Meet Our Esthetician Q&A

Meet Our Esthetician Q&A

We apologize for being MIA for much of the holiday season this month as we’ve all been swamped with buying presents, family gatherings, baking pies and event planning. However, we are proud to introduce Melissa W., our staff esthetician here at Elite Beauty Blog! Melissa will be writing personal stories in a featured column entitled “Confessions of an Elite Esthetician” in addition to our “Share Your Story” section and “Esthetician Q&A.”

We will also be publishing our very special End of the Year giveaway contest this week and we have TWO beautiful deluxe makeup packages we will be sending off to two lucky recipients! Once again, make sure you like, subscribe and follow all our social media channels for complete details.

Without further ado, allow us to introduce you to Melissa.

We are glad to have Melissa on staff with us as she has vast skincare knowledge and expertise. Here’s a look at what Melissa is up to these days and how we hope her personal story resonates with our readers here at Elite Beauty Blog.

Q: Hi Melissa, tell us a little bit about yourself….

A: Thank you so much for the introduction! First I’ll start off by saying it’s a great honor to be working with all of you here at Elite Beauty Blog. I look forward to seeing the community grow and helping people with their skincare.

I’ve been an esthetician since 2007 and I mainly got into this field to learn about my own skin. Well, in addition to my passion for all things makeup and beauty, I was having trouble with my own skin and luckily becoming an esthetician helped me to tackle my own personal skin issues. I also have a background in the medical field and skincare was incidental to what I was already learning about in college. Esthetics soon developed into my life’s dream and I’ve been able to integrate both fields of study into a great career.

Q: What kind of issues were you having with your skin in particular?

A: Acne. I’ve had acne since I was 10 years old and it’s been a lifelong struggle to get it under control. Not only is acne a horrific skin condition, it also brings with it a very painful psychological condition. It’s pretty tough for any girl to go through school with acne and for a long time I was embarrassed and very insecure about my skin. And unfortunately in those days, there weren’t very many acne treatments available. Today there are so many ways to get your acne under control and I’m thrilled I was able to finally put those to good use.

Q: What is your favorite skincare line?

A: I’ve been using CosmoProf’s Pharmagel products since 2007 when I became a professional. It’s a fantastic skincare line that is unfortunately unavailable for sale to the public and cannot be purchased without a license. However, the products have worked phenomenally well for me. I’ve tried so many skincare products and became very frustrated with exorbitant pricing and formulations that didn’t work for my skin condition. Pharmagel just works for me. For me, if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.

Q: I can’t believe you ever struggled with acne. Your skin looks flawless. What are your secrets?

A: Haha well thank you so much! I appreciate the compliment. I have quite a few secrets that I’m going to be sharing on the blog in the future but for now, the not-so-big secret is that I became an esthetician at a time in my life when I was still struggling with acne so the timing was perfect. Believe me when I say I’ve tried everything–Accutane, Retin-A, lasers, peels, you name it. None of it worked until I went to school and became a professional. I learned so much about my skin that I was able to personally taylor my own skincare regimen and I’m proud to say that it paid off. Acne is no longer an issue and my skincare habits have cemented that.

Q: We still don’t believe you ever struggled with acne because your skin is flawless, but we are glad that you are sharing your insight with us. Tell us, what can people do right now to help with their acne?

A: Depending on the type and severity of your acne, see your dermatologist first to determine if your acne can be treated with certain medications. As an aside, I will add that I’ve only had one treatment from the dermatologist that worked for me in 30 years when all others have failed. That’s not to say that certain acne treatments won’t work for your particular condition. I must stress that they in fact very well could. I’m merely stating that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating acne. A good dermatologist will help you decide what’s right for your skin and it’s a great reference point to start.

Q: What do you think are the biggest skin mistakes women are making right now with their skincare?

A: Consistency. Not making a habit out of caring for your skin is by far the biggest mishap in addition to not being hygienic enough. In cosmetology school they teach us sanitation above all else and the lengths we have to go to to keep the skin, our implements and our work areas sanitary is a lesson in due diligence. Without proper hygiene and painstakingly consistent habits at the forefront, your skin will never be healthy.

Q: Why “Melissa W”? Why are you not giving us your full name?

A: Haha well perhaps I’m not ready to disclose this just yet because I’m going to be putting a lot of things out there that are frankly embarrassing and personally troubling. I’ve thought about attaching my name to everything I’m doing here and I guess I’m just not ready for that kind of scrutiny. I shudder to think about talking about my pimples and scars and having that digital trail following me everywhere I go, but that’s not to say that I won’t be happy to put it all out there later. The shame and embarrassment of acne never fully leaves your soul or your psyche. I’ll have to get over that first I think.

Q: Your “warts-and-all” approach sounds intriguing. What will you be sharing with us in the future?

A: I’m an aging woman who still struggles with acne. But now I have to contend with getting older, my face changing shape, baggy eyes, loose skin and all of these other lovely skin issues I’m facing along this journey called life. As far as I know, there’s no instruction book out there on how to cope with it. I’m going to talk about it in detail and share my knowledge and remedies with your readers in the hopes that I can help them find the answers they’re looking for.

Well there you have it, folks! Melissa will be a regular columnist on Elite Beauty Blog and we very much look forward to her insights. Make sure you bookmark the blog, subscribe, share our columns, and send us your own questions and stories. Email us at:

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