Under the guidance of Dr. Zein Obagi, this amazing skin care brand includes a series of therapeutic treatments, as well as, daily and preventative solutions. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Rick Woodin, who is head of research and chief scientist of the brand. Here is what he had to say…
(Q) Hello Rick. How are you? Tell me a little more about ZO Skin Health…
ZO Skin Health, Inc. was born from the central vision of Dr. Zein Obagi based upon his commitment to developing and delivering the most advanced, innovative skincare solutions available to deliver the healthy skin ideal for very human being around the globe. Dr. Obagi’s underlying principles are guided by his innovative concept, the ZO Skin Health Circle. The ZO Skin Health Circle serves as the platform for providing physicians with proven comprehensive skin care products and protocols designed to continuously address patients’ specific skin care needs, while creating and maintaining healthy skin.
The ZO Skin Health Circle enables physicians to keep patients returning to the practice by prescribing ZO Medical products for therapeutic treatment, and ZO Skin Health products for non-medical treatment. ZO Skin Health and ZO Medical products are available through physician-only distribution, we do not allow for any product sales through Internet sites, or directly to consumers, etc.
Dr. Zein Obagi, serving as Medical Director for ZO Skin Health, Inc., oversees the development of all new products and protocols. Under Dr. Obagi ‘s guidance, and working with renowned scientists and formulators, ZO Skin Health, Inc. develops new formulations that represent the latest advances in skin therapy technologies, unique delivery systems, bio-engineered complexes and exclusive formulations.
(Q) What is ZO Skin Health’s mission?
ZO Skin Health’s mission is to create the future of skin care. Utilizing cutting-edge science and Dr. Obagi’s extensive clinical experience creating treatments and regimens for healthy skin, ZO Skin Health’s objective is to provide the most advanced, comprehensive skincare programs for physicians and their patients. ZO Skin Health, Inc. is strategically focused on providing products and protocols that bridge the gap between therapeutic treatments and daily skin care that allow patients to holistically achieve their healthy skin ideal regardless of their age or unique skin condition.
To do this, we have merged all the necessary components of innovation, emerging advances in ingredient science, the end formulations and delivery systems, professional training, treatment protocols, and the physician’s deployment of such. The combination of Dr. Zeon Obagi’s principles from over 30 years ago and his newly developed principles of today, serve to enable physicians to treat, maintain, prevent, and provide ideal and exceptional skin care to people all over the world. We call this the “Universal Approach to Skin Health.”
(Q) You have products for just about every skin condition under the sun. You also have products that function differently yet benefit everyone, as well. I have to ask, what are your best selling products right now?
While we do not openly convey sales data we have a host of very successful in-market products and regimens. To highlight a few of our more broadly used products by patients, consumer and professionals:
Brightenex is our highly advanced home-use breakthrough in managing skin pigmentation through multi-modal mechanisms of biological action. Brightenex is chemically engineered to correct certain pigmentation problems and restore skins natural even color tone without bleaching skin as Hydroquinone does. It also stabilizes melanocyte activity and blocks new pigment from forming at multiple stages in the Melanogenesis pathway, and modulate inflammatory messaging that can induce new pigment formation.
Another is our highly popular Sun Smart System, a concomitant use system of our Oclipse® Sunscreens that offer Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB and HEV protection along with our Ossential Daily Power Defense, a second line of defense against cell damaging oxidative environmental stress, with added DNA protection and correction enzymes, and collagen production peptide activators correct signs of skin damage.
One final mention would be our highly regarded Ossential Growth Factor Serum that strengthens skin, repairs aging skin, and protects against future signs of aging. Ossential Growth Factor Serum was chemically engineered, using advanced bio-technology of enzymatic and plant derived cellular growth factors, to reduce the appearance of expression line, stimulate cellular renewal and collagen production to firm and tighten skin, reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help restore skin volume. Added DNA protectors and DNA repairing agents go one step further to prevent the return of the signs of skin aging.
(Q) I have combination skin which tends to lean towards oily in the Summer months (or warmer, hotter temperatures) and dry in the Winter months (or colder climates). I have endured acne, however; in spite of this, I have managed to get rid of it. I have the occasional breakouts, but nothing major. I am left with a little bit of scarring. What products would you recommend for me?
Oily Skin/Acne Management: For summer months when one experiences more oily skin we recommend a product regimen that includes:
Offects Exfoliating Cleanser, a gentle foaming gel cleanser designed for normal to oily skin. This unique cleanser contains a combination of exfoliating micro-beads and salicylic acid to rapidly remove dead surface skin cells and remove excess oil to keep pores clear. Encapsulated vitamin E provides added antioxidant benefits while a patented lipopeptide stimulates collagen production. Added phyto-extract complex calms and soothes skin.
After cleansing we recommend our Offects Exfoliating Polish to increase cell turnover and renewal to enhance overall skin texture. Infused with ultra-fine magnesium crystals it further removes dead skin cells to improve skin texture while promoting healthy circulation.
The next step in the Oily Skin/Acne regimen is our Offects TE ‐Pads, exfoliating oil control pads that dissolves and removes excess oil, deep cleans congested pores, and delivers maximum strength acne medicine to prevent oily skin breakouts.
The final step is our Ossential Daily Power Defense for daily defense against environmental stress, with added DNA protection and correction enzymes, and collagen production Peptide activators to correct signs of skin damage.
Dry Skin Management: For those who suffer from dry skin conditions we offer another specially designed product regimen specific to this skin care needs.
Ommerse Renewal Crème, a hydrating and calming crème, specifically engineered for dry, irritated skin. Ommerse Renewal Crème delivers deep hydration to the skin with natural emollients and then creates a barrier to lock-in renewed moisture balance. Added skin soothers calms skin with through the use of an advanced anti-irritant complex while added antioxidants protect against skin damaging free radicals.
Glycogent, those with dry skin commonly suffer from rough, scaly surface skin texture. To address this need we offer a high potency glycolic and lactic acid combination home-use peel that stimulates rapid removal of dead surface skin cells. This multi-acid complex exfoliates increases skin cell turnover rates to reduce rough skin texture and eliminate dry skin scaling. Invisapeel, to then maintain renewed skin texture and appearance we then offer a daily use, less aggressive peel with natural enzyme exfoliaters that work to keep skin smooth and soft, and prevent to return of dry, scaly skin texture.
Scarring Mitigation: For those who have suffered from past skin disorders that have resulted in signs of minor skin surface scarring we suggest using Retamax Active Vitamin A Micro Emulsion. Retamax is a lightweight, high potency Retinol lotion that helps to reverse signs of skin imperfections through an aggressive retinoid treatment approach. Retamax was specifically designed to predominantly treat at the surface to peel surface skin way and diminish signs of aging or imperfections such as minor skin scarring.
(Q) Although correcting and repairing a particular skin issue is key, at my age I am looking to prevent, as well. As a woman in her early 30s, would products would you recommend?
For those who are proactive and wish to prevent to onset of signs of intrinsic skin aging and/or environmentally induced damage we applaud them. To that offer what we refer to as our Level II: Anti-Aging Program, designed primarily to prevent, but can be used to treat if needed, very early signs of intrinsic aging -fine lines, uneven skin tone, loss of firmness. This program uses highly effective concentrations of active ingredients including growth factors, retinol, and specialized enzymes, to prevent skin damage at the cellular level. The product regimen includes our: Offects Exfoliating Cleanser, Offects Exfoliating Polish, Ossential Growth Factor Serum, and our Sun Smart System of Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 or our Oclipse C Sunscreen SPF 50 for those with higher sun sensitivity along with our Ossential Daily Power Defense.
(Q) What is RETAMAX? Tell me a little more about this particular product…
Retamax is a lightweight lotion with very high potency retinol for aggressive action that reverses the signs of aging and aids the prevention of future damage. Retamax stimulates the skins natural collagen production processes to produce firmer skin, reduce lines and wrinkles, and it also provides for even skin tone and even complexion. Retamax also activates the skin to restore moisture and enhance the skins natural barrier function. Added multi-antioxidant protection prevents future skin damage while anti-irritants provide for comfort in use.
(Q) What is GLYCOGENT? Tell me a little more about this product…
Glycogent is a high potency glycolic and lactic acid combination system that stimulates rapid removal of dead surface skin cells. Its multi-acid complex exfoliates increases skin cell turnover rates to improve texture and skin tone. Added anti-irritants and moisturizing help to soothe and heal damaged skin. Antioxidants vitamins E and A help prevent future damage.
(Q) What is the ZO Controlled Depth Peel? Tell me a little more about this particular product…
Our ZO Controlled Depth Peel is truly a revolutionary discovery and invention of Dr Obagi. The system, designed for professional use only that provides for controlled absorption and penetration using 30% trichloracetic acid (TCA) to medically treat various skin conditions such as acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines, skin pigmentation disorders, and sun damage. By modulating TCA dilution levels, showing TCA penetration, and observing certain depth signs, practitioners can control the depth of treatment ranging from the epidermis to the papillary dermis, immediate reticular dermis and upper reticular dermis.
The kit includes an innovative blue colored base, cleanser, and various necessary accessories to perform the peel procedure. First, the skin must always be pre-conditioning with ZO Skin Health products before performing the ZO Controlled Depth Peel. The way it works is TCA is applied to skin to cause surface skin cells to dehydrate and then peel off over a period of several days. Once the surface skin peels, it exposes a new layer of undamaged skin, which has a smoother texture and a more even skin tone. The uniqueness of ZO Controlled Depth Peel is its ability to guide systemic application of TCA treatments in an even and continuous application over the entire treatment area with an effective visual guidance system.
To do this Dr. Obagi custom-designed a pH-balanced blue colored peel base that compliments the use of the TCA peel. ZO Controlled Depth Peel base, when proportionally prepared with TCA, is a highly effective method to aid systemic application guidance over the entire treatment area. Enriched with skin lipid supplements, inflammatory modulators, and antioxidants this ZO CONTROLLED DEPTH PEEL. Base minimizes skin redness, replenishes skin barrier function, and prevents newly exposed skin cells from post-peel damaging oxidative stress.
Once the peel procedure is competed ZO Controlled Depth Peel cleanser is used to remove blue colorant residue. During the foaming action, an ultra-mild beta-hydroxy acid exfoliant also deposits on skin for secondary removal of any remaining dead surface skin cells. In addition, vitamin B3-niacinamide penetrates the upper layers of skin to help stimulate the skin’s natural cellular renewal processes and accelerate replenishment of new skin cells.
(Q) Tell me a little more about ZO Professional…
Our ZO Medical line of products is centered around offering ZO Medical therapeutic solutions, a system of products, protocols and treatments for a wide range of skin disorders and chronic conditions. For over 3 decades, Dr. 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. Zein Obagi’s next generation of therapeutic skincare products and treatments are exclusively available through skin health professionals. ZO Medical therapeutic skincare products are physician dispensed only through authorized medical practices or an appointed International partners.
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 patient specific needs.
Back Bar Professional Treatments – ZO Skin Health, Inc. offers physicians and their trained aestheticians an array of efficacious professional products for facials and treatment enhancements. Comprised of ZO proprietary formulations and professional protocols, the professional back bar program is ideal for a physician who provides spa-like treatments to extend the benefits of any skin heath regimen.
(Q) You have an array of events coming up this year. Everything from the FACE meeting (June 20-22) to the 23rd EADV Congress (October 8-12). Tell me a little more about these events and how ZO Skin Health plays an important role in them…
As you’ve noted ZO Skin Health, Inc. indeed engages in a broad range of medical industry forums as this serves us as a core communication platform in our strategy to reach the medical community at as many contact points as possible. Our key objective here is not driven by brand promotion as much as it is about propagation of knowledge. Our intent is to reach as many skin care professionals we can globally who will in turn broaden the reach to consumers and patients. Our ultimate desire it to imbed Dr. Obagi’s revolutionary skin health management philosophy and practices everywhere in the world in the hope that those professional we do reach will in turn help us bring the most advanced, innovative skin health solutions to every human being around the globe. Beyond the affiliations you note above, we have also become strategic partners with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and are deeply engaged in the American Academy of Dermatology. To this end, we will continue to broaden our worldwide presence in such forums toward achieving our ultimate ideal, healthy skin for all.
(Q) Everyone from celebrities to everyday people love ZO products. In fact, some of your products are carried in spas all across the country. They are also carried in various doctors offices. How does this make you feel?
We are very excited about this yes, and we do celebrate the successes we’ve achieved to date, not as much the corporate success, but in the way we have been able to positively impact renewed self confidence and esteem across our product users. However, our team is highly seasoned, and we have all experienced successes before. To that, and in being ever guided by our core principle of skin health achievement for all, we will never be fully satisfied until we have positively touched the lives of every human being on the planet who has skin issues to be addressed. It is important to note here that our products are only carried by doctors in their offices as we have a very controlled distribution process due to our unwavering commitment to our corporate partnerships with our practitioners.
(Q) When someone approaches you and says “you have not only changed my skin, but my life” how does this kind of feedback make you feel?
Again this is what we are all about, this is our guiding philosophy, our commitment to our fellow human beings, as inspired by Dr. Zein Obagi in all of us daily. This is why we do what we do as a team. Our business is to improve the quality of life for others, if we do this, yes our business will surely win by de-facto. But even more inspiring is when we all look back at our lives, when our business endeavors are over, can we look back and say, I really had a positive impact. I know I for one can only hope to achieve just this.
For more information about ZO Skin Health, please visit www.zoskinhealth.com today.