Can a Licensed Esthetician Treat Acne?

Can a licensed esthetician treat acne?  In some cases, yes.

Estheticians specialize in cosmetic, rather than medical, skin care treatments. So while they can't prescribe acne medications or treat some of the more serious forms of acne, they can help you care for your skin and perform professional treatments.

Here's a rundown of what your esthetician can do for you:

Estheticians perform facial treatments. Facials include deep cleansing, exfoliation, facial steams and massage, and more.


Estheticians can do extractions. Extracting, or cleansing out, non-inflamed pore blockages will help your skin feel smoother and can help stop inflamed pimples from forming.

Estheticians can advise on the proper care of your skin. Your esthetician can give you great skin care tips, plus answer your most burning questions (like whether it's okay to skip your nightly cleansing).

Estheticians can recommend appropriate skin care products for your skin type. Not sure which cleanser is right for you? Want to sample a few moisturizers before buying? Your esthetician can help in these situations. They can also suggest effective over-the-counter acne treatments for you too.

Estheticians can perform certain specialty procedures. Professional treatments like microdermabrasion and light chemical peels can be done by your esthetician (in most states).

A licensed esthetician can be a great partner to help you get clearer skin (although there are some things an esthetician can't do.) If you're ready to start seeing an esthetician, call your local salon or medi-spa, ask for referrals, and check out the esthetician's credentials before your appointment.

Next Steps:

How To Find a Great Esthetician

Acne Treatments at the Skin Spa


Gerson, Joel; Ph.D.. Standard Textbook for Professional Estheticians. 8th edition. Albany, NY: Milady Publishing, 1999.

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