Cosmetic Dermal Science Glossary

The Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science (AACDS) is an Australian Registered Training Organisation that delivers nationally accredited qualifications in cosmetic nursing and dermal therapies.

Cosmeceuticals are cosmetics that have therapeutical (medical or drug-like) properties, however they do not require a prescription.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is how practitioners build and maintain their knowledge in the field, improve their competence and develop their personal and professional qualities.

The hands-on skills you’ll learn as part of your practical training at AACDS.

It is an optional unit that allows students who have minimal previous clinical experience in dermal therapies or cosmetic nursing to gain experience in a real cosmetic medical clinic. Clinical Placement is NOT the same as the hands-on practical training.

A cosmetic chemist is a chemistry professional who focuses on the research and development on creating new cosmetics such as makeup, lotions, etc. They conduct research and experiment with the creation of new cosmetic products.

Cosmetic Dermatology is a non-official branch of dermatology that deals with cosmetic skin complaints such as wrinkles, skin laxity, enlarged pores and pigmentation. There is some crossover between dermatological skin conditions and cosmetic skin conditions, eg. mild to moderate acne.

Injectables refer to substances which are injected into the skin for aesthetic purposes, such as to reduce wrinkles or plump up the skin.

Cosmetic nurses, also known as aesthetic nurses, are registered nurses who perform non-surgical treatments such as skin treatments, laser treatments, dermal therapies and injectables procedures whilst also providing patient care.

Cosmetic Nursing is an emerging field of nursing that encompasses holistic patient assessment, performing cosmetic injectable and dermal therapy procedures, providing advice about cosmetic surgical procedures and, depending on the clinic, may also involve pre and post-operative care and theatre assisting.

The scientific study of the skin encompassing aspects of dermatology and cosmetic dermatology.

A dermal therapist or clinician is someone who has received training specifically in the field of dermal therapy.  They have extensive knowledge in skin anatomy and cosmetic dermatology and are trained to perform a wide range of advanced techniques to treat skin conditions. They can perform procedures such as laser and light-based therapies, skin/micro needling, chemical peels, clinical microdermabrasion, dermatoscopy and more.

Dermatology is the study of skin, hair and nails related diseases and relevant treatments.

Dermascopy or Dermotoscopy is the examination of the skin using a specialised microscope.

Gut/skin axis refers to the interaction between the gut microbiome and the skin’s health and appearance. Certain foods for gut health can make a significant difference to skin conditions, especially when combined with dermal therapies and/or cosmeceuticals.

Integrating aspects of health in dermal practice assists practitioners to achieve better patient outcomes. The gut microbiome in particular plays a significant role in skin health and knowing what advice to provide patients suffering with conditions such as acne and eczema allows practitioners to take a holistic approach to practice.

Indicates that classes are delivered on campus in Perth or Gold Coast.

It indicates that the theory component of the course is delivered online and the practical component is delivered at one of the Aspire Training Clinics (Sydney, Perth, Melbourne or Gold Coast).

A postgraduate qualification is a course that students can undertake after completing an undergraduate qualification. Postgraduate qualifications include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and doctorates.

A RN, or a Registered Nurse is a fully trained nurse who has graduated from a Bachelor of Nursing. They have the skills and training to think critically and assess patient care needs.

A Registered Training Organisations (RTO) is a training provider that is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). RTOs provide training and qualifications that are nationally recognised.

A vocational qualification is a term that indicates that the course has a significant practical component and outcome. Vocational qualifications aim at providing students with specific work-based skills for their chosen occupation.