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Understanding State Board Regulation of Equipment

By: Susanne S. Warfield
Posted: December 30, 2011, from the January 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Poor advocacy by the skin care profession. State board members and legislators needs to be educated on who estheticians are and what they do.

Existing statutes, rules and regulations are not up to the advancements in the industry. There have been so many scientific and technological advancements in equipment safety and product efficacy, that the laws, rules and regulations have not kept pace with them.

No esthetician representation sitting on the board. There are currently fewer than 12 states that have estheticians sitting on their state boards.

Cosmetologists are legally allowed to do everything an esthetician can do. This is the truth in more than 30 states and many cosmetologists have less than 250 hours of skin care training. Would you consider it safe for the board to allow this sector of licensees to use a laser?

Medical specialty lobbying. Physicians have more credibility than estheticians, who usually have only 600 hours of training—five states have even fewer than 600 hours. More credibility combined with a greater understanding of why advocacy is so important should be obtained by skin care professionals in order to protect their share of the market.