Zein Obagi, M.D. – Founder & Dermatologist

Meet Zein Obagi, M.D.

Visionary and pioneer of the philosophy and science of skin health, Zein Obagi, M.D. represents the best of the ZO® Skin Health Circle™. His philosophy embraces therapeutic treatments to improve medical conditions in the skin, as well as maintenance programs after corrective treatments. In addition, daily skin care regimens to improve the quality of the skin and counteract sun or age-related skin damage continues to be his ongoing mission as he creates innovative and preventative measures to improve a patient's overall skin health. Dr. Obagi is internationally recognized as a leading skincare expert, award-winning inventor, educator, and author of Obagi Skin Health Restoration and Treatment, and The Art of Skin Health Restoration and Rejuvenation, 2nd Edition.

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Specialties and Skills

Capitalizing on more than 30+ years of clinical experience, Dr. Obagi founded ZO® Skin Health, Inc, in 2007, which was created to provide physicians and patients with the world’s most innovative and effective skin health solutions. As medical director of ZO® Skin Health, Inc., Dr. Obagi created products with technologically advanced ingredients and effective formulations for ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical. All ZO® Skin Health, Inc. products maintain the results of therapeutic treatments, provide effective daily skin care and protection from the environment, while ZO® Medical products have been optimized to treat a range of skin disorders and chronic conditions. He is a leading expert in treating the most challenging skin conditions and diseases.

Education and training

Dr. Obagi attended and earned his medical degree from Damascus Medical School. Afterward, he completed an internship at Deaconess Hospital in Detroit, MI. During his first residency, Dr. Obagi focused on pathologies at the Williams Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oaks, MI.  He also served as a Naval medical officer, resident in dermatology, and staff dermatologist for the United States Navy in Honolulu, HI, San Diego and Long Beach, CA.

Dr. Obagi is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dermatology; a member of the American Medical Association; the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery; the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery; the International Society of Dermatology; the Society of Investigative Dermatology and the American Academy of Aesthetic and Restorative Surgery.

Awards and Honors

  • Dr. Obagi was awarded 7 United States patents for devices and methods for treating skin damage.
  • He has trained thousands of physicians on products and treatments for skin rejuvenation and restoration, both at his clinic in Beverly Hills, CA and at seminars and workshops worldwide.
  • He has lectured at the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, the FACE Conference, and professional conferences and symposia in 28 different countries.
  • He wrote and updated The Art of Skin Health Restoration and Rejuvenation: The Science of Clinical Practice 2nd Edition, which is a definitive medical textbook on the subject of skin health.

Dr. Obagi developed his signature medical treatment, the ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™, which is used to treat various skin conditions including acne, wrinkles, fine lines, rough texture, pigmentation disorders, and sun damage. It can be used on all skin types and ethnicities for deeper repair, texture improvement, skin tightening and an overall more even skin tone. He also contributes to the development and design then approves every product created by ZO® Skin Health, Inc.

Reviews

"This facility continues to be number one for skin care. The Obagi product line is phenomenal. The staff is great and Suzi in particular is a standout for her patience and kindness. I can't imagine going anywhere else."

S.T.

Yelp

"I have been working with May Ali, Dr. Obagi's physician assistant. As a result, my skin has transformed in ways that I had only hoped for.  My skin looks clearer, blemishes, dark spots and creases have disappeared, and my skin has "tightened" up all over.  The products, with May's guidance, have taken years off of my skin.  I have tried many different products of all price ranges and nothing has worked like this before.  I now have my husband, two young adult daughters, and friends using the products as well. May takes a personalized interest in our care and spends time checking in to see how we are all doing with the skin care system/products, offering suggestions or changes to the routine if needed, and genuinely caring about our individualized needs."

W.S.

Yelp

"Zo Obagi creams are absolutely top notch.  Really recommended!  I have had persistent melasma problems for years.  Now for 7 weeks I follow a skin cream program to suppress this.  after only 2 weeks, and I am not exaggerating, I already had a clear result.  My skin is more even in color, the Peelings process works and my skin feels like baby skin and even my wrinkles are less! May is my medical specialist in this field.  And because every skin is unique, you first have a consultation with her per facetime / to see what is needed and what result you want to achieve yourself.  really she is very professional and will help you further.  There is a solution for everything.  wrinkles, melasma, red vein skin, dry skin ... I am so enthusiastic about the products, but all the more about the time and advice that physician assistant May Ali gives you. I like her a lot she is a TOP expert.  And I also like that they want to see you again after 3/4 weeks.  A lot of attention is paid to this after checking and the process.  So it is not just explanation, and buying products.  Good guidance.  So very committed to the customer!  .  I am very happy and can't wait until all melasma is under control and that I don't have to wear make-up more than just sunscreen.  it is really amazing !!  I love Zo Obagi products and Thank  you so much May for taking care of me!"

F.D.

Yelp

"Zo Obagi creams are absolutely top notch.  Really recommended!  I have had persistent melasma problems for years.  Now for 7 weeks I follow a skin cream program to suppress this.  after only 2 weeks, and I am not exaggerating, I already had a clear result.  My skin is more even in color, the Peelings process works and my skin feels like baby skin and even my wrinkles are less! May is my medical specialist in this field.  And because every skin is unique, you first have a consultation with her per facetime / to see what is needed and what result you want to achieve yourself.  really she is very professional and will help you further.  There is a solution for everything.  wrinkles, melasma, red vein skin, dry skin ... I am so enthusiastic about the products, but all the more about the time and advice that physician assistant May Ali gives you. I like her a lot she is a TOP expert.  And I also like that they want to see you again after 3/4 weeks.  A lot of attention is paid to this after checking and the process.  So it is not just explanation, and buying products.  Good guidance.  So very committed to the customer!  .  I am very happy and can’t wait until all melasma is under control and that I don’t have to wear make-up more than just sunscreen.  it is really amazing !!  I love Zo Obagi products and Thank  you so much May for taking care of me!"

F.D.

Yelp

"I have been working with May Ali, Dr. Obagi’s physician assistant. As a result, my skin has transformed in ways that I had only hoped for.  My skin looks clearer, blemishes, dark spots and creases have disappeared, and my skin has "tightened" up all over.  The products, with May’s guidance, have taken years off of my skin.  I have tried many different products of all price ranges and nothing has worked like this before.  I now have my husband, two young adult daughters, and friends using the products as well. May takes a personalized interest in our care and spends time checking in to see how we are all doing with the skin care system/products, offering suggestions or changes to the routine if needed, and genuinely caring about our individualized needs."

W.S.

Yelp

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