|Posted on 24 October, 2015 at 2:50||comments (0)|
• Bacterial, fungal, or viral infection
• Contagious and non contagious skin diseases and disorders
• Cardiac Infraction or Weakness
• Marked High or Low Blood Pressure (not under control)
• Constricted Coronary Blood Vessels
• Overactive Thyroid
• Blood Disorders such as Hemophilia
• Severe General Infection or Fever
• Disturbances to Kidneys and Associated Organs
• Diabetes Requiring Insulin
• Open Wounds
• Skin Diseases
• Severe Varicose Veins
• Implanted Pacemaker
• Acute Joint Injury (1st 48 hours)
• Lupus Erythematosus
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Adrenal Suppression
• Enclosed Infection (dental/joint)
• Respiratory conditions
• Swollen inflamed areas
• Burns, including sunburn and windburn
• Dilated capillaries
• Cuts, Bruises, Trauma to the skin
• Recent chemical peels, dermabrasion, intense pulsed light, laser treatments
• Allergic reaction
• Skin cancer
• Fragile skin
SPECIFIC CONTRAINDICATIONS TO ELECTRICAL BODY TREATMENTS:
Pregnancy Pacemaker Nausea Influence of alcohol and illegal drugs
Broken bones or muscle damage
Active phase of inflammatory disease
Metal pins, plates, dental bridges
Epilepsy (written medical permission)
Diabetic (written medical permission) Heart disease (written medical permission)
|Posted on 2 October, 2015 at 23:30||comments (0)|
What are the contraindications to massage?
Massage is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people. However, there are three types of contraindications: TOTAL, when massage should not be performed at all; LOCAL, when massage can be performed, but not over the contraindicated areas; and MEDICAL, when massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted.
When you have any of these conditions, the therapist should not massage:
* Contagious or infectious diseases
* Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
* Recent operations
* Skin diseases
The therapist can massage, but not over any areas affected by:
* Varicose veins
* Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
* Pregnancy (only qualified massage therapist)
* Undiagnosed pain
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved by a Physician.
* Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
* Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
* Psoriasis or eczema
* High blood pressure
* Nervous or psychotic conditions
* Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
* Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
* Gynecological infections
Specific Contraindications to Hot Stone Massage:
Hot stone massage is not suitable for everyone. Please review the list of contraindications below. If any of these conditions apply to you, then you should not receive hot stone massage.
*Blood clots / prone to blood clots
*Cancer, chemotherapy, or radiation treatments
*Depressed immune system (lupus, HIV/AIDS, cancer, Epstein Barr, mononucleosis, etc.)
*High Blood Pressure
*Inflamed Skin Conditions
*Open wounds or sores
*Peripheral vascular disorder
During pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin is increased which lengthens and softens the tissue of the body and prepares it for birth. The increased heat from the stones and the deep tissue work can further lengthen these tissues making it problematic for after birth when the tissues are trying to shorten.
*Taking medications that have side effects to heat
(Please check with your pharmacist if you are not certain.)
*If you have any doubt that hot stone massage is safe for you, please check with your doctor before receiving this modality.
Does a contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place?
Not always. In fact, massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the above cases and whenever you or your therapist are unsure whether it is safe to proceed, it is best to have advice from your physician. Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified doctors, should not attempt to diagnose a condition.
Care should be taken with the following conditions:
• Stroke or heart conditions (written medical permission)
• Multiple Sclerosis (written medical permission)
• Hyper mobile joints and joint replacements (written medical permission)
• Pacemaker (written medical permission)
• Low blood pressure
• Metal implants (written medical permission)
• Epilepsy (written medical permission)
• Diabetic (written medical permission)
• Heart disease (written medical permission)
• Blood clots (written medical permission)
• Heat sensitivity
• Respiratory problems
• Peripheral vascular disorder
• Neuropathy, which is numbness and tingling of the peripherals (written medical permission).
|Posted on 17 August, 2015 at 5:20||comments (0)|
We aim to ensure clients have the best possible advice both prior to and post-treatment. Please, read the following information prior to booking an appointment in the salon.
• Consultation Information: to ensure you are not contraindicated to any treatment.
• Pretreatment Advice: should be read prior to attending an appointment.
• Aftercare Advice: to be read following your appointment for best results.
• Local Contraindications: treatments cannot be performed over contraindicated areas.
• Medical Contraindications: please seek medical advice prior to booking. In circumstances where medical permission cannot be obtained, clients must give their informed consent in writing.
• Total Contraindications: prohibits a treatment from taking place.
• Scar tissue (6 months minor operation, 2 years major operation)
• Undiagnosed Lumps/Bumps
• Cuts, abrasions, skin lesions in the area
• Check any condition that is already being treated by a GP or another practitioner.
• Hypersensitive skin
• Psoriasis in the area
• Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid).
• Watery eye
• Viral or bacterial infections
• Reaction to a patch test for tinting and perming
• Eczema in the brow or lash hairs
• Recent chemical treatments in this area /less than one week/
• Recent operation in the treatment area
• A patch test for tinting procedures is required 24 – 48 hours prior to treatment if a first time appointment, if it has been longer than 6 months since your last treatment or if your medical circumstances have changed.
• Remove your contact lenses prior to the treatment
• If you are highly strung have in mind that you could feel the treatment intimidating and uncomfortable, as most of the time you have to keep your eyes closed
• If you are taking Acne medications or Anti-depressants, have in mind that your skin is more sensitive and prone to damage due to the medicines
• Do not have a hot bath/shower or use a sauna, steam room or swimming pool for 24 hours.
• Do not sunbed or use a solarium for 24 hours.
• Avoid wearing tight fitting head bands, scarves, hats, etc. over the area for 24 hours.
• You can use special products to prevent spots forming after tweezing or waxing if your skin is prone to this.
• Do not apply any perfumed or self tanning products to the waxed area.
Eyelash/Eyebrow Tinting Aftercare:
• If any redness or irritation occurs, apply a damp cotton wool compress. If this doesn’t help seek medical advice.
• Strong UV light can fade the tint quicker.
• Avoid eye make up for 12 hours.
• Avoid touching/rubbing your eyes straight after the tint application.
• Do not have a hot bath/shower or use a sauna, steam room or swimming pool for 24 hours.
|Posted on 9 August, 2015 at 5:00||comments (0)|
Caution – a situation in which a Beauty Therapist may proceed with the treatment, but will need to modify techniques in the light of the clients condition.
Local Contra-Indication – a situation in which a local area of the client’s body should not be treated under any circumstances. This could be for the client’s own comfort, to avoid spreading infection or to avoid further injury.
Total contra-Indications – a situation in which no treatment at all is appropriate. This is usually for reasons of a Beauty Therapist’s protection and the safety of Clients.
Beauty Therapist protection – there are very few situations in which a treatment, carried out with appropriate care and sensitivity, could cause a deterioration in a medical condition. Never the less, a Beauty Therapist’s protection refers to cases in which Therapists should be cautious about or refrain from treating clients in order to avoid: possible litigation; the distress and uncertainty should a client suffer a relapse e.g. a second stroke; possible infection.
Acne (vulgaris). Various types of acne. Infectious skin condition. Severe acne can leave scarring Bacterial infection. Common in teenagers, due to increase in sebaceous gland activity, causing white heads Consent would be required. Local contra-indication for massage, friction, depending on the severity and degree of inflammation. Facial treatments only under medical control. Warning! Acne medication is skin thinning (massage, waxing)! Extra hygiene needed when performing makeup – risk of cross infection.
Allergic reactions (to products, food, drugs, etc.). Immune system disorder. Common allergies are high fever, allergic asthma, skin rashes (including eczema). The immune system over-reacts to harmless material and treats it as a dangerous invader. GP consent letter would be required before treatment. Otherwise untreatable if client is unsure what ingredient they are allergic to. Be aware of Hypersensitive skin (could be allergic to products). Appropriate cosmetic products and base oils. Attention to essential oils. Omit products allergic to if possible or use alternative if there are some.
Alopecia (a hair loss condition). Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss (highly contagious). Ask for medical permission.
Arterio- sclerosis. Blood vessels disorder. Thickening of the arteries, a general hardening and loss of elasticity of the walls of the arteries. Caused by a build-up of plaque in the arteries, which could lead to clot formation. Seek medical permission. Gentle massage only.
Athlete’s foot. Infectious skin condition. An itchy infection, between the toes, causing mushy skin. Infection, caused by parasites. Local contra-indication.
Boils and carbuncles. Infectious skin condition. Bacterial infection. Pain, swelling and formation of pus. Collection of boils. Caused by infection round a hair root or sweet gland Staphylococci bacteria). Consent required before treatment. Highly contagious. Total contraindication for all treatments if sores are weeping or the person is not undergoing medical treatment. Local contra-indication if person is recovering.
Blisters. Non-infectious skin condition. Caused by an accumulation of lymph below the surface of the skin in response to friction or pressure. Local contra-indication. Risk of contamination and inflammation.
Blood disorders. Hemophilia – failure of the blood to clot. Anemia – lack of red blood cells and the capacity of the blood to carry oxygen to the tissues is reduced. Hemophilia is inherited. Anemia is a sign of an underlying disorder. Severe hemophilia and severe anemia are a total contra-indication.
Botox and dermal fillers. Botulinum toxin type A and B is used in medicine for, among others, upper motor neuron syndrome, focal hyperhidrosis, blepharospasm, strabismus, chronic migraine and bruxism. It is also widely used in cosmetic treatments. Injectable filler (injectable cosmetic filler, injectable facial filler) is a soft tissue filler. In cosmetic applications, injection of botulinum toxin can be used to prevent development of wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles. Following treatment, visible results of Botox Cosmetic are usually seen within 3–5 days, however it can take up to 2 weeks to see full results. Dermal fillers are injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles, restoring a smoother appearance. It is recommended waiting a few weeks for a facial following Botox or fillers. Always let your aesthetician know when your last injections were.Even if you do not notice any bruising after the filler, the areas will still be inflamed and there should not be any manipulation of your face. It is possible to displace the filler or develop an infection.
Brain haemorrhage. Potentially life threatening. Disorder of the nervous system (involves the blood supply to the brain). Consent required. Total contra-indication. However, people who have recovered are perfectly fine to receive a massage.
Brain tumors. Potentially life threatening. Disorder of the nervous system (involves the blood supply to the brain) Consent required. Total contra-indication. However, people who have recovered are perfectly fine to receive a massage.
Bruising. Non-infectious skin condition. Discolouration of the skin or nails. Caused by internal superficial bleeding. Consent would be required to confirm damage if unsure. Local contra-indication. If small amount of bruising and the area is avoidable then a treatment can commence. May hinder the healing process, be painful or hiding something more serious.
Burns, including Sunburns and Windburns. Burns are characterized by severe skin damage in which many of the affected cells die. Depending on the cause and degree of injury, most people can recover from burns without serious health consequences. More serious burns require immediate emergency medical care to prevent complications and death. A burn is a type of injury to flesh or skin, caused by heat, electricity, chemicalsfriction, or radiation. Sunburn is a form of radiation burn that affects living tissue, such as skin, that results from an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, commonly from the sun.The main reason for windburn is that in cool or cloudy conditions many people are unaware that they are still vulnerable to the burning effects of the sun's UV radiation, so fail to take precautionary sun protection measures. This increases their risk of sustaining a sunburn, which they may then falsely attribute to the wind. Local contraindication. Skin is tender, painful, fragile and susceptible to infections.
Bursitis. Skeletal system injury. Inflammation of a bursa, leading to pain that is aggravated by movement. Through pressure, friction, or injury. When acute, treatment is only a local contra-indication.
Cancer. Skin cancer. Lung cancer. Leukemia (cancer of the blood). Growth of malignant tumors, which spread to the lymph system and organs in the body. Leukemia develops when immature white blood cells multiply excessively, interfering with the ability of normal white cells and platelets to do their work. Always check with a doctor first and seek medical permission. Contra –indicated for clients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Skin cancers are local contra-indications for all treatments. Simple, caring touch is fine, but massage strokes that stimulate circulation are not.
Chemical peel. A chemical peel is a body treatment technique. It is used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin, often facial skin, using a chemical solution that causes the dead skin to eventually peel off. A treatment could be done after minimum 7 days after a chemical peel.
Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is inflammation of the conjunctiva (the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids). It is commonly due to an infection (usually viral, but sometimes bacterial), or an allergic reaction. Conjunctivitis can affect one or both eyes and is the most likely diagnosis in someone with eye redness and discharge (fluid coming from the eye). The affected eye is often "stuck shut" in the morning. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are highly contagious, and are transmitted through contact with the discharge. Consent will be required.
Contact dermatitis. Non-infectious skin condition. Skin inflammation. Caused by contact with a chemical, such as washing powder, perfume, fabric dye, etc. Consent will be required. Local contraindication if open and weeping.
Contact lenses. A contact lens, or simply contact, is a thin lens placed directly on the surface of the eye. Contact lenses are considered medical devices and can be worn to correct vision, or for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons. They should be removed prior to lash tinting, facial treatments, or spray tan session.
Diabetes. Endocrine system disorder. (disorder of the pancreas). Symptoms include frequent urination, thirst, and tiredness. Consequences include poor circulation, including the possibility of thin skin in the peripheral areas of the body, itchy skin, spots, boils, etc. When it fails to produce enough insulin, blood sugar levels in the blood and urine rise. Be careful. Check for possible complications before commencing treatment. The client should give information on what symptoms to watch for, and what to do if possible blood sugar level drop.
Drink and drugs. Disorder of the nervous system. Condition that affects awareness of reality. Alcohol, recreational, and some prescription drugs have an affect on the nervous system and can distort perception of sensory input. Total contra-indication for all treatments.
Eczema. Non-infectious skin condition. (A group of diseases – dermatitis), in which there is inflammation of the skin with red rash, itchiness, burning, scaling, blistering. At times skin may weep or crack. Varied causes - cosmetics, soap, detergents, rubber, etc. varies greatly from one person to another. Consent would be required if open and weeping. (Risk of cross infection). Certain products may irritate condition. Local contraindication for all treatments if open and inflammed. If closed and not weeping, can treat, it may also aid and relieve skin condition. Also moisturises the area.
Epilepsy. Disorder of the nervous system. Ranges from momentary lapses in attention, to the “Grand mal”, or major fits. Caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Seek GP input. Contra-indication to electrical body treatments and heated treatments (Hot Stone Massage). Avoid energy work to the head area (Indian Head Massage). Be careful with waxing (the medicines for epilepsy make the skin sensitive).
Erysipelas. Skin rash, usually on any of the legs and toes, face, arms and fingers. It is an infection of the upper dermis and superficial lymphatics, caused by Beta-hemolytic group A streptococcus bacteria on scratches or otherwise infected areas. Erysipelas is more superficial than cellulitis (infection of lower layers of the skin), and is typically more raised and demarcated. Areas of the infected skin are red, swollen, warm, and painful. G.P consent required before treatment. Highly contagious with a high risk of cross infection. Total contraindication.
Fever or high temperature. Increased temperature of the body. When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Contra-indication to all treatments, as it may be a symptom of infectious disease. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body’s natural defences.
Fractures, broken bones. Recent! (parial, simply, compound). Skeletal system injury. Breaks in bones. Occur mostly from sports injuries or vehicle accidents. Could also occur in the elderly, where bones are thinner and weaker. Consent would be required. Local contra-indication for all treatments. No treatment to be done within six months. Hinder the natural healing process, painful. If possible miss out the area.
Heart disorders. Problems with the cardiovascular system. Angina – cramp like pains in the chest, which are made worse by exercise or stress. Unstable angina is a severe form and can be a precursor to a heart attack. Heart attack – myocardial infarction. Sudden severe pain in the chest and sometimes, the left arm. Heart failure. The heart cannot pump properly and fluid can back up in the lungs – pulmonary oedema “water on the lungs”, or oedema in the ankles and legs. Angina – caused by inadequate blood supply to the heart muscle. Heart attack occurs when part of the heart muscle dies due to inadequate blood supply, caused by blood clots, or arteriosclerosis. Heart failure can be caused by previous heart attack or chronic blood pressure. Written permission from the client’s doctor. 3 months after the heart attack, massage is contra-indicated. After that, during the massage the limbs should be worked towards the heart, to avoid putting pressure in the veins (the pressure should never be heavy or prolonged on the major superficial arteries (at the side of the neck, on the inner surface on the wrist, on the inner surface of the elbow joint, and the back of the knee) Caution should be taken with heated treatments.
Headaches (Severe!). Disorder of the nervous system. Comes with dizziness, numbness, or sleepiness. Come on suddenly, with no previous history of similar headaches. Need medical attention. Massage is contraindicated.
Hepatitis. Disorder of abdominal organ. Inflammation of the liver. Can be caused by viruses. Infectious in the acute stage. Medical permission. Contra –indication in the acute stages. Highly contagious. Extra care should be taken with hygiene, as the virus can survive outside the body from a few hours to a few days.
Herpes. There are two kinds – the common cold sores found round the mouth, and genital herpes that are transmitted sexually. Infectious skin condition, causing clusters of sore blisters. Viral infection that once present in the body cannot be removed. It may lay dormant, but erupt in times of stress. Local contra-indication for all treatments. Extra care should be taken with hygiene, as the virus can survive outside the body for a few hours.
Hernia. Disorder of abdominal organ. Hernias are protrusions of part of an organ (such as the intestines) through a muscular wall. Hiatus hernia– part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm into the thorax. Abdominal hernia – part of the abdominal organs protrude through the muscles of the abdominal wall GP consent required. The upper body of the client should be raised. Abdominal hernia is local contra-indication.
High blood pressure. Problem with the cardiovascular system (hypertention). When long term can lead to damage of the heart or brain. High blood pressure means excessive pressure against blood vessel walls. Once diagnosed it is usually controlled with medication. If the client is not controlled by medication, get medical permission. Caution with electrical treatments. Massage and heated treatments affect the blood vessels, and so people with high blood pressure or a heart condition should receive light, sedating massages, if at all. Deep abdominal massage is contra-indicated.
HIV infection. Immune system disorder (autoimmune). Symptoms – insomnia, night sweats, weight loss, diarrhea, skin disorders. Caused by the HIV virus, transmitted in infected body fluids. If there is no exchange of bodily fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or mother’s milk), HIV can’t be transmitted during treatment. In the case of any visible rashes, sores, lesions, or swelling do not proceed with the treatment. If you have any cuts or scrapes or scratches on your hands, it’s an especially good idea to wear thin surgical gloves.
Impetigo. Infectious skin condition. Typified by raised fluid filled sores and crusts on the face, particularly round the mouth and nose. Soon becomes a cluster of blisters and pustules. Bacterial infection. Consent will be required. Highly contagious. Total contraindication for all treatments if sores are weeping or the person is not undergoing medical treatment. Local contra-indication if person is recovering.
Inflammation (swollen inflamed areas). Inflamed conditions include anything that ends in –itis, such as phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), arthritis (inflammation of the joints), and so on. Causes differ. Consent will be required. Treatment can further irritate an area of inflammation, so it should not be administered. In the case of localized problems, work around them could be done, however, avoiding the inflammation itself.
Infectious diseases. Flu or diphtheria, for example. Caused by virus, or bacteria. Total contra-indication.Treat-ment is not a good idea for someone coming down with infectious disease. High risk of cross infection.
Laser skin resurfacing treatment. Laser resurfacing is a treatment to reduce facial wrinkles and skin irregularities, such as blemishes or acne scars. The technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing skin layer by layer. This popular procedure is also called lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization. Waxing or facial treatment cannot be performed if the laser skin resurfacing is done within the past year.
Loss of sensation. Unability to feel pain or pressure. Can result for many reasons – such as diabetes, aging, use of prescribed skin care creams, etc. Consent would be required. Caution! A treatment could be performed, but the Therapist should be very careful with heated treatments, electrical treatments, and pressure.
Low blood pressure. Problem with the cardiovascular system (hypo tension). Is not considered a medical problem. Care should be taken with helping clients off the table, because moving from lying to sitting too quickly may cause them to faint.
Lumbago (a general term for lower back pain). Disorder of the nervous system that affects motor nerve supply. Client should be referred to appropriate professional to address spinal problems. Under control, massage is useful for muscular causes.
Medications. Some medications and products can make the skin more sensitive. Attention! Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable and susceptible to damage and infections! The usage of them could also affect the result and the outcome from the service. Accutane (acne medication), Adapalene (acne medication), Alustra (Retin A), Avage (acne medication), Avita (Retin A), Differin (acne medication), Isotretinoin (acne medication), Renova (Retin A), Retin A, Tazarac (acne medication), Tazarotene (acne medication), Tretinion (Retin A), Isotretinion, Birth control pills, containing Tetracycline, Blood thinning or epileptic medication, Bleaching agents for hair (used for upper lip), Bleaching agents for pigmentation of skin such as (Hydraquinone, Trilumena), previous chemical depilatories such as Nair, Benzoyl Peroxide (ProActive), Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic), Oral and topical Antibiotics, Retinol, Salicilic Acid, Other Exfoliants, Keratolytic drugs (skin thinners with salicylic acid) , Anti-depressants Consultation with your dermatologist will be needed if you are taking any medications, or using any topical cream, that contains these products. Inform your Beauty Therapist if you are using any other medication that is not listed here. Waxing is never done on clients taking Accutane (client should be off this medication treatment a minimum of 1 year prior to waxing), and is not recommended for clients, taking other types of skin thinning (keratolytic drugs), blood thinning, epileptic and acne medication. Acne medication and anti-depressants could cause an alternation in pH of the skin, which affects the effectiveness of the tan products. Attention to facial treatment for people, using Keratolytic drugs.
Meningitis. Potentially life threatening. Disorder of the nervous system (involve the blood supply to the brain). Note that meningitis can be contagious. Consent will be required. Total contra-indication. However, people who have recovered are perfectly fine to receive a massage or other treatments.
Metal pins, plates, dental bridges, implants, etc. Consent will be required. Specific contra-indication for Standard Massage, electrical treatments, Hot Stone massage.
Migraines. Disorder of the nervous system that affects motor nerve supply. Throbbing headache with sensitivity to light and nausea for a few hours or days. Construction of the blood vessels around the temples is followed by dilation of the blood vessels of the brain, putting pressure on the meninges. Daily massage of the temporal and masseter muscles can be useful as part of a treatment program. Regular massage is good to reduce stress levels. Massage during the migraine is not advisable!
Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion uses tiny exfoliating crystals that are sprayed on the skin. It works best on problems such as dull skin, brown spots, and age spots. With dermabrasion, a dermatologist or plastic surgeon "sands" your skin with a special instrument. The procedure makes way for a new, smoother layer of skin to replace the skin that's been treated. Treatment could be done 7 days after microdermabrasion is done.
Moles. Brown – light or dark circular nodule. Moles do not prevent a treatment unless they are inflamed, swollen, weeping or open. Consent would be required if open and weeping. Moles cannot be waxed. Could cover with petroleum jelly (to not over stimulate the area), and work around the area, but not if open and weeping, as could cause cross infection. Local contra-indication.
Multiple sclerosis (MS). Disorder of the nervous system, that affects motor nerve supply. Severity of symptoms can vary. Caused by degeneration of nerve sheaths Consent would be required. Massage is indicated in sub acute stages, when the client is in remission.
Oedema. Blood vessels disorder. Accumulation of fluid in the tissues. Lack of draining. Needs to be discussed with a medical practitioner. Depends on the cause.
Operations to treatment area. (Recent!) 2 years for major operation, 6 months for a small scar. The person is still healing with a weak system, and does not need the stress of a massage. There is also a chance of infection or aggravation. The massage will interfere with the healing process. Medical permission will be needed. Local contraindication for all treatments.
Onycholisis. (Nail separation). Nail plate gradually loosening from the nail bed without coming away. Internal disorders, psoriasis, eczema or rough treatment of nails. Consent would be required if open and weeping. Cross infection. Can leave out affected areas if not open or weeping.
Osteoarthritis. “wear and tear” of the joints (most commonly hips and knees), often with pain, swelling and sometimes inflammation. Joint problem. Hyaline cartilage thins and is worn away, cracks appear. Bony growths can develop, so that bone rubs on bone. Inflamation of joints with pain, stiffnes and loss of movement. Consent will be required. Treatment and movement is contra-indicated in the acute phases. At other times gentle mobilization can be beneficial in proving some pain relief.
Osteoporosis. (“brittle bones”), especially the wrist and hip. Skeletal system disease. The calcium content of the bone reduces and the bones become soft, crumbly, and liable to break easily on sudden impact. Fairly common in elderly people, particularly women after menopause. Consent will be required. Known osteoporotic areas should be avoided. Gentle treatments with no stretches and joint manipulations.
Osteomalacia (soft and swollen bones) Skeletal system disease. A softening of the bones. Absence of Vitamin “D”. Consent would be required. Only under doctor’s supervision.
Pacemaker. A pacemaker is a small device that's placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. This device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. Pacemakers are used to treat arrhythmias.Arrhythmias are problems with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm. Consent will be required. Specific contra-indication to electrical body and facial treatments, and a Hot Stone massage.
Paget’s disease. (Bones most commonly affected are the skull, spine, and leg bones). Skeletal system disease. Bone is replaced by fibrous tissue that then becomes hard and brittle with much pain. A fairly rare disease. Consent would be required. Only under doctor’s supervision.
Parkinson’s disease. Disorder of the nervous system, that affects motor nerve supply. A progressive disease. Tremor, shaking in the hands and limbs, and stiffness in movements. Caused by degenerative abnormalities in the brain. GP Consent would be required. Under medical supervision massage is indicated.
Paronychia. Red, inflamed and sometimes swollen. Bacterial infection. Consent required, cross infection if open and weeping. If severe on all fingers, unable to treat, otherwise the area could be covered and missed out.
Pediculosis. Head lice. Blood sucking lice, with a preference for the head (other varieties prefer the pubic area). The white eggs are called “nits”. Parasitic infection. Consent required. Total contra-indication until cleared up.
Phlebitis. Blood vessels disorder. Varicose veins can become red, tender, inflamed, painful, and there may be a risk of clots. It affects the superficial veins only. Consent required. Local contra-indication (massage and waxing).
Pregnancy. Condition of reproductive system. The growth of the foetus in the womb. Consent will be required. Contra-indicated for all of the treatments during the first three months. No heated treatments, chemicals, electrical treatments, essential oils should be used during the pregnancy at any stage. Massage could be performed only by specifically qualified practitioner.
Psoriasis. Non-infectious skin condition. Most common on elbows, knees, scalp and back. Round or oval dull red papules. Covered in silvery scales. Epidermal cells grow too fast, and reach the surface of the skin without being properly keratinized, clumping together to form thick red scaly plaques. Can become infected. Consent required if severe. Risk of cross infection if open and weeping. Local contraindication for all treatments. Could be treated only if not open and weeping.
Respiratory disorders (Infectious). Note that, many of the common respiratory disorders are infectious during the initial acute phase. Common cold influenza and laryngitis are caused by viruses. For pneumonia there are a number of causes, including bacteria, virus, chemicals, or allergy. Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection. Bronchitis often follows an upper respiratory infection. Consent required. During the acute phase – total contraindication for all treatments. Treatments are fine, when in non-acute phase and the client has recovered. Breathing difficulties are often made worse by lying flat. In cases like this it is advisable to be in a semi-sitting position, or in a side lying position.
Respiratory disorders (Inflammatory). Asthma (attacks of breathing difficulties). Emphysema (the walls of the alveoli are destroyed and breathing becomes difficult). Pleurisy (very painful inflammation of the pleural membranes) Asthma is a condition, which causes restriction in the bronchioles. Emphysema can develop from bronchitis Pleurisy is often caused by lung infection such as pneumonia. Consent will be required. Treatments are ok, when the client is not having an asthma attack. Care should be taken with the products used during the treatment. Massage for Emphysema is indicated under medical supervision Pleurisy – gentle massage can be beneficial to the upper back and chest areas.
Ringworm. Infectious skin condition. Looks as a little worm has burrowed a red itchy circle under the skin. Bacterial infection. Affects different parts of the body. Depending on the severity- mild scaling or inflamed red itchy areas. GP consent required. Total contra-indication if large areas of the body are affected. Local contra-indication, if only a small area is affected, and can be covered. There should be particular care taken with hygiene precautions.
Rheumatoid arthritis. (Most commonly affects the hands and feet, sometimes the neck). Joint problem. Can cause inflammation of many parts of the body (skin, lungs, eyes, internal organs, joints). Auto-immune disease. The synovial membrane of the joint is inflamed, the fluid builds up and the joint swells. If it progresses the cartilage and bone are affected, the joints may be deformed. In acute stages treatments and movements is contra-indicated. In non acute phases, gentle massage of the tissues around the joints may help relieve pain.
Scabies. Infectious skin condition (parasitic infection). Tiny red papules, irregular in lines on the hands, particularly between the fingers. Possible scratch marks on limbs or trunk of body. Caused by infestation with the parasitic "Itch Mite". The female burrows into the epidermis and lays eggs, when hatching, leaving tell-tale red tracking marks. Causes extreme itching. G.P referral would be recommended. No treatment could be carried out as would cause cross infection. Spread by close contact of infested persons. This condition is highly contagious and under no circumstances is the client to be treated.
Scar tissue. Recent! Varied. It could be keloid or hypertrophic (overgrowth of scar tissue). Different causes. G.P consent would be required. If the scarring is keloid or hypertrophic, there is a high risk of trauma, resultant from treatments. Not to treat the area within six months.Unable to treat unless in an area able to work around. Otherwise would not aid the natural healing process, could open the wound, and could be painful.
Sciatica. Most often felt in the buttocks and thighs. Disorder of the nervous system, which affects motor nerve supply. Pain along the sciatic nerve. Caused by entrapment of the long sciatic nerve as it exits from the spine. G.P consent would be required. Massage is indicated due to muscular and ligamentous causes. For spinal causes, massage can be helpful at non-acute times.
Shingles. Patches, areas of erythema, vesicles, and papules that can erupt and leave scar tissue. Caused by the chicken pox virus. G.P consent required. Total contra-indication. High risk of cross infection.
Skin disorders. Rashes, wounds, bruises, spots, lesions, sores, burns, boils, blisters, areas of non-normal skin, etc. Some of them could be caused by trauma or accident, but other – by infection. A contagious disorder is an infection that is transmitted through direct contact. Undiagnosed conditions should be referred to a medical practitioner. It is not part of a Beauty Therapist job to identify clients’ skin disorders. Infectious skin conditions are always local contra-indications for treatments. Some of them are total contra-indications. Anything that looks like it shouldn’t be there should be avoided. Areas of skin that is bleeding, broken, or weeping fluid is never treated.
“Slipped disk”. (Herniated disk). Joint problem. Very painful and debilitating. Compression of a nerve root when a vertebral disk ruptures and part of the contents is displaced onto the spinal cord or more often on the nerve roots. Consent will be required. In acute stages, client should be referred to osteopath, chiropractor, or physio-practitioner. In non-acute stage, massage may relax associated muscle tensions.
Sprains (chronic or acute). Damage to ligaments, often involving damage to the joint. Sprained ligaments are swollen up and painful. Through forceful overstretching. G.P referral would be recommended. Local contra-indication. No treatment should be done if is acute. Other areas of the body could be treated.
Spondylitis (sections of the spine gradually fuse together). Joint problem. It commonly starts as lower back pain and stiffness, especially around the sacrum. It may progress up the spine Inherited auto-immune disease. Consent will be required. In the early stages massage can help maintain some mobility. In acute phase, treatments are contraindicated.
Stye (hordeolum). Inflammation of eyelid (often upper lid). Swelling, redness, pain is felt at margin of eyelid. Bacterial infection. Scratching or rubbing infected area could cause infection to spread. GP consent will be required, as there is a high risk of cross infection. Total contra-indication for all treatments until it is cured.
Stroke. Disorder of the nervous system. Some of the brain tissue may be damaged (may result in loss of speech, movement, thinking ability, etc.) Occurs when the blood supply to the brain tissue is affected, either by a clot (thrombosis), or by a blood vessel bursting. Ask your doctor, regarding the advisability of treatments. There is a high risk of second stroke within one month of the first. Lower risk up to 6 months after the first.
Swelling. Could also be accompanied with bruising. Consent would be required. Could be hiding something more serious. Local contra-indication. Work around the area.
Thin (fragile) skin. Non-infectious skin condition. Skin becomes papery, less elastic, and liable to tear easily. Common in elderly people. It could occur over varicose veins, over areas of chronic oedema (swelling), through prolonged use of steroid creams, on extensive healed scar tissue from burns, injury, or medical treatment. Treatment should be done with high attention, very gentle, with no stretching, no friction, less pressure, mild products.
Thrombosis. (DVT – Deep vein thrombosis). Blood vessels disorder. Blood clot forms in a vein. If the clot breaks lose, it can travel through the system to the lungs, with fatal results. Often when someone has to stay in bed after surgery, a stroke, or child birth, or could be caused by long plane flights. Seek medical permission. Totally contra-indicated for massage for 3-6 months after diagnosis. Contra-indication for Hot Stone Massage, Superficial lymph Drainage Massage, and heated treatments.
Tinea Unguium (Ringworm of the nail). Nail plate becomes discoloured and opaque along with a rough horny appearance. Spreads from the free edge to the matrix. Fungal infection - can be of animal or human origin. G.P referral would be recommended. Local contraindication. No treatment would be carried out as it will cause cross infection. Spread by direct contact.
Tinea Pedis. (Athlete's foot). The skin between the third, fourth and fifth toes become sodden, irritatated, and peels off. Fungal infection. G.P referral would be recommended. Local contra-indication. No treatment as would cause cross infection.
Undiagnosed lumps and bumps. Swelling, etc. to the treatable area could be hiding a more serious problem, wouldn’t know cause. Consent would be required. Local contra-indication. No treatment if unable to move around the treatable area. Wouldn't aid the natural healing process, could also be painful.
Urinary system disorders. Urinary tract infections – inflammation of the bladder and cystitis, and causes burning pain when urinating. Kidney stones – small hard deposits found in the kidneys. They can be very painful. Renal failure – dangerous condition, where the kidneys have stopped functioning. Gout – due to a buildup of uric acid in the body. Affects the joints. An attack is extremely painful. GP consent required. Massage is contraindicated for those with acute urinary tract infections, acute or chronic renal failure, acute stages of gout, or a kidney stone attack.
Varicose veins. Blood vessels disorder. These are visible, distended veins which are ofen present in the legs (especially the lower legs). Result of valve failure in the veins, and accumulation of pockets of blood. The vein walls, being thin, stretch and become flabby. If serious, varicose veins will prevent treatments taking place as this could be painful and will cause extra blood to flow in the area. Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem and is contra-indicated. However, if you apply a very light massage next to the problem, always in a direction toward the heart, it can be very beneficial.
Verruca Vulgaris (common warts). Infectious skin condition. Small solid lump, arising from the skin’s surface. They are rough and hard and can be darkish in colour, or natural skin tone. They are found either singly or in groups, and appear around the nail fold area. Viral infection. G.P consent would be required if open and weeping. Can cover with micropore and work around the area. Open and weeping highly contagious, cross infection.
Verruca plantaris (verruca of the foot). Infectious skin condition. This condition belongs to the same family as the common wart, but instead of being raised on the surface of the skin, verrucas tend to grow inwards, so until they get fairly large the client can be unaware of having a verruca. Viral infection. They can be caught in swimming pool areas and are highly contagious. The skin’s surface can be smooth and the appearance can be like a circular piece of hard skin with a black dot or dots in the centre. G.P consent would be required. No treatment would be carried out as would cause cross infection. Spread by direct contact.
Warts. Infectious skin condition. Small, rough, non-malignant tumors. Firm papule with a rough horny surface. Varies in size. Caused by viruses. G.P consent would be required. Local contra-indication. Immediate area should be avoided, covered with petroleum jelly, and worked around if closed and not weeping.
|Posted on 8 August, 2015 at 10:45||comments (0)|
Beauty treatments are one of life's little luxuries. They are a time for clients to relax and leave the worries of their daily lives at the salon door.
Beauty treatments can however hide a mine field of potentially damaging problems to the unsuspecting client, and at the end of the day it’s the Beauty Therapist’s responsibility to protect the client by ensuring the treatment booked is suitable.
We use record cards in salon treatments for several reasons such as keeping clients’ address and phone details and record of past treatments. The most important reason for these record cards is the attachment of a medical questionnaire that they have filled in prior to any treatments commencing, no matter how small those treatments are. This questionnaire should be re-visited whenever a client books a different treatment.
It is in both the Therapist and the Client’s best interest to make sure that the medical questionnaire is answered honestly and is kept up to-date. Beauty Therapists should never rely completely on the clints’ answers as sometimes a contraindication may be encountered during a treatment, (such as open wounds, sun burn in the treated area, fungal infection, etc.).
Be aware of newly qualified “Therapists” that have done a “crash course” in beauty treatments, which sometimes can be as short as 2 days! It takes hours and hours of study and practice in training salons to even begin to absorb the knowledge of treatments and some of the dangers to the clients if they are contraindicated against them. If the treatment is offered to you without a consent form with attached medical questionnaire, and client record card, you are in danger. You should also be able to receive pre-treatment and post- treatment advice from your Beauty Therapist before and after your treatment!
Be ready before each treatment to confirm a consent form with a declaration with a text, similar to this: “I confirm, that I understand the treatment and contraindications and all above statements are true. Knowing that the therapist needs to carry out the correct treatment, and the therapist cannot accept any responsibility for any injury suffered by my attribute to my not giving full and correct information to the above questions”.
What is a contra-indication? It is something that can stop or restrict a treatment being carried out.
If there are signs of any contra-indication, clients should be refered to their G.P. for treatment/advice. Even if the Beauty Therapist is sure they know what it is, they should never tell their client what contra-indication they may have, because it could be wrong! If the Beauty Therapist is unsure about a contra-indication, they do not treat the client, but instead ask them for a G.P. consent letter.
There are many types of contra-indications, and as you look through the articles in my blog, most contra-indications will be the same for most treatments, but it is always advisable to read through them all. If you have any difficulties with the meaning of some listed contra-indications, and why they will be a problem for commencing specific treatments, refer to the guidance (find the article in my blog).
Why is it important to give consistent and comprehensive guidance in relation to contra-indications?
1. To promote the professional image of the industry by providing consistent information to clients: Differing practices amongst Practitioner’s results in clients being given different information in respect to the same condition and can result in confusion or lack of confidence in the safety and professionalism of Practitioners.
2. To protect clients by ensuring a consistent and safe approach of Practitioners. If some Practitioners act responsibly but others do not, this may undermine the position of the more responsible Practitioners. It may also lead to the more ‘desperate’ client going for treatment to a Practitioner who may be putting them at risk.
3. To protect the reputation of Practitioners and the profession by ensuring an approach of Practitioners consistent with current medical thinking and the insurance position.
4. To protect Practitioners and the Industry by minimising the risk of legal action and reducing the likelihood of either successful legal action or a finding of negligence on the part of a Practitioner. A Practitioner defending a legal claim by a client who believes he or she may have been adversely affected by treatment and successfully demonstrates the treatment did not cause harm could be found to be negligent if reasonable precautions to protect the client (such as liaising with the doctor if the client has a medical condition) had not been taken.
5. To ensure that treatment is not unnecessarily refused by Practitioners. It is helpful to have a list of common specific contra-indications, divided into categories. It is essential that the Practitioner carries out a full investigation of contra-indications, before commencing any treatment or therapy. Should the result of such investigation indicate the existence of a previously undiagnosed medical ailment that could be adversely affected by the treatment, the client is to be recommended to consult his/her medical practitioner before receiving any treatment or therapy from the Practitioner. Further, should any known or previously diagnosed medical ailment deteriorate, the client is to be recommended to consult his/her medical practitioner before continuing with any treatment or therapy from the Practitioner.
Today we always have to be very careful when dealing with contra-indications, because it is a controversial subject and you never want to leave yourself wide open for further implications. We also have to consider other clients, always make sure that the place of work, implements, ourself etc. are very clean, to avoid any cross infection.
|Posted on 4 August, 2015 at 4:40||comments (0)|
Indian Head Massage is safe for all ages and is good even for pregnant women after the first 4 months. In fact, it is customary in India for both mother and newborn to receive this massage for 40 continuous days after delivery. However, there are some contraindications of which to be aware before starting this treatment, as some medical conditions may affect your treatment or may mean that during the treatment some localised areas need to be avoided.
Please, find them listed below, and if you are in any doubt, please consult your GP before starting!
A contra-action is a minor symptom, experienced during or following a treatment, as a response to the effects of it. This is usually a result of increased circulation, relaxation and subsequent detoxification. It should be regarded as a healthy sign. It shows that the treatment is effective, and that the body is making the changes it needs, to heal itself. A more acute form of this is often termed a ‘healing crisis’, which may include a temporary worsening of symptoms, before a state of equilibrium is reached. For example, a client with a head cold before treatment may find that their symptoms of sinus congestion are literally ‘drawn out’, before they feel clear-headed again. This process should only last for about 12-48 hours and usually brings an ending to symptoms quicker than if no treatment had been given.
Some possible contra-actions to treatment are as follows:
Heightened emotional state/tearfulness;
Increased tiredness and a need to rest;
Frequent urination/bowel movement;
Increased release of mucus from the nose or mouth.
• Recent head or neck injury, fractures (minimum 3 months). If there is damage to these fragile areas, the massage could cause pain and inflammation. In fact, anything you do could cause further injury - easily life threatening. If accute, you need medical attention. Consent from a medical practitioner required.
• Stroke. You definitely need medical attention. Depends on the time since, and severity of the stroke (and of course check with your health care provider before beginning any treatment). If it some time after the stroke, a gentle massage can be of help in rehabilitation.
• Parkinson's disease. If very mild, a person with PD could get massage. Later they might be too altered to understand a massage.
• Eczema. Only contraindicated (CI) locally, fine for unaffected areas. Would be too painful to touch, and the massage might aggravate it. There is a risk of infection.
• Skin disorders, cuts and abrasions to treatment area. Open wounds locally CI any massage, because of pain and risk of infection.
• Severe bruising in treatment area. Damage to tissue. Could indicate illness, like anemea, that would CI massage.
• Epilepsy. The person could go into a seizure. This condition is not necessarily CI for massage (it really all depends on the person.) They might need more medical attention, especially if they have seizes. Medical consent required.
• Recent haemorrhage (especially, brain). No treatment could be performed.
• High or low blood pressure. Massage can alter BP (usually it lowers it), a problem for an untreated cleint. With treatment, clients can get massage. Special attention is needed for people with high blood pressure (risk of clots).
• Migraine – acute fase. Usually migraine is indicated for massage (it is one of the best things for it.), but in its acute fase massage will only worsen the condition.
• History of thrombosis or embolism. A thrombosis is an object, usually a clot, that is stuck in a vein. The danger with these is that they can suddenly break free and travel to the heart (causing a myocardial imbolism), the lungs (causing a pulmonary imbolism), or to the brain, causing a stroke. A person with this problem does not need something that adds stress to the circulatory system, like a massage. They also need medical attention and monitoring.
• Diabetes. The main problem is the poor skin sensation. Some of the clients with this illness may be prone to circulatory problems. Generally, diabetes is safe for massage, unless there is peripheral neuropathy and/or open sores. One consideration: massage lowers blood sugar, so the client needs to be aware and have a snack handy for afterwards.
• Dysfunction of nervous system. (i.e. meningitis, inflammation of the brain). No treatment should be performed.
• Scalp/Skin diseases or infections. Contagious (viral, bacterial, fungal). High risk of cross infections. No treatment should be performed.
• Alopecia (a hair loss condition). Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss (highly contagious). Ask for medical permission.
• Recent operations to treatment area (2 years for major operation, 6 months for a small scar). The person is still healing with a weak system, and does not need the stress of a massage. There is also a chance of infection or aggravation. The massage will interfere with the healing process.
• Under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Clients under the influence of drugs and alcohol cannot be treated, as they may feel dizzy and nauseous.
• Pediculosis (head lice). Highly contagious. No treatment should be performed.
• Arthritis/osteoporosis in treatment area (especially in the neck).
• Cancer. So far the idea that massage would cause the spread of cancer cells was widely promoted. Even though it is now acknowledged, that any form of massage will not spread cancer, and cancer charities are now offering cancer patients much more in the way of comfort with the use of complementary medicine, you will need to have consent from your medical practitioner. Massages while clients are actively undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment should be avoided, as the clients may be too unwell to tolerate treatment. In between courses of medical treatment you can be offered short light massage sessions, which will be beneficial in relaxation and supporting the immune system.
• Fever, diarrhoea or vomiting that day. No treatment should be performed. Due to the risk of spreading the infection.
• Cold sores. Highly contagious. Cross infection. No treatment should be performed.
• Conjunctivitis. Highly contagious. Cross infection. No treatment should be performed.
• Metal plates. Risk of aggravation and tissue damage.
• Medication. Clients on anti-hypertensive medication may be prone to postural hypotension and may feel lightheaded and dizzy after treatment.
• Undiagnosed lumps and bumps. High risk of aggravating the existing condition. No treatment should be performed.
• Severe circulatory problems. Seek medical advice before treatment, as the increased circulation may overburden the heart, or increase the risk of blood clots.
• Pregnancy (after 12 weeks is safe). No essential oils should be applied!
|Posted on 31 July, 2015 at 3:10||comments (1)|
The following conditions may prevent or restrict you from receiving waxing treatments at Rose Of Bulgaria Beauty Therapy. Please note that whilst this list covers many contraindications, there may be others not listed below, that may also prevent you from receiving services, and we reserve the right to determine what constitutes a contraindication. Please, speak with your skincare professional and your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
To ensure a successful waxing experience, before undertaking a waxing treatment it is vital that you read through this list of known contraindications to better prepare yourself for your treatment. Please, follow these instructions.
CONTAGIOUS SKIN DISEASES AND DISORDERS:
ERYSYPELAS: Infection in the upper layer of your skin. It is similar to another skin disorder, known as cellulitis (an infection in the lower layers of your skin). Red, swollen, warm, and painful area of skin with a raised edge, and blisters on the affected area. G.P Consent required before treatment – cross infection.
IMPETIGO: Reddening of skin, but soon becomes a cluster of blisters and pustules. Highly contagious! Treatment would cause cross infection. It is recommended for you to go and see G.P. Consent would be required.
STYE: (hordeolum) – Inflammation of eyelid, often-upper lid. Caused by infection in hair follicle – swelling, redness, pain is felt at margin of eyelid. Scratching or rubbing infected area could cause infection to spread. Cause cross infection, G.P consent would be required.
BOIL/FURUNCLES: Infection of a hair follicle caused by staphylococci bacteria. Acute inflammation occurs with pus formation. G.P Consent required before treatment – cross infection.
HERPES SIMPLEX: (Cold sore) – Herpes Simplex. Highly contagious . It would cause cross infection. No treatment in affected area. A temporary infection.
CONJUNCTIVITIS: Itchy, sore infection. Can affect both eyes. Highly contagious - cause cross infection. G.P consent required.
WARTS: – Firm papule with a rough horny surface. Varies in size. G.P consent required if open and weeping – cross infection. Immediate area should be avoided, covered with petroleum jelly, and worked around it if closed and not weeping.
SHINGLES: – Caused by the chicken pox virus. Patches, areas of erythema, vesicles, and papules that can erupt and leave scar tissue. G.P consent required – cross infection.
RINGWORM: Affect different parts of the body. Depending on the severity: mild scaling or inflamed red itchy areas. G.P consent required. Cross infection.
SCABIES: Caused by infestation with the parasitic “Itch mite”. G.P consent required. No treatment should be carried out, highly contagious.
LICE (Pediculouis) (Head/Body and Pubic area). Infestation of the hair and clothes with wingless insects that suck the blood. Nits and egg cases can be seen in good light and on dark hair. Intense irritation, possible scratch marks and rash. G.P consent required. Cross infection and contamination.
ALLERGY TO PRODUCT
G.P. consent letter would be required before treatment. Otherwise untreatable if client is unsure what ingredient they are allergic to. Be aware of Hypersensitivity (extremely sensitive skin) – could be allergic to product.
G.P consent required as would stimulate the skin and could cause more problems.
Psoriasis - areas of the skin round or oval shaped, dull red papules appear, covered in silvery scales. Can become infected. Open or weeping - no treatment can be carried out. G.P consent would be required. A temporary condition. Could cause cross infection.
Eczema - red rashes sometimes raised, itchiness, blisters, weeping may occur, scaling of skin, can also crack. Varies greatly from one person to another. G.P consent required as certain products may irritate condition. If infected could cause cross infection, although this condition is not contagious. Non-treatable if open and weeping.
SWELLING/UNDIAGNOSED LUMPS AND BUMPS:
Swelling etc. to the treatable area could be hiding a more serious problem, wouldn’t know cause, and could also hinder natural healing process. G.P consent required. A temporary condition.
RAISED AND HAIRY MOLES/MOLES:
Moles do not prevent a treatment unless they are inflamed, swollen, weeping or open. G.P consent would be required as could cause cross infection. Otherwise they should be covered with petroleum jelly to not over stimulate the area, and work around.
VISIBLE SKIN TRAUMA
LESIONS, SORES, AND OPEN WOUNDS
FRACTURES, SPRAINS, OR BROKEN BONES
POST-SURGICAL SCARRING – less than six months old, or that reopens periodically.
KELOID OR HYPERTROPHIC SCARRING – (overgrowth of scar tissue) there is a risk of skin trauma resultant from waxing, and that it is your decision if you go ahead with the treatment.
VERY DRY OR VERY THIN SKIN - Thin skin can result for many reasons, such as diabetes, aging, use of prescribed skin care creams, and off-the-shelf depilatory creams and sprays.
WARNING: Waxing is never done on clients taking Accutane and is not recommended for clients taking Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin thinning acne medications. Please read the label carefully and consult your dermatologist if you are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains these medications. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.
• Accutane (Acne medication) - You must be off this medication treatment course a minimum of one (1) year prior to waxing.
• Adapalene (Acne medication)
• Alustra (Retin A)
• Avage (See Tazorac - Acne medication)
• Avita (See Retin A)
• Differin (Acne medication)
• Isotretinoin (See Accutane)
• Renova (See Retin A)
• Retin A (Acne and Anti-aging medication)
• Tazarac (Acne medication)
• Tazarotene (See Tazorac)
• Tretinoin (See Retin A)
• Birth control pills, containing Tetracycline
• Blood thinning or epileptic medication
CAUTION: If you are currently using any of the following, please inform your Beauty Therapist. These products can make the skin more sensitive. Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity during waxing.
• Other Acne medications not listed above
• Bleaching agents for hair (used mostly for upper lip)
• Bleaching agents for pigmentation of skin (Hydraquinone, Trilumena)
• Previous chemical depilatories such as Nair
• Benzoyl Peroxide (ProActive)
• Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)
• Oral Antibiotics
• Topical Antibiotics
• Salicylic Acid
• Other exfoliants
PRECAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS: Please read these valuable guidelines.
• Moles cannot be waxed.
• You must wait a minimum of seven (7) days before waxing after a light chemical peel or Microdermabrasion.
• Waxing cannot be performed if you have been in a tanning booth the same day.
• Waxing cannot be performed if you have had laser skin resurfacing within the past year.
• Waxing cannot be performed if you have had a physician administered peel within the past two (2) years.
• If irritation should occur, it is recommend that you use an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to keep the area continually moist to avoid infection and scabbing.
• No sun/tanning booths for 2 days following a waxing treatment. Extra precaution should be taken if using tanning accelerators. Wait 2-3 days to wax before/after tanning with accelerators.
• Do not take hot baths for 24 hours following a body waxing treatment.
• No abrasives for 24 hours following a waxing treatment.
• No deodorants for 24 hours following an underarm waxing treatment.
• Women may experience extra sensitivity to waxing up to a week prior to the beginning of their period.
• While there is no medical evidence to suggest that waxing can harm an unborn child, it is wise to err on the side of safety during the first trimester of pregnancy. No waxing treatments are to be performed during that time.
If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to call or use the handy online form on the contacts page.