What it is
ZO Skin Health, Inc was founded by Dr. Obagi in 2007. It was created to provide patients and physicians alike with some of the world’s most effective and innovative skin care solutions. Dr. Obagi has produced products with cutting edge, advanced ingredients that contain effective formulations. ZO Skin Health products can be broken down and categorized into: ZO Skin Health and ZO Medical. While the products from the ZO Skin Health line are effective for the maintenance of therapeutic treatments, providing users with effective skincare for use on a daily basis, ZO Medical products have been specially formulated to treat a wide range of skin conditions and chronic disorders.
ZO Skin Health offers a range of high-potency, in-office treatments that can complement at-home protocols with a range of professional remedies.
The ZO Controlled Depth Peel
is a highly advanced, in-office only chemical peel procedure available at McLean Clinic. Sedation may be required and is best recommended for the treatment of scarring, severe laxity, severe texture damage, and advanced melasma. This treatment may be combined with other ablative procedures to maximize its effectiveness and can also be easily mixed with trichloracetic acid as deemed necessary. The ZO Controlled Depth Peel provides maximal skin tightening benefits and excellent anti-inflammatory benefits as well.
The ZO 3-Step Peel
is an innovative, in-office only chemical peel administered at McLean Clinic. It is effective in the treatment of melasma, acne, fine lines, rough texture, large pores and dullness. Suitable for all skin types, this peel is followed by an at-home treatment that produces longer lasting results than ordinary chemical peels. This dual-action, highly effective peel is designed to make skin feel renewed, while stimulating the production of new skin cell growth. The ZO 3-Step Peel blends exfoliants, retinol, and multi-action agents to dramatically improve the health of your skin and delivers anti-aging benefits. It supports the improvement of skin barrier protection and works to improve the skin’s ability to heal, regenerate, and repair itself. It also delivers excellent antioxidant protection as well as anti-irritant benefits.
The ZO HydraFacial
is a professional skin treatment available at McLean Clinic that uses patented technology to cleanser, extract, and hydrate the layers of the skin. The ingredients in the HydraFacial super serums are designed to create an instantly gratifying glow and works to diminish the appearance of discolouration. By reducing the appearance of brown spots, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation, the HydraFacial evens out the overall skin tone and helps prevent new formation of pigmentation spots.
How to Prepare
The ZO Getting Skin Ready System
will assist in the preparation of your skin to achieve the best results with the ZO Controlled Depth Peel, ZO 3-Step Peel, or ZO HydraFacial. With five different systems that are specially focused on the needs of your skin type, your skin will experience increased vitality and function.
- For normal to dry skin: Dehydrated skin can lead to oil overproduction caused by the skin’s lack of ability to produce moisture naturally. ZO Normal to Dry System will deliver moisture and remove irritants from the surface of the skin.
- For dry and sensitized skin: The ZO Dry and Sensitized System works below the surface of the skin to hydrate and calm the skin. It will strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier to decrease levels of irritation and restore overall balance.
- For oily and acne prone skin: The skin’s overproduction of oil can lead to inflammation, which can cause acne and breakouts to form. The ZO Oily and Acne Prone System works to exfoliate away dead skin cells that clog pores and reduces oils on the surface of the skin.
- For normal to oily skin: The overproduction of oil can be problematic because it can cause redness, uneven skin tone, and inflammation. To keep your skin balanced, the ZO Normal to Oily System will exfoliate and limit the production of oil in the skin.
- For all skin types: Our All Skin Types system is suitable for everyone, helping to balance, enhance, and restore the skin.
How It Works
The ZO Skin Health in-office treatments work by exfoliating and peeling away the older, top layers of the skin to reveal the new skin underneath. This results in total skin rejuvenation, as your skin will appear radiant, smooth, and even in colour.
ZO Skin Health Professional treatments are extremely effective in improving the appearance of the skin. Pigmentation such as age spots, freckles, acne scarring, and sun spots can be improved with these systems. The ZO Peels work on a long-term basis by increasing collagen production in the skin to deliver fantastic anti-aging benefits and targets large pores to improve overall texture, tone, and resilience of the skin.
Laser rejuvenation techniques can also be used in combination with ZO Peels for improved results. Depending on your skin type and condition, the longevity of the results will vary from patient to patient. Typically, results can be seen for up to 6 months before another treatment may be required.
Aftercare and Recovery
Patients can experience a feeling of a mild sunburn following their treatment. Superficial peeling may also occur, which lasts 3 to 5 days and causes redness and scaling.
To aid the skin in its healing process, it is extremely important that patients avoid overexposure to the sun immediately after receiving a ZO treatment. This is because the new skin following treatment is very fragile and sensitive, so it is important to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide on a daily basis. Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds for 1 month after your treatment.
Most McLean patients who receive a ZO Treatment do not experience any serious side effects from the procedure, and many would repeat the treatment and recommend it to their friends. Severe risks are rare, but may include scarring and pigmentation changes in skin for patients with dark skin tones. Prior to receiving ZO Treatment, you will have a consultation with a healthcare professional from McLean Clinic to ensure you are the best candidate for this treatment.
Myths and facts
Chemical peels are a very popular cosmetic procedure performed all around the world. Dermatologists have been using a wide range of peeling agents for decades and are able to administer these treatments safely and effectively. As many seek to reverse and reduce the signs of aging, peels have been a largely popular choice in rejuvenating the skin for a radiant, youthful appearance.