Like it or not, your face is usually the first thing people notice about you. If you’re not happy with what you see in the mirror — acne, redness, flakiness, et cetera — and are serious about getting better, call Shannon Carter-Gascon at Studio Abasi. While many dermatologists will simply write you a prescription, and a lesser aesthetician might rub some stuff on your face and hope for the best, Carter-Gascon goes to the root of the problem. Acknowledging that many skin problems arise from imbalances in the gut, and also that it absolutely matters what you’re putting on your face, Carter-Gascon tailors her treatment to each individual client with a combination of the right products — her own (reasonably priced) line — and lifestyle adjustments, including diet changes and stress management. Her care for her clients goes way beyond; she responds to emails at seemingly all hours, and goes out of her way when a client is in need, even when she’s sick. That said, she’s also serious about treatment. You have to sign an agreement that you’ll follow her recommendations in order to remain a client — but you’ll be happy to do so, because Carter-Gascon can help even the most stubborn, tough cases.