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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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    Study reveals complex role of largely unknown Mpzl3 gene
    Health Canal
    A multidisciplinary study led by Dr. Tongyu Cao Wikramanayake, research assistant professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery, has pinpointed multiple roles of the little-known protein-coding gene Mpzl3 (myelin protein zero-like 3.) Published online ahead of print in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, a leading journal in dermatology and skin biology, the study reveals a complex role of Mpzl3 in the control of skin development, hair growth and adipose cell functions.
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    Acne scar improvements maintained after laser treatment
    Skin & Allergy News
    Improvements in acne scarring were maintained three months after six laser treatments with a diffractive lens array and a picosecond 755-nm alexandrite laser. Changes seen on histology suggest the improvements stem from more than collagen remodeling alone.
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    Patients with dermatologists more likely to catch melanoma early
    Pharmacy Times
    Patients with an established dermatologist may be more likely to detect early-stage melanoma than those without, the results of a study indicate. The recent study analyzed associations between previous dermatologic examinations, the amount of time since the last examination and the wait time for a dermatology appointment with melanoma invasiveness and depth among melanoma patients at an academic dermatology department.
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    Plastic surgery popular with baby boomers and seniors
    Whether it's making something bigger, smaller, firmer or smoother, baby boomers and seniors have been flocking to plastic surgeons. Americans spent more on cosmetic procedures in 2013 than in any year since 2008, when the nation was gripped by the Great Recession.
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    Free medication samples in dermatology offices appear to change prescribing practices for acne
    The availability of free medication samples in dermatology offices appears to change prescribing practices for acne, a common condition for which free samples are often available. Free drug samples provided by pharmaceutical companies are widely available in dermatology practices.
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    Review of Fitzpatrick's Dermatology Flashcards app
    Fitzpatrick's dermatology textbooks are a mainstay of dermatologists, general practitioners and emergency physicians. The texts, found on almost every clinic and hospital shelf, can now be accessed in medical app format.
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    Low-energy fractional laser improves photodamage in Asian patients
    Dermatology Times
    A low-energy, low-density 1,440 nm fractional laser is effective for treating photodamage in Asian patients, according to results of a small study. Researchers from Hong Kong Dermatology and Laser Centre, Hong Kong, conducted a prospective single-arm study of 10 Chinese patients. The patients had Fitzpatrick skin types III to V and had visible signs of photodamage. The patients were given four treatments with a 1,440 nm diode-based fractional laser at two-week intervals.
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    The 6 body parts that reveal your age
    The Huffington Post
    With age, your skin thins and grows less elastic. As a result, wrinkles, age spots and skin tags become more common. Generally speaking, you can promote healthier skin by bathing in warm — and not hot — water. You should also wear sunscreen and not smoke. But even if you've done everything right, there are some body parts that just seem destined to betray your age no matter what you do. The Huffington Post put together a list of the six body parts that betray your age first — with some helpful hints on how to keep yourself from looking too old, too fast.
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    Obesity in children linked with psoriasis diagnosis
    Children who were overweight or obese had an increased chance of developing psoriasis, according to data from a recent study. Dr. Amy S. Paller and colleagues of the department of dermatology and pediatrics at Northwestern University conducted a cohort study with 27 children who were overweight, obese and had psoriasis. Patients were recruited from three pediatric dermatology referral centers.
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    90 pecent of rosacea-sufferers report lowered self-esteem
    Skin Inc.
    Rosacea's appearance can cover the spectrum from a perpetual rosy glow to an angry red mask, but the emotional pain it inflicts varies little from patient to patient, according to recent surveys by the National Rosacea Society.

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    Are lasers the answer for keloids, hypertrophic scars?
    Dermatology Times
    Scars happen. Doing a routine skin biopsy, performing a surgical facial rejuvenation treatment or Mohs surgery — dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons cause scars. But they can also treat them.

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    Superficial radiation therapy ripe for resurgence
    Dermatology Times
    Newer superficial radiation therapy equipment can help dermatologists battle the growing number of nonmelanoma skin cancers safely, effectively and cost-effectively, an expert says.

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     Continuing Education

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    SCLERODERMA: COA #PCIA0809   Exp. 8/1/2017  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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