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idiThe International Dermal Institute (IDI,, representing the global “gold standard” in educational excellence for professional skin therapists worldwide, announces its collaboration with Pivot Point International (

For more than five decades, Pivot Point International has been a leader in cosmetology education, training premier industry professionals around the world, including hair designers, estheticians, competition stylists and educators.  Based in Evanston, IL, Pivot Point International is highly respected for its all-inclusive cosmetology curriculum.

This innovative collaboration brings together two industry leaders: IDI in postgraduate education for licensed skin therapists, and Pivot Point for undergraduate training. The alliance will define a new level of leadership in the education and training of skin therapists worldwide, and will include production and sharing of educational webisodes, booklets, articles and treatment videos through Pivot Point’s online learning system.

Schools within the Pivot Point network will now benefit from nearly three decades of expertise developed by IDI Master Educators and Scientists, Dr. Diana Howard Ph.D. and Dr. Claudia Aguirre Ph.D. The association between the two organizations will also further solidify Pivot Point’s educational authority in the arena of undergraduate skin care education.        

Instrumental to the collaboration will be IDI’s technical videos that will complement Pivot Point’s new online Esthetics library and online textbook.  The addition of IDI resources to Pivot Point’s Esthetics library will allow Pivot Point and IDI to reach thousands of skin care students and educators. Students in the U.S., Canada, UK, Belgium, Scandinavia and the Netherlands are using Pivot Point’s existing online resource. Future geographic expansion is now in the planning stages.

Annet King, Director of Global Education for The International Dermal Institute headquartered in Carson, CA, comments “This is a powerful match between the two most advanced educational facilities in our industry. We are excited to bring IDI’s knowledge-base to many thousands of future skin therapists who might not have had access to this cutting-edge expertise otherwise. And we feel positive that this alliance will raise skill level among U.S. therapists to a breakthrough level of competitive excellence.”

Pivot Point’s Vice President of Education, Judy Rambert, added “We are especially thrilled for skin care educators across the country who will now be able to customize their Pivot Point curriculum with dynamic research on skin therapy techniques and professional spa services. The ability to integrate IDI’s resources with Pivot Point’s educational practice and community make Pivot Point’s Esthetics online offering a robust selection of skin care programs and will help to create the most intelligent estheticians.”

The International Dermal Institute trains more than 100,000 professional skin therapists each year, with 38 postgraduate training centers worldwide, 18 of which are located in the U.S. Visionary skin therapist Jane Wurwand founded IDI when she arrived in Los Angeles and discovered the professional level of her peers did not match the expertise of their counterparts overseas. Dedicated to elevating the skills of skin therapists everywhere, she founded IDI in 1983, followed by the development and launch of the Dermalogica skin care product line three years later.

About Pivot Point International:

Since 1962, when Leo Passage founded the first Pivot Point Beauty School in Chicago, IL, Pivot Point International has lead the way in creating generations of beauty professionals committed to elevating their skills to a higher level of artistic creativity. As the premiere provider of beauty education solutions, high-quality hair and tools, Pivot Point is the first choice of schools, students, professionals, manufacturers and distributors around the world. To learn more about Pivot Point International and its new online esthetics product, visit

About The International Dermal Institute:

For 30 years, The International Dermal Institute (IDI) has pushed the skin care industry envelope to its limits, redefining professional excellence and offering skin therapists a unique opportunity to reach their personal best in the process. IDI offers the most challenging and rewarding postgraduate skin and body therapy curriculum available anywhere today with 38 postgraduate training centers worldwide — 18 of which are located in the US — and 45 additional affiliates. To learn more about The International Dermal Institute, visit
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