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poised for a bright future
The PCA leadership and team continue their mission
Michael Larrain joins PCA SKIN after more than two decades as a leader with top beauty, health and wellness brands. Mr. Larrain’s background in developing and expanding national brands aligns perfectly with PCA SKIN®’s long-standing record of growth, and to drive the company’s next phase of expansion.
Our own chemist, Dr. Ivana Veljkovic will be speaking at the International Congress of Polish Society for Aesthetic Dermatology this year, as we continue to support this growing market and our distributorship relationship in Poland.
PCA is celebrating 25 years of partnering with skin health clinicians to improve people’s lives. We look forward to all of our valued customers joining us in our continued growth, domestically and internationally.
fighting skin aging with science
Chemistry meets cosmetic elegance yet again
C&E Strength, C&E Strength Max, Ideal Complex: Revitalizing Eye Gel and Ideal Complex: Restorative Eye Cream are added to the corrective line. PCA continues to innovate products and categories that are consistently the most effective in the industry. In particular, our advanced age control product offerings expand.
Perfecting Neck & Decollete is introduced into the line.
This year also marks the introduction of Total Strength Serum. These two new anti-aging products combine scientific innovation and artistic formulation to deliver excellent, visible results.
Ultra Peel® I is highlighted in the May issue of Vogue.
PCA is named the ThinkGlobal Exporter of the Year in the Health and Beauty/Fashion category. The Exporter of the Year Award recognizes the export success of small to medium-sized businesses that account for 97 percent of the American export community. PCA SKIN® was selected by ThinkGlobal based on outperforming others in the total number of documented export deals completed in 2011, total percentage increase in sales in 2011 compared to 2010, and exports as percentage of total sales. In fact, PCA SKIN has experienced significant international growth, entering China, Russia, Greece and Australia in recent years, with exponential international revenue growth in the past several years.
The company establishes a new international distribution partnership in Mexico
For a fourth year, PCA is named one of the Most Admired Companies
PCA again receives the INC 500/5000 award recognizing
exponential growth and impressive recognition
PCA receives multiple awards and continues product line growth
PCA SKIN® introduces two market-leading retinol products, Intensive Age Refining Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night and Intensive Clarity Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night. These two revolutionary products were also featured in the April issue of Vogue. PCA receives the INC 500/5000 award, recognizing some of the fastest growing companies in America.
For the third year in a row, PCA is named one of the Most Admired Companies by AZ Business Magazine and bestcompaniesaz.
The company received Excellence in Global Business Award from the Arizona District Export Council to recognize their international business success.
The company is recognized as one of The 100 Best Companies to Work in Arizona from bestcompaniesaz.
PCA continues its international growth with a distribution partnership in Poland.
admiration and media recognition
Publications highlight PCA products
O Magazine highlights Dry Skin Relief Bar® in their “Look What We Found!” section. Reaching over 12 million readers monthly, this recognition is quite powerful. Body Therapy, with 12% lactic acid for extremely dry skin conditions, is added to the daily care line. This exceptional therapeutic topical shows great promise for improving a variety of dry skin conditions. PCA is again named one of the Most Admired Companies by AZ Business Magazine and bestcompaniesaz.
more SPF awards
The suite of PCA SKIN® broad spectrum sunscreens grows
Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45, Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45: Water Resistant are launched. These three new PCA SKIN broad spectrum sunscreens undergo outside testing to prove their safety and efficacy and are awarded the coveted Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation.
This year also marked our grand opening of our flagship global headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.
PCA is recognized
Awards and more international expansion
The company was named one of the Top 25 Best Workplaces for Women by Arizona Woman Magazine. PCA opened a new international distribution in Scandinavia. The alliance marked our first entrance into the Scandinavian skin and health care markets. Six years later, we continue to see the growing success of PCA SKIN® in Scandinavia.
new products continue
Innovation for treating a variety of skin types
The daily care line expands to include Hydrating Serum and Brightening Therapy® with TrueTone. Hydrating Serum is an advanced hydration topical that contains ingredients that are able to hydrate not only the surface of skin, but also within the cells. This product is an essential for dry skin types and can be used as a replacement for an evening moisturizer in oily skin or humid climates.
Brightening Therapy® with TrueTone provides a blend of ingredients that fight discolorations and brighten the complexion – even in highly sensitive skin.
protecting and preserving the environment
Being environmentally responsible while continuing product introductions
In our continued environmental efforts, we discontinued the use of Styrofoam® packing peanuts in favor of completely biodegradable cornstarch peanuts. Additionally, our paper products are Forest Service approved and our packaging is recyclable.
Notable product launches in 2007 were Anti-Redness Serum, an innovative combination or caper bud extracts and red and brown algae to reduce redness and improve sensitive skin; and Retinol Renewal with RestorAtive Complex, a novel retinol complex product that fights skin aging without irritation.
new leadership and recognition
PCA is taken to new levels of expansion
The suite of PCA SKIN® sunscreens is awarded The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. In order to receive the coveted Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, each product in the suite of PCA sunscreens must go through a rigorous battery of testing at an outside lab to prove its safety and efficacy – even when exposed to UV rays.
Board certified dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgeon Dr. Jennifer Linder and Harvard MBA and entrepreneur Richard Linder join the company. Dr. Linder becomes Chief Scientific Officer and Mr. Linder guides the company as CEO.
New product launches this year include Creamy Cleanser, Peptide Lip Therapy and Smoothing Body Peel® Treatment.
supporting healthy skin efforts
PCA continues its product development efforts
PCA joins the Skin Cancer Foundation as a Corporate Council Member to help support the Foundation’s efforts in fighting skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only international organization devoted solely to education, prevention, early detection and prompt treatment of the world’s most common type of cancer. Acne Gel is introduced as a multi-functioning topical with a 2% salicylic acid and 5% azelaic acid. Detox Gel Deep Pore Treatment is introduced as a professional product blend of AHA and BHA for use on acneic and breakout-prone skin. EyeXcellence is introduced as an advanced, triple-action eye treatment formulated with three peptides.
the power of peptides
Fighting wrinkling and visible aging with Argireline
ExLinea® Peptide Smoothing Serum contains Argireline, the latest peptide ingredient to minimize the wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions and muscle contractions. This quickly becomes the go-to for every age control regimen.
science and technology deliver stable and effective vitamin C
Product research and development continue to provide product innovations
C-Strength 15% with 5% Vitamin E and C-Strength 20% with 5% Vitamin E are introduced as the newest addition to PCA SKIN® for anti-aging and sun damage correction. These are two highly potent topical L-ascorbic acid products with a novel delivery technology; vitamin C is difficult to keep stable in many types of formulations. This new delivery system excludes water and holds this all-important vitamin in suspension until it is applied to the skin, making C-Strength one of the most powerful and effective vitamin C products available.
Purifying Mask, a home treatment for skin exfoliation and purification on the face and body, is introduced as the newest addition to the PCA SKIN daily care line.
growth factors for anti-aging introduced
Providing many new daily care and professional treatments
Esthetique Peel, Clarifying Mask, Detox Gel for Normal/Sensitive Skin and Detox Gel for Oily/Problem Skin are introduced to physicians and skin health professionals as the newest generation of clinical, in-office treatments for sun damage and acne.
new peels with appeal
More professional treatments introduced to provide excellent results
The gentle blend in Sensi Peel® provides visible benefits without discomfort or downtime. This year PCA also launches Ultra Peel Forte®, a medium depth TCA peel with lactic acid, L-ascorbic acid and a blend of melanogenesis inhibitors to the professional line. This physician only treatment is broadly accepted into medical practices. The company continues to expand their line of treatments available to professionals so they may provide you with the excellent results and beautiful, healthy skin you have come to expect.
new products to fight aging skin
Providing necessary vitamins to support youthful skin
These new products were: Apres Peel® Hydrating Balm, a lightweight, phytohormone-rich formula for nourishing evening hydration; C-Quench® Antioxidant Serum, a concentrated serum with 15% L-ascorbic acid; and A&C Synergy Serum®, an advanced blend of retinol complex, L-ascorbic acid and melanogenesis inhibitors.
The company hires its first National Educators to train licensed professionals across the country. PCA’s class excels and the textbook is seen as an industry innovation.
leaders in education
Sharing knowledge and expertise with those caring for your skin
The company is the first in the skin health space to offer this type of professional peel and skin care education. Over the decades, PCA has remained the trusted leader in the skin health education space. Since the inception of our Education Department, PCA has trained tens of thousands of licensed skin health professionals and physicians worldwide.
Our signature professional treatment line added the blended peels, Ultra Peel® I and Ultra Peel® II. The family of PCA professional peels has been recognized as the gold standard in treatment. We continue to expand our line of treatments available to professionals so they may provide you with the excellent results you have come to expect.
Increasing the company’s reach
PCA opened our first international distribution partnership in Canada. Seventeen years later, now represented in over 50 countries globally, we continue to work together with our Canadian distributorship and share a successful, longstanding partnership.
expanding the market
PCA SKIN® launches breakthrough formulations
Backed by independent physician studies, these were well-received hyperpigmentation-fighting powerhouses. PCA Peel® is launched in three formulations: with Hydroquinone, with Hydroquinone & Resorcinol and Hydroquinone Free. These three pillar products remain an integral part of the PCA SKIN line. Tested in case studies by physicians, these innovative and unmatched products were the first of their kind available to the medical and aesthetic markets. Their ability to dramatically improve the health and appearance of skin made them the choice for treating acne and hyperpigmentation.
Entering the aesthetic and medical markets
The company began with a small suite of nine daily care products introduced to the aesthetic and medical markets. In the early 1990s it was unusual for doctors to sell products out of their practices. The overwhelming majority only wrote prescriptions and left product purchases for the drug and department stores. PCA, founded by an aesthetician as Physician’s Choice of Arizona, was one of the first brands on the shelves of doctors’ practices. The original nine products were: Facial Wash, Facial Wash Oily/Problem, Smoothing Toner, The Peel, Gentle Exfoliant, Nutrient Toner, Collagen Hydrator, Protecting Hydrator SPF 25 and Body Hydrator. With the exception of The Peel and Body Hydrator, these products remain the mainstays of the line.