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Are you an Esthetician or an Aesthetician? Whichever your answer, its right! There’s a place in our industry for all types of skin specialists. An Esthetician generally treats more on the conservative side while an Aesthetician generally treats more aggressively. Both treatment methods can be effective.


There is so much controversy about which type of treatment is more effective and who will treat more effectively. An Esthetician generally likes to stick to corrective facials and light peels i.e. Glycolic, Lactic, and Salicylic. An Aesthetician will treat with a more medium depth peels, i.e. Jessner and TCA. They will also treat with microderm, dermaplane, and laser (if they are properly certified). All of these methods of treatment can be effective. It is the client’s choice how invasive they want to go. There are some clients that have no interest in anything more than facials for prevention (whether they need more intensive treament or not) and they are a great client for an esthetician. Whereas, a client that wants the newest, most invasive, and results-driven treatment out there is better suited with an Aesthetician. As a client you would not go to a medical facility for a tranquil relaxing facial and you wouldn’t generally go to the day spa for your Micro peel.


Usually a student knows by the completion of school the way in which they want to take their career. There’s a place for every type of specialty out there. Some estheticians choose not to do skin care at all and specialize in waxing; others specialize in makeup artistry while some want to work in a day spa or Doctor’s office. I would advise to find a place that is right for your individual skill set and comfort level. Whichever you choose, as long as you are passionate about it, then it’s the right place for you. At the end of the day you can be just as successful and make just as much money in any specialized area of our field. There’s a place for all of us.


If you’re having a hard time deciding which way to take your exciting new career I recommend following a couple of different specialists around for a day and seeing which area you become interested in.

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