By the Division of Professional Licensure


The Board of Registration of Cosmetology ("Board") voted at its meeting on December 9, 2008 to adopt the following policy guidelines. These policy guidelines are intended to provide guidance to the profession and the public regarding new technologies whose use would fall under the Board's statutory authority but have not been addressed in Board approved curriculums.

Policy No. 09-02, Amended June 2016

Purpose:

To advise licensees (cosmetologists and aestheticians [types 1 and 6] as well as lower level licensees they are directly supervising [no manicurists]) on the use and requirements for microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

Policy:

Licensees who wish to provide microdermabrasion and chemical peels must follow the following guidelines:

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion devices are devices that remove cells of the skin. The Board has determined that certain uses and settings of such machines may be appropriate in cosmetology salons. However, it is the understanding of the Board that techniques which affect the living layers of facial skin/dermis constitute the practice of medicine and should not be performed in a salon. Therefore, approved licensees may utilize microdermabrasion techniques that remove cells limited to the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis/skin).

Only those licensees who have been trained on the use of said microdermabrasion devices and have received Board approval after submitting records of such training shall be permitted to provide said services. Type 2 and 7 licensees (operators and aestheticians) who possess this training must be supervised by a Type 1 or 6 (cosmetologist or aesthetician) who has also submitted their training to the Board for approval. Salons providing such services must have, on the premises, documentation showing Board approval at all times and available on demand for Board inspection. The Board reserves the right to amend its approvals to require additional training as the protection of the public so demands.

Chemical Peels

Licensees may wish to utilize chemical peels utilizing Alpha Hydroxy Acid Exfoliation preparations, or AHAs, (glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids, BHAs (salicyclic acid), and Jessner modification solutions that do not exceed a 30% concentration with a pH value of no lower than pH 3.0. Per Board policy, Licensees may not provide chemical peels involving Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA), Carbolic Acid (phenol) or combinations thereof. Further, licensees may not provide chemical peels involving adulterated chemical exfoliating/peeling substances.

Only those licensees who have been trained on the use of said chemicals and approved by the Board shall be permitted to provide said services. To obtain such approval, said licensees must submit records of said training to the Board. Type 2 and 7 licensees (operators and aestheticians) who possess this training must be supervised by a type 1 or 6 (cosmetologist or aesthetician) who has also submitted their training to the Board for approval. Salons providing such services must have, on the premises, documentation showing such approval at all times and available on demand for Board inspection. The Board reserves the right to amend its approvals to require additional training as the protection of the public so demands.