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26 Sep 2019 | CAPS Clinic

Brooke’s Dermal Sciences Degree – Part 4

We have another exciting installment from Brooke, our Dermal Clinician who is currently studying her Bachelor of Dermal Sciences degree at Victoria University in Melbourne. She is absorbing so much knowledge and improving her skills to provide great results for her clients.

What was your last subject?

The last subject was Dermal Science 2. This unit focused on the structure and function of the skin, pathophysiology, immunology, cellular damage, allergy, inflammation, wound repair, neoplasia and tissue responses to stress relevant to the practice of Dermal Therapy.

What did it involve?

This subject was very relevant to what we do as dermal clinicians. The stratum corneum is the protective layer of the skin. If this protective layer is disrupted it can eventuate in a weakening in its protective role making the skin more susceptible to sensitivity, inflammation and infection. Some treatments we perform in clinic work on exfoliating the skin such as microdermabrasion and we as dermal clinicians need to understand when we can perform these treatments, creating a controlled and safe delivery for our patients. Understanding how injury to the skin and regeneration is also important as you need to know how the skin reacts to certain stimuli, whether its a normal response and why its happening.

What was your favourite part of this subject?

I learnt a lot during this subject. I found the wound healing component extremely interesting.

How will you use this as a dermal clinician

 As a Dermal Clinician, understanding the skin is an essential part of what we do. I will use the information I have learnt in this subject to acknowledge responses in the skin and have a better understanding of why certain skin conditions present the way they do.

Fun facts…

  • In the first year of menopause, we lose 25% of our collagen in our skin!! 
  • A fetus can regenerate their skins appendages up to 20th week of gestation if an injury occurs. After this, they scar like an adult would, resulting in a loss of appendages, like sweat glands, hair follicles and sebaceous glands at the wound site.  
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