The difference between an aesthetician and a dermatologist and when to see one
An aesthetician and a dermatologist are two different types of professionals who specialise in different aspects of the skin and skin care. For many people the idea of seeing a skin specialist is expensive and only seen as something you would do if you had an extreme skin concern or a large sum of disposable income - we want to change that.
An aesthetician, also known as a skin care specialist, is a licensed professional who performs aesthetic treatments such as laser, microneedling and peels in a clinical environment. They are trained to analyse the skin, recommend appropriate skin care products, and provide customised treatments to improve the appearance and overall health of the skin. Aestheticians usually work in aesthetic clinics, often alongside doctors and dermatologists.
Some of the services that an aesthetician may provide include:
Overall, an aesthetician's job is to help clients achieve and maintain healthy, radiant skin through a range of skincare services and treatments .
Overall, visiting an aesthetician regularly can help us achieve and maintain healthy, radiant skin, address specific skin concerns, reduce stress, and boost confidence and self-esteem.
A dermatologist is a medical doctor who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair, and nail conditions. They have a medical degree and are licensed to prescribe medications as well as perform medical procedures such as skin biopsies. Dermatologists are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin cancer, and more. They may also provide cosmetic treatments such as Botox and fillers.
While both aestheticians and dermatologists work with the skin, aestheticians focus on recommending skin care and performing non-medical skin treatments to enhance the appearance of the skin, while dermatologists are medical doctors who diagnose and prescribe treatment for skin diseases and conditions.
Some of the services that a dermatologist may provide include:
Overall, dermatologists diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions, provide education and prevention strategies, and offer cosmetic treatments to improve the appearance of the skin.
It’s very likely, if you have had an interest in skincare previously that you’ve heard the word Esthetician thrown into the mix, rather interchangeably with the word Aesthetician. Although they sound very similar, there is a slight difference in what the title allows the professional to practise.
Much like a Beauty Therapist, Estheticians focus on cosmetic treatments, and you may find them more often in hotels, spas, salons, and beauty clinics offering services such as massages, facials and other treatments such as waxing. Estheticians are trained to analyse a client's skin and recommend appropriate treatments.
Both roles require formal and certified training but to become an aesthetician, more extensive training is required . In addition to completing a basic esthetician training program, an aesthetician may need to complete additional coursework in medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology. They may also need to complete an apprenticeship or supervised clinical experience working alongside a licensed medical professional.
An aestheticians’ role is arguably more medical as they specialise in more advanced skincare, although they cannot prescribe medical grade skincare like Tretinoin (often prescribed by GPs or Dermatologists for extreme cases of persistent acne) or Hydroquinone ( prescribed by GPs or Dermatologists for stubborn hyperpigmentation).
We spoke with Shirin, A Renude Aesthetician who has been with us for almost 2 years and has over 15 years of experience. We wanted to know what it was that drove her to be an aesthetician and why she chose to work with Renude,
"I have always been intrigued by beauty and skincare, even from a young age. My own skincare journey over the years and throughout my career has made me want to do more to help other people with their own skincare challenges. With a relevant background as an esthetician in spas, I knew what I was doing when caring for my skin, but for so many people who don't know how to treat their skin correctly, that kind of journey can be hard! That’s why I chose to become a medical aesthetician.
I love my job as I get to be in touch with my clients regularly and provide a personable and professional service. I am passionate about managing skincare conditions and helping clients select a suitable regime for them. I also get to educate my clients on basic skin science and ingredients. This then builds their knowledge helps them set realistic expectations and stops them from being hard on themselves when they get breakouts or a flare-up that’s out of their control.
I chose to work with Renude as I feel like we bridge a gap in the market. Everyone wants great skin now, but usually, once they’re sold a product or treatment that's the end of the line in communication and care. I get to follow my clients' skincare journey closely and my clients can also get in touch with me at any time. Giving online consultations is fantastic, mostly I find it allows my clients to feel comfortable seeing a specialist."
Our Renude Aestheticians really know their stuff. Not only do they build your personalised routine, but they will accompany you on your skincare journey, showing you what ingredients and products are right for you; helping you strengthen your skin barrier and develop your understanding of skin health.
A skin consultation with one of our qualified aestheticians in a clinic today may cost you up to £250. Renude believes skincare should be accessible for everyone, which is why we offer any consultations after your first free consultation at such an affordable rate and to make sure you reap the benefits of every penny you spend with us.
Our Renude aestheticians are some of the UK's top skincare professionals, having worked in prestigious skin clinics alongside famous Dermatologists on Harley Street and beyond. Their experience and knowledge are like no other, and they are perfectly aligned with Renude’s mission to cut the confusion over skincare shopping. Having tried and tested countless products and brands over the years they are experts at identifying the good from the brand.
Skincare is not a one-stop shop or a solution to be fixed, your skin will change whether it’s over weeks in the month, seasons in the year or over the course of years. If you feel like you would benefit from seeing an aesthetician regularly (you will), you can speak with a Renude Aesthetician like Shirin for more information on your skin health.
Just take our quick skin health quiz as a first step on your skincare journey and choose between a video consultation or a photo upload consultation.
Complete our quick quiz, then book a free video call or upload photos.
Your aesthetician will hand-select a personalised skincare routine for the evolving journey of your skin.
Get ongoing advice as your skin changes for just £20 every 3 months (which is deducted from your purchases).