If you follow the latest in skin-care trends, you're probably aware
of the popular professional procedure that promises to leave the skin
smooth and glowing by removing dead skin cells AND unwanted facial hair
(so long, peach fuzz). Offered at skin-care clinics, medical spas, and
doctors’ offices, this technique is called dermaplaning. Read on
to learn more.
How does dermaplaning work?
Dermaplaning is performed on the face, under the chin, and on the sides
of the neck. It is quick and painless. After properly cleansing and prepping
the skin, a trained aesthetician or skin-care professional holds the skin
taut and uses a 10-gauge scalpel held at a 45-degree angle to gently exfoliate
the skin by scraping off the top layer of dead cells. This procedure also
removes vellus hair (commonly referred to as peach fuzz).
An aesthetician will also often combine dermaplaning with a salicylic,
lactic, or glycolic acid peel (depending on your skin type) to enhance
the treatment's exfoliation. Dermaplaning itself is a physical exfoliation;
combining it with a chemical peel helps reduce acne scars, brown spots
from sun damage, and clogged pores. On its own, the cost ranges from $100
to $160. When it's combined with a peel, it'll run you about $150 to $200.
Typically, a cooling and hydrating mask will be applied following the
treatment, which is intended to calm and soothe the skin.
What skin types benefit from dermaplaning?
Nearly all skin types can benefit from dermaplaning, as long as there
are no severe pustular or cystic breakouts going on. People with thin,
easily irritated skin should avoid dermaplaning with a peel, which is
probably just too much exfoliation.
Dermaplaning will help reduce the appearance of acne scars, remove peach
fuzz and leave the skin smooth and glowing. Plus, there is no recovery
time. You have the procedure and are ready to return to your day. Who
wouldn’t want that?
Will dermaplaning cause the hair on my face to grow back thicker?
Many people are under the impression that shaving hair causes it to grow
back thicker and darker, but that is actually not the case. Dermaplaning
will not cause the vellus hair on your face to grow back thicker or darker.
Re-growth after shaving may feel slightly different because the hair has
been cut straight across. However, if shaving (or dermaplaning) actually
made hair growth back thicker and darker, I believe we would have just
discovered a cure for male baldness.
How often should I get dermaplaning done?
Dermaplaning is recommended every three to four weeks. An aesthetician
will help you figure out a schedule. Each time you get dermaplaned, you're
removing about two to three weeks' worth of dead skin cells.
Is there a safe way to try dermaplaning at home?
Although DIY skin-care methods are popular right now, because dermaplaning
uses a professional blade, it is best to have it done by a licensed aesthetician
who has been professionally trained. The benefit of getting the treatment
done with an aesthetician is that they know exactly how many passes to
do over the skin, so there's no danger of getting too much (or too
little) exfoliation. A trained esthetician can customize the treatment
depending on the number of passes or adding a peel to make sure treatment
is effective and gives the desired results.
Plus, in a professional setting, you're probably also looking at some
post-dermaplaning comforting treatments. A cold ultrasound and cold mask,
which hydrate the new cells with potent antioxidants to soothe inflammation
and reduce post-procedure redness, are common techniques.
Dermaplaning is extremely popular. Once you experience it, you’ll
be amazed at how baby soft and glowing your skin will look and feel.
Originally featured on Refinery29