No idea what the difference is between a skin therapist and a beautician? Never mind, I didn’t know that before ;-). But do read this article, in which the differences are explained by the experts at the Van Rosmalen clinic.
What is skin therapy?
Skin therapist is a relatively new profession that is often confused with beautician, despite the differences in training, indication and purpose. We mainly go to the beautician to let ourselves be pampered with treatments that are aimed at relaxation and care of the skin. In skin therapy, skin conditions are the main focus. Skin therapists treat both healthy and diseased skin (cosmetic). The beautician mainly treats healthy skin. But despite the differences, both disciplines can coexist and work together perfectly, provided they focus on treatments within their own field.
How did skin therapy come about?
This discipline grew out of the shared insights of plastic surgeons, dermatologists and beauticians. Their combined knowledge forms the basis for the paramedical profession of skin therapist. Skin therapist is a protected title, which is even laid down in the law (the BIG Act).
What does a skin therapist do?
A skin therapist is a paramedic and specialist in the field of paramedical and cosmetic skin care. In many cases there is close cooperation with a doctor. The treatments are aimed at improving the skin: scars, acne, pigment, stretch marks, impurities, melasma, rosacea and couperose. You can also contact a skin therapist for skin sagging, a coarse skin structure, wrinkle formation and the removal of tattoos. The demand for help is therefore quite broad. Unlike the beautician, the skin therapist is trained to perform specialist treatments (such as chemical peels and laser treatments) safely. A referral to the skin therapist is usually not necessary.
How do you become a skin therapist?
You become a skin therapist by following the four-year higher vocational education (HBO) course in Skin Therapy, which focuses mainly on the medical side of the skin. In addition to taking anamnesis (medical history), the training also teaches you to make diagnoses and make treatment plans. Attention is paid to scar and wound treatment, acne therapy, excessive hair growth and edema treatment. The cosmetic side is also discussed: skin-improving treatments such as peelings, microdermabrasion, with laser, light and curettage for the removal of superficial imperfections. Theoretical subjects, such as medical theory, psychology, anatomy and natural sciences, form the basis. As mentioned, skin therapist is a paramedical profession recognized in the BIG Act. Most skin therapists are members of the professional organization NVH – the Dutch Association of Skin Therapy.
What does the beautician do?
The beautician deals with the cosmetic side aimed at care and relaxation of the skin, such as a facial treatment or massage. Cosmetic hand, nail and foot care are also covered in the three-year MBO training. In addition to practical courses, attention is also paid to theoretical knowledge in the field of anatomy, physiology, general pathology and cosmetic skin abnormalities. Many beauticians are members of the branch association ANBOS (General Dutch Branch Organization for Beauty Care).
Differences between the skin therapist and beautician
The main difference is the goal of the treatment and the needs of the client. You go to a skin therapist for skin complaints, but it is also wise to schedule regular visits to improve the skin quality. The treatments also have a preventive effect. Make an appointment with the beautician for relaxation and skin care. Treatments at the skin therapist are usually not painless, while you come to the beautician for relaxation.
Unfortunately, the dividing line between the two professional groups is not only confusing for the consumer, there is sometimes also a field of tension between the professional groups themselves. It is important that healthcare professionals work within their own disciplines and do not do treatments for which they have not been trained. For example, since 2016 beauticians are no longer allowed to perform laser and IPL treatments. These treatments are reserved for skin therapists and cosmetic doctors, because they can perform these treatments in a qualitative and safe way.
Have you become curious by reading this article? And do you want to know everything about how peelings, light and laser treatments can improve the quality of your skin? Make an appointment quickly for an initial consultation and personal treatment plan. The skin therapists of the Van Rosmalen clinic are affiliated with the Dutch Association of Skin Therapists (NVH), the Dutch Aesthetic Laser Association (DALA) and the Paramedics Quality Register (KP). This way you know for sure that your skin is in good hands.
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