A proper skincare regimen may not always be enough to keep your skin at it’s best. Life comes at us fast and we tend to have moments where we need a little more than a normal routine. Between life stressors, and health related issues we’ve all been down the road of breakouts and skin issues that we can’t wrap our head around … so that’s when we call the pros. But who should we call? Let’s talk about the difference between an aesthetician and a dermatologist.
A dermatologist is a doctor who has completed four years of undergraduate work, four years of medical school and several years of residency at a medical facility. A dermatologist may also receive additional education and training in a specialized field. As board-certified specialists, dermatologists are medical and surgical experts on concerns related to the health and beauty of your skin, hair and nails. Dermatologists typically practice in medical offices or medical spas.
- Diagnose and treat skin disorders, diseases and abnormalities such as:
- Skin cancer
- Skin infections as the result of viruses (such as herpes)
- Write prescriptions based on knowledge of skin care pharmaceuticals
- Perform surgery on skin abnormalities
- Perform cosmetic procedures including:
- Injection of fillers
- Prescription-strength chemical peels
- Spider vein treatment
- Medical micro-needling (if they complete special training)
An esthetician is a skin care professional who has attended a trade school and passed a state board exam. Passing the state board exam gives the individual a license to practice in that state as a standard or medical esthetician. Most esthetician programs take three to six months to complete 250 to 1,500 hours of training, depending on the state. Estheticians may work in spas, salons or medical settings under the direction of dermatologists.
Estheticians are well equipped to handle skin cleaning and facials. Estheticians are trained and authorized to do:
- Skin analysis
- Body wraps
- Makeup application
So who should you see, and for what need?
We say BOTH. You should always visit a dermatologist, to have a full understanding of your skin, your concerns, and your skin's health. This isn’t something that needs to be done often, but as you go through what we call “life’s changes” … you’re aging, you’re experiencing bad breakouts, you’re seeing unusual changes in your skin. Once you’ve seen a dermatologist, we encourage you to take those ‘results’ to an aesthetician and have he/she help you create a healthy skincare routine that creates a system that works towards the goals your dermatologist has created for your skin health.
So you see, you really do need both at one point or another. So as you’re searching for your perfect skincare providers, we encourage you to remember that YELLE Skin Care was developed with the insight from both a dermatologist and an aesthetician. Your skin health is our first priority, and we pride ourselves in providing the best plant-based ingredients for you!
Find out more about our products and our key ingredients, here.