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A Prescription for Success

By: Pat Lam
Posted: June 11, 2008, from the November 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Heart disorders. Avoid using any electrical devices if the client has metal implants or suffers from a heart condition unless medical approval has been given.

Asthmatic or epileptic. There are several precautions in the treatment of such medical conditions. Using equipment such as steamers may cause breathing problems for asthmatics. The skin care professional can take precautions by raising the level of the bed, ensuring that the client sits more upright and enabling the avoidance of steam directed into the nose. Steam time should be minimal for asthmatics. Great care should be taken when using any electrical equipment, such as high frequency, with epileptic clients. Avoid using indirect high frequency that requires the client to hold a glass electrode.

Metal implants or fillings. Services using electrical equipment, such as galvanic current and high frequency, can be uncomfortable.

Medication. If the client is on any type of medication, it affects the skin’s pH level and can cause an abnormal reaction to any skin care preparation. Many clients will attribute any breakouts on their skin to products applied during the service and are quick to blame the spa, but sometimes it can be the result of medication.

Skin diseases. In particular, psoriasis and eczema should be noted, and the affected areas should be avoided during treatment. Note suspicious lesions, such as herpes simplex, around the mouth that are highly contagious. If the client is having microdermabrasion or a chemical peel, let them know that these menu items can lead to the eruption of cold sores, but advise them to speak to their physician about acquiring medication to prevent it.