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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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    Single microfocused ultrasound of facial, neck skin improved laxity, appearance
    Dermatologic Surgery via Healio
    Women experienced significant lifting and tightening of facial and neck skin up to 180 days after one treatment with microfocused ultrasound, according to recent study results. The treatment, paid for by the patients, was conducted using 4-MHz, 4.5 mm and 7-MHz, 3 mm-depth transducers (Ulthera), between May and October 2011.
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    Laser-assisted drug delivery is evolving
    HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
    Laser-assisted drug delivery can enhance the permeation of topically applied agents, according to a review published in the April issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. The researchers found that lasers are a safe and effective means of enhancing the delivery of topically applied agents through the skin.
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      A Systematic Approach for Brilliant Beauty Results

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    Combating facial volume loss with cosmeceuticals
    Skin Inc.
    The loss of facial volume is a key contributor to an aged facial appearance. Although some of the visible loss of facial volume is due to reduced facial fat and the resorption of bones, you may be able to help clients potentially avoid resorting to a face-lift by implementing topical cosmeceuticals that work to protect existing volume, and replace epidermal and dermal matrix volume that has already been lost.
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    Laser, pinhole combination treatment may clear scars
    Dermatology Times
    A combination therapy using laser-cision and pinhole method with CO2 laser may clear hypertrophic burn scars, according to results of a small study. Researchers with Yonsei Star Skin & Laser Clinic in Seoul, South Korea, reviewed charts from nine patients who had hypertrophic burn scars. The patients, mean age 31.2, were treated with combination laser-cision and pinhole method between January 2007 and December 2012.
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    Study: Use of low-dose steroid creams during pregnancy won't affect baby
    HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
    Women who apply prescription steroid creams, such as cortisone to ease a medical issue during pregnancy, should not worry that the medication will affect their baby, a new study finds. "Cortisone can be a very powerful drug for a pregnant woman suffering from a variety of conditions both related and unrelated to pregnancy," noted dermatologist Dr. Doris Day.
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    Botulinum toxin A delivery methods for upper face equally effective
    JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery via Healio
    Subcutaneous injection and intramuscular administration of botulinum toxin A were equally effective in treating the upper face, according to recent study results. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, conducted a double-blind, prospective study between December 2010 and June 2011 of 19 patients who underwent botulinum toxin A treatment to the forehead.
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    Study: Eczema may reduce skin cancer risk
    Medical News Today
    Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting up to 30 percent of people in the U.S. Symptoms include dry, itchy skin and rashes. But according to new research, having eczema may not be all that bad; it could reduce the risk of skin cancer.
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    App offers quick, inexpensive melanoma screening
    Bioscience Technology
    The idea sounds simple: Take a photo of a suspicious mole or lesion with your phone, run it through an embedded software program and find out within a few seconds if it is likely to be cancerous. But it could make quick and inexpensive screening a reality for millions of people who lack access to medical specialists.
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      AVANI is the latest in advanced skin-care

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    Established dermatologists improve early self-detection of melanoma
    Dermatology Times
    Results of a new study suggest that having an established dermatologist can make a big difference for patients with self-detected primary melanoma. According to research headed by Michelle Y. Cheng, a medical student with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, patients with self-detected primary melanoma who have an established dermatologist are more likely to have thinner lesions at the time of diagnosis than those who don't have an established dermatologist.
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    Study: UV nail lamps may increase skin cancer risk
    Here & Now
    The growing popularity of long-lasting gel manicures has put UV nail lamps under the spotlight. The ultraviolet light is used for drying and curing the gel polishes and the UV lamps are often used for regular manicures as well. A recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association Dermatology found these UV lamps are linked to a small increase in the risk of skin cancers on the hands.
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    Rosacea: Why merlot turns your cheeks red
    A recent survey from the National Rosacea Society and Galderma Laboratories found that 63 percent of rosacea sufferers have avoided situations because they were embarrassed or uncomfortable about the look of their skin.

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    Can gold dust help with acne?
    Independent Online
    A sprinkling of gold dust could help beat acne for good. Scientists have developed a treatment that involves coating acne spots with tiny gold nanoparticles, each no bigger than a speck of dust.

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    FDA approves drug for infantile hemangioma
    Dermatology Times
    French pharmaceutical company Pierre Fabre has received marketing authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for the oral drug Hemangeol — propranolol hydrochloride — for the treatment of infantile hemangioma.

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     Member Benefit

    What is your Membership Worth?
          Answer: More than double what you invest!

    As an SDSS member, you are eligible for a six-month membership in the National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations (NCEA). Interested? Email This is $25 value.

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     Continuing Education

    CE Articles from
    ROSACEA: Signs, Symptoms and Subtypes: COA#PCIA0709   Exp. 7/1/2017  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 signs and symptoms of rosacea.
    2. Outline and understand the subtype classification system.

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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 33 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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