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Lauri Answers ZO Skin Health FAQs (Dr. Zein Obagi’s newest products)

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Hydrating Cleanser

This very rich and creamy cleanser removes oil and impurities from the skin while providing nourishing, moisturizing and calming effects to the skin.

Exfoliating Cleanser

This cleanser is ideal for oil and acne prone skin. It has a dual function of exfoliating and cleansing both the oils and impurities of the skin and decreases surface bacteria that contribute to the acne process.

Gentle Cleanser

Works for all skin types. This gel based cleanser is designed to remove impurities and leave the skin feeling refreshed, clean and hydrated.


ZO Calming Toner

This wonderful toner is excellent for aging skin and  helps soothe dry, sensitive or irritated skin while creating the right PH balance to allow all the ZO products to easily penetrate the skin.

Oil Control Pads

Using a 2% salicylic acid, these highly effective acne pads are ideal to reduce the oils, bacteria and dead layers of skin cells which are all the culprits of acne. The pads also have a soothing emollient to calm and reduce acne redness.

Complexion Renewal Pads:

These pads have the blend of salicylic and glycolic acid to remove dirt, minimize surface oils and exfoliate clogged pores and dead layers of skin.


Exfoliating Polish

Magnesium crystals exfoliate dead skin cells to create a clear, smooth and even toned complexion. Ideal to use to exfoliate flaking and peeling skin when you are using the stronger prescription Retin A and Retinol products.

Dual Action Scrub

Is a stronger type of crystal exfoliant than the polish. It is perfect for oily and thicker type of skin types. Men with acne and thick beards really like the effects of this strong scrub.

Exfoliating Accelerator

Using the powerful combination of glycolic and lactic acid will help in the removal of dead layers of skin cells while providing calming and soothing benefits with aloe, green tea and chamomile. 

Enzymatic Peel

Enzymatic Peel is a home type of peel formulated to gently remove flaky peeling skin and leave the skin smoother, softer and brighter.

Acne Control

Acne Control is a maximum strength acne-fighting formula that helps to control surface oils, neutralizes bacteria and helps to prevent future breakouts.

Skin Lighteners

Pigment Control Crème 4% Hydroquinone

Pigment Control Crème 4% Hydroquinone is used to lighten and control hyperpigmentation. It is highly effective at going deep into the dermis to reduce melanin production at the cellular level. Melanin is what gives us our brown tones to the skin. The Pigment Control Crème with 4% Hydroquinone helps to control and inhibit overproduction of the brown pigment when our skin is exposed to too much sunlight or sun damage. This product must be used with an exfoliator such as Blending Cream and Tretinoin or ZO Texture and Wrinkle Repair Creme that has powerful retinols.

Pigment Control Crème 4% Hydroquinone and 20% Vitamin C

This powerful combination helps lighten and brighten severe brown hyperpigmentation and melasma. The blend of 4% Hydroquinone and Vitamin C are very synergistic in the skin to bleach and lighten difficult pigmentation issues.

Skin Renewal and Regeneration

Pigment Blending Crème with 4% Hydroquinone and TRETINOIN Duo:

The philosophy of Dr. Obagi’s skin renewal program was and is today to mix the powerful combination of Tretinoin (0.1%, 0.05% or .025%) with a highly effective skin cream that would penetrate the Tretinoin deep into the dermis layers stimulating new cellular turnover. This incredibly effective combination corrects deep brown hyperpigmentation issues and fines lines on the face.

This has been and is today the essence of skin rejuvenation and youthful skin. When new skin is stimulated to come to the surface, the old layers shed away and new skin appears clearer, smoother, hydrated and toned. Fine lines are reduced as the old skin layers peel away giving way to plump new skin cells. Facial skin appears brighter, tighter and glowing. The Pigment Blending Cream offers an even greater ability to help the traditional tretinoin penetrate more effectively giving way to better skin regeneration and glowing skin.

Wrinkle and Texture Repair

Dr. Obagi created as a stand-alone product that uses 1% Retinol and special plant stem cell antioxidants to stimulate skin renewal and cellular turnover also at the deeper dermis layers by using a unique delivery system. Like Tretinoin, the Retinol will stimulate your own natural production of hyaluronic acid which is what gives us our own natural soft plumpness and hydration of our skin. Wrinkle and Texture Repair is the perfect product again to be used as a newcomer to the ZO line or as a maintenance product to provide continue anti-aging effects to your skin. You will achieve visible improvement of your skin’s texture, firmness and color tone.

Radical Night Repair

This is the strongest of the 1% Retinol standalone skin cremes that powerfully exfoliates the dead layers of the skin to improve skin textures, fine lines and pigmentation. This skin product goes on like a pussy cat and roars like a lion when used in continuous days in a row. This is one product that needs gradual adjustment to his powerful strength.

Antioxidant Skin Products

Daily Power Defense

Daily Power Defense is a powerful antioxidant crème designed to protect the skin from the damaging rays of the sun and environmental factors. It also acts as a light moisturizer for those people who want hydration to the skin, but not a heavy type of cream.

10% Vitamin C Crème

Provides a potent dose of Vitamin C that brightens and protects the skin of environmental damages. This product promotes even skin tones and minimizes fine lines.

Growth Factor

Growth Factor is a lightweight gel for all skin types containing nourishing growth factors to strengthen the skin, supports rejuvenation and protects against future signs of aging.

Other Products

LATISSE® solution

LATISSE® solution is an actual growth treatment. In fact, it’s the only FDA-approved treatment clinically proven to grow lashes. And it’s the only lash growth product of its kind available by prescription. 

Zo Skin Health Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does it take to see results from using ZO Skin Health products?

A: Generally it takes 6 weeks for adjustment and tolerance to RNR but you can begin to see cellular turnover within 2 weeks. As you continue to use RNR, more dead layers are exfoliated, brown spots diminished, skin texture becomes smoother, fine lines and wrinkles reduced. Retinols or Retinoic acids are a must for keeping your skin youthful, bright, healthy and toned. Dr. Zein Obagi’s ZO Skin Health line of products has given our patients a range of wonderful options for Retinols, Retinoic acids, anti-oxidants and growth factors. I have personally used Dr. Obagi’s skin line for 20 years and will never switch to any other system. I’ll be 60 this year and have skin of a 20 year old. It is by far the best on the market.

Zo Skin Health Before and After

Lauri Kane at 40 before ZO Skin Health          Lauri at 52 after 12 years of ZO Skin Health

To find out about our ZO Products in Maryland, call the Center for Cosmetic Surgery & MediSpa at (410) 602-3322 and ask for Lauri Kane. Schedule a Consultation Today

Q: What makes ZO Skin Health Ossential Radical Night Repair (RNR) different than other Retinols out there?

A: Retinols come in different levels of strength and concentration. Store bought Retinols are created to be much more milder than prescription level Retinols. Dr. Obagi created an array of Retinols in his new line called ZO Skin Health from very mild to prescription strengths. The Radical Night Repair (RNR) is Dr. Obagi’s strongest product. What makes RNR unique is the Retinol is a 1% concentration and  micro-encapsulated for time release. It has anti-oxidants effects containing Vitamins C, E and A, plant and no animal products that neutralizes free radicals, reduces UV injury and reduces oil production. This highly concentrated product is extremely effective at stimulating cellular turnover, collagen production, hydration and reversing dry, dull skin.

Zo Skin Health Before and After


Patient with acne and pigmentation issues was treated by ZO Skin Health products using Tretinoin, blending cream, and skin lightener.

Q: What are your tips for applying Radical Night Repair(RNR) and how much should you use without getting irritation?

A: Because of its powerful strength it is advisable to use only 1-2 times a week using 2-3 pumps over the entire face. Initially you can expect some dryness, irritation and peeling as normal. RNR is as powerful as .1% Retin A. You’re getting all the same great anti-aging effectiveness. RNR has become my personal favorite product as it feels wonderful on the skin. I tell our patients it goes on like a kitten and has a punch of a lion. I also love it because it is extremely versatile. Once adjusted to it, you can use as an in-home peel by using it 3 days in a row, morning and evening.  I personally use RNR weekly and get a powerful level of exfoliation continually shedding my dead outer layer, giving my skin a beautiful daily glow. Be highly warned you must be well adjusted to RNR and be able to tolerate this very potent Retinol before attempting to get aggressive with it.

Zo Skin Health Before and After


Patient with pigmentation issues and fine lines was treated by ZO Skin Health products using Tretinoin, blending cream, skin lightener and C-Bright.

What is the difference between Retinol and prescription Retinoid products?

A: Both come from Vitamin A but the difference is how they penetrate  in the deep layers of the skin to create cellular turnover. Retinol penetrates the cell walls easier than Retin A or Retinoic acid. Retinols convert to Retinoic acid inside the cells. Retinols tend to be easier to tolerate than Retinoic acid causing less irritation. Retinols come in varying strengths like Retinoic acid, so the higher the strengths the greater their effectiveness. Both Retinol and prescription Retinoid products are used in the ZO Skin Health products.

Zo Skin Health Before and After


Patient with pigmentation issues and wrinkles received a TCA chemical peel and ongoing ZO Skin Health care using Tretinoin, blending cream, and skin lightener.

To find out about our ZO Products in Maryland, call the Center for Cosmetic Surgery & MediSpa at (410) 602-3322 and ask for Lauri Kane. Schedule a Consultation Today

Q: What is the Retinol within ZO Skin Health most beneficial for?

A: Retinols and Retinoic acid in ZO Skin Health products are effective to exfoliate the outer layer of skin and preventing build up of dead layers of cells. Both create growth of healthy cells, exfoliate the dead outer skin layer, reduce brown spots for even skin tones and diminish signs of aging.

Zo Skin Health Before and After


Never to old to take care of your skin. 80-year-old patient (and Lauri Kane’s Mom) with severe sun-damage, pigmentation issues and wrinkles was treated by ZO Skin Health products using Tretinoin, blending cream, and skin lightener, as well as a TCA chemical peel, Restylane fillers to lips and marionette lines.

Lauri’s mom at 80 years old starting ZO Skin Health and completely reversed her sun damage giving her a beautiful, glowing face. You’re never too old or too young to start taking care of your skin!

Zo Skin Health Before and After


Never to old to take care of your skin. 80-year-old patient (and Lauri Kane’s Mom) with severe sun-damage, pigmentation issues and wrinkles was treated by ZO Skin Health products using Tretinoin, blending cream, and skin lightener, as well as a TCA chemical peel, Restylane fillers to lips and marionette lines.

Why has Dr. Dean Kane chosen Dr. Zein Obagi’s Skin Care for Over 30 Years for his Patients and his Wife, Lauri Kane?

Dr. Dean Kane’s History with Dr. Obagi and his Skin Care Products

It was the late 1980’s following my General and Plastic Surgery residencies when I aligned my thoughts regarding physiologic healing now rebranded as “regenerative medicine” in self-stimulating the human body to heal and rejuvenate with a young pioneer named Zein Obagi, MD. Distinctly, we came to the same conclusions. For me, there was much more to youthfulness than a mechanical cosmetic facelift. We had a parallel philosophy regarding rejuvenating and healing the skin in the books we authored. For Dr. Obagi, a Navy Dermatologist, tretinoin, a vitamin A cream would reverse acne and make your skin more youthful. In his book, Obagi Skin Health Restoration and Rejuvenation and The Art of Skin Health Restoration and Rejuvenation, and his 2nd Edition he describes reversing skin aging using formulated creams to penetrate the skins cells reversing aging genes. I wrote chapters in Chronic Wound Care in replacing lost or senescent hormones and chemical messengers to assist in tissue injuries that would not heal. We met in 1989 and developed a friendship to last over 30 years. Lauri and I became involved from his very first “science days” of education and hands on teaching. Lauri became a scheduled product educator for both his lines as I was invited to participate in his 2 subsequent faculties as he developed his ideas with Obagi Medical Products (line since sold) and his recreation using updated international thinkers, biologists, chemists and newly found mediators to continually optimize the aging cell to heal, reverse damage and rejuvenate. This pharmaceutic level growth reached markets in well over 100 countries and thousands of physicians and cosmetologists.

The Historical Impact of Tretinoin for Skin Care

Developed in the 1940’s, tretinoin, a vitamin-A acid derivative has become the focus of skin cell renewal, scar remodeling, acne reversal, epidermal exfoliation and the standard for all subsequent brand-named generations. Yet, the acid formulation stays true to its gold standard and still used to achieve the most aggressive skin aging, sun-damage and weathering reversal. Hydroquinone, another prescription level medication is optimized in blending irregular skin discoloration. We remain true to the ZO Skin Health system today with the addition of plant-derived bases, antioxidants, melanin moderating molecules and continued quality improvements. There is no other pharmaceutic level system with on-going research and development equal to the ZO Skin Health system. When tretinoin was monopolized and therefore not available to the general population, Dr. Obagi resourced another interim retinoid to continue the care for each of our patients. The commitment to care, quality, teaching, exploration in skin health is unequaled and the reason Lauri and I have remained committed to Dr. Obagi and ZO Skin Health.

How ZO Skin Health Works

As the acid molecule, tretinoin creates irritation, (ie: the controlled inflammation that spurs on exfoliation and skin cell DNA upcoding to reverse the aging cells function). The addition of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, plant bases allow for better penetration of this vitamin-A molecule with less redness, flaking and irritation.

The second essential molecule for skin rejuvenation is hydroquinone, a melanin (pigment) blocking agent long used for bleaching the skin. Dr. Obagi and his biochemist has reduced pure whitening to gentle blending of normal skin color in areas where “post-inflammatory inflammation” has created dark blotches like in scars, acne, skin bites, sun exposure and the like. The ZO Sunblock is formulated to block UV skin damage and pigmentation. It provides anti-oxidation and anti-inflammation to the sun’s rays and also reverses DNA damage and on-going effects of sun damage.

Dr. Obagi believes that much of skin disease can be countered with rejuvenation of the skins immune system and has incorporated these discoveries and innovations into many highly useable and functional protocols for rejuvenation, acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, actinic keratoses, pre-malignancies and many other forms of skin disorders.

Dr. Obagi has created both a prescription level and a medspa level providing a range of skin products for all skin issues and concerns. No other physician nor pharmaceutical clinic has offered this scale of service to so many people and all skin types.

Where to Buy Zo Skin Health Products

You can purchase ZO Skin Health Products directly from our office or through our website here. For more information on skin products please call 410-602-3322 or email Lauri@DrDeanKane.com. Some products are sold by prescription only and an in-person consultation is required and always recommended prior to starting a skin care regimen.

To find out about our ZO Products in Maryland, call the Center for Cosmetic Surgery & MediSpa at (410) 602-3322 and ask for Lauri Kane. Schedule a Consultation Today