Complexion Correction with ZO Skin Health

Complexion Control Skin Care

What do you want to correct about your skin?

Are you concerned with uneven skin tone, dark spots, fine lines or redness?

The good news is that the most effective anti-aging ingredients (prescription retinoids and retinols—both vitamin A derivatives) target skin texture, hyperpigmentation, and lines and wrinkles for younger and healthier looking skin.

Retinoids and sunscreen offer a one-two punch in fighting signs of aging. But sometimes this duo is not sufficient to diminish discoloration or hyperpigmentation that has resulted from sun exposure.

Used for the past 50 years to treat pigment concerns, hydroquinone remains the gold standard for reversing dark spots, melasma, and uneven complexions.

ZO Medical Melamix™ contains 4% hydroquinone and is available by prescription only through SkinRenew.

ZO Medical Melamin™ also contains 4% hydroquinone, but with the addition of vitamin E to fight free radicals and repair damaged cells.

Dr. Obagi recommends that you only use hydroquinone under medical supervision because of potential side effects, such as irritation.

Many alternative skin lightening products have been developed. For example, ZO Medical Brightenex™ uses a blend of retinol, melanin inhibitors including soy, and antioxidants to brighten skin. Dr. Obagi often recommends using Brightenex™ after Melamin™ for optimum results.

Chemical peels also work to brighten complexions and diminish the appearance of dark spots. The Apeele chemical peel www.apeele.com is an in office procedure that causes some redness, peeling and flaking—enough to let you know it is working—resulting in a clearer complexion.

If you can spare the downtime—up to one week of extreme redness and extreme peeling—an Apeele chemical peel will reveal a new layer of undamaged skin with smoother texture, less lines and wrinkles, and more even skin tone.

No matter what condition you seek to correct, SkinRenew has the right solution for your skin.

Call and schedule a consultation today! (209) 526-2200

Protecting your Skin and Reversing Discoloration with Dr. Zein Obagi Skin Lightening Products

04_BrightenexAs we age, our bodies’ natural ability to heal and renew itself diminishes.

Over time, our skin becomes less and less resistant to the damaging effects of the sun’s rays, leading to discoloration.

On top of our naturally occurring lines and wrinkles, this discoloration can make you look significantly older than you are.

Skin discoloration from sun exposure occurs due to the overstimulation of melanocytes. Melanocytes are specialized skin cells that produce melanin, which makes the skin darker in response to sunlight in order to protect you.

Over time, the mechanisms that control these melanocytes break down or become damaged, resulting in permanent melanin production—this is the source of dark spots and permanent skin discoloration as we age. These dark spots are called solar lentigines, and can also be referred to as age spots, sun spots, or liver spots (though they have nothing to do with the liver).

Above everything else, the absolute best way to avoid discoloration, uneven skin tone, and dark spots is to avoid the sun. There’s no getting around it: the sun’s UV rays damage and age our skin. Their cumulative effect over the years may not be noticeable now, but the end results are undeniable. With too much exposure, you could end up looking 10 years older than you are.

The only 100% way to keep your complexion looking young is to protect yourself from the sun. Avoiding prolonged exposure, wearing protective clothing, and using broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection are the best ways to do so.

Even if you don’t think you’re getting too much sun, you most likely are. Around 90% of fair-skinned individuals over 60 develop dark spots from cumulative sun exposure. Keep yourself safe and keep your skin healthy!

The good news is that you can fight back against the discoloration of your skin. There are different ways to fight the effects of dark spots, with the most common being the exfoliation of the outermost skin layers to remove the pigmentation. This is accomplished through various methods, including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing.

While these methods do improve the skin tone and possibly texture, there are topical treatments that can be used in conjunction with these methods to improve their results. These products may even reduce the discoloration enough on their own.

Hydroquinone, a chemical that disrupts the function of melanocytes, acts by directly reducing and reversing pigmentation. Hydroquinone can be found in over-the-counter products, but with a lower concentration than in prescription products. Remember, when you use any product that’s designed to lighten your skin, it’s imperative that you use sunscreen daily.

Dr. Zein Obagi has developed 3 products designed specifically to fight the effects of dark spots: