Local Women: Mackenzie Schanski Restoring Skin & Self-Confidence

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When Mackenzie Schanski isn’t relaxing with family and friends, this self-described worker bee is at Doctor’s Approach, a medical and surgical dermatology practice in Okemos, where she has worked as a certified laser technician and esthetician for the last three-and-a-half years. Her own struggles with her skin inspired Schanski to pursue a career in skin care.

“During my teen years, I dealt with pretty bad acne through the jaw line area. It takes a big toll on your confidence. You don’t want to be in pictures and you don’t want to go out and be in public. What my dermatologist did for me, I wanted to do for others … I wanted to instill confidence in people that was instilled back in me,” she said.

Schanski got her start when she received her esthetician license from Douglas J Aveda Institute in East Lansing. She then went on to receive her degree from the National Laser Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz. A lifelong learner, continuing education has always been very important to Schanski, making her job at Doctor’s Approach a perfect fit.

“Here at Doctor’s Approach, Dr. [Marcy] Street believes in continuing education; we go to workshops, conventions and have in-house laser training,” she explained.

Today, Schanski specializes in many dermatological areas, including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, cool sculpting, micro needling, laser skin resurfacing, facials and leg vein removal, to name a few. Many people come in with various health concerns and Schanski says she enjoys meeting with each and every one.

“I don’t want to say we’re almost like therapists, but you build a relationship with people. You give them confidence and you help them smile again.”

The skin care guru offered her advice for achieving the best results with your skin care, noting that your skin care regimen is at the core of healthy skin.

“I do feel that the basis of having good skin is that you have to have a solid skin care regimen at home in order to see improvement and changes in your skin,” said Schanski. “If you’re coming in here and you’re doing all these chemical peels on your skin, but you’re using bar soap on your skin at home … you’re not going to see any improvement. My saying is, you don’t buy a Ferrari and never do any maintenance on your Ferrari. You don’t invest in your skin care by having procedures done without investing in your skin care at home.”

Aside from home care, Schanski advises two additional options to better your skin. She suggests visiting Doctor’s Approach and having a complimentary, half-hour consultation done to figure out where to start. If you aren’t ready for the dermatologist just yet, using vitamin C and antioxidants on your skin in the morning and a retinol and resurfacing-based product in the evening is her recommendation.

Whether she’s spending time with family and friends or working with a patient, Schanski has truly found her passion. To her, helping others feel comfortable in their skin is “a reward enough in itself.”


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Ellen Dowling

Ellen Dowling is a student at Lansing Community College. She plans to transfer to a university where she intends on studying journalism. She loves photography, poetry, art and exploring the city she loves with her dog by her side.

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