giovedì 28 febbraio 2013

Beauty, no pain no gain… The hard skin protocol for the celebs

Dr Zein Obagi

“Beauty,  no pain, no gain…”, says doctor Zein Obagi, dermatologist who treated celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz and Ricky Martin. His clinic in Beverly Hills has just landed in Italy in partnership with Enermedica of Rome. 

His thirty-year-long protocol to restore skin to its healthy is strong: It lasts at least five months in clinic, there’s a massive use of retinol to 1% (the creams on the market will contain at most 0.2%). And then: cleansing twice a day, once a day scrub, control of sebum twice daily. 

But how does it work? And is it suitable for everyone? Bellezzefelici has asked Chris Kraneiss, Vice President of International Affairs of ZO Skin Health by Zein Obagi.

Dr Obagi Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills

Q. An invasive method, suitable for everyone?
A.The ZO Skin Health Circle is catered specifically for each patient based upon his/her unique needs. As with exercise level and diet, the strength of ZO producs can be tailored to the individual and the desired improvement can be adjusted to satisfy any patient (male, female, young and old). After the age of 30, our skin functions start to greatly slow down. Thus, stimulation of these functions through topical products containing Dna repair, anti-inflammatory agents, retinol/retinoic acid, pigment control agents, and other corrective agents becomes essential.

Q. No pain, no gain. How long does the protocol last?
A.  We inform our patients that they will enter a 5 month period for skin restoration and deep repair with creams. Each full skin cycle (the time it takes from skin cells to fully mature and rise upwards from the base of the skin to the top, and subsequently be shed off) takes a full six weeks. Three full six week cycles (18 weeks total) are necessary to reach maximal improvement through our  comprehensive topical treatment regimens. Once this "correction" is completed, we transition the patient to an appropriate, unique maintenance program that they can use for the rest of their life.

Q. Deep exfoliation, redness, scaling: Can you go outside during the shock treatment? Or is it harmful to the skin?
A.  Patients do not need to stay home while using the topical product regimens. Although patients can (and will) undergo a period of red, dry, and peeling skin initially (lasting approximately 6-12 weeks as the skin is being repaired), patients can still go about their daily activities and make-up
can be worn throughout the course of the treatment. Once the skin becomes more tolerant of the creams (after approximately two skin cycles, or 12 weeks), the redness, dryness, and peeling will lessen/subside, yet the benefits of the topical products will continue to be occuring.


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