Trust in Transparency

There’s comfort in credibility, and safety in standards. That’s why Dermalogica launched Medispa Professional Accreditation, a verification and resource program for professional skin therapists in the medispa space. Launched April 17, 2023, the program aims to raise industry standards and provide more transparency to consumers.  

Unlike state board requirements that lead to esthetics licensing, there is no standardized qualification to perform services such as chemical peels, microneedling, and laser treatments. Some go through accredited training programs, while others may learn from a peer or product representative. Yet according to a recent survey*, 70 percent of women assume that medispa professionals have met an industry-wide training standard. Further, 92 percent of women say they would be more comfortable getting a medispa procedure if they could verify their skin therapist’s experience.  

Dermalogica's new program does just that. Skin therapists are asked to upload state license information plus additional certifications in medispa modality and treatment trainings. A review board will look at training hours and programs to determine whether they meet standards of safety and excellence.  

Verified professionals will be recognized with a digital badge that lives on the blockchain and can be added to websites and social media profiles.  When clicked on, the badge will display the individual’s credentials down to each course, provider, and educator; information can’t be edited, replicated, or transferred. With the survey showing that 85 percent of women consider safety a top consideration when getting a medispa treatment, the badge can help solidify authority and assure clients that they are receiving the highest level of care from a verified pro. 

Those still working toward their qualifications will be directed to a resource page of classes and platforms to grow their skills, plus a Discord community to build relationships with other industry professionals. 

“Since day one, Dermalogica has aimed to elevate the industry and bring respect and success to skin professionals,” says Heather Hickman, VP of education at Dermalogica. “As the industry evolves to offer more advanced medispa services, we recognize there is no national standard accreditation for the title of Medical Esthetician. We are establishing a standard to validate these important credentials so we can continue to champion those with the most advanced training in our industry.” 

*The Dermalogica Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research ( among 1,000 nationally representative US adult women ages 18+, between December 8th and December 12th, 2022, using an email invitation and an online survey. The data has been weighted. 

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