What is skin penetration

Skin penetration is any procedure that involves the penetration of the skin or the penetration of a mucous membrane. Skin penetration procedures are regulated due to the potential for transmitting serious infectious disease between clients.

Types of skin penetration practices:

  • Acupuncture/dry needling
  • Body and ear piercing
  • Body modification
  • Colonic lavage
  • Tattooing & cosmetic tattooing
  • Waxing & hair removal (not laser)
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Cuticle cutting
  • Nail drilling and filing
  • Blood cholesterol and glucose measurement
  • Any other beauty treatment which involves the deliberate penetration of and/or removal of skin  


Practices which are not skin penetration:

  • Hairdressers
  • Barbers
  • Laser hair removal
  • Other body decorating and grooming practices which do not deliberately penetrate the skin