Located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona PCA SKIN offers professional skin care products, as well as, advanced education to professionals. They dedicate their time in improving your skin. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Jennifer Linder and Dr. Ivana Veljkovic about this amazing brand. Here is what they had to say…
(Q) Hello Dr. Linder and Dr. Veljkovic. How are you? Tell me a little more about the PCA SKIN brand…
Jennifer Linder, MD: PCA SKIN is a health care company whose clinically researched and scientifically formulated products have been designed to treat such skin conditions as acne, aging skin, sensitive skin and hyperpigmentation. Considered an industry pioneer, we were the first to provide these products to the medical and clinical aesthetics markets.
Ivana Veljkovic, PhD: Our peels are viewed as the gold standard in the industry. From the beginning, we have supported our peel technology with daily care products that are combined in customized regimens specific to the individual patient’s skin needs and goals.
(Q) Behind every great creation lies a major source of influence or inspiration. Can you tell me a little more about the inspiration behind the brand?
Dr. Linder: PCA SKIN was developed by an aesthetician to help physicians treat patients with troublesome skin conditions. There was a need for clinical skin care, which was not readily available in 1990 when PCA SKIN was first conceived. PCA SKIN was one of the first clinical skin care lines sold to physicians to treat the entire pathogenesis of the condition and to support the health of the skin. This line has always been designed to assist both the physician and the aesthetician, and support and encourage the relationship between the two. Now, after nearly 25 years, PCA SKIN is available to licensed skin health professionals in 78 countries and in more than 5,000 practices across the United States.
(Q) Currently, what are PCA SKIN’s most popular products? Tell me a little more about your best sellers…
Dr. Veljkovic: Our two retinol products, Intensive Clarity Treatment: 0.5% pure retinol night and Intensive Age Refining Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night, have been receiving rave reviews since their 2012 launch. What truly sets these products apart are their pure retinol formulations, each of which has been customized to treat specific concerns. Intensive Clarity Treatment is indicated to treat acneic conditions and hyperpigmentation, while Intensive Age Refining Treatment® aims to treat aging concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Linder: As with any retinol product, a broad spectrum sun protection product is of the utmost importance when using retinol at night. I view SPF as non-negotiable in my dermatology practice and offer all five of PCA SKIN’s broad spectrum sunscreens. This allows for further customization since patient compliance is the key to success. PCA SKIN’s suite of sunscreen includes Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45, with a quick-absorbing and light finish perfect for anyone who does not like the feel of traditional sunscreen; Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30, which contains five botanical pigment-inhibiting ingredients to correct and prevent hyperpigmentation; Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30 with a matte finish perfect for normal to oily skin types; Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30, ideal for dry and mature skin types in need of hydration; and Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45: Water Resistant for outdoor use while swimming or sweating for up to 80 minutes.
(Q) The products you have are impressive. One product that caught my attention was the Total Strength Serum. Tell me a little more about this product…
Dr. Veljkovic: Total Strength Serum offers a next generation peptide blend along with epidermal growth factor to tighten, strengthen and firm the skin. One of the most compelling ingredients included in Total Strength Serum is palmitoyl tripeptide-38, a matrix-building peptide that has demonstrated the ability to increase the production of six highly important dermal and epidermal components: collagen I, III and IV; fibronectin; hyaluronic acid; and laminin 5. Twice daily use results in a lifting, smoothing effect and a noticeable reduction in wrinkle volume; a decrease in the surface occupied by deep wrinkling; firming of the skin; and an improvement in texture.
(Q) Not only do you offer an array of skin care products and solutions, you also offer quite a few body care solutions, too. I am very intrigued by Perfecting Neck & Décolleté. Tell me a little more about this product…
Dr. Veljkovic: Perfecting Neck & Décolleté is a luxurious formulation containing an unprecedented combination of actives designed to address a broad spectrum of conditions common to the skin on the neck and chest. A unique blend of ingredients helps to boost collagen I, III and IV production; fortify thin, fragile skin; even out skin tone; reduce the appearance of laxity; and minimize the appearance of skin discoloration. This targeted product also includes an advanced combination of hydrating ingredients to boost overall results.
(Q) It is important to always cleanse, tone, exfoliate and moisturize. I have to ask though, how important is professional treatment whether using a therapeutic mask, a TCA and/or PCA peel or even a simple skin detox? How important is treating the skin?
Dr. Linder: A well-rounded daily care regimen and regularly scheduled professional treatments provide the best results possible. In other words, one without the other is not as effective as it could be. Most patients find that their results come quicker when they are seeing their skin health professional on a regular basis along with twice daily use of a daily care regimen customized to their skin concerns.
(Q) Other than facial detoxing, what other alternatives are there to facial masks and peels?
Dr. Veljkovic: PCA SKIN has formulated a selection of “peel alternatives” for patients who are not candidates for more advanced treatments. Retinoid treatments are safe for a wide range of skin types and concerns, and do not cause undue inflammation. PCA SKIN has a rather unique peel alternative called Oxygenating Trio that improves circulation, offers antioxidant support and increases skin metabolism for a wide range of skin types and conditions. The result is purified, glowing and radiant skin. Detox Gel Deep Pore Treatment is another peel alternative that allows for extraction ease by loosening the debris that can become trapped inside pores.
(Q) I have suffered from acne for years before it finally stopped. Although I have had to endure the occasional breakout since then, nothing like before. I have to ask, what causes acne?
Dr. Linder: Acne is a disorder of the skin marked by papules, pustules, comedones or cysts that can be easily aggravated by increased oil production and inflammation. The bacteria responsible for acne formation is the Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) bacteria. Another cause is increased cell debris in the follicle, making daily skin care a must and professional treatment advisable to those who suffer with acne.
(Q) Everyone from plastic surgeons to dermatologists to aestheticians and more carry PCA SKIN products. There are even people who believe it’s the best skin care line ever. How does this make you feel hearing this kind of feedback?
Dr. Linder: Hearing that type of feedback lets us know that we are fulfilling our vision, which is to improve people’s lives. Before being a part of PCA SKIN, I was a customer trying to overcome a difficult case of melasma. PCA SKIN was the only product line that worked and actually resolved my condition.
(Q) For all of those skin care enthusiasts reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for PCA SKIN?
Dr. Linder: PCA SKIN is dedicated to formulating expertise. As Chief Scientific Officer, it is my duty to formulate products that work, that are safe and effective. We continuously improve our products and our research efforts, so you may see reformulations of current products in the future, as well as new, cutting-edge products to help clear skin conditions in a timely and effective manner. As skin health science improves, so does the effectiveness and efficacy of our products.
For more information about PCA Skin, please visit www.pcaskin.com today.