Beauty treatments can hide a mine field of potentially damaging problems to the unsuspecting client, 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.

Here is a brief overview of some of the more common contraindications to treatments that you may come across on a weekly basis in a busy salon or spa.

This list could be in a book form as there are so many variations depending on products used or the client’s individual needs.


Referring to your college training and recognising skin infections is a required skill every beauty therapist must master. Treatment will not be allowed to continue if a skin infection or problematic condition is noticed in salon and your client should be asked to seek medical advice.


Care must be taken in performing any treatments which involve stimulation of the blood system, such as massage, unless the client is undergoing treatment for the high or low blood pressure. There is also a possible “collapse” risk when the client is changed from a lowered position on the treatment couch to an elevated one. This can cause a drop or a raise in blood pressure and the client may feel dizzy or faint.


Some prescription drugs can react to different treatments. For example, some acne medication can make the skin on the face very sensitive so facials would not be suitable.


It’s so important to make sure before any form of beauty treatment that your client will not be likely to suffer an allergic reaction to the products used such as nut oils or some aromatherapy blends.


For some clients having a back condition will mean they won’t be able to sit for long treatments such as manicures or lie flat on the treatment couch.

Also, it will be in your best interest not to attempt massaging their back as it could aggravate their condition, although if they have a doctor’s letter it may be allowed.


Care must be taken whenever your clients have been lying flat and returning to an upright position, this is because with vertigo conditions or other inner ear problems the potential risk of dizzy spells when standing is very high and the client could suffer a fall when getting up off the treatment couch.


Currently, palliative care Therapists are performing more and more treatments on clients who are going through treatment for cancer. We must be very careful not to perform any therapy which may have a detrimental effect on the treatment they are already receiving.


Dermaplaning is completely safe for pregnant and breastfeeding clients. The products used can be tailored and the couch can be dressed accordingly to support the client during her visit.


This is a big no when it comes to most beauty treatments, especially facials. Also, going on a sunbed the same day as a facial is also a major mistake allowed by many salons trying to keep their treatment columns full.



    Open wounds or cuts to the area                





    Eczema in the area                                           

    Very Sensitive Skin

    Psoriasis in the area                                        

    Cold Sores – Herpes Simplex


    Bruises in the area


    Within 24 hours of a sunbed

    Recent scar tissue

Active Acne

Personal Hygiene

As a consultant you are working in very close proximately to your clients and personal hygiene is vital.  Appropriate clothing including a disposable apron, gloves and face mask must be worn during all treatments to prevent cross infection. The therapist should wash her hands before and after every treatment using an appropriate medical cleansing solution.