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In Conversation with Jamal Pierre of Pierre Performance

Jamal has experienced problematic skin such as embarrassing acne, hyperpigmentation, and excess oil. The skincare products he used were often formulated for teenagers, utilized harsh ingredients, or were off-shoots of larger, female-focused brands that didn’t target men’s common concerns. The inspiration behind Pierre Performance comes from his skin journey of wanting to find a solution, and his father who showed him the power of daring to care for your confidence and success. Pierre Performance is for men of all ages, sizes, backgrounds, and stages of life. Pierre Performance makes luxury skincare accessible for men with products that are all-natural formulations infused with vitamins, antioxidants, and botanical extracts which show visible results in clear skin and anti-aging. Formulated with every skin type in mind, including problem skin, these products focus on men's specific needs and untapped products for men such as chemical exfoliants and serums. The Miami-based brand is black-owned and encourages men to perform at their peak, embrace their individuality, and set high standards for their skincare.

In a recent episode of the MenswearStyle Podcast we interviewed Jamal Pierre, Founder of Pierre Performance about the founding store of his brand which he launched during the Covid-19 global pandemic. His men's skincare products are aimed at all men, especially those with problematic skin. Our host Peter Brooker and Jamal talked about his personal experiences with challenging skin issues, how dermatology ingredients have changed over the years, bootstrapping a business from personal savings, the differences between men's and women's skincare, the importance of sleep, sunscreen and hydration, and obtaining feedback on early prototypes.

“We’re a men's skincare line that is focused on the premise of when you look good, you feel good. And then when you feel good, your confidence really can drive your peak performance. I launched the brand in late 2020, which when you think about what was happening in the world, it was not an ideal time to launch a brand. The Pierre Performance suite of products is focused on every man's skin, but specifically focused on those who might have some problems such as blemish prone skin, acne prone skin, or oily skin. 10 years ago, there were different products out there like Accutane which was super harsh on skin. So, you have folks who, unfortunately, still have the side effects to this day." 

"When you're trying to treat acne, you need to strip the oil, dirt and the bacteria that's causing it. But it's such a fine line because you end up doing the exact opposite, especially when you're using products that are too harsh. Men’s skin has a few differences to women’s skin. Our skin is thicker and so there's going to be more collagen and we have more sebaceous glands which basically means we sweat more. And then we also have the caveat that many of us shave. Essentially, when you're taking a blade to your skin, you're incurring a sense of trauma. And for some guys, the reaction to that is really severe. So, in designing the line, I was thinking about those things and how to treat them.”

This is a shortened transcribed edit of episode 156 of the MenswearStyle Podcast with Jamal Pierre, Founder of pierreskin.com. You can listen to the full version below or listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast player.

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