The scope of practice of Dermal Clinicians is defined by their education and training.  The ASDC recognises that there are many professionals, with varying levels of education, knowledge and skill particularly within the non-surgical cosmetic industry providing treatments. There is also interchangeable use of titles “Dermal Therapist”, “Skin Therapist” or “Dermal Clinician” which can be misleading or confusing for consumers and colleagues in the industry.


The ASDC is developing a scope of practice guideline for consumers and the industry based on domains of education and experience relevant to the professional outcomes of Dermal Clinicians in order to educate employers and consumers.  The association is also working  toward the goal of developing consistency amongst dermal health professionals in the accepted use of titles pertaining to qualifications and scope of practice.  


Dermal Clinicians specialise in the promotion of skin health and provide management of the skin in health and disease or damage to promote integrity and optimal function. A wholistic approach is undertaken whereby patient education, topical therapies as well as therapeutic interventions and clinical treatments may be provided. This also involves a thorough consultation incorporating medical conditions, medications and lifestyle factors as well as a detailed skin health assessment. Dermal Clinicians are independent practitioners however they will often work inter professionally and collaboratively with other specialists or health professionals to achieve optimal outcomes for clients.


Common conditions and diseases that are treated by Dermal Clinicians include:

  • Acne

  • Rosacea

  • Psoriasis

  • Eczema and dermatitis

  • Xerosis (excessively dry skin)

  • Hyperkeratosis (thickened skin)

  • Photo damage (sun damage)

  • Pigmentary disorders and dyschromia (eg uneven pigment, brown spots)

  • Intrinsic and extrinsic ageing (normal and premature ageing)

  • Vascular disorders and conditions (e.g. birthmarks, telangiectasia/dilated capillaries, superficial spider veins on the face and body).

  • Assisting with optimal wound repair for acute and chronic wounds.

  • Scar management and minimisation.

  • Excessive or unwanted pilosity (hair growth)

  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

  • Oedema management

  • Skin management associated with diabetes, arterial or venous insufficiency and disease.

  • Lymphoedema

  • Localised adiposity (localised fat deposits)

  • Micro-pigmentation

  • Tattoo removal