PCA SKIN® - smart skin solutions

Acknowledged in prominent medical textbooks as the originator of advanced blended chemical peel formulations, PCA SKIN remains the trusted industry leader in the development of gentle, yet highly effective professional treatments and daily care products. For nearly two decades we have been partnering with physicians to provide a proven process combining aesthetics and science for healthy, beautiful skin that begins at the cellular level. We set the bar high when it comes to innovative skin care, and with our commitment and passion for excellence we will continue to exceed expectations. PCA SKIN is available exclusively through physicians and licensed professionals. trust the experts.

At PCA SKIN we use rigorous research and science to develop safe, highly effective products that deliver healthy, beautiful skin. We accomplish this while maintaining a deep respect for human health and the environment. We do not use any synthetic colors or fragrances, and we do not perform or condone animal testing. All of our finished products are tested in case studies with patients in our medical practice.

Our philosophy starts with the basic premise that healthy skin is beautiful skin. We believe strongly in the importance of pre- and post-treatment for the skin, preparing it properly for a peel procedure then keeping it clean, hydrated and calm afterwards. This allows the patient to achieve outstanding results.

We also know that everyone’s skin is unique and requires a customized regimen that addresses all of their issues simultaneously. Our professional treatment protocols focus on breaking through the stratum corneum (the outer layer of the skin) to nourish the underlying dermis, as opposed to simply stripping away the surface. PCA SKIN’s progressive approach in our peels leads to dramatic results without unnecessary and unwanted trauma or downtime.

Company Information

A leading clinical skin care company in the development of professional chemical peels and advanced topicals for over 20 years, PCA SKIN was the first cosmeceutical company to provide scientifically researched daily care products and professional treatments to the medical and clinical aesthetics markets and is acknowledged in medical textbooks as the originator of advanced blended chemical peel formulations.

Founder Margaret Ancira, a licensed aesthetician, began partnering with renowned physicians and scientists in 1990 to help create PCA SKIN’s innovative formulations that are available exclusively through doctors and licensed skin care professionals throughout the United States and in 60 countries worldwide. At the forefront of science since its inception, PCA SKIN is consistently researching new ingredients and developing new formulations to improve its current professional treatment and daily care lines. Chief Scientist Jennifer Linder, M.D., Dermatologist and Mohs Skin Cancer Surgeon, joined the company in 2006 to lead this effort. A biomedical engineer and chemist, Dr. Linder guides all product development and clinical trials for the innovative cosmeceutical company.

As the CEO of PCA SKIN, Richard Linder leads all business development and business relations endeavors, always researching new channels of distribution worldwide in order to increase the company’s already broad domestic and international reach.

At PCA SKIN we use rigorous research and science to develop safe, highly effective products that deliver healthy, beautiful skin. We accomplish this while maintaining a deep respect for human health and the environment. All finished products are tested in clinical trials with patients in our medical practice. We do not perform or condone animal testing. PCA SKIN’s products incorporate the latest in medically scientifically researched ingredients to nourish, hydrate and rejuvenate skin, delivering optimal results. Free of synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, petrolatum, lanolin, phthalates and other known sensitizers, they are designed to deliver results without irritation. They are especially effective for helping to treat such varied skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, hyperpigmentation, rosacea and fine lines and wrinkles. PCA SKIN daily care products are available only through physicians and licensed medical professionals. PCA SKIN professional treatments may only be administered by professionals who have been certified by PCA SKIN. Certification requires the completion of an advanced Skin Biology & Chemical Peel Seminar. Continuing education remains an integral part of PCA SKIN’s mission to ensure that patients achieve the safest and most effective results from PCA SKIN daily care products and treatments.

About Dr. Jennifer Linder


Jennifer Linder, M.D., serves as Chief Scientific Officer for PCA SKIN®, guiding all product development and clinical trials for the company.

A board-certified dermatologist and a fellowship-trained skin cancer surgeon using the Mohs micrographic technique, Dr. Linder is one of the foremost U.S. experts in the use of the cosmetic filler, Sculptra. She holds a clinical faculty position in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, instructing other dermatologists in skin cancer surgery and the use of cosmetic injectibles.

Dr. Linder, who is a formally-trained biomedical engineer and chemist, graduated from the Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed a surgical internship at the University of Pennsylvania followed by a three-year dermatology residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Linder was then accepted for a highly coveted Mohs Micrographic Surgery Fellowship.

She received additional training in dermatologic surgery at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, the University of Tubigen, Germany, and the University of California San Francisco. While in Switzerland, Dr. Linder also trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Linder is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.

About Margaret Ancira

Margaret Ancira changed the face of skin care in 1990 by developing and marketing the first non-prescription and clinically researched professional and home care products directly to physicians and clinical aestheticians. The founder of PCA Advanced Skin Care Systems (PCA) is also a licensed aesthetician and innovator of several formulations including chemical peels that serve as treatment catalysts for skin rejuvenation, acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and sun damage. Margaret’s groundbreaking work in aesthetics has garnered her recognition as an industry leader and a respected educator in the field of skin care. Her pioneering chemical peel technology is cited in Cosmetic Dermatology by Leslie Baumann, M.D.; The Manual of Chemical Peels by Mark Rubin, M.D.; and The Non-Surgical Facelift Book by Michael Byun, M.D., John Mendelsohn, M.D., and William Truswell, M.D. She has lectured in Asia, Europe and Latin America, and is a regular featured speaker at major medical and aesthetics industry conferences across the US including:

- American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
- American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
- American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Nurses (ASPRSN)
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
- International Congress of Esthetics (ICE)
- International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference (IECSC)

The media also relies on Margaret’s expertise in skin care. She appears regularly on TV and radio to discuss skin care issues, and has authored numerous articles and guest columns in more than two dozen national medical journals, beauty trade publications and consumer periodicals.


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