The Skinny on <b>Skin Care</b>

This may look like a simple question but it is not, in fact it seems many people wouldn't be able to tell the difference:

For the past week or so, I've received questions regarding the difference between an esthetician and a dermatologist.

Although they are both in the same field, there is quite a difference between the two. An esthetician is one who administers facials, including extractions and facial peels, facial massages (which are great, by the way) and aroma therapy. They advise customers on makeup, skincare, and products.

A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of the skin-- he or she will diagnose skin disorders and write prescriptions. Their procedures are much more intense and may require frequent visits (depending on the issue), whereas an esthetician can be seen every other month or so.

Of course, both experts must receive extensive training; however the amount of time required for certification varies. For example, esthetician programs can last between six and eighteen months. Depending on where one choose to practice, dermatologists must spend approximately four to six years in med school, and that does not necessarily include residency or an internship. 

Paying a monthly visit to an esthetician can definitely reduce semi-problematic skin conditions such as clogged pores or minor breakouts. A dermatologist should be seen only if a problematic condition persists such as cystic acne and after you have exhausted all options.

In conjunction with visiting these skincare specialists, you can do certain things at home to prevent skin problem. First, and I say this all the time—DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Water helps flush toxins out of the body. Remember, our skin is the largest organ we have, and anything we do not flush out will come through our pores.

Not to mention, we have to replace the water we lose on a daily basis. Having a basic skincare regimen and a healthy diet will assist with achieving positive results as well. Using too many products can cause your skin to react, so it is important to find out your skin type.

Use products for oily skin if your skin is oily; products for dry skin if your skin is dry, and so on. And most important, ask an expert if you are unsure of your skin type prior to purchasing any products...

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