Esthetics/Skin Care

Clients visit spas for all sorts of different reasons, and with an MD esthetics license, you can help all of your clients have the best experience possible.

Whether you work for a day spa providing face and body treatments or you find your place at a luxurious resort spa, Maryland is the place for you to find your true calling in esthetics

State License Requirements
12 Month

The final step in getting an esthetician license in Maryland is passing your exams through the Maryland Board of Cosmetologists. They verify your completion of 600 training hours and run a background check. Once you have your license in hand, you are ready to get out there and change the world of beauty.

Education Details

No matter which services you decide to offer or which employment setting is right for you, everything starts with your training. Excellent training from experienced teachers can put you in a position to jump start your skin care career. The topics listed below are mandatory at licensed Maryland schools.

What You Can Learn in an Esthetics Program

  • Safety, sanitation, and disinfection
  • Client consultation
  • Skin structure and anatomy
  • Skin conditions and disorders
  • Skin analysis
  • Procedures
  • Cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Steaming
  • Masks
  • Moisturizer and sunscreen
  • Massage manipulation
  • Hair removal
  • Makeup application
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years*
License Renewal Period
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

The future appears bright for skin care specialists. In Maryland, demand for estheticians may increase 46% through the year 2024 (O*Net, 2016). The average salary for a Maryland esthetician is $40,210 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

Working as an Esthetician

There is no doubt that esthetics is growing extremely quickly, with new treatment options and services targeting current and new clients. With the right training and a license, you can master these services and give clients what they need for beautiful skin. On top of spa employment options, consider hair salons that have separate rooms for skin care procedures. This option may allow you to draw in customers who otherwise wouldn’t consider spa services. If you’re ready to strike out on your own, why not become an entrepreneur and open your own specialty salon?

State board Contact Information

Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 201
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
Phone Number: 410-230-6320
E-mail Address:

You can contact the board if you have additional questions about obtaining a Maryland state cosmetology license.

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