Coping with the Redness of Rosacea

Rosacea is a common but largely misunderstood inflammatory skin condition that affects more than 16 million Americans, according to the National Rosacea Association. Early symptoms include flushing and persistent redness, but for more severe cases, redness, pustules, and thickened rough skin can play havoc with one’s self esteem and confidence. Rosacea outbreaks come and go in a cyclic manner, and flare-ups may last for weeks to months and then disappear for a long time. Unfortunately, what causes this cascade of inflammation is not completely understood. Hormonal fluctuations, genetics, and hyperactive oil glands most likely play a…

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The Benefits of Retinol

We are constantly being bombarded with glossy ads and wild claims about products that will “reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles,” and “rejuvenate sun damaged skin,” and “take years off your skin.” It is enough to give you more wrinkles, just trying to figure it all out and sort through the hype. Dr. Obagi is a huge proponent of using retinol in your daily skincare regimen. “To evaluate whether an ingredient or formulation can deliver what it promises, we have to look at the science.” Retinol is one skin care ingredient that is frequently touted…

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The Truth Behind Anti-Aging Claims

The anti-aging movement has fostered an increased public awareness that many of the cutaneous changes associated with aging can now be prevented and reversed. Yet sorting through the anti-aging claims in today’s skincare market can often become a lesson in separating fact from fiction. Case In point, the recent crack down by the FDA on products that claim to affect the genetic structure of the skin. These products have not been adequately tested to prove this benefit, and if they did act as claimed, they would be considered a drug and not a cosmetic. On the…

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New Year, New Skin

Some New Year’s resolutions are meant to be broken: get to bed by 11 pm, cut out carbs, spend less money on shoes, really??? But new healthy skin habits, that’s a no-brainer. Healthier skin is possible for all skin types and skin tones, which is the premise of the ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical regimens. Instead of approaching troubling skin conditions like pigmentation, fine lines, acne, rosacea, wrinkles, and even sagging with an arsenal of injections, lasers, and radio frequency treatments, Dr. Obagi believes that the basic health of skin should be addressed. And some…

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Preposterous Anti-Aging Claims—They’re getting kind of old

When it comes to anti-aging skincare claims, who can you trust? The FDA wants you to know, so they have published a list of companies that are making false and misleading claims. In our opinion, it’s long overdue. While the industry was unregulated, companies began making more and more unproven claims and publishing increasingly misleading photos. And the companies they’re naming reads as a who’s who list of the top names in skincare: Helena Rubinstein, Guerlain, L’Oreal, Lancome, Coty, Lancaster, Avon, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Shiseido… the list goes on and on! Dr. Obagi has…

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Tip: Eat more water

Drinking 8 glasses of water every day is easier said than done. Are you looking for alternatives? Try eat more fruits and veggies, especially in the summer when fresh produce is easy to come by. Not only do they offer a healthy blend of vitamins, anti-oxidants, and fiber, they’re also high in water. Here are some of the best. F​ruits Strawberries—a 149 gram serving has 92% water. Melons—a typical portion of watermelon or cantaloupe is 160 grams, but the water content is 90-92%. Blueberries and apples—you can count on getting 84% of their weight in water,…

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Under a lot of stress? It shows.

Stress. There’s just no getting away from it. And all that stress shows—in fact, it’s written all over your face. Problem: Chronic stress triggers a hormone called cortisol, which reduces the ability of the skin to retain water. The result: a dull, dry complexion. Solutions: Although it seems counter-intuitive, reduce the amount or frequency of moisturizer. It causes your skin to stop collecting water from the food and water that you consume. Avoid the use of hot water and highly fragranced skincare products. Don’t use cleansers that strip your skin of its natural oils. Problem: A furrowed brow,…

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Our focus is your skin, nothing else.

“Keep your eye on the ball.” It’s such a simple concept. So, why trust a skincare company that’s got its eye on five other balls, from fragrances all the way to fashion? Dr. Obagi’s focus is your skin—always has been, always will be. You won’t ever find yourself browsing the cosmetic counters and coming across a hot new mascara with the ZO Skin Health logo on it. Nor will you stumble across our new shampoo and conditioner at your corner salon. We respect the two fields, but prefer to play the game for which we’re known—the…

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Skincare Products—Who is the fairest of them all?

Are skincare companies treating you fairly, or are you being ripped off? There have been a number of articles and ads comparing the effectiveness of a skincare products to their cost. While these reports raise some interesting questions, they generally don’t provide any meaningful answers. Consumer Reports concluded that just because a product is expensive doesn’t mean that it’s effective, and just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean that it’s worthless. We agree—to a point. How do you know? That’s a complex issue. We want you to make informed decisions, so let’s face the facts and see…

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You multitask and so should your skincare

If you know how to do five things at once, most business professionals would refer to you as a fine multitasker. You know that to get everything you want out of life, multitasking isn’t a choice, but a requirement. The same can be said for your skincare: to get everything you want for your skin, your products simply must multitask. If anyone can appreciate this concept, it’s you—today’s modern woman. That’s why Dr. Obagi created products like ZO Skin Health’s Oraser Body Emulsion, which accomplishes a multitude of tasks at once. We’re talking hydration, exfoliation, hyperpigmentation…

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