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Know Your Risk Management

By: Sallie Deitz
Posted: June 2, 2009, from the June 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

Early in her career as a skin therapist, a wonderful esthetician—let’s call her Madge—was visited by a client for her routine age management treatment. Upon her arrival, the client told Madge she had just been to her dermatologist and had a biopsy on a lesion she and Madge had been following for a year.

Truthfully, Madge had mentioned it to her on several occasions, and told her she should have it checked. The client had multiple problems with her skin—acne, pigment changes, photodamage—and Madge was diligently supporting her with appropriate education, treatment and products. The client’s home care compliance had increased; she was routinely wearing her sunscreen, and except for an occasional tan, she was doing well.

Now, most of you are likely experiencing the following thoughts:

“I would NEVER work on someone with a tan.”

“I would NOT work on someone with a suspicious lesion.”