Our new revised, expanded and improved 2019 program aims to provide better learning outcomes, and now provides international CPD certification on course completion.
This course is a comprehensive, practical approach to accelerate your progress as a competent and knowledgeable skin treatment practitioner with diagnostic skills.

Key features & benefits:
• 55 units of learning (lessons) across seven modules
• 21 Hours of video presentations
• 550 pages of notes
• 52 multiple-choice answer assessments
• Includes 4 e-books and full references for supplementary study
• CPD accreditation for 65 contact hours as a Pastiche Skin Diagnostic Technician
• Can be completed in 10 days (full-time), 3 months (part-time) if time permits; or take up to 18 months
• Excellent educational value: around $20 per hour of advanced knowledge- all in your own time,
whenever and wherever you are.

Why learn Diagnostic Skin Analysis?
On your educational journey with us you will learn to the importance of determining to correctly identify the various skin conditions presented in clinic and causes of those conditions. Many contemporary skin conditions fail to respond to traditional approaches and require more intelligent interventions.

Without a thorough understanding of why skin conditions develop and the individual circumstances surrounding them, we are unable to prescribe effective, realistic, treatment solutions and programs.

Take your career to the next logical step and join other skin care practitioners from around the world by learning how to become a certified Pastiche Skin Diagnostician.

Your career investment: US$965.00

Advanced Skin Anatomy & Physiology

This module is an exploration of the anatomical, physiological & morphological aspects of the skin.

The purpose of this in-depth component of the course is to provide an understanding of how the skin works and the various mechanisms that contribute to skin health and normal function. Only by understanding this can we recognize what has gone wrong when presented with anomalous skin conditions.
This first module comprises of 9 units of learning (lessons) covering the following:

1.1  Internal cell structure
1.2  Stem cells and skin development
1.3  What is keratin and why is it important?
1.4  Cells and systems of the epidermis and dermis
1.5  Cell to cell communication
1.6  Lifecycle of the keratinocyte
1.7  The Formation of the Acid mantle ecosystem
1.8  Skin Microbiome formation
1.9  Biological cellular damage

Typical contact/completion time: 10 hours

Principles of a detailed skin analysis

This module is the introduction to the Pastiche Method, and covers the rationale of how the procedure works and the type of information gathered in a consultation to be able to focus your attention on the contributing factors to prevailing conditions. The seven units of learning are:   

2.1  The Pastiche method
2.2  Introducing this new service
2.3  Setting up the diagnostic area and diagnostic equipment
2.4  Diagnostic characteristics and how to view the skin
2.5  Power of consultation-demographics
2.6  Power of consultation-sun exposure and genetics
2.7  Power of consultation-nutrition and cellular well-being

Typical contact/completion time: 6.5 hours

Gathering important & relevant information

This module is a continuation of of the rationale and covers the second part of the consultation procedure including the determining of the basic majority skin type and clinical/aftercare protocols. Units are:

3.1  Power of consultation-medical history
3.2  Power of consultation-medical & general health
3.3  Power of consultation-cosmetic & clinical history
3.4  Discovering the difference between skin type, skin condition, skin disorder, and disease.
3.5  Skin colour and risk for pigmentation
3.6  Contraindications and Protocols
3.7  Diagnose skin type and skin risk from the consultation

Typical contact/completion time: 6.5 hours

Skin conditions related to Texture

This module provides a focus on skin conditions that are related to the texture and the structure of the skin, including Keratolytic skin conditions and the structural integrity of the skin. This 11 unit module consists of:

4.1  Introducing diagnostic summary worksheet
4.2  The skin- Layer by layer
4.3  How to diagnose keratolytic conditions such as incomplete corneocyte compaction
4.4  Non-inflammatory Acne grades one and two and inflammatory acne grade three.
4.5  The wound healing process
4.6  Understanding Scar Tissue Categories
4.7  Loss of structural integrity; Fibroblast function
4.8  The development and structure of the collagen fibril.
4.9  The loss of adhesion and resiliency of the ageing skin and the structure and development of the elastin fibril
4.10 The ageing skin: The dermal structure
4.11 The final assessment of Skin conditions of Texture: A practical assignment

Typical contact/completion time: 11.5 hours

Skin conditions related to colour

This module explores the skin conditions classified under the colour characteristic; factors that affect the skin’s colour due to changes in vascularity, an overactive immune system and defective melanin deposition. The nine units cover the topics:

5.1  Vascular and Immune systems.
5.2  The visual analysis of common vascular skin conditions
5.3  Rosacea: New cellular triggers and analysis categories
5.4  Rosacea Analysis: Guideline for the diagnosis
5.5  The Melanocyte Life Cycle and Melanogenesis
5.6  “Cause and Effect” of pigmentation.
5.7  Cellular damage to the melanocyte
5.8  Visual analysis of pigmentation
5.9  Pigmentation; a practical assignment

Typical contact/completion time: 13 hours

Skin conditions related to secretions and the skin barrier

This module follows the same structure as the two previous modules, but with attention on skin conditions related to secretions and the skin barrier systems. There are 9 units consisting of:

6.1  Secretions of the skin
6.2  The lymphatic system
6.3  Skin Enzyme Activity
6.4  EFAD and Lipid peroxidation
6.5  The Antimicrobial Barrier and Impaired barrier defense systems
6.6  The endocrine system
6.7  Hormonal medicated acne
6.8  Visual analysis secretions
6.9  The practical assignment and assessment of those skin conditions linked to the diagnostic characteristic of texture, colour and secretions

Typical contact/completion time: 11.5 hours

Summary and treatment planning

This final module is where we pull all of the information together to summarize findings and prescribe a treatment program. We also show how diagnostic equipment is a valuable data gathering and communication tool for selling your treatment programs. The three units consist of:

7.1  Diagnostic summary completion
7.2  Prescribing and selling the treatment program
7.3  Final visual analysis of skin conditions & final exam

Typical contact/completion time: 5.5 hours

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Certification: On the successful completion of the course, you are presented with your certification as a Pastiche Skin Diagnostic Technician.

Help & support: Throughout the course you are able to seek help and ask questions from the course facilitators and creator. We strive for your best learning experience and will work with you so you meet your learning objectives.