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NCEA Certified is the professional status awarded to a skin care professional that has met the competency standards as set-forth by NCEA's 1200 Hour Esthetician Job Task Analysis. It represents the highest skin care credential available in the United States and adherence to the code of ethics of the profession.

Those who choose to become NCEA Certified do so for a variety of reasons, including:
  • Commitment to career and the industry.
  • Desire to challenge skill level and knowledge base.
  • Commitment to personal growth and continuous learning.
  • A move to another state where the hours of training are higher than what they received in school.
  • State endorsement/reciprocity requirement to attain advanced licensure.

  • The reasons also vary with a person's age, longevity in the field and future plans. An added benefit is that NCEA Certified estheticians on average, earn more than their noncertified counterparts. Those who are committed to personal growth are more likely to have the self confidence to seek increasing levels of responsibility and, therefore, higher incomes. Regardless of the reason — it's a good investment in yourself. The NCEA Certified designation could mean the difference between getting or missing out on your next promotion or position. Certification better prepares the skin care professional for today's job market and helps you be better equipped to respond to the constantly changing demands and advances within our profession.

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    Malignant melanoma: Diagnosis and treatment progress
    By Rosemary Sparacio
    Immunology has been in the forefront and progress in the area of skin cancer — particularly malignant melanoma — and has shown great promise. Melanoma is the sixth-most common cancer in the U.S. and the most common fatal malignancy in young adults. Currently, about 1 in 50 people will be diagnosed with melanoma. In the 1960s, it was 1 in 600. Two independent studies are being conducted using two different kinds of vaccines developed to treat malignant melanoma.
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    Holistic approach can address signs of aging face
    Dermatology Times
    A multitude of topical and oral therapies can be skillfully used to help patients achieve their anti-aging goals, according to a clinician who spoke at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Annual Congress. "We often will combine systemic and topical treatments in our cosmetic patients in order to achieve not just a youthful looking face, but a healthy looking one as well," says Dr. Demetrios Ioannides, professor of dermatology, Hospital for Skin and Venereal Diseases, Thessaloniki, Greece.
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    Young nonmelanoma skin cancer survivors more likely to develop other future cancers
    Skin Inc.
    People who had nonmelanoma skin cancer were at increased risk for subsequently developing melanoma and 29 other cancer types — and this association was much higher for those under 25 years of age, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
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    Guidelines aim to standardize, advance actinic keratoses treatments
    Dermatology Times
    Dermatologists and other medical specialists around the world who treat patients with actinic keratoses will soon be able to refer to new evidence-based guidelines for management.
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    Study: TPF 50 to prevent skin sun damage, nonmelanoma skin cancer
    Journal of Drugs in Dermatology via News-Medical.Net
    Journal of Drugs in Dermatology released a clinical study highlighting the efficacy of triple-protection factor broad-spectrum sunscreen, TPF 50, to prevent skin sun damage and nonmelanoma skin cancer. In this head-to-head comparison study, investigators Drs. Enzo Emanuele, James M. Spencer and Martin Braun found that TPF50 was more effective than both the main DNA repair and AO existing products.
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    Never too old for technology: Anti-aging driving US beauty devices USA
    According to market researcher Mintel's "Global Annual Review of skin care," the U.S. is following Asia's lead with personal care device demand, with consumers keen for anti-aging devices at home.
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    Indoor tanning among high school students linked with risk-taking behaviors
    More than 13 percent of U.S. high school students reported indoor tanning in 2011, with a greater prevalence among female, older and non-Hispanic white females and an association with other risk-taking behaviors, according to recent survey results.
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    Researchers: Range of electrical frequencies that help heal chronic wounds tested
    University of Cincinnati via ScienceDaily
    Naturally occurring electricity in our cells is key to how our bodies function — and that includes the healing of wounds. When externally applied, low-amplitude electric fields have been shown to help hard-to-heal chronic wounds, where there is insufficient blood supply and drug treatments are not effective. The University of Cincinnati physics and biomedical engineering researchers recently tested for the most-effective magnitude and frequency when applying an external low-amplitude electric field to vascular cells, which are key to healing chronic wounds.
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    Teledermatology improves patient triage
    Dermatology Times
    The future of hospital dermatologic consultations may lie in teledermatology. According to a study published in JAMA Dermatology, using teledermatology for inpatient hospital consultations, in addition to an in-person dermatologist, can improve patient triage and efficiency.

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    How the baby boomer generation is changing the nature of aging
    Marketing Magazine
    Baby boomers are misbehaving. In generations past, licentious behavior may have gone out of the window the minute you picked up your pension, but thanks to advances in health, passing 60 can symbolize a new lease of life rather than a death knell — especially if you have the cash to enjoy yourself.

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    Dermatologic surgeons performed more medical, cosmetic procedures in 2013
    There were nearly 22 percent more medically necessary and cosmetic procedures performed by dermatologic surgeons in 2013 compared with 2012, according to survey results from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

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     Continuing Education

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    SCLERODERMA: COA #PCIA0809   Exp. 9/1/2017  This educational activity has been approved for 1.0 CEs.   Download article and test.

    Learning objectives
    After reading this article and taking this test, the skin care professional will be able to:
    1. Describe the pathogenesis of the disease and its epidemiology.
    2. Understand the treatment options and effects of the disease.

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    Susanne S. Warfield, President/CEO of Paramedical Consultants, Inc. ( Official Publication of the Society of Dermatology SkinCare Specialists. Warfield has more than 32 years' experience, is a leading expert on business, legal and liability issues that affect physician and esthetician relationships. She has authored more than 450 articles and 15 books for the consumer, medical and skin care sectors. She is the recipient of the prestigious Crystal Award for Life Achievement by Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa.More



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