Under the guidance of Dr. Zein Obagi, ZO Skin Health, Inc. has developed a wide spectrum of therapeutic treatment protocols and daily skincare solutions that create and maintain healthy skin. Based on the latest advances in skin therapy technologies – unique delivery systems, bio-engineered complexes, and exclusive formulations – these products can provide continuous skin health for all skin types, genders, and ages.

For over three decades, Dr. Zein Obagi defined the concept of skin health and developed skincare treatments and programs that can create truly healthy skin. Now with the introduction of ZO® Medical products, Dr. Obagi’s next generation of therapeutic skincare products and treatments are exclusively available through skin health professionals.

Dr. Zein Obagi concept of skin health

ZO® Medical Therapeutic Solutions

Products, protocols and treatments exclusively provided by skincare professionals for a wide range of skin disorders and chronic conditions.

Advanced Skin Health Solutions

Under the guidance of Dr. Zein Obagi, ZO Skin Health, Inc. has developed a wide spectrum of therapeutic treatments for everyone regardless on skin condition, age, gender or ethnicity. Based on the latest advances in skin therapy technology – biotechnology complexes, plant stem cell components, and multi-therapy delivery systems – these products and programs have been optimized for your specific needs.

The ZO® Medical Definition of Truly Healthy Skin

  • Smooth
  • Strong
  • Firm
  • Even toned
  • Hydrated
  • No disorders

Only genuine ZO Medical therapeutic skincare products are physician dispensed through authorized medical practices or an appointed International Partner. ZO Skin Health, Inc. does not endorse using ZO Medical products without guidance from a licensed physician or medical professional.

Innovative Science for Healthy Skin

ZO Skin Health, Inc. identified new bio-engineered complexes and utilized plant stem cell components with antioxidants to create unique formulations in multi-therapy delivery systems that have not been available until now.

ZO Medical therapeutic skincare products

Dr. Zein Obagi has created ZO® Medical.  With a goal of “whipping the skin into shape,” the multistep approach tackles wrinkles, spots, enlarged pores and sun damage by strengthening it so it is more resistant to age-related changes. Different from the namesake Obagi Medical and his offshoot ZO® Skin Health, Dr. Obagi says his new endeavor “raises the bar by treating the skin at every layer. Feeding it with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and retinol allows you to get the best results so the skin can come full circle.

DR. OBAGI’S PHILOSOPHY

What is unique about your approach to skin care? There are so many treatments and products in the market – what is different about ZO Skin Health, Inc.’s products?

Dr. Obagi: Skin health science, like any other science, is not static. Therefore, the need for improvement, expansion, and continuous adjustment is not only essential, but also necessary in obtaining optimal treatment results. What makes ZO Skin Health, Inc. different is our Universal Approach to Skin Health. We provide the original principles I identified 25 years ago when I started (Correction, Stimulation, and Bleaching/Blending), and the newly found principles of today, such as anti-inflammatory agents, DNA repair, barrier function enhancement, and non-hydroquinone pigment control.

For example, we’ve recently learned about some drawbacks to hydroquinone. We’ve learned that your skin builds resistance when hydroquinone is used for more than three to five months in a row, making skin photosensitive and resulting in some pigmentation problems due to loss of melanin. Hydroquinone helps with general repair of certain medical problems (the General Repair approach), but the value is limited as it does not provide the expanded benefits found in my new principles and does not eliminate the inflammation generated by many factors (external, internal, and by certain topical agents). We’ve also recently learned that there are some circumstances when tretinoin should not be used. In these situations, the skin may make use of only a portion of the tretinoin that is applied; the unused portion may, itself, cause irritation and inflammation. For that reason, patients should only use tretinoin for three to five months. After that, I advise patients to switch to retinol in proper formulation and concentration for maintenance and prevention. What makes ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical products different is that we offer expanded benefits, improved treatment protocol results, broadened margins of safety, economical products, and increased patient compliance by offering the concept of prevention.

What was your vision for ZO Skin Health, Inc. when you launched it in 2007?

Dr. Obagi: I wanted to fulfill my dreams of focusing on skin health – to implement my ideas of 25 years ago and expand upon them with the knowledge and new principles of today. Prevention is a big part of skin health. With ZO® Skin Health, I wanted to create principles and products for people who want to have healthy skin, to maintain healthy skin, and to prevent future problems by following a nonmedical approach. On the ZO® Medical side, I wanted to stress patient safety by helping doctors and patients forge closer bonds so that the parties could work together to treat unhealthy skin.

What are the differences between ZO Skin Health, Inc.’s products and what Obagi Medical Products offers?

Dr. Obagi: OMP’s products were good products for their time, but today I believe that they are outdated. I conceived and brought to market the original Obagi Nu-Derm® System more than 25 years ago based on then-current skin health principles (Correction, Stimulation, and Bleaching and Blending). However these principles, that served physicians and patients very well for many years, are no longer sufficient or suitable for everyone. We have discovered in the last ten years the negative effects of inflammation and glycation, the need to enhance skin strength and increase skin ability to resist the negative effects of many external and internal factors, and the need to enhance our skin’s ability to repair damaged skin DNA.

These are our new objectives that need to be incorporated within the old principles to widen the benefits of skin health restoration and expand existing treatment protocols (not only to treat skin problems, but to prevent them). All of these new discoveries and principles are reflected in ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical products.

With our ZO® Medical products I have incorporated all of the agents and ingredients necessary to achieve the same results as the disease-specific systems through well-defined and easy to follow protocols while restoring skin health at the same time. This results in a more flexible product line, better treatment, and happier patients.

The ZO® Medical Line of Products – 2 Approaches

Hydroquinone Approach

1. Choose cleanser based on skin type

NORMACLEANSE™
A gentle cleanser for normal to dry skin with collagen-boosting peptides to firm skin. Its advanced surfactant gently removes impurities and oil, and prepares the skin to receive therapeutic treatments. This unique formulation gently cleans and conditions the skin.

OR

OILACLEANSE™
A dual-action cleanser best for normal to oily skin that removes impurities and targets excess oil to prevent clogged pores. Dual-action cleanser exfoliates and cleanses skin targeting excess oil. Removes oil and other impurities to clean the skin and clear acne.

2. Choose toner based on skin type

BALATONE™
A calming toner designed to invigorate dry, weak skin, remove impurities and balance skin pH.

OR

CEBATROL™
Oil-control pads that exfoliate with salicylic acid to manage acne, reduce oiliness and smooth skin.

3. Exfolate with glycogent4. Apply Melamin (HQ 4%)

GLYCOGENT™
A glycolic and lactic acid complex that exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and calms skin with anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

AND

MELAMIN™
Available by prescription only. Contains 4% hydroquinone to inhibit melanin production and correct pigmentation problems in conditions such as melasma, freckles and sun spots.

5. Mix Melamix with tretinoin to reach deeper skin cells.

MELAMIX™
Available by prescription only. A skin lightener and blending crème with 4% hydroquinone, a gradual lightening agent.

AND

Tretinoin
Tretinoin 0.1% and Tretinoin 0.05% are available by prescription only.

Non Hydroquinone Approach

1. Cleanser2. Toner3. Brightenex or Retamax BRIGHTENEX™A NEW alternative to hydroquinone for skin brightening. A non HQ blend of 1% retinol, melanin inhibitors and antioxidants brighten and even skin tone. OR RETAMAX™Retinol in rapid-delivery system improves skin tone, texture and firmness to reverse the signs of aging. This potent retinol (1.0%), blended with plant stem cell antioxidants and bio-mimetic proteins, helps reverse the signs of aging and aids in the prevention of future damage.