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CA LED Issue 2 Replies

CA recently announced on their Facebook page that LED is considered out of scope.Here is a link to their post,…Continue

Started by Susanne Schmaling. Last reply by Stephanie Van Zandt Apr 3, 2019.

Missouri looking at deregulation


Started by Susanne Schmaling Feb 20, 2014.

Dermaplaning for Aestheticians 1 Reply

In July 2008, a historical ruling was passed by the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology.  Dermaplaning, Lancing and laser is within the scope of practice for aestheticians and cosmetologist with…Continue

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Started by Isabel Calleros. Last reply by coldsalineplexus Jun 7, 2013.

Virginia looking at Esthetic Regulations

FYI-Virgina Estis, the cosmetology board is taking a look at regulations affecting the regulation of cosmetologists, estheticians, tattoo artists & body piercing. Comments are due by 12/5/12…Continue

Tags: licensing, esthetics, virgina

Started by Susanne Schmaling Nov 21, 2012.

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Comment by Monica Grajales on October 5, 2015 at 2:07pm

Hi Silvia, it was postponed for November. Send me an email to so I can have your contact info and send it to you directly, in case you miss the next post. 

Comment by Silvia Carboni on October 5, 2015 at 10:13am

I tried the link but didn't work. Any other way of getting info on this or is it too late?

Comment by Monica Grajales on September 18, 2015 at 9:07am

Leadership Skills for Aestheticians: Learn about advocacy and lobbying in the skincare industry! This workshop is being held in Tampa, FL and must RSVP using this link: 

Comment by Susanne Schmaling on May 10, 2013 at 11:38am

Hi Everyone, here is a link to the proposed MA Medical Spa bill. Good example of what can happen when initial esthetics training hours are too low. This is starting to happen across the US.MA Medical Spa bill

Comment by Andrea Stein on May 9, 2012 at 1:02am

Kimberly as to facial machines to remove warts, moles etc. I purchased one a few years ago only to get home and call my State board (Calif) and find out it was a big NO! I called the company, also in Calif and complained that they knew it was out of my scope of practice for our state and fortunately for me they fully refunded my money!  They told me that others in our state were ok with it and that I would be ok too. I didnt want to be "looking over my shoulder"so I was happy to resolve the issue although I did spend a day in training on the equiptment, thats all I was out.  So I recommend you check with your state board as well!

Comment by Teri Kotantoulas on October 6, 2011 at 1:00pm
Susanne - estheticians in Colorado are allowed to perform microdermabrasion and chemical peels provided they receive certification from a board-approved school (14 credit hours for microdermabrasion; 24 credit hours for chemical peels).  "Certificates" provided by product manufacturers are not acceptable.  CO State rules also state that estheticians may only use chemical peel agents not less than 20% and not less than 2.5 pH.  Also, performing a microderm and peel in one treatment is not allowed unless the esty is in a physician's office and does so under the supervision of the physician.  However, doing an enzyme exfoliation in the same treatment as a microderm is allowed.  Hope that helps.
Comment by Andrea Stein on August 22, 2011 at 11:49pm
Thank you Isabel and Rikki. Its not pressing at this time but I too have found it difficult to get a strait answer. Im not ready to go out on a limb just yet!
Comment by Rikki Field on August 22, 2011 at 6:13pm
I lived in LA for a year and was extremely frustrated with the rules in California and how difficult it is to get anywhere with regard to finding out about and/or changing laws that pertain to aesthetics.  The State Board specifically states in the rules that scalpels are not allowed in a spa or salon. Technically, we use a scalpel for dermaplaning. Barbers are permitted to use a straight razor to shave a man's face.  The educational curriculum for Barbers teaches the shave with the straight razor, which is why it's permitted.  The State Board is tragically understaffed and they don't have the manpower to regulate dermaplaning - it's easier just to say no.  DermaplaneTx has trained many aestheticians in California, since the procedure is so popular with clients, but I caution those in the spa to be careful if they choose to offer the service as there is a $250 fine if State Board cites them.
Comment by Isabel Calleros on August 22, 2011 at 5:54pm

Hello Andrea,

It is hard to tell because dermaplaning is my speciality and I get all kinds or answers from all kinds of people.  I have called the state board and no one there can give me an answer. This is a tough one.  Isabel Calleros

Comment by Andrea Stein on August 22, 2011 at 12:09am
Wat is the current status with Dermaplaining or Vellashape and Estys in California.

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