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 130 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Alcohol and Skin Aging Effects

Dehydration, distended capillaries, inflammation, acne breakouts, chronic dry skin. These are just some of the effects alcohol can have on the skin, not to mention loss of vital vitamins and nutrients.  In this episode of The Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss the effects of alcohol and how to manage them both topically and internally.   

Ep 129 - The Future of Facials: Challenging the European Standard

Christine Valmy, the pioneer of esthetics, is quoted as saying women in Europe would spend all their spare money on their skin while women in America would spend thousands on their evening gown and walk into a party with blackheads. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss whether Americans and Europeans view skin care differently and what it is about the European Facial that makes it the most popular and common type of treatment.

Ep 127 – Gender Bending in a Traditional Industry

Once thought of as feminine, the practice of caring for one’s skin is now seen as self-care. With skincare companies and practitioners moving to gender neutral products, packaging, marketing, and services, we can expect a shift in verbiage and service menu offerings. In this episode, we discuss history, statistics, influencers, and all things related to gender bending in professional esthetics.

EP 126 - The Rogue Pharmacist - Live from the ASCP School Forum: Designing the Best You - Healthy Mind, Body, and Skin

The beauty industry encompasses businesses and services geared toward helping people look their best, but the industry is profoundly changing. People are looking past the surface to learn about systemic change and how to truly care for the skin from within. Recorded live from the ASCP Skin Care School Forum, Benjamin Knight Fuchs, RPh, discusses the future of skin health and designing the best you. This episode takes a closer look at the link between good nutrition and healthy, glowing skin. Can we turn back the hands of time just by adjusting our diet?

Ep 125 - MythBusters: Skin Care Advice and the Internet

In a time where much of our advice comes from the internet, how does one navigate something as unique and personal as skin care advice? Many turn to online advisors or influencers without clarifying their qualifications. In this episode, we offer our own advice, busting 3 myths that you may not have considered in your search.

Ep 124 - Celebrating Men in Professional Esthetics

The esthetic industry has long held a tradition of female practitioners providing services to female patrons. In recent years, we have seen an increase in male clientele and a market shift targeted at men’s skin care. Now, we also notice an increase in professional male estheticians. In this episode we examine this change and celebrate both female and male professionals.

Ep 123 – The Rogue Pharmacist: Acne: Myths, Medicine, and Methods

It’s easy to fall for misinformation these days and while estheticians are well versed in acne, it’s your clients who may be falling for commons myths and home treatment methods. In this episode of the Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss acne myths, medicine, and methods for treatment, and the real reason your clients have acne. 

Ep 122 - The Insider’s Guide to Tradeshows

Tradeshow season is back in full swing and whether you’ve been before or it’s your first time, trade shows are always good for business and worth the effort. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Ella speaks with Tracy Donley, Executive Director, about planning, finding events and classes suited to your needs, and the art of networking.

Ep 121 - Not So Pretty Ingredients

Consumer awareness of the beauty industry continues to shine lights on even the darkest shadows of our industry. Many documentary style exposes have been pivotal in initiating change. HBOs 4 part documentary “Not So Pretty” is an important piece for professionals to understand. Is our industry really this scary? In this episode we work through the emotional response and then discuss the facts.

Ep 120 - The Rogue Pharmacist: Peptides - Fad or Function?


Not to be confused with proteins, peptides are amino acids that serve to slow the aging process and are a major buzzword in esthetics. In this episode of the Rogue Pharmacist with Ben Fuchs, we discuss what peptides really are and if they’re worth the hype.  

Ep 119 – Makeup and Food Unite

Food is the hottest thing to hit beauty this season, and if your makeup palette smells and looks like your favorite breakfast cereal or a sweet doughnut, you’re on trend. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss the cosmetic companies who have teamed up with seemingly unrelated brands and why these partnerships work.

Ep 118 - The Skin Below the Collarbone: The Other 90%

In this episode, we look at the other 90% of the skin, the professional approach to services, and the booming market of total body skin care (retail)! Join Ella, Maggie, and Tracy as they discuss how to be a part of the growing awareness that the skin below the collarbone needs antiaging love too!

Ep 116 - Skinimalism

Simple, paired down skin care routines, multi-tasking products, and prioritizing the health of the skin is what skinimalism is all about. In this episode of ASCP Esty Talk, Maggie and Ella discuss accessible skin care products, what a home regimen should really look like, and the beauty trend taking over skinimalism.

Ep 115 – Charging Your Worth and Raising Your Prices in 2022!

It’s no secret that the price of doing business is going up. With inflation climbing at a record pace in a time of consumer understanding and begrudging acceptance, many contributing factors have created the perfect storm in which raising your prices may be met with the least resistance. Join Ella, Maggie, and Tracy as they discuss the “why” of raising prices and most importantly how to set and implement marketable price increases.

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