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Carly, the founder of Austin Skin Plus Acne Clinic and creator of the Skin+ product line is changing the way acne is treated here in Austin. Her own struggles with acne as a teen, as well as her passion for helping others spurred her to earn her esthetics license and start Austin Skin Plus Acne Clinic. She empathetically and compassionately relates to her clients who have tried every oral or topical medication and skin care line to clear acne with NOTHING that worked long term. Her clients love her no-nonsense approach to clearing acne!

We love getting your questions on Instagram asking about our products and what Carly does for her own skin care. So, we asked Carly some of your most popular questions!

What is your own personal skin care routine?

“I have a morning and night time routine just like everyone else, and use my own product line. Sometimes I will throw a new product in the mix that I am testing before I introduce it to my clients. I’m also active and outside a lot, so I always keep our Alpine Zone Wipes and UV Daily 30 in my car. I usually just do a quick face wipe and reapply my SPF before I can get home to wash my face. Ok, back to my skin care routine…

My morning routine is…

  1. Wash with ProB5 Wash
  2. Tone with BetaBright Pads 
  3. Treat with Dual C+ Antioxidant Serum
  4. Treat with Renew 99 Anti-Aging Peptide Serum
  5. And of course sunscreen, our UV Daily 30

Then, my night time routine is…

  1. Wash with ProB5 Wash
  2. Tone with BetaBright Pads
  3. Treat with Phyto-A Serum (my newly formulated retinal serum)
  4. Treat with Renew 99 Anti-Aging Peptide Serum
  5. Moisturize with Nourish RX (custom blended)

Quick side note…our new retinal serum, Phyto-A, is specially formulated with not only Iconic A an effective yet tolerable retinal, but also Niacinamide to even out skin tone, reduce fine lines, and improve overall complexion, as well as Phytosphingosine to reduce redness and inflammation, as well as acne scarring. It can take up to 2 years to formulate a new product, but the good news is we are in the final stages, so be on the look out for our Phyto-A coming soon!

What is the one skin care product you can’t live without?

“Hands down the Renew 99 serum. Lauren, one of our Skin Coaches at the clinic refers to it as “Botox in a bottle,” Ha! And she isn’t kidding! This is a specially formulated serum with 99% peptides, where you see results in days. It reduces scarring and redness, improves those fine lines, I mean I’m not getting any younger here, and honestly just improves your skin’s overall complexion.” 

What is your #1 skin care tip?

“Wash your face! It seems so simple, but so many people come into the clinic and don’t consistently wash their face morning and night. Especially at night, wiping off all the environmental pollution, dirt, sweat, and makeup is a MUST for clear skin.”

What is your favorite place to eat in Austin?

“Hmm, this is a toss up between ATX Cocina and Red Ash. I love both!”

What do you do for fun?

“What’s that…ha! Let’s see, I would have to say Mountain Biking. I enjoy riding with my Fiance on the weekends, and recently joined a riding group in the evenings. It keeps me active and outdoors.”

Best advice if you’re struggling with Acne?

“Acne is a beast, and something you can’t clear on your own. Get a Skin Coach! Find someone in your area that specializes in acne who can coach, support, and help you get clear. Acne is hard to clear and keep away, so it’s important to not only have someone that is an expert in clearing it, but also will encourage you through the frustration of the clearing process. Just like most people seek help in their weight loss journey with a trainer or nutritionist; or if you have a heart problem, you will go see a heart specialist, not a generalist, so if you have acne you should find a Skin Coach that specializes in acne.”