AUSTIN, Texas — The Emilys Beauty Salon at Austin’s Austin Downtown is a popular destination for women to shop and have their nails done, and a hotbed for women with acne and acne scars.

    A study by the National Institutes of Health has found that many of those with skin conditions, like acne, have an elevated risk of developing the condition.

    And there are many women who feel pressured to look professional, as well as those who are worried about their skin being damaged or their hair getting in the way of their work.

    Emily is an inclusive and friendly business that caters to all skin types.

    Owner Martha Pendergast says she believes her salon has been the target of some negativity, but the salon’s members are supportive.

    She’s seen many women come in to have their nail polish done.

    Pendergard, who also has children, says that many have been hurt by some of the negative comments she’s received, but she’s also seen some positive reactions.

    “I’ve heard people say it’s a wonderful place for the women that come in and have skin issues.

    That is true.

    But it is not for everyone, especially if you are a person of color, or someone who has skin issues,” she said.

    Pending an independent investigation, Pendergaord is taking steps to improve the business, including increasing the number of female staff and hiring more makeup artists.

    She is also hiring more salon members to help with makeup appointments.

    Penders salon is located at 2321 E. Broad St. and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays.

    For more information about Emily and other beauty salon services in the area, call 512-255-3600 or visit

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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