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Emily Linehan


My Story: How Getting Fired Was The Best Day Of My Life

Episode 01

“It has been a wild ride for both my skin and my business, but to be honest, I wouldn’t change a thing…”

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Welcome to Skin Theory! Since this is our first podcast together, I thought I would share a little about my personal skin struggles, how getting fired was the best thing that ever happened to me, and why I started formulating Emme Diane skincare. It has been a wild ride for both my skin and my business journey. But to be honest, I wouldn’t change a thing. After 20 years of researching, testing, and even using myself as a guinea pig, I am so excited to be able to share everything I’ve learned with you. 

  • I have been a lifelong acne sufferer and bought Noxema with my first allowance at age 11 & was obsessed with figuring out how to clear my skin and help others
  • I dropped out of high school and went straight to cosmetology school to become an esthetician as I knew that was my calling
  • Even as an esthetician working in medical esthetics, I still could not find products to keep my skin clear consistently even though I literally tried everything! The best skincare products available, all the anti-acne prescriptions like antibiotics, spironolactone, birth control. Laser treatments, chemical peels…I tried it all and nothing worked
  • 10 years ago, I worked for a doctor who fired me for “not-being flexible enough”...but my reputation and integrity meant more to me than that job
  • Friends and clients coaxed me into starting my own business which I launched in my 1 bedroom apartment (I have been living paycheck to paycheck and had zero savings at the time)
  • At that time, I met a mentor who taught me everything I never learned in beauty school about acne, and why I (and everyone else) continued to struggle with breakouts, cystic acne and acne scarring
  • Since there were no products on the market without pore clogging ingredients, I decided to do it myself and formulated my first product, the Clarifying Serum
  • My products and methods were so successful that word spread like wildfire and I started offering virtual consultations to help clients nationwide (and worldwide too!)
  • We’ve grown to be a multi-million dollar business but still offer our consultation as a free service as I think it is every adult acne sufferer's right to have access to everything they need to know to get clear and stay clear
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