It’s not just you.
Dermaplaning, a skincare concept, has suddenly become the service that everyone seems to be talking about, for a variety of reasons.
It promises to provide smooth, fuzz-free skin while also providing anti-aging properties.
Here comes the big question: Is it secure?
Dermaplaning is best performed in-office by an esthetician or dermatologist for the most effective (and safest) outcomes.
There are, however, a number of at-home dermaplaning tools available. But, before you go for them, read on for expert advice from a trio of well-versed estheticians.
“Dermaplaning is essentially eliminating unwanted hair from your face also known as ‘peach fuzz’ by gently scrubbing the surface of your skin with a surgical scalpel,” celebrity esthetician Sarah Akram says.
“The scalpel exfoliates the skin gently yet effectively, preparing it for a variety of skincare treatments and even cosmetics.”
If you’re wondering, “Is dermaplaning just shaving your face?”
You’re not mistaken.
How do you get rid of fine hairs? Yes.
Is it necessary to exfoliate a layer of dead skin? Yes.
However, a dermaplaning tool is much smaller and more flexible than a traditional facial razor, so it can be used on hard-to-reach areas of the face including the forehead, jawline, and above the lip.
Plus, when done professionally, the treatment offers other lasting benefits.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
Both experts mention a few advantages of shaving your face (or diy dermaplaning).
Exfoliation: “Shaving your face can produce results that are identical to a professional dermaplane procedure,” Benjamin explains.
“Dermaplaning exfoliates the skin more deeply than shaving at home, yet they both remove dead outer skin and vellus hair.”
Glowing, brighter complexion: Because dermaplaning removes a layer of dead skin that would otherwise give skin a dull appearance, skin appears vibrant and revitalized after shaving.
Deeper product penetration: Facial hair frequently traps dirt and oil, forming a barrier between your skin and the creams you use on top.
By removing that layer, your skincare products may be able to penetrate deeper and so be more effective.
Having a clean, fresh face will allow [serums] to penetrate more deeply.
Smoother makeup application: Kunin finds that dermaplaning smoothes the skin and makes pores appear smaller since it removes facial hair and peach fuzz.
This offers the ideal foundation for even makeup application, allowing powder and liquid products to settle flawlessly on top.
In-office Vs. At-home Dermaplaning:
It all comes down to the tools, according to Roff. “The treatment is conducted by a licensed aesthetician in a professional office setting, such as a dermatological office or medical spa, using a surgical blade that you can only obtain with a license,” she says.
Clients obtain deeper exfoliation with this professional-grade blade that they wouldn’t ordinarily get if they did it themselves.
Furthermore, in-office treatments offer extra treatments that clients can add to their therapy to achieve the best outcomes.
However, due to its low cost, at-home dermaplaning has grown in popularity.
At-home dermplaning produces comparable effects, and you may overlay an at-home peel, such as the Urban Skin Rx Pro Strength Dermapeel Smooth & Glow Treatment 2 Step System, which includes a blade and an at-home chemical peel.
Dermaplaning At Home
Now that we’ve covered the medical evidence (or lack thereof) for dermaplaning, here’s how to use a tiny baby razor like the Tinkle to remove hairs from your face.
Use a soft face cleanser to prepare your skin. Thoroughly rinse and pat dry.
Make your own dermablade. Tinkle razors, which are small, single-bladed razors, are the easiest to use for dermaplaning.
Drag the dermablade across your damp skin to remove fine hairs and peach fuzz. Peach fuzz is typically heaviest around the jaw, neck, and upper lip, therefore I recommend concentrating on those areas first.
Shaving along the grain is the most comfortable on your skin.
Be gentle. You want to keep the blade somewhat parallel to the skin – don’t cut the flesh, obviously.
Do not use dermablade over acne or other irritated skin. Did I mention that you should be gentle?
Examine your work in natural light with a magnified mirror. Go over any areas of your face that are still fuzzy, such as your cheeks, chin, upper lip, or neck.
Shaving across the grain in an upward motion will help you remove tenacious fuzz, but use caution!
Cover scratches with a coat of Vaseline or Aquaphor to protect them.
If you’re extremely blemished, at-home dermaplaning may not be for you; instead, apply a bandage and hunt for a good esthetician the next time.
Follow up with a thick moisturizer. One containing hyaluronic acid is extremely effective in retaining water, making your skin appear bright and full.
Although most of the itching went within a day of dermaplaning, I periodically felt as if there was a piece of fuzz on my face that I couldn’t find for a few days thereafter.
Sadick was also correct.
Dermaplaning isn’t just for hair removal, but that was more transitory than I expected.
After four days, my mustache began to grow back. Fortunately, I won’t have to worry about it thickening up again.
According to Sadick, dermaplaning does not penetrate deep enough into the dermis to influence the active stem cells of hair follicles.
While the dermaplaning process was almost like a skin-brightening booster injection, it left me wanting (itching for?) more.
Perhaps it’s because of my admittedly excessive body hair. But, once again, Sadick told me that dermaplaning has nothing to do with hair removal.
However, if you want to try it at home but are afraid of nicking yourself, I’d recommend investing in the Dermaflash Luxe because of the several safety safeguards incorporated into the gadget.
“We have an outside safety cage that lifts the blade just enough over the skin to prevent irritation and over-exfoliation,” Levy says.
I don’t blame you if you’re not interested in trying it because putting a blade to your face isn’t your thing, or if you’re OK with the status of your peach fuzz.
You may just as easily apply a peel-off face mask and attempt threading instead.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it bad to Dermaplane at home?
The answer, to put it simply, is yes. “Dermaplaning uses a scalpel blade used by an aesthetician to physically exfoliate dead skin cells and fine hairs or peach fuzz to improve skin texture,” said dermatologist Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD.
Is Dermaplaning bad for your skin?
Dermaplaning is a cosmetic procedure that removes the top layers of your skin. The procedure aims to remove fine wrinkles and deep acne scarring, as well as make the skin’s surface look smooth.
Dermaplaning is safe for most people, with little risk of side effects when it’s performed by a certified dermatologist.
What are the cons of Dermaplaning?
- It is typically more expensive than some other hair-removal treatments.
- The results might not be as long-lasting as other hair-removal methods, such as waxing, as the hair is not removed from the root.
- Results will differ depending on a client’s individual hair-growth cycle.
- Not everyone is a candidate.
How often should I Dermaplane?
Most patients should dermaplane about once a month for ideal results. Since the body naturally replaces skin cells each month, this ensures the old cells are removed and new, healthy skin cells are visible.
In some cases, more or less frequent visits may be recommended based on the patient’s specific needs.
When should I Dermaplane my face?
A dermaplane facial is suitable for most skin types, but if you have deep cystic acne or sensitive skin, you may want to sit this treatment out.
As noted by Charlotte’s Book, if you have acne, wait until breakouts are clear.