Advanced Chemical Peels: Microdermabrasion Peels (2 CE Hours) F25C

This course is approved for continuing education by the NCEA Commission on Accreditation (COA) and by state licensing boards in D.C., Illinois, Iowa, Oregon and Florida. (Please click this link to see specific information about State Requirements for Estheticians & Cosmetologists.)

In this CE course on microdermabrasion peels, Malinda McHenry, demonstrates complete protocols and step-by-step instructions on how to provide Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid Peels (under a Wood’s lamp) with microdermabrasion. A Micro-Sal peel is ideal for oily skin, deep scars, and hyperpigmentation. A Lactic Micro peel expedites the benefits of multiple lactic peels. She helps you properly assess your client’s peel requests and choose the appropriate peel, based on the client’s Fitzpatrick type (skin’s ability to produce pigment), Glogau classification (skin elasticity), and desired results. Malinda also walks aestheticians through basic chemistry regarding pH and percentages of the peeling agents, products and supplies, benefits and contraindications, skin analysis, timing based on erythema and client feedback, neutralizing, recommended treatment series, expected results, and post-treatment care. She also discusses how to deal with raised moles and cold sores.

This course is worth 2 CE hours.

Course Objective:

After completion of this continuing education course, you will be able to:

  • Describe what microdermabrasion peels are
  • Explain why Estheticians use Fitzpatrick types & Glogau classification
  • Define the pH scale and what it is used for
  • Name the six Fitzpatrick types and what they measure
  • Name the four Glogau classifications and what they measure
  • Explain the benefits of Salicylic and Lactic peels with microdermabrasion
  • Restate the contraindications of these peels
  • Describe which skin conditions Salicylic Acid peels are the best choice for
  • Describe which skin conditions Lactic peels are the best choice for
  • Assess your client’s peel requests and choose the appropriate peel
  • Recall basic chemistry regarding pH and percentages of the peeling agents
  • Use a woods lamp while applying the Salicylic peel to ensure even application
  • Apply different products (cleanser, degreaser, peels, Tyrosinase inhibitor and sun block)
  • Demonstrate how to effectively neutralize and remove a peel
  • Explain what to do if a post inflammatory response happens
  • Create successful results
  • Define 62 terms relevant to chemical peels
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 75% or higher


Malinda McHenry is a licensed esthetician and cosmetologist with over 20 years’ experience. A co-owner of Ameia Innovations LLC and Bronzed Buff n Bare. Former co-owner of Elite Aesthetics and Academy of Aesthetic Arts, she has also been instructing since 1989. Besides being a business owner, cosmetologist, esthetician, makeup artist and educator she enjoys being a singer-songwriter, seamstress and wardrobe stylist. She also is a public speaker and sales manager.