Our Story

Our purpose is to make a positive impact on our community and the world. Protea does this through our mission of helping all people feel more confident in their skin. 

Protea™ is a female founded skincare movement on a mission to propel skincare confidence through holistic products and a revolutionary esthetician-match service, connecting you with skincare professionals based on your unique skin’s needs and their specialities. Co-founder Mackenzie Jorns knows how difficult it can be to find a specialized and thorough esthetician who will ask the right questions and give the right advice. Fair-skinned but the daughter of an African American, Jorns’ biracial skin has a unique composition that was often overlooked, as were all of her siblings. Her and her family's unique experience was her inspiration to start Protea’s Skin Support Consultation Platform. The Skin Support Platform offers a variety of licensed, specialized, experienced and vetted skintechs that not only ask the right questions but are unaffiliated with brands and independent from skincare lines, promising a bespoke skincare strategy for the skin of all people, from light skin to dark skin and everyone in between. 

    About Our Co-Founders

    Mackenzie Jorns started working full time on Protea in 2023 and brought on her late-stage co-founder, Elise Markowitz, to fill gaps in the business. Together, Markowitz and Jorns work to fulfill the mission that drives the company - helping people feel more confident in their skin. 

    After struggling to find support for hormonal skin changes after her Lyme Disease diagnosis, Jorns knew one day she'd do something to help other women who needed skin support. She has since created a more efficient approach by introducing Protea’s Skin Support Consultation platform, an esthetician-match service and virtual consultation scheduling process to connect you with estheticians that specialize in various skin ailments, treatments and skin tones.