270 N. Canon Drive Suite 100
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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.


"Love Anita, Elin, and Dr. Obaji! I love all their products and I always leave satisfied. xoxo"



"Outstanding service from Margarita and Dr Obagi!!Love my skin . The products are the best . No need for me to wear make up"



"I hope that my reviews of other establishments do not bring this place into disrepute :)  This place is in a class of its own.  Want your face fixed?  Then this is the place to go!  Botox - CheckRestylane - CheckJuvaderm - CheckBlue laser peels - CheckVitamin injections - Check Back in the day, circa 2002, I would fly from NYC to BH to meet Dr. Obagi to fix my face.  13 years later, I still visit the office to fix my face for my occasional breakouts.  I just walk in there and yell please fix my face!  When I moved back east, I experienced some discoloration on my cheeks (must have been the pollution and god knows what else in the NYC subway atmosphere).  I went to several top-notch dermatologists in NYC and they couldn't fix my situation.  I'm vain - I admit that.  So I'll spend a pretty penny to erase my flaws.  So I flew back monthly to see Obagi.  AND, he fixed my face! Unlike most women in BH, I have not yet tried any injections or surgery.  So no botox, restylane, or juvaderm YET.  I might, hmmm, still considering if the face becomes dreadful in a decade. A long time ago the office visits were around $150.  I think Obagi now charges $450 or higher.  This excludes the products of course and any treatments.  I used to see him when I started the program.  However, I now see the NP.  The NP is substantially lower for the office visit.  Visiting Obagi is one step closer to the miracle - yes that's right!  The products are a miracle.  I was on the old nu derm program and although painful for the summer it was well worth the pain.  Just to give you an idea:  your face cracks, it's beet red, slightly painful, peeling, irritating, and you're essentially a vampire because you can't expose yourself to the sun too much.  All of this is explicitly disclosed in painstaking detail by everyone in that office which is good, so you know what you're getting into and to avoid lawsuits :) After several months, however, I got the plastic surgery for probably around the same cost. BUT without having to go under the knife.  I received so many compliments and some said  my face looked like a baby.  My skin was soft, no blemishes, smooth, uniform color, but a bit pink for several months.  The results lasted years and my face still looks pretty good just not as good as it did right after the program ended.  However, this has to do with me not being consistent with the maintenance program.  I went in to remove the discoloration and I came out with a new face.  The results were mind-boggling. The best part of the program is that the results are not superficial.  If you read the materials and discuss with Dr. Obagi, you'll learn that the products are meant to attack under the surface and get to the root of the problem.  Hence, the long term effects.  Now, I just have the occasional breakout and visit the office once a year for standard checkup.  Thank you Obagi for my youthful face!  I sometimes get confused for a high school student, often get carded, and look 10 years younger than my real age.The reason for the 4-star:  the costs.  The prices have skyrocketed over the years.  Although, I still go to Obagi and buy the products.  I refuse to use anything else."



"The centre itself and is one of the most world known places for cosmetology and Dr. Obagi is definitely a humble superstar of the industry. A lot of insiders and doctors come here for their procedures. I personally met Margarita only so far but had a great experience with her. She is very knowledgable, constantly evolving her professional experience, very caring and will never suggest anything with potential strong side effects. The front desk staff are amazing: attentive and helpful. Will be coming here on a regular basis."



"Outstanding service from Margarita and Dr Obagi!! Love my skin . The products are the best . No need for me to wear make up"



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