What is a Dermal Clinician?

Selecting the correct foundation education has never been more important

Is the end nigh for CIDESCO? Maybe not, but it’s complicated

Aesthetics is not really the beauty sector – If you are considering a career in aesthetics, then you might like to reconsider where your career begins.

What do you want to do with your life? It is a question posed to students, early as primary school while intensifying during high school. It often resurfaces many times during a lifetime, we question ourselves, our goals and aspirations and often change paths.

Let’s say you are set on the beauty sector; you see yourself becoming a facialist, a skin professional with the tools of the trade centred in energy-based treatments and non-surgical treatments. If you mention the ‘B’ word, ‘beauty’, collages within the industry are going to say CIDESCO is the best place to begin your exciting new career. There is no doubt that CIDESCO beauty therapists have something unique about them. Their manner, their knowledge and skills is the benchmark in the beauty sector.

Although, and this is where you need to think long and hard about your foundation education. The beauty sector is at a curvature, it has been evolving for some time, and now due to a combination of effects, it is going through the most significant evolutionary cycle of its entire history.

How do we predict where the industry is headed?

A good start is to look to places where the industry is further along the evolutionary path than the UK or EU. Let’s look at Australia; it has already formed the “Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians.” To be eligible for membership you need to have studied a “Bachelor of Dermal Sciences,” yes, Australia now has a four-year degree level programme for the non-surgical treatments sector.

They are defining the title as “Dermal Clinicians.” It represents the scope of practice as:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema and dermatitis
  • Xerosis (excessively dry skin)
  • Hyperkeratosis (thickened skin)
  • Photodamage (sun damage)
  • Pigmentary disorders and dyschromia (e.g. uneven pigment, brown spots)
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic ageing (normal and premature ageing)
  • Vascular disorders and conditions (e.g. birthmarks, telangiectasia/dilated capillaries, superficial spider veins on the face and body).
  • Assisting with optimal wound repair for acute and chronic wounds.
  • Scar management and minimisation.
  • Excessive or unwanted pilosity (hair growth)
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Oedema management
  • Skin management associated with diabetes, arterial or venous insufficiency and disease.
  • Lymphoedema
  • Localised adiposity (localised fat deposits)
  • Micro-pigmentation
  • Tattoo removal

You will notice that even though it is a four-year degree and in Australia nursing is only 3, Dermal Clinicians are still not able to inject. That is despite the fact, nurses have fewer years under their belt, and not explicitly educated in the area of the skin for those only holding a bachelor of nursing. It is of my personal opinion that in the future it will be addressed; I will give more reasoning shortly.

Level 4 to Level 7 is just the beginning of a new road to new qualifications, it is, unavoidable.

Few would not be aware of the new Level 4 to Level 7 training recommendations for the industry. However, in a global world with people needing and wanting to travel how will that affect current training? The new standards are, of course, mapped to the EQF (European Qualifications Framework,) so your standalone qualifications will travel with you. Although, as an employee, how do you think you will be perceived in Australia if you are up against Dermal Clinicians holding a degree?

Question: Do you think it will only be Australia that launches a degree programme in the non-surgical treatments sector? Or if that is too far off in the future, do you think very soon, we will have groupings of standalone Level 4 and 5 courses that make up, for example, an Advanced Diploma in Dermal Science?

I would categorically say yes. The reason for that as a training provider we need it.

What is one of our most common questions? How do I become an Aesthetic or Cosmetic Nurse? At the moment we put together a group of courses specific to the remit of the nurse. It makes far more sense to offer a Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Nursing. Although, that is a tiny issue compared to the more significant problem of the emerging skills gap.

If we do not address the ‘skills gap,’ it will milk the nursing sector.

Due to how the industry has evolved, it is placing pressure on the nursing sector. Nurses are in demand, as outside of Australia, no single qualification addresses the advanced nature the industry has evolved into. So nurses come into the sector, step into a whole gamut of new training and emerge able to perform advanced treatments. We also gain inquiries from nurses that have not yet finished their degree and lining up their aesthetics training.

That is all fine and dandy, but what about people that wanted to make non-surgical treatments, the new beauty sector, their career?

Do we continue to make candidates study a four-year nursing degree in a sector they are not interested in? Only to come out the other side of that and then start studying what they need to know for aesthetics? Putting that into perspective, even after a four-year nursing degree, the candidate is looking at another three years of study, minimum and thousands of Euro. Sure, its fantastic for us, as a training provider, but makes no sense at all.

Also, do we want to milk the nursing sector? Let me tell you, with the way nurses are treated, underappreciated, and exploited, they need no encouragement to jump ship into the aesthetics field.

If you are thinking about a career in the aesthetics sector, and you want longevity of your career, the only advice I can give at the moment is, start a nursing degree. Because of how silly that sounds, is the reason we are on the curvature in the education industry.

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