ABOUT SKIN THEORY
At Skin Theory, forward-thinking licensed estheticians and acne specialists provide revolutionary skincare and rejuvenation services and products in achievement of our mission: to improve our client’s overall skin health and appearance. Skin Theory uses a supportive program-based approach to clearing problem skin conditions and to beautifying healthy skin.
Founded by Karen O’Reilly, Skin Theory originated as The Skin Studio which saw repeated successes clearing problem skin conditions. Skin Theory is an elite skincare boutique located in the heart of downtown Glen Ellyn that provided skincare services and product regimens to clients in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lombard, Elmhurst, Lisle, Carol Stream, Naperville, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Schaumburg, and Chicago, as well as, students on college campuses located nationwide.
The Skin Theory Approach
At Skin Theory, we understand that there is no one type of acne, no one skin type and no singular skin sensitivity. Our experience has shown that each client is unique and presents with a different set of personal factors. We are proud that Skin Theory has helped over 500 problem skin clients achieve clear, healthy skin.
Skin Theory’s approach to skin health involves creating and refining customized treatments in conjunction with a progressive home care regimen that incorporates active topical ingredients and lifestyle adjustments to benefit certain skin conditions.
Our healthier approach to skincare integrates the latest in innovative, results-driven skincare. We’ve spent years selecting the most effective products, which do not contain questionable ingredients found in many conventional products.
Owner / Esthetician / Acne Specialist
Karen O’Reilly is the owner and head esthetician of Skin Theory. As an Illinois State Board Licensed Esthetician, NCEA Certified National Esthetician and Certified Acne Specialist, Karen’s greatest reward is seeing both a physical and emotional transformation when a client’s skin looks healthy and clear, and the client is glowingly happy.
Karen has pursued studies with The International Skin Beauty Academy, NCEA, Face Reality Acne Clinic and Vivant University, through which she studied the methods of Dr. James Fulton, renowned acne specialist and developer of several gold standard skincare products, including RetinA.
Karen holds a paramedical certification with VU, Acne Specialist certification with Face Reality Acne Clinic and a Master Esthetic certificate with NCEA and has received advanced training in progressive and mid-depth peels and skin rejuvenation. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University and worked in the pharmaceutical industry prior to launching Skin Theory.
Karen lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with her husband and two children.
Lead Esthetician / Acne Specialist
Christina, lead esthetician at Skin Theory, is a licensed esthetician, certified acne specialist and RN. Originally from Washington state, she was first exposed to Face Reality Acne Clinic and and Dr. Fulton’s approach to treating acne after seeking acne treatment from four dermatologists and enduring two rounds of Accutane only for her acne to return. Christina finally found an esthetician that specialized in acne. The Acne Treatment Center in Vancouver, Washington not only helped Christina gain control of her own skin but also inspired her to pursue her own Esthetics License and pursue advanced training and certification as an Acne Specialist with Face Reality Acne Clinic. Christina has advanced training in advanced age-rejuvenation peels, microchanneling and acne. Her passion for treating acne is the silver-lining to the years she struggled to clear her own skin.
Christina has also been a Registered Nurse since 2011 and has worked in hospitals in Washington, Oregon, and now Illinois. She currently works in the Intensive Care Unit at Loyola University Medical Center in addition to helping clients at Skin Theory.
Esthetician / Acne Specialist
Viviana Rodriguez, esthetician at Skin Theory, is a Licensed Esthetician that grew up and currently resides in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago. She attended G Skin Institute for her esthetics training and then pursued advance training in acne, receiving her training and Acne Specialist certification with Face Reality Acne Clinic.
As someone who previously suffered from acne and cleared at Skin Theory, Viviana finds a special connection with acne clients as she understands what they are going through. Her treatment philosophy is to keep it simple yet effective. Viviana’s biggest satisfaction as an esthetician is to see her clients' skin transform to its optimal potential and see their gratitude and confidence boost.
Prior to her work in skincare, she pursued culinary arts attending Robert Morris College. Viviana holds certifications and advanced training in progressive and mid-depth peels, dermaplaning , lash lifts and is brow expert & makeup artist.
Renee Blew, esthetician at Skin Theory, is a licensed esthetician and certified Acne Specialist. Drawn to esthetics from her own experience with both teenage and adult acne, and clearing at Skin Theory, Renee decided to make a career switch and follow her passion for skin care.
Renee received her esthetics training from the G Skin & Beauty Institute. She then pursued advanced studies and received her Acne Specialist training and certification with Face Reality Acne Clinic. Renee also holds certification in dermaplane and has advanced training in progressive and mid-depth peels, microchanneling and brow shaping. Renee holds a B.A. degree from Northern Illinois University.
Renee lives in Glen Ellyn with her husband, Greg, and their twins, Mollie and Jacob. She loves traveling, going to the beach, seeing broadway plays and trying new restaurants. Her biggest joy is helping clients achieve clear skin.
OUR CLEARING PROGRAM
How long will it take to get clear?
The short answer: about 12-16 weeks. Why? Because it actually takes up to 90 days for acne already deep in the skin to form in the first place. Acne will surface after beginning treatment, however, the duration, severity and amount of blemishes will slow during the clearing process. The products and home care protocol you follow will help keep new acne from forming—acne that would surface 90 days from the start of any treatment regime.
Custom home care
Skin Theory will provide you with a custom home care routine that will have your acne under control in approximately 12-16 weeks, although some types of acne do take longer to clear than others. A custom home care regimen takes a multiple approach: your type of acne, your skin type, your skin sensitivity, lifestyle/diet, and your vitamin supplements which aid in clearing.
The key to ultimately getting clear skin? You!
You play an integral role in ensuring your skin's clearing success. What do you have to do?
Apply a home care regimen twice a day
Schedule treatments every two weeks (we will also make home care adjustments (to strength and frequency), as needed, until we see consistent clearing
Make lifestyle adjustments, including limiting some foods, medications, cosmetics, stress, and skin and hair products with pore-clogging ingredients
How often do you need to visit Skin Theory?
Your progress will be closely monitored by our Skin Theory Acne Specialist Team, with adjustments made every two weeks until there is consistent clearing (usually around week 12-14).
What happens at a treatment?
Very mild corrective peels or enzymes are used to boost your home care efforts along with extractions of any existing acne.
You will be instructed on how to use your products at these bi-weekly appointments with specific written instructions provided to you to take home and reference. Acne treatment appointments should be scheduled for every two weeks until clear. It typically takes about 6 to 8 services over a three- to four-month period of time to get clients mostly to completely clear.
What is the treatment cost & homecare cost?
Each 30-minute treatment is $60. Expect to do 6-8 treatments. Home care products are required to clear. A client's first set of face products & supplements typically costs between $150-$200 depending on needs. If also clearing the back a separate / stronger product(s) are needed. Expect an additional $60-80 for the back. Some actives are in smaller bottles and we will replace these with stronger actives mid-way through. This can cost approximately $30-50.
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"Both of my teenagers have had their skin cared for by Karen. The results were swift and stunning. They are no longer spending precious morning minutes covering up blemishes. Instead, they enjoy extra sleep and renewed self-confidence. I was so pleased with the results for my teens that I began seeing Karen for my skincare. My skin is looking younger than it has in years!"
- CONNIE T.