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10-11-09 | Posted by

 Jennifer Linder MD

Meet the CSO of PCA

As the Chief Scientific Officer of PCA SKIN, Dr. Linder is the brains behind the brand, responsible for ushering the product from development to clinical trials. She brings formal training as both a biomedical engineer and chemist, as well as being a board certified dermatologist who specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery. Add to that, Dr. Linder also trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery. It’s no wonder then, that she has an understanding of skin from the inside out.


What was the inspiration behind PCA SKIN?

PCA SKIN is a healthcare company that strives to improve patients’ lives.  Peoples’ self esteem and self image are closely tied to the health and appearance of their skin.  I have seen so many patients in tears because of their acne or skin discolorations and the fact that they feel like they cannot go outside without applying make-up.  When PCA launched in the 1990’s, physicians did not dispense skincare products, they simply wrote prescriptions.  Having the ability to recommend quality daily care products to patients gives physicians more control, and ensures positive outcomes to many different procedures and treatment.  As a physician, you want a group of products you can feel comfortable dispensing and selling to your patients, and PCA makes those products. 

What makes PCA SKIN different from other skincare brands?

We formulate with every skin type, tone and condition in mind, so each product contains a blend of effective ingredients rather than just one.  We literally make something for everyone, and scientific research is the backbone of our company.  If we find an ingredient that seems interesting, we will rigorously investigate its effects within the skin.  Many times, when new ingredients are launched into the market, no one knows what type of reaction they are causing in the skin.  When I am formulating a new product it is mandatory to understand, not only the effects an ingredient offers, but also how it is achieving those effects.  We also believe strongly in taking a low-dose approach to treating skin.  Inflammation is a key driver in so many of the conditions that we as physicians try to treat, so using aggressive products that cause inflammation is not the best choice.  Overly aggressive treatments will typically worsen skin, not make it better.

What are your top selling products?

Two of our moisturizers with SPF (hydrator plus SPF 25 and protecting hydrator SPF 25) are constantly at the top of the list.  The reason is because it is so hard to find a sunscreen that is not heavy and thick.  These are excellent options for daily use, with hydrator plus being best for normal to dry skin and protecting hydrator SPF 25 being best for normal to oily skin. These are not only wonderful hydrators but they also have the benefits of antioxidants and broad spectrum sunscreens. The third best seller is typically the ExLinea peptide smoothing serum.  This is an anti-wrinkle product that effectively reduces current and prevents future fine lines and wrinkles. It is also rich in antioxidants and hydrating ingredients to improve overall skin function.

What key ingredients do you rely on?

It depends upon the skin condition being treated.  There are a couple of staples in topical skincare that are well-rounded and perform multiple functions within the skin.  Retinol is an excellent ingredient that effectively builds collagen and elastin in the skin, increases cell turnover, hydrates, reduces free radical damage, suppresses acne breakouts and evens skin tone.  Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is also very beneficial, as it is provides collagen promotion, reduces skin discoloration and is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. 

As a MOHS surgeon, what is your take on the products and skincare habits that make the most difference for skin protection (besides simply sunscreen)?

Antioxidants are crucial.  In my opinion, sunscreen formulations should include a blend of antioxidants and patients should be applying antioxidant serums along with their sunscreens.  Antioxidants like soy isoflavones, resveratrol, EGCG from green tea, genistein from soy, silymarin, ascorbic acid and tocopherol (vitamin E) will help prevent the cellular oxidation that ultimately can lead to DNA mutation and skin cancer.

Are you a mom?

Not yet – but I do have a very spoiled dog named Madison.

What’s your favourite bag?

I love bags! My favorites are my Chloe lambskin saddlebag in a tan color; it goes with everything and is large enough for work.  I also love my Hobo wallet which is great for traveling, as it turns into a clutch at night.

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