The Surprising Difference Between Dermatologists and Estheticians

Dermatologists and estheticians are two types of skin care professionals who are often confused for one another. Both professions are based on the study and application of cosmetics and skincare products, but that’s where the similarities end.

Dermatologists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating skin diseases and conditions. They specialize in the use of prescription drugs and medical procedures for the treatment of skin conditions.

Estheticians, on the other hand, are not medical doctors. They have training in using cosmeceuticals, products designed to improve the appearance of the skin. Estheticians are not allowed to prescribe medication or perform medical procedures.

So, what’s the difference between dermatologists and estheticians? Keep reading to find out!

The Skin is the Largest Organ of the Body 

The skin is the human body’s largest organ, weighing an average of 8 pounds. It covers an area of approximately 20 square feet and comprises three main layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous layer. The skin is responsible for various functions, including protecting the body from infection, regulating body temperature, and absorbing nutrients.

While the skin may seem like a simple organ, it is actually quite complex and vital to our overall health.

Dermatologists Vs. Estheticians: The Surprising Difference Between the Two

There’s a lot of confusion about the difference between dermatologists and estheticians. Both professions deal with skincare, but there is a big difference between the two. 

Dermatologists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating skin conditions. Estheticians, on the other hand, are not doctors. They provide facial treatments and other beauty services but cannot prescribe medications or perform surgery.

So which one should you see for your skin care needs? The answer depends on what you’re looking for. You should see a dermatologist if you have a medical concern, such as a rash or acne. But if you’re just looking for a facial or other beauty treatment, an esthetician will be able to help you.

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You can care for your skin in several simple ways. With our help, you can create a skincare plan that suits your lifestyle and goals. Contact us today to schedule a visit to La Casita or Sonterra. Call us at 210-692-3000 in La Casita or 210-370-9995 in Sonterra.

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