Accutane. Is it really worth the risks?! By Sophie Bull – CSLA Encino

October 3rd, 2016

Accutane (Isotretinoin), or Roaccutane as it is known in parts of the world, was discovered in 1979 when it was first given to patients with severe acne. It was originally recommended for people with severe acne that did not respond to other treatments, but has gained in popularity in the past 25 years and is prescribed more and more frequently for less severe acne. This practice is controversial because Accutane is a serious medication that can cause severe birth defects as well as potentially long-lasting side effects to the user. Accutane is a medication taken orally and only for a limited time due to the severity of the drug.

In most cases acne can be treated topically without any risk. It just requires the individual to be consistent with their home care routine. My advice would be to always try and treat topically first. The risk of side effects simply isn’t worth it. (See side effects below!)

So how does Accutane work?

Exactly how Accutane works on a cellular level is unknown but we do know that it affects all four ways that acne develops:

1) It dramatically reduces the size of the skins oil glands, therefore reducing the amount of oil the glands produce.

2) Acne bacteria (P.acnes) causes acne which lives in the skins oil, therefore  reducing the amount of bacteria

3) It slows down how fast the skin produces skin cells inside the pore, which helps pores from becoming clogged

4) It has anti-inflammatory properties

Does it work for everyone?

Acne may get worse within the first month of Accutane and studies show a relapse of about 33% in most patients, not to mention all the side effects (stated below) so please know while it can successfully clear some patients acne, it isn’t a CURE for everyone!

Accutante side effects:

Accutane is a systemic medication that affects the entire body. Side effects are numerous and widespread and affect almost 80% of patients. Side effects are most often mild to moderate but in some cases they can be severe or long term.

Accutane side effects
We have always maintained that common sense and education is the way to go at Corrective Skincare. We have topical medications that will clear acne. We believe this, in addition to taking care of yourself (healthy eating, drinking water, washing often, home care products, etc. along with good clinical facial treatments) will clear the skin without having to use internal drugs that can potentially have long lasting horrible side effects. Call us if you have any questions! 818-981-6130 Encino 424-280-4591 Santa Monica

Perfect Time Of Year For A Chemical Peel- NOW! By Sophie Bull, CSLA – Encino

September 19th, 2016

Chemical Peels are great for many skin condition! It helps clear acne, discoloration and scarring. It also is great for anti-aging; the more dead skin you slough off, the less the appearance of fine lines. A chemical peel is a procedure in which an acid solution is used to remove dead and damaged upper skin layers to smooth and refine the skin’s texture.

There are many different peels out there, all using different acids, and all vary in strength. It is important to book an appointment and discuss what YOUR wants are. Some chemical peels will result in more deep peeling (more downtime), so you will want to schedule these  in advance of important events.

Corrective Skincare has three types of Chemical Peels. The first is our ‘Light Chemical Peel’ which has minimal peeling (little to no downtime) and is used to dry out active acne, dislodge blackheads, reduce shallow scarring & wrinkles and lighten hyper-pigmented discoloration spots, reducing the effects of sun damage and improving skin texture. There is a ‘Medium Chemical Peel’, which has more peeling (more downtime) and goes a step deeper and is a little more aggressive. The third peel is known as the ‘Custom Pro Peel’. This is great at eliminating deeper lines and wrinkles, removing age spots and deeper scars. It will result in the most peeling (about 4-6 days of downtime).

Deep Chemical Peels are best performed in the fall and winter, when the sun is not out. Call us if you’d like more information on which peel would be best for you! 818-981-6130 (Encino) 424-280-4591 (Santa Monica) or

Sweaty Betty. By Sophie Bull, CSLA – Encino

July 18th, 2016

Sweat doesn’t cause acne, however if you are prone to acne or occasional break outs, sweat will aggravate your skin and may make it worse!

Letting sweat sit on your skin for any prolonged length of time could be problematic. Sweat carries toxins, oil, dirt and make up (built up in your pores) and if it settles back into your skin, it could cause further breakouts.

Wash your face before exercise so it is clean of oil, dirt and makeup. Don’t be that person working out with a full face of heavy make-up, as your pores will clog before you even start!  That said, I do understand this is easier said than done, especially for those suffering with heavy acne. If you simply can’t bear to workout with no makeup, apply some light mineral powder, as this is less likely to break you out.

After your workout (and I mean literally after you drop those weights!) go and wash your face! The sooner you wash the sweat of your face, the clearer your skin will be! FACT!!

For those of you who breakout on other areas of your body (back or chest) the same rules apply. Keep the skin as clean as you can and shower immediately after finishing anything that causes you to perspire. Try to wear loose fitting clothes, made of cotton or natural fiber, so that your skin can breathe. Synthetic fabrics tend to hold moisture in and may make the problem worse. Always be sure to wash clothes and headbands every time you sweat and wipe down yoga mats with alcohol to remove any sweat or oil.

Happy Sweating 🙂

Call or email us if you have any questions!   Encino 818.981.6130  –  Santa Monica 424-280-4591 –

Regimine Is Everything. By Sophie Bull – CSLA Encino

June 27th, 2016

80% of having clear skin is what you do at home. At Corrective Skincare, a major part of my role as a Para-Medical Esthetician is to manage my clients expectations. I truly believe in working WITH my clients, by educating them and passing on my knowledge as this will help ensure they achieve their goal of having clear skin. Regular facial treatments are great to give your skin a deep cleaning but if you aren’t following your regime at home, you can never expect to have healthy, clear skin.


So what is a regime? Corrective Skincare regimes are prescribed by your Esthetician based on your specific needs. It is then discussed verbally and confirmed in writing so that you can refer back to it. We select the best individualized routine for you based on your skin type, what products work together, based on your goals. Skin can become complacent quickly though, so it is essential to change your routine regularly to keep it ‘guessing’ and continually changing and improving. Once you hit your goal, you hit maintenance mode and slow down.

Advanced Regimes: Depending on your skin concerns, we can also further enhance your regime by adding a light or heavy chemical peel- great for scarring, discoloration, dull and aging skin. These will accelerate the process. Call us if you have any questions or if you’d like us to update your current homecare for faster results! 818.981.6130 Encino 424.280.4591 Santa Monica

Hyaluronic Acid -The Secret Ingredient to Youthful looking skin! By Sophie Bull, CSLA – Encino

June 20th, 2016

When it comes to skincare, Hyaluronic Acid is an essential ingredient in the fight against aging! It plays a vital role in maintaining healthy & youthful looking skin.
Thanks to its ability to promote collagen production and retain hundreds of times its weight in water, Hyalournic Acid keeps the skin plumped and hydrated.

Estrogen is also a key part in Hyaluronic Acid production, which explains why young women have such beautiful skin and why sagging and wrinkling come on shortly after menopause! Not surprisingly, plastic surgeons have capitalized on this discovery by using it as injectables for a variety of cosmetic procedures on the face.

Hyaluronic Acid is a poplar ingredient in many topical skin products, it is also known to help with wound healing and reducing scarring. In addition it provides antioxidant defense against free-radical damage and reduces inflammation. So how do you add this magic ingredient into your skincare routine?

Most products containing Hyaluronic Acid are normally in moisturizers or serums. When selecting a product, be sure to check the rest of the ingredients. The important thing to keep in mind is that even if a product contains Hyaluronic Acid, you must pay attention to the other ingredients as well. Be sure to stay away from products containing irritating fragrance ingredients and drying alcohols that may undo the benefits that Hyaluronic Acid can do for your skin.

I recommend Corrective Skincares “Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer”, it is oil free, hydrating and is so light you can use it as an eye cream and on your neck too! When these ingredients are combined with an anti-aging routine that includes gentle products and daily broad-spectrum sun protection, you’re stacking the deck in your favor for younger, supple looking skin!

Call us if you have any questions! 818.981.6130 (Encino) 424.280.4591 (Santa Monica)

Teenage Acne Sucks! By Sophie Bull, CSLA – Encino

June 3rd, 2016

Acne is by far the most common skin complaint among teenagers and can really effect self confidence. Being a teenager is tough enough without having to worry about breakouts! The best way to prevent acne is by educating your teenager on how acne develops, the triggers behind those flareups, and providing a customized skincare routine for home use. (Photo courtesy of


Top tips for keeping young skin clear:

–  Keep skin clean. Young skin produces more oil so it’s important to wash your face morning and night with our “Facial Shampoo” which will remove excess oil, dirt, make up, and sweat.

–  Always wash your skin after sports or working out. Sweat and oil can settle on the skins surface, trapping dirt and bacteria in the pores. The quicker you can get the sweat and oil off your skin the better!

–  Use the correct products- make sure all skincare products are oil free and non-comedogenic. Everyone has different skin and different needs. A complete evaluation of the individual particular skin type helps.

–  Don’t pick!!! As tempting as it may be to squeeze a pimple – DON’T! Picking and squeezing can make your acne worse and result in scarring. Remember a pimple is temporary but a scar will last. (Photo courtesy of


WE HAVE A SPECIALIZED FACIAL FOR TEENAGERS!  The treatment is corrective and preventative, specifically designed for teens that consists of two parts. First, our Corrective Skincare Esthetician will work with your teen and give them the real facts about acne. We will break through the myths of acne and teach the correct ways to cleanse, keep skin clean, apply products, how to treat your skin right through diet, and the importance of SPF. The second part of the treatment consists of a facial cleansing, natural exfoliation, gentle extraction, and a cool peel off mask! We offer a variety of realistic options to help your teenager (as young as 10 years old) keep clear!

It is never to early to start looking after your skin!

Call us now 818.981.6130 (Encino) 424.280.4591 (Santa Monica) or book online!

ICE, ICE BABY! By Sophie Bull, CSLA – Encino

May 1st, 2016


YES!  Absolutely, Ice is great for your skin and can be beneficial for all skin types, especially those who have Acne!

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I advise all of my clients to ice twice daily (once in the morning, once at night) after washing. Icing is a great natural exfoliant, great for preserving the skin and reduces redness and inflammation. It also helps your products and medication penetrate better into the skin, which will give you faster & better results.

After washing your face, take a clean ice cube from your ice tray (or click on this link to purchase one of our special ice cups) and glide it over your face for approximately 20 seconds. Keep the ice moving at all times as it can burn like heat if held in the same spot for long enough. When finished, dispose of the ice cube and pat dry with a clean towel. For extra sensitive skin, you can add some natural Aloe Vera Gel with the water, before freezing which will help soothe irritated skin.

Be kind to your skin and ice twice a day! Your skin will thank you for it!

Encino 818.981.6130

Santa Monica 424.280.4591

Corrective Skincare Santa Monica HAS MOVED!

January 29th, 2016

We are so very grateful for our time inside of Skin By Lovely and are proud to announce WE HAVE MOVED about a mile down the road at 1828 Broadway in Santa Monica! Please note: If you already have an upcoming appointment booked, it will be automatically transferred to the new location and we’ll be in touch directly to let you know.
But enough about that. Now this!
Please join us at our HUGE GRAND OPENING PARTAAAAY (in all caps, cuz’ it’ll be rad!) on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH 11AM-3PM. Wanna know why? OK…here:
Any questions or feedback on how awesome you think this’ll be?
Contact us here Corrective Skincare or call us:
Encino 818.981.6130 Santa Monica 310.421.8829

New Corrective Skincare Location: In Progress!

December 22nd, 2015

Announcing the New Santa Monica Corrective Skincare location!
We are currently under construction but we are very pleased to announce the soon-to-be opening of our new clinic. We welcome you to join us the last weekend of February (27th and 28th, 11am-3pm) for our grand opening! In the meantime, please visit our Services page HERE to find out more about all of the wonderful services we currently offer inside of Skin By Lovely, including the reduction and prevention of Acne, Skin Discoloration, Scarring and Aging Skin.


Our talented and experienced staff represent the best in the business and look forward to seeing you at the Grand Opening. Curious to know what’s in store at the Grand Opening?!?! We thought so.

  • SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNT on Peels, Treatments, and all product: lower priced than ever before and can ONLY BE PURCHASED AT THIS EVENT.
  • Donations by local business’ (support mom and pop!)
  • Noshes
  • Portion of proceeds go to local charity!

Stay tuned for more info!

Jennifer Kramer, Owner CSLA  Encino 818.981.6130 Santa Monica 310.421.8829

To Steam or Not to Steam. By Kirstie Reese, CSLA – SM

September 6th, 2015

When I was in middle school the science teacher told us that you should shower with hot water to open your skin’s pores and when you’re done showering a quick rinse with cold water will close the pores. Unfortunately this myth is 100% NOT TRUE. The skin’s pores do not have muscles that open and close them.


Steaming your face with very hot water in the shower or with an facial steamer at home can actually cause more damage than good. It’s also not beneficial for oily/acne-prone skin. First of all, steam or hot water can cause the skin to become flushed, red and warm to the touch. The redness is the blood coming closer to the surface of the skin which can cause capillary damage because the capillaries are becoming engorged with blood. The skin’s natural response to heat is to cool down which is why we produce sweat. Heat will also cause the skin to activate oil glands and in return, produce more oil. As we all know, excess oil can lead to acne!

Another issue with steaming is too much steam is can actually dehydrate your skin! Isn’t that weird? Who knew that hot water droplets can cause dry, dehydrated skin! It totally defeats the purpose of steaming in the first place.

My recommendation is to use tepid/room temperature water to wash your face. It’s not too hot and not too cold. Lets not forget that you’re washing your face to CLEAN your skin’s pore from oil, make up, debris, daily environmental pollution and dead skin cells. Use a cleanser that gets your skin squeaky clean like our Green Facial Shampoo! You can grab one here: Take your time to clean your skin (with your fingers) and get into every nook and cranny of your face to make sure you’ve covered everything! Fun fact- the average adult female has 20,000 pores on her face! Which means there’s 20,000 chances of an acne flare up!

I hope this post was helpful. Leave your comments or questions below. We want to hear from you!

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