UVB sunscreens offer broad spectrum, photostable sun protection
  • Fractionated melanin goes an extra step to shield against damaging high energy visible (HEV) light
  • Fractionated Melanin provides 6-8 hours of protection rather than the regular 1hr 45 minutes.
  • Fortified with vitamin C to inhibit pigment formation
  • Sheer tint that can be worn alone or as a makeup primer
  • Patented colour bursting beads release a subtle hint of customisable colour and radiance for a healthy glow that compliments any skin tone
  • Anti-redness inhibitors
  • Restores hydration with skin conditioners and skin barrier replenishers to skin stays youthful, soft and smooth

Key Ingredients

  • Avobenzone 3%: Provides UVA protection
  • Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%: Provide primarily UVB protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high energy visible (HEV) light
  • Iron Oxides and Mica: Pressure-release colour system for customisable skin tone
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: Pigmentation inhibition
  • Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate: 12-hour time release antioxidant complex fights against free radical damage

Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50 

  • Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 for Face & Body. Protects the skin from UVB, UVA and HEV exposure
  • Retains SPF for up to 80 minutes of water exposure
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant system helps protect the skin from reactive oxidative species
  • Provides anti-irritant and soothing benefits to help reduce redness and discomfort
  • Helps restore hydration and enhance the natural skin barrier to prevent dehydration from daily environmental exposure
  • Breakthrough one touch, all angle spray system provides uniform, even coverage for the entire face and boy with a non-greasy, weightless feel

Key ingredients

  • Octocrylene 10% (UVB), Octisalates 5% (UVB), Homosalate 15% (UVB), Avobenzone 3%(UVA): Provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high-energy visible light (HEV)
  • Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethyl Linoleate, Tocopherol: Provides DNA protection

Oclipse® Sunscreen Primer SPF 30

  • Provides daily multi-defence protection from UVA, UVB and high-energy visible (HEV) light
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release vitamin antioxidant system guards against photo-damage
  • DNA protection and repair
  • Helps minimise inflammation
  • Restores hydration and enhances skin barrier
  • Provides additional support to restore lipids and enhances skin barrier function
  • Helps to smooth the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines

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

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.

For more products to treat post-workout acne click the links below:

ZO Skin Health

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How Severe is Your Acne?

Everyone has heard of acne but did you know there are different types and levels of severity to it? Spots appear when your pores get clogged and filled with sebum and dead skin cells. But not all experience the same level of this condition. acne

The 4 Stages of Acne

  • Mild 

The first stage usually presents a small concentration of pimples or blackheads or a combination of both on the skin. Inflammation is not usually associated with it and it does not happen on a daily basis.

  • Moderate 

It occurs in men and women at any age. Blackheads, pustules, papules and pimples may form on the skin. It occurs more frequently and with more redness or inflammation around the affected area.

  • Moderate-severe

Inflammation is the most obvious change in the third stage. The area becomes red, irritated and inflamed. Cysts, papules and nodules may also be present.

  • Severe 

This stage is extremely painful with numerous pustules, cysts, papules and nodules in the affected area or in various parts of the body.

ZO Skin Health and Medical offers a wide range of products designed to remove oil, normalise pore size, help smooth skin’s surface, and reduce inflammation and irritation.

How to get rid of adult acne

Acne breakouts are a nightmare for anyone. No one is happy to see those dreaded red bumps pushing to the surface. So it’s safe to assume that a skincare routine that can help to prevent and treat adult acne would be life changing.

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Acne is an inflammatory condition that can come in a variety of stages from mild to severe. One of the number one enemies of acne is oil. So you’ve got to get rid of the oil and dead skin daily to avoid clogging pores and to reduce that inflammation. Salicylic acid is an ideal ingredient to help combat adult acne and breakouts. The ZO Medical solutions have high concentrations of ingredients like salicylic acid to effectively treat the skin.

Although, sometimes, regardless of diligently sticking to your routine, pimples can still pop up. This could be due to hormones, medication or some other factor out of your control. So, below we expand on a skincare routine formulated by Dr Obagi for both acne prevention and maintenance, just in case you get that odd pesky breakout.

 

Acne Prevention + Treatment Program

This simple regimen is for those who have started to experience increased oiliness, blackheads, and comedones. It controls oiliness by slowing sebum activity and breaking down surface sebum. It will also exfoliate dead skin cells helps to repair surface damage, decrease clogged pores and tighten them, to overall improve your skin’s texture.

Step Product

Morning or Night

1 GSR™ Offects Exfoliating Cleanser AM + PM
2 GSR™ Offects Exfoliating Polish AM
3 GSR™ Offects TE-Pads AM + PM
4 Treat Offects Sulfur Masque AM + PM
5 Treat Ossential Daily Power Defense AM
6 Treat Hydration and Calming Agents AM + PM
7 Protect Sun Protection AM
8 Optional Blemishbright™ or Offects® Correct & Conceal Acne Treatment AM + PM

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