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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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    Immunotherapy method effective against various cancers
    Dermatology Times
    Researchers have developed a new method for using immunotherapy to specifically attack tumor cells that have mutations unique to a patient's cancer. The National Cancer Institute has demonstrated that the human immune system can mount a response against mutant proteins expressed by cancers that arise in epithelial cells that line the body's internal and external surfaces, according to a news release. These cells give rise to many types of common cancers, including melanoma.
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    Potential for new diagnostic tools, therapies for melanoma
    Medical News Today
    Researchers at Oregon State University have identified a specific biochemical process that can cause normal and healthy skin cells to transform into cancerous melanoma cells, which should help predict melanoma vulnerability and could also lead to future therapies.
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    Dermatology is huge market for EHR adoption
    EHR Intelligence
    The Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs have gathered a certain amount of notoriety among specialty providers for being insensitive to their particular needs, a circumstance that has left many specialists behind the EHR adoption curve. Dermatology is one specialty that fits that unfortunate trend, says Black Book Rankings in its latest poll. Just 34 percent of dermatologists had implemented a first system before last year, which is well below the national average of nearly 70 percent of professionals eligible for meaningful use.
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    Survey reveals growth in use of lasers, light and energy devices
    The use of aesthetics laser and energy-based devices among dermatologists increased 34 percent in 2013, according to a new survey from the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. When the ASDS surveyed its members, it found that 2.25 million laser, light and energy-based treatments were performed in 2013 compared to 1.68 million in 2012.
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    Antibiotics used longer than needed to treat acne in some teens
    Pharmacy Times
    Although guidelines suggest that oral antibiotics to treat acne should only be taken for three to six months, the results of a recent study suggest that many teens are taking the medications at longer durations.
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    Laser helps woman with severe scars
    An acid attack left 29-year-old Tanya St. Arnauldher suffering with burns on 70 percent of her body. She lost huge chunks of hair and much of her mobility multiple skin grafts left mangled scars. Now, new advances in lasers are melting away the scars and giving Arnauldher her life back.
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    More younger patients undergoing facial rejuvenation
    Wrinkle-relaxer procedures and soft-tissue filler treatments performed by American Society for Dermatologic Surgery members increased by at least 50 percent for patients aged 30 years and younger between 2012 and 2013, according to survey results.
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      AVANI is the latest in advanced skin-care

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    New melanoma treatments hit tumors where they live
    Plastic Surgery Practice
    For years, dermatologists and oncologists who treated melanoma didn't have much to offer individuals with melanoma. In recent years, however, four new melanoma drugs have been approved and there are even more therapies in the pipeline to help people with advanced melanoma live longer.
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    Study finds nanoparticles may damage DNA USA
    While previously studies have found nanoparticles have the potential to be toxic for cells, a new study by MIT and the Harvard School of Public Health has now found they may also pose risks for DNA.
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        Study: UV nail lamps may increase skin cancer risk (Here & Now)
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    Considering a laser treatment? Read this 1st
    Daily Beauty Reporter
    Lasers can seem like magic wands. They make unwanted hair, age spots and fine lines disappear. But in the wrong hands they can also cause serious burns and permanent scarring. In one recent study, dermatologists found that more than 1,200 reports of laser or light-device injuries were filed with the FDA from 1994 through 2013. The most common problems are blisters, burns and pigmentation changes. Laser hair removal was the treatment that went wrong most often.
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    Amgen-AstraZeneca experimental medicine eases psoriasis
    Amgen Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc's experimental drug brodalumab eased symptoms of psoriasis at both doses tested in a key study needed for U.S. approval. The medicine for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis dispersed the thick red patchy scales on patients' skin, leaving it markedly clearer than those getting a placebo, the companies said in a statement.
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    Dermatologist raises concerns over constant tanning
    For sunbathers, the month of May represented the start of sun tan season. That has changed with the proliferation of tanning booths, a development that is worrying healthcare professionals.

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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.

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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.

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    About the webinar:
    This presentation will provide a review for the skin care specialist on the immune system and the potential pathogens that can be found in a dermatology practice. We will evaluate your practice's infection control procedures and areas of OSHA compliance: Bloodborne Pathogens and Hazard Communication standards. Review of regulatory state board mandates will also be explored to ensure compliance.

    At the conclusion of this presentation the skin care specialist will be able to:
    1) Evaluate their practice infection control procedures.

    2) Identify the disease process and routes of infection.

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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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