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.


"Using Melamix and Vitamin A including the whole regimen cleared my skin and made it flawless. Never had better skin in my life while under the regimen! Obagi is the best! Thank you"



"I had heard about Dr. Obagi for years and had my first experience this month May 2016 it was amazing!  Let me say I love the layout in this place. The staff as a whole was very welcoming and professional. I purchased products with the amazing Alin on my first visit and had a facial with Rena and her blessed hands on my second visit. I was treated really well me and my daughter when we walked in. I loved the customer service and for that I will always be a customer. Thank you the Beverly Hills Obagi !!!!"



"I went to see Dr. Obagi earlier this year to get 2nd opinion on a bump on my face that I thought was cancer.   My original dermatologist wanted to remove it which would have left a scar.  The moment Dr. Obagi walked into the room he easily diagnosed that it was nothing but a wart (embarrassing).  If I would have went with the advice of my original dermatologist, I would have had an unnecessary scar on face!  To my surprised he diagnosed I had Rosacea and recommended an aggressive treatment that I have just started.  I found the staff incredibly knowledgable about the ZO skin line, professional, and caring.  Also, they were very helpful in walking me through how to use the products (several times).  I've already recommended Dr. Obagi to several friends and will continue to do so."



"Dr Obagi and staffI have been a loyal customer for many years because Dr Obagi is the best! He has a progressive scientific approach to skin care that yields effective results! Obagi and his awesome professional staff educates and demonstrates they are more than just a BRAND. Thank you my health and life has improved because of your genius!Javan"



"Dr. Obagi teaches you how to approach your skin in a scientific manner. I've always read about new products and stocked up my cabinets with some of the most expensive skin care lines out there, but now I see that I was just being brainwashed by magazines. I have seen the most improvement when using his products. You can meet with him so that he can assess your skin and tell you exactly which of his products to purchase and how to use them."



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