How to Determine if You Should See a Dermatologist or Esthetician

However, these two specialists need not be mutually exclusive. Especially when it comes to serious skin conditions, the help of a dermatologist and a beautician can be extremely helpful. It’s like how you might treat your overall health: you’ll have annual checkups with a doctor to address your concerns, but you can seek help from a dietitian and/or personal trainer to achieve specific nutritional and fitness goals.

And again, estheticians usually spend time with your skin in a very meaningful way. In fact, during your first appointment, they’ll likely give you an initial skin analysis: they’ll ask you questions about your skin history, the products you’ve used, and your concerns. This way they can create a blueprint on how to treat your skin.

From there, you can decide if you want to continue scheduling regular appointments or if you want to follow their product recommendations and try an at-home treatment instead (as monthly or seasonal facials can cost pretty expensive). But remember, not everything is DIY safe. There are many beauty treatments that should not be done at home (um, extractions) and best left to the experts.