Let’s Talk Dermaplaning
(and NO, it is not the same as shaving!)
Dermaplaning is not a new trend, and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Why? Because dermaplaning is an extremely effective, safe, and fast exfoliation technique that leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth, and fresh.
So, What is it?
During a dermaplaning treatment, a skilled aesthetician uses an angled surgical blade to carefully remove both the top layer of skin and all of the fine peach-fuzz like hair. The treatment typically removes 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin which is significantly more than most exfoliating washes and creams.
What’s the point?
Once the dead skin is removed from the surface of the face your skin will instantly look more hydrated and brighter. Also, those layers of dead skin create a barrier to the products you apply to your face and making it more difficult for them to penetrate into deeper layers.
Dermaplaining does not use any chemicals. This makes it a safe choice if you are breast feeding or pregnant and avoiding other products such as tretinoin.
But if it removes hair, won’t it come back thicker and darker?
Nope! This is totally a myth. Dermaplaning (and shaving) cuts the hair of at the level of the skin, it does NOT affect the hair follicle so there really is no effect on the color, thickness, speed the hair grows etc.
But is this the same as shaving? Nope! The biggest difference is that the surgical blade being used is very sharp and able get much closer to the surface than a razor can. Also, unlike shaving, the blade is also being uses to exfoliate the top layers of the skin in a way that shaving does not (and cannot) do.
Who should avoid Dermaplaning?
The great thing about dermaplaning is that just about anyone can get it done, regardless of skin tone or age. The only group of people who may want to avoid the treatment is individuals with an active acne breakout. A handful of pimples, no worries! But, for those struggling with significant acne you may be better served with different techniques to help calm and heal. After the acnew is better controlled dermaplaning can be a great way to remove the dead skin the often gets trapped and clogs pores and may help prevent or lessen future flairs.