Have you ever wondered what the different qualifications are within the beauty industry? Depending on what country you live in, the terms used for different beauty qualifications can be confusing. In Australia we mainly use the following:

Beauticians – Beauticians usually will have a Certificate III TAFE qualification. They perform more basic services including waxing, tanning, make-up and nails.

Beauty Therapists – Beauty Therapists typically hold a diploma. They perform a variety of tasks including facials, hair removal, make-up, lash and brow tinting, massage, manicures and pedicures. There are many opportunities for beauty therapists to specialise in different areas such as spa therapy.

Aestheticians – Aestheticians hold a Beauty Therapy diploma as well. However, they have had extra training in advanced skin treatments and can give specialised knowledge in regards to skin analysis and skin care.

Dermal Clinician

A dermal clinician has a 4 year Bachelor of Health Science (Dermal Therapies) degree. Essentially a dermal clinician’s focus is skin. We specialise in the management of skin integrity and the use of nonsurgical skin treatments. Our knowledge and the treatments we perform are science based allowing us to manage and treat acute and chronic skin conditions.

We have extensive knowledge in skin anatomy, skin biology, skin conditions, disorders and diseases, and cosmetic chemistry. We understand the Lymphatic, Endocrine, Cardiovascular and Integumentary systems and how they affect the skin.

Some of the advanced skin therapy treatments we perform include Intense Pulsed Laser (IPL), Laser and resurfacing treatments to name a few.  We have helped people with hair removal, pigmented lesions, tattoo removal and wound care. Dermal clinicians can work in a range of settings including skin clinics, private practices, plastic surgery clinics, hospitals and multidisciplinary clinics.

Did you know?

That in Australia there are no National Guidelines on who can perform Intense Pulsed Light and Laser treatments to the public. It is up to the individual state, in Victoria there are no regulations so basically anybody can purchase an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or Laser machine and perform treatments to the public.

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