Dermatologist vs. Aesthetician

A healthy diet and proper skin care regimen may not always be enough to keep your skin at its best. Sometimes you need the expertise of skin care professionals to achieve something outside of the normal regimen. Dermatologists and estheticians both provide skin care knowledge and specialized procedures, but there is a big difference between them. So, who should you see, and when?

Let’s start with a key point: A dermatologist is a doctor. That means they have completed four years of undergraduate work, four years of medical school and four years of residency at a medical facility with a focus on caring for skin. 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.

An esthetician is a skin care provider who has attended 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 training, depending on the state. Estheticians are well equipped to handle skin cleaning and facials. Estheticians are trained and authorized to do many maintenance or spa-based services.

So when should you see a dermatologist?
• Once a year for a skin exam. Everyone should visit a dermatologist annually for early detection and treatment of skin issues even if you don’t have any current skin concerns. Go more often if you see any new or changing lesions/moles/birthmarks.
• If you have a rash is painful and/or spreading
• If you have severe acne that is not responding to over-the-counter treatments
• If you have or have ever had skin cancer, psoriasis, rosacea or a regular skin care issue.
• If you are considering cosmetic procedures such as dermal injections, laser skin resurfacing or laser hair removal.
Well, then, when should you see an esthetician? Once you have seen a dermatologist, and now want to maintain the skin via good practices and a regimen. A good esthetician will help you to establish an appropriate skin care regimen for regular facial care.

Dermatologists and estheticians often collaborate, and their practices complement each other, which is why Natura Dermatology is such a great fit for you!

At our practice at Natura, we provide all of the services of the dermatologist as well as the esthetician at one facility. We do this to ensure that both the treatment of your issues and the maintenance of healthy skin is with the same direction and goals, thereby getting you the best results possible!
In the future, regardless of the needs of your skin, come to Natura first!

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