Everyone at some point in their life deals with skincare issues! Whether you are dealing with teenage acne, hormonal breakouts or even aging skin – knowing who to see for your specific issues can be the first step to having healthier skin.
But how do you know whether a dermatologist or an aesthetician is a better fit for your skincare needs?
Let’s take a look at the biggest differences between what a dermatologist can do for you versus a licensed aesthetician/ skincare specialist.
A dermatologist is a doctor – a licensed aesthetician is a trained skincare specialist.
It is all about the education that makes the biggest difference.
Dermatologists are doctors, which means they have completed years of college as well as medical school and have also completed residencies and internships at medical facilities.
They are trained to treat all kind of skin diseases, prescribe medications and to perform invasive skincare procedures.
Dermatologists are very knowledgeable in the field of medicine and their expertise can range from general dermatology to cosmetic or plastic surgery.
A trip to the dermatologist may be a better option for you if you are dealing with any of the below issues:
If you have Psoriasis, Eczema, Rosacea or any form of skin rashes, irritations, moles or bumps that are of concern, we highly recommend a dermatologist for a skincare analysis to ensure they are not signs of a more severe medical condition.
Some dermatologists specialize in cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery so if you feel the need for a little nip & tuck or looking for more invasive cosmetic procedures he/she should be your go-to person.
When it comes to acne specifically – a dermatologist may be quick to prescribe topical medications or antibiotics to help patients deal with acne. While this is only a short-term relief and may work for some patients – medications are not an effective way of keeping the skin clear.
Besides the dangerous side effects, your body can build up a tolerance to it over time and that can lead to other medical problems.
In western medicine, doctors are less apt to consider alternative treatments and options for patients because they feel confident that the medications will do the trick.
So if you are someone who cares about the body’s well-being and looking for a solution that will solve the root cause of the problem and not just treat the surface, this might not be the right option for you.
A Licensed Aesthetician or Acne Specialist can help you with even aggressive forms of acne as well as help you deal with less severe skin care issues. Below are just a few of the reasons an aesthetician can improve your skin:
They can offer a skin care analysis which can help you better understand your unique skin type and how to care for it so it will look it’s best.
A professional facial can keep your skin looking its best – an aesthetician can offer a customized facial for your unique skin and acne type.
They can provide acne treatments that can include exfoliation, extractions and/or chemical peels.They can offer suggested home care treatments as well to help you manage and improve your skin.
Some aestheticians also offer LED Light Therapy treatments which can offer a variety of skincare benefits such as minimizing pores, reducing acne scars and stimulating collagen and elastin production.
Because aestheticians cannot write prescriptions, they focus on finding the underlying issues that are causing acne. They are very familiar with skincare ingredients, which products are best to use and when, and how to enhance your skin at home.
Environmental sources, diet, and stress can all be reasons for acne flare-ups and an aesthetician can help you understand how to care for your skin naturally.
Yes! They will often work together to ensure a mutual client gets the best treatments for whatever skincare issues they are dealing with. Someone who visits a dermatologist first may ultimately be recommended to an aesthetician for continued maintenance like facials to ensure they maintain the health of their skin.
An aesthetician, on the other hand, may find something concerning about a clients’ skin in an analysis and may suggest that they visit a dermatologist for a more comprehensive look at their skin.
No matter which professional you choose to work with, as long as their treatments and products will always serve your skin’s best interest.