ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads; are they right for me?  

Vanessa Gibbs


Acne, breakouts and oily patches can take a toll on your confidence. But you can do something about them! ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads are an easy-to-use treatment that fights breakouts and clears your complexion—all in one step.  

Not sure if these pads are right for you? That’s where we can help. Here at Face Dr, our team of skin experts have helped thousands of clients find the best products for their skin type and concerns. We often do this through our free online skincare consultations where you can get tailored recommendations. This is the fastest and easiest way to find out if a product is right for you. 

Looking to buy the ZO Oil Control Pads online? If you’ve used the product before, you can complete our reorder form. First-time customer? Book a free online skincare consultation where our experts can analyse your skin and make sure these pads are right for you. 


To give you a better idea of what these pads can do, here’s what we’ll cover: 

  • What are the ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads? 
  • When do I use the ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads?  
  • How do I use the ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads?
  • Who can use the ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads?
  • How can I buy the ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads?

You can also find out more about another ZO toner, the ZO Complexion Renewal Pads, too. 


What are the ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads? 

The ZO Oil Control Pads are pre-soaked pads which are packed with ingredients to help to fight oil and target acne and breakouts. They use salicylic acid to unclog the pores and remove dirt and excess oil that can often cause acne and breakouts. 

Another breakout-fighting ingredient is rosa canina fruit extract which reduces how much oil the skin makes in the first place. This also helps to reduce the look of visible pores.  

The pads also include AHAs, mandelic acid and glycolic acid, to exfoliate the skin to improve texture and promote a healthy glow. These AHAs are also great for brightening post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation—those dark spots left behind after an acne spot. So the pads can fight active acne as well as any damage left behind. 

All of these ingredients—plus a few more—help to fight breakouts as well as reducing oily patches, while soothing and calming any irritation. 

When do I use the ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads?  

These pads are the toning step in your skincare routine. So if you’re following ZO’s Fundamental Five—the five steps Dr. Zein Obagi says are essential to any skincare routine—these pads come third, after cleansing and exfoliating. 

They’re designed to be used twice a day, morning and night. If you notice any dryness or sensitivity, simply reduce the amount you’re using the product to once a day or even once every other day—you’ll still see benefits! 

Face Dr top tip: When introducing new products like this into your routine, you may notice that your skin becomes a little dry or sensitive. But, as your skin gets used to it, you may be able to slowly increase the amount of times per week you use it—getting the maximum benefits in no time. Your skin expert can let you know exactly how to do this to reduce the chance of a reaction. 

woman with clear skin looking at camera

How do I use the ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads?

The ZO oil control pads come ready-soaked, meaning all you have to do is swipe one pad over your face and neck. Be sure to avoid the sensitive eye area. You don’t need to rinse with water afterwards, simply move onto the next step in your skincare routine. 

Face Dr top tip: You can even cut the pads in half and use one half in the morning and the other half in your evening routine. Plus, to make sure all the pads stay fully saturated with product, simply flip the tub while closed. 

Looking to target breakouts fast? You could use the oil control pads as part of a wider acne-fighting routine, such as the ZO Complexion Clearing Program. This includes the pads as well as the ZO Exfoliating Cleanser, ZO Exfoliating Polish and ZO Complexion Clearing Masque

Want to learn more about these products individually? We’ve covered the ZO Exfoliating Cleanser and ZO Exfoliating Polish in detail to help you figure out if they’re for you. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our skin experts who can recommend the best acne-fighting routine for your skin. 

Who can use the ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads?

The oil control pads are specifically designed for those with acne-prone skin. If you have cystic acne or recurring breakouts, these pads can help to clear up your complexion. If your skin’s clear right now and you want to keep it that way, the pads can help to prevent future breakouts. 

If your skin is sensitive, ZO’s Calming Toner may be a better choice, however. 

If you have normal to oily skin but acne isn’t so much of a concern for you, try ZO’s Complexion Renewal Pads instead. You can rea more about the complexion renewal pads here.

woman using skincare product with cotton pad

How much do the ZO Skin Health Oil Control Pads cost? 

As a brand, ZO’s policy says that stockists are not able to share product prices online. This is because the products contain a high concentration of active ingredients—that’s what makes them so effective. But that also means you need to speak with an expert to make sure you’re using the right ones and follow professional guidance on how to use them. As ZO’s products are prescriptive, they’re prices can’t be displayed like high street products can. 

However, you can simply create a Face Dr account to access ZO Skin Health prices online and find out more information. 

How can I buy the ZO Oil Control Pads in the UK?

Want to see these results yourself? It may be time to add these pads to your daily routine. But, you can’t just find ZO products in any high street store. The brand uses a high percentage of active ingredients which means that you’ll need to speak with a skincare expert to make sure you’re using the right products for you. 

But you don’t need to go far to find a Face Dr expert. We offer free online skincare consultations you can do from the comfort of your own home. On a 30-minute video call, one of our skin experts will analyse your skin and ask about your exact concerns. Then, they’ll be able to give you tailored recommendations on which products you should be using in your routine. They can answer any questions you have about ZO’s oil control pads—like how often you should be using them or what routine you should follow them up with. 

Plus, if there’s a better toner out there for your concerns—like the ZO’s Calming Toner or the Complexion Renewal Pads—they’ll let you know. There’s never any obligation to buy, but if you do, we’ll send the products directly to your door.

If you’ve already used the pads before, you can simply fill in our reorder form and we’ll get in touch. 


In summary 

Face Dr skin expert giving online skincare consultation

That’s everything you need to know about the ZO Oil Control Pads. Got any more questions? Our skin experts are always on hand to help. Simply book an online skincare consultation for free and friendly advice. 

Want to get even more out of your Face Dr experience? Sign up for a Face Dr account where you can review prices and buy ZO products online. We offer free delivery on orders over £75 or just £2.95 for orders below that. Plus, with an account, you can easily see your prescribed skincare routine and book a review with your dedicated skin expert—so everything you need for clear skin is all in one place.  

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