How Long Will It Take To Clear My Acne? By Kirstie Reese, CSLA-SaMo

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

Professional Products VS Store Bought Products. By Kirstie Reese, CSLA-SaMo

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

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