Estheticians, also called skin care therapists, work at salons, day spas, a medi-spas. Estheticians are trained in the cosmetic treatment of the skin. They perform various cosmetic procedures including facials, body treatments and waxing. Most estheticians offer a variety of specialty spa treatments.
All estheticians must be licensed in the state that they are working in. They complete 260 to 600 hours of training (depending on the state) and pass both a written and a practical, or hands-on, ex after completing education at an accredited beauty school.
Aestheticians are not medical doctors so they can’t diagnose skin conditions, prescribe medications, or suggest treatment for any skin condition outside of cosmetic products. They can however, perform treatment complementary to a doctor’s treatment. Some aestheticians may work closely with dermatologists, either in-office or through a referral system.