Zein Obagi, MD – Founder & Dermatologist

Meet Dr. Zein Obagi

Internationally known for more than 30 years as a leading expert in skin health solutions, our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Zein Obagi, is an innovator and visionary in the skin health industry. Dr. Obagi has continually refined his methods and protocols to provide his patients with cutting-edge treatments and exceptional skin health solutions. Dr. Obagi is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is 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.

In 2007, Dr. Obagi founded ZO® Skin Health, Inc. to provide physicians and patients with innovative and effective skin health solutions. As medical director of ZO® Skin Health, Inc., Dr. Obagi's skin care divisions are ZO® Skin Health, Inc. and ZO® Medical. ZO® Skin Health, Inc. continually manufactures skin care products to preserve the outcomes of therapeutic facial treatments, effective daily skin care, and to protect skin from the sun and environment. ZO® Medical products have been enhanced to treat a variety of acute skin disorders and chronic skin conditions. Dr. Obagi pioneered the philosophy and science of skin health, which is presently represented best by the ZO® Skin Health Circle™.

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Specialties and skills

Dr. Obagi continues to contribute to the development of new ZO® Skin Health, Inc. products, and he approves every product before it is available to his patients. In addition, all of Dr. Obagi’s associates and ZO Skin Centre® practitioners are trained in a philosophy and view of skin health science that encompasses:

  • Therapeutic solutions to correct medical skin conditions
  • Maintenance programs to prevent recurrence of medical skin conditions
  • Daily skin care options to keep skin healthy and prevent premature aging while avoiding future skin damage 
  • Preventative programs that improve overall skin health by minimizing UV damage and protecting against environmental aggressors

His award-winning, signature medical treatment is the ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™ for all skin types. This is an advanced facelift peel performed alone or in combination with laser skin resurfacing treatments. His ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™ is used to treat various skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, fine lines, rough texture, pigmentation disorders, and sun damage. All practitioners who practice at a ZO Skin Centre® are trained to perform the ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™.

Education and Training

Dr. Obagi is an alumnus of Damascus Medical School where he earned his medical degree. He held his first internship at Deaconess Hospital in Detroit, MI. Afterward, he completed a residency in pathologies at the Williams Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oaks.  Following his medical education, Dr. Obagi served as a Naval medical officer in Honolulu, HI, a resident in dermatology at the Naval Hospital of San Diego, CA and a staff dermatologist at the Naval Hospital in Long Beach, CA.

Awards and Honors

As a world-renowned dermatologist and skin care innovator, Dr. Zein Obagi has trained thousands of physicians on dermatological care, and has lectured at medical seminars and academic workshops both nationally and internationally. 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. Dr. Obagi has authored several best-selling books on the subject of skin health including Obagi Skin Health Restoration & Rejuvenation (1999) and The Art of Skin Health Restoration & Rejuvenation: The Science of Clinical Practice (2015). With his professional experience and wealth of knowledge, it's no surprise that he is continually sought after for TV interviews and speaking engagements. He has appeared on Colorado's Best, The Morning Blend, Good Day L.A., and more.


"Claudia is a great aesthetician. I just had the brightening facial and honestly, my skin looks amazing...super happy...Im grateful! Awesome service....love this place...a real treat!! The products they use are super advanced in terms of technology and with the lasers and creams by Obagi are all very top notch in terms of making this something that can truly make a difference in making skin rejuvenated and young...Actually reversing all the damage. Claudia did this yesterday and I am very happy....!"



"Coming here my skin was screaming S.O.S. I have tried every drugstore and name brands of skin regimen and none of them worked for my skin. I had to try Obagi since my friend who has ageless and flawless skin swears by Obagi products. Natalia was very helpful and put me on a skin care plan that would cater to my dry skin problems. After a month of use I saw a dramatic change to my face. Coming in I was skeptical at first because I've lost hope in improving my skin , but luckily Obagi products put life again back to my skin. I also work nights and the de-puffer for the eyes have work wonders. I highly recommend Obagi products  to those looking to revitalize and rejuvenate life back to their skin. I'm looking forward for my first facial tomorrow with Natalia!"



"I was treated by Dr. Obagi and staff for many years at the Beverly Hills location, but hadn’t been in for a long time due to a move. Visiting the Pasadena location was just as good, or maybe even better, with all the new (to me) treatments available. Getting a facial here is so worth it. After being treated I felt like I had just come back from a restful vacation, and my skin looks great. Looking forward to going back."



"I have been coming to this clinic for years and they never disappoint. I highly recommend ZO Pasadena for a lot of good reasons--from their practitioners down to the cleanliness of the place. To start, Zein Obagi is a very reputable clinician and his products really work! Anita who is one of their NPs is very hands-on and will really look into helping you achieve your skin goals. Claudia is a gem. She’s very good skills, has gentle hands and has very calm energy that makes your skincare experience worth the $$$. Shelly is my angel and my to-go person just about anything ZO. She is very knowledgeable and accommodating, embodies what a great customer service should be. Yes they’re a bit on the expensive side, but their products work! I cut back on my facial appointments to at least 50% all because of their exemplary service."



"Really loved the ZO Obagi Skin care! Thanks guys specially Ms Anita for helping my skin clearer than it’s ever been!"



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