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What are the advantages and disadvantages of sterilizing in an autoclave in beauty therapy?

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Sterilizing in an autoclave is advantageous because it quickly kills all forms of microbes, including bacterial endospores, which are long lasting and tough. It is, however, expensive and uses more electricity than other sterilization methods.

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An autoclave has varying chamber sizes, making it effective in holding a wide range of beauty therapy equipment. An autoclave sterilizes through high-pressure steam with temperatures above 121 degrees. Autoclaving is important because it protects therapists and their clients from viral, fungal or bacterial infections. Beauty therapists are required by local health regulations to follow strict sterilization procedures, and an autoclave may fail if the instruments placed in it are not cleaned well.

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