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.
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 www.CorrectiveSkincareLA.com
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 popsugar.com)
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 wisegeek.com)
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 CorrectiveSkincareLA.com!
May 1st, 2016
ICE FOR ACNE??? REALLY???
YES! Absolutely, Ice is great for your skin and can be beneficial for all skin types, especially those who have Acne!
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!
Santa Monica 424.280.4591
January 29th, 2016
- We’re offering MORE THAN 50% OFF ALL FACIAL TREATMENTS AND PEELS and 25% OFF ALL PRODUCTS for those 4 hours only (never been this low….like, ever!) Can’t make it to our event? No problem! The discount will be available online as well!
- $10 of each service sold will be donated to http://www.carerescuela.org
an incredibly hardworking rescue to help save animals in need!
- Food: Fresh Brothers Pizza and Dunkin Donuts!
- Santa Monica Co-Op Veggie and Fruit Platters!
- Goodie bags for the first 100 people who show filled with freebies and discounts from:
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!)
- Portion of proceeds go to local charity!
Stay tuned for more info!
Jennifer Kramer, Owner CSLA
CorrectiveSkincareLA.com Encino 818.981.6130 Santa Monica 310.421.8829
September 6th, 2015
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: http://www.secure-booker.com/correctiveskincare/ShopOnline/Products.aspx 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!
September 4th, 2015
July 23rd, 2015
This is a question that I am asked in almost every treatment and the truth is: I don’t know. I imagine this is a shocking response. Shouldn’t this be an easy answer?
Hear me out. There are so many factors that play into what’s causing your acne that may take some time to figure out and address. For example, I may notice that your left cheek has more break-outs than your right side. It could just be from sleeping on the left side, not changing your pillowcase often enough, resting your hands on your face during work/class or possibly your cell/work phone pressing against the cheek area. Another example: you have more break-outs in the hairline/forehead area. This is common when you’re not rinsing off your cleanser enough or from working out and allowing the sweat to sit on the forehead/hairline area.
Clearing acne is 80% the patient’s responsibility and 20% the Esthetician. As an Esthetician, I can only guide you on what home-care products to use (when, where, why and how) but it is up to the patient it use them properly and consistently. Everyone has different skin and everyone’s skin reacts differently to treatment and home-care products. What works for me, may not work the same way for you or for your best friend. Or for your neighbor. It’s about lifestyle habits and there are so many variables to this. The more diligent you are at home, the faster you’ll get your results.
For this reason, it could take a few weeks or a few months clear. That said, it’s possible! With regular skincare treatments, peels, a consistent home-care routine and a CAN-DO attitude, Corrective Skincare can help you achieve Confidence through Clarity!
Take the first step to clear skin by making an appointment at one of our locations:
Encino 818.981.6130 Santa Monica 310.421.8829 www.CorrectiveSkincareLA.com
July 13th, 2015
Before I became an esthetician, I tried every store brand product out there because I was on a budget and I couldn’t afford the expensive products the professionals recommended to me. My logic was that they were WAY over priced for the exact same product! Nobody told to me the difference and why professional brands are more expensive.
So I am here to tell you why. First, you get what you pay for. Chemists are paid big bucks to create these products for a reason. You are spending more money on professional products because they have better, contain more active ingredients that have been tested and are scientifically proven to work. Store brand products have A LOT of fillers, preservatives and buffering agents in their products which they sell in bulk to keep the cost of the item down. Preservatives are also known as Parabens or “shelf life fillers” which make the product last longer in your bathroom cabinet, but they are not good for your skin. These fillers can also bring down the efficiency of the active ingredients.
Many people don’t realize how little the cosmetic industry is regulated. As long as there is some kind of twist of truth behind the marketing, then it’s ok by the FDA. For example, the OTC (over the counter) 2% salicylic acid medication may be just a marketing scheme to get you to purchase the product. In reality, there could be a drop of 2% salicylic acid in a full gallon of formula, making the 2% salicylic acid much less effective. But technically, since there is 2% salicylic acid in the original formula, they’re not lying about have it in the tube you purchased.
At Corrective Skincare, we have a chemist that formulates most of our products such as Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic Acid, Collagen Serum, and Therapeutic Mask, to name a few. I stand behind our chemist formulated products because I know they are *free from buffering agents and fillers* which makes them much more effective and stronger then what you can find over the counter. We also carry pharmaceutical brand products we trust to contain highly effective ingredients with authentic marketing.
Everyone’s skin is different – what you pick out from the shelf may not be right for your skin. It’s best if you find an esthetician that understands your skin and can recommend a regimen using professional products tailored for your skin and specific goals. Call us NOW and we’ll help you find the best chemist made product for your particular skin type! 818-981-6130 or www.CorrectiveSkincareLA.com