Credo blades, short-handled devices similar to household razors, are specifically banned in state regulations as a health hazard. Using a blade to remove skin can cause bleeding, potential infections and remove healthy as well as dead skin.
Calluses should be removed only by a licensed cosmetologist or manicurist, and using a pumice stone, file or other device that does not run the risk of cutting healthy skin.
These consumer complaints are disturbing, because licensed professionals know credo blades are illegal in Missouri, said Wayne Kindle, president of the state Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. In some cases, consumers are asking to be treated with credo blades, and professionals need to stand their ground and refuse, explaining that using these instruments could jeopardize their state license.
Credo blades are illegal in most states, and were banned in Missouri in 2009. Kindle says there have been nine complaints about the blades, and it TMs safe to assume that TMs a small fraction of the number of actual incidents.
The state board also encourages consumers to verify the license of any professional providing hair care, manicures, pedicures or various types of skin treatments. State regulations require cosmetologists, barbers, manicurists and estheticians to display their state license in a place consumers can easily find it.
Consumers with questions or complaints should call the state board at 573-751-1052 or visit the board TMs website at http://pr.mo.gov/cosbar.asp