This unit covers the theory regarding chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology of chemical peeling agents to ensure that students are able to perform safe and effective chemical resurfacing procedures. Students will also cover the theoretical concepts of microdermabrasion and collagen induction therapy. Previously acquired knowledge of dermal science, wound care and chemistry will be integrated and applied within this unit to enable the student to expand their knowledge with regards to wound healing and skin barrier function as relevant to resurfacing procedures. Evidence based practical application of the theory covered in this unit will be performed at the Victoria University Dermal Therapies Teaching Clinic with a minimum of thirty (30) supervised hours to be completed as a hurdle requirement. As a part of this practicum, students will further develop their skills in professional communication and consultation, the development of safe and effective treatment protocols and professional reporting of cases to meet legal requirements.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Assess the pharmacological and toxicological implications of using specific chemical preparations in dermal therapies;  
  2. Analyse the chemistry of specific chemical preparations and the varied effects they have on the skin;  
  3. Integrate previously acquired knowledge of skin histology and wound healing and adapt it to resurfacing procedures;  
  4. Critically review evidence based research to identify effective resurfacing procedures;  
  5. Devise effective and safe treatment protocols through the evaluation and application of evidence based research to various resurfacing techniques;  
  6. Exhibit the ability to perform safe and effective resurfacing procedures at the level of a professional dermal therapist through the integration and adaption of theoretical knowledge to clinical practice;  
  7. Report on resurfacing procedures by documenting case information to meet professional and legal requirements.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Essay (1000 words) 20%
Practicum Practical Exam (1.5 hour) 40%
Examination Written Examination (2 hours) 40%
To pass this unit, students must achieve an aggregate score of 50%, and pass the practical assessment. The practical assessment is a hurdle requirement that assesses a student's capabilities to perform the relevant modalities. An additional hurdle requirement is that students attend a minimum of 90% of clinic sessions to further demonstrate their practical skills and capabilities in a clinical setting.

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