ASCP Podcasts

ASCP Esty Talk Podcast

Produced by Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP), ASCP Esty Talk and The Rogue Pharmacist is specifically created for estheticians. Where no topic is off limits, we share all kinds of great information on this podcast from ingredients and the science of the skin, to business, and beauty diversity.  We hope you come away having learned more about your career, the industry, and maybe even life in general!

Think of our show as a conversation between friends—not too structured, not too formal—sometimes very serious, but always genuine and authentic.

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Ep 89 - Whoopsie Doozie Listener Stories

We asked for your “Whoopsie Doozie” stories and . . . wow! So many amazingly funny, comically horrific, and, above all, valuable professional lessons shared. Listen in as Maggie and Ella share some of their favorites with guest Tracy Donley, Executive Director of ASCP.

Ep 88 - The Rogue Pharmacist: Vitamin C – It Truly is your Skin’s Best Friend

Vitamin C is often described as one of the best antioxidants for skin health to smooth, brighten, combat redness, and so much more. And while your diet may be rich in vitamin C, there's no guarantee your skin is benefiting. In this episode with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, R.Ph. we discuss why vitamin C truly is your skin's best friend. 

Ep 87 – Do As I Say, Not As I Do

In the same way some people are fascinated with the lives of the Hollywood elite, it’s equally fascinating to know the skin care rules estheticians follow. But how often do estheticians follow their own advice? Have you ever found yourself touting golden rules to your clients, while thinking in the back of your mind, Do as I say, not as I do? In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, fellow estheticians Maggie and Ella take a hilarious look at some of the rules they bend when it comes to skin care.

Ep 86 – Conquer Your Fears and Start the Business of Your Dreams

For some, the dream of going solo and starting a skin care business never becomes a reality due to fear, uncertainty, or self-doubt—and the added pressure of making the business successful doesn’t help. But fear can be a great motivator, and when channeled correctly, it may indeed result in a successful business. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss going solo and what it takes to start the business of your dreams.

Ep 85 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Use and Abuse

Are you a fan or foe of alpha hydroxy acids? In this episode with Benjamin Knight Fuchs, R.Ph. we discuss what makes AHAs effective, how they turn on cell growth, lighten pigment, release moisture factors, stimulate collagen and hyaluronic acid, and so much more. 

Ep 84 - Money Matters with Tom Kuhn

In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Tracy Donley, Executive Director of ASCP, sits down with Tom Kuhn, CEO of Qnity, to discuss his journey in the professional beauty industry, how Qnity believes everyone deserves to prosper, tips to increasing profits in your small business, and how to make prosperity simple, visual, and actionable. Visit for more information.

Ep 83 – The Brain/Skin Connection: Emotions and the Skin

Beyond just frown and laugh lines, anxiety, fear, stress, anger, and joy all have a physiological effect on the skin. Join Ella and Maggie as they explore scientific studies on the brain/skin connection to understand how this information translates to your esthetic practice.

Ep 82 - The Rogue Pharmacist : Our Love Hate Relationship with the Sun

Every way we interact with our environment is to get the sun's energy including the foods we eat and how we view reality, but our culture has a love-hate relationship with the sun. In this episode, Benjamin Knight Fuchs, R.Ph. explains sun's role as a high energy activator and its importance to overall health.  

Ep 81 – Extract or Walk Away?

Does your heartbeat increase when you see extraction videos online? Yeah, us too! In this episode, we discuss all things extraction, from comedones to “mirror-squirters” and everything in-between (including our favorite ways to extract).

Ep 80 – Lymphatic Drainage? Yes Please!

Are you incorporating lymphatic drainage into your esthetic treatment menu? Are you curious about lymphatic drainage? Did you know a recent study shows that gua sha can improve circulation by 400%! On today’s episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Ella and Maggie discuss what lymphatic drainage is and share tools to help you incorporate this treatment into your service menu.

Ep 79 - The Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, R.Ph

Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP) presents The Rogue Pharmacist with Benjamin Knight Fuchs. This podcast takes an enlightening approach to supporting licensed estheticians in their pursuit to achieve results-driven skin care treatments for their clients. You can always count on us to share professional skin care education, innovative techniques, and the latest in skin science.

Ep 78 – Are You a Crusty, Rusty Esty? (And how to fix it!)

Are you stuck in a rut and know it, but don’t know how to get out? Are you afraid of change? Are you closed off to new opportunities? If you answered yes, you’ll definitely want to listen to this episode, where Ella and Maggie discuss challenges and solutions for crusty, rusty esties.

Ep 77 – Whoopsie Doozie: Waxidents

We’ve all been all been there: client on the table, wax warming nearby, your applicator full of product, and then . . . whoopsie doozie, a waxident! Join Maggie and Ella as they chat with waxing pro Belinda Swanson to reminisce about a few waxidents they’ve experienced and how they remedied the situations.

Ep 76 - Starting a Skin Care Line

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own skin care line? In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella take a deep dive, and get into the nitty gritty of what it really takes to start a skin care line

Ep 75 – Spoiler Alert: Men Have Skin Too!

Globally, the men’s skin care product market is valued at $11.6 billion (yes, with a “B”) and is expected to grow at least 6% each year from 2020 to 2027. Join Ella and Maggie as they explore the growing industry of men’s skin care and answer burning questions like what makes men's skin care different?

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