dermatologist or the esthetician

Who to See When: Dermatologist or the Esthetician


Most women and even men are now health and beauty conscious. Having a healthy diet and proper skin care routine may not always be enough to keep your skin looking healthy and at its best. In fact, seeking the help of a skin care specialist could help achieve that.

Did you know that dermatologists and estheticians can provide the right skin care knowledge and be able to specialize in the procedures? So, what’s the difference between the two skin care specialists?

Who is a Dermatologist?

dermatologist or the esthetician

This is a medical doctor (dokter kecantikan)  who has completed 4 years of undergraduate work, 4 years of medical school and extensive years of residency at a medical facility. A dermatologist may also receive additional education and training in a specialized field of study. He or she is a board-certified specialist. A dermatologist is a medical and surgical expert on concerns that are related to the health and aesthetics of the skin, hair, and nails. This specialist typically practice in medical offices or medical spas.

Trained and authorized to:

  • Diagnose and treat skin disorders, abnormalities, and diseases such as pimples/acne, skin cancer, rosacea, psoriasis, skin infections due to viral infections like herpes.
  • Write prescriptions based on their knowledge in skin care pharmaceuticals
  • Perform surgery on skin abnormalities
  • Perform cosmetic procedures such as lasers, injection of fillers, botox, prescription-strength chemical peels, spider vein treatment, and medical micro-needling (this needs complete special training.

When to See a Dermatologist?

  • Set up an annual skin exam. It is recommended to visit a dermatologist annually for early detection of skin cancer, or treatment of other skin diseases, even if there are no current skin concerns.
  • If there is any rash that is spreading or painful, then it is recommended after taking a new medication.
  • For severe acne that is not clearing up even after a couple of months of using over-the-counter treatments.
  • If you are suffering from skin cancer, psoriasis, rosacea, or skin infections.
  • Microdermabrasion, but before you make that decision, check whether that procedure is good for your skin. Not all skin can take the procedure.
  • More complicated cosmetic procedures like Botox and laser hair removal.

Who is an Esthecian?

dermatologist or the esthetician

This is a person who attended trade school, passed a state board exam that gives that individual the license to practice in that state as a standard medical esthecian. Most esthecian programs can take 6 months to complete with 250-1,500 hours of training depending on the country or state. You find esthecians in spas, salons, or medical settings under the supervision of a dermatologist. In short, they work under the dermatologist.

What an Esthecian Can Do

They are able to handle skin cleaning and facials and are trained and authorized to do skin analysis, facials, microdermabrasion, aromatherapy, body wraps, and makeup application.

For those taking up masters or licensing, they rewuire more training to be able to perform any laser hair removal procedures, chemical peels, and laser skin resurfacing.

When to See an Esthecian

  • Skin type determination and establish an appropriate skin care routine accordingly.
  • Facials, aromatherapy, microdermabrasion, and body wraps.
  • Maintains your skin after the assessment and treatment of a skin condition by a dermatologist.

Now that you are aware of who is the right skin care specialist or skin care doctor (dokter kecantikan)  to seek and when to seek, why don’t you book for a consulation today?

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