Everything you need to know about Dermaplaning!
WHAT IS DERMAPLANING?
Dermaplaning is a non-chemical peel with the use of a scalpel. It removes excess fine hairs which are known for trapping the dirt, oil & dead skin cells in your pores, which are the main causes of acne and blemishes. Dermaplaning leaves your skin brighter and healthier giving you that "baby smooth" look & feel.
Dermaplaning is usually used as a type of facial, or in conjunction with other skin-care treatments, as the first step. Although some may say that there are some similarities between Dermaplaning and shaving, it is completely different. When you’re shaving you’re getting just hair, but this goes just a little bit deeper than that. By taking off the vellus hairs, more commonly known as peach fuzz, Dermaplaning removes the top layer of skin and hair, which is harder to remove with more common hair removal methods, such as waxing. The brightening effect on the skin is immediate, and it can help skin-care products sink in better and makeup goes on smoother. Dermaplaning is often an add-on done before other treatments like microdermabrasion or ablative lasers. The entire treatment takes about 15 minutes. Dermaplaning is also less invasive than waxing and threading, as many people suffer from breakouts from these hair removal methods.
WILL DERMAPLANING CAUSE BREAKOUTS?
Quite the opposite, actually. A buildup of dead skin can clog your pores and hair follicles, which can not only cause pimples but also block your skincare products from penetrating the skin, which is why exfoliation is essential for maintaining an even, healthy glow. However, if you already have an existing breakout, you’ll, unfortunately, need to sit this treatment out, until that breakout heals.
BENEFITS OF DERMAPLANING
Lightens Acne Scars
It is perfect for clients with a history of acne as it lightens acne scars. While it is not recommended for those individuals who experience frequent breakouts or for those in the midst of an active breakout, the procedure not only reduces hyperpigmentation but it also evens out skin tone and texture, making scars both lighter and smoother in appearance. One of the greatest benefits of Dermaplaning is, unlike microdermabrasion (another popular treatment for acne scars), it is gentle on the skin, making Dermaplaning a perfect scar treatment option for individuals with sensitive skin.
By removing the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, dermaplaning also helps skin product penetration. Dead skin cells can block or limit the skin’s ability to absorb moisture and skincare products. The gentle exfoliation of these cells increases the skin’s absorption potential, which is beneficial when using skincare products designed to remedy specific skin ailments. Product penetration is also boosted by the procedure’s removal of facial hair, including the very fine hair that can inhibit skincare product absorption such as moisturizers, acne medication, and toner. Dermaplaning also aids in providing a smoother surface for makeup application. Because Dermaplaning is a non-chemical peel, it does not dry out your skin.
Reduces Appearance Of Fine Lines
Dermaplaning also reduces the appearance of fine lines. The procedure leaves the skin looking more radiant and feeling softer. After repeated procedures, the appearance of fine lines is significantly reduced. As the blade scrapes across the skin, it promotes an increase in blood flow to the face as well as increases the production of collagen. The increase in oxygen aids in the skin exhibiting a healthy glow, while the increase in collagen fills in lines and dimples making the skin appear smoother. The procedure also promotes cellular reproduction, which helps the skin on the face tighten over time. If you regularly receive Dermaplaning treatment once a month, you should see results within 3-4 months!
I will answer the number one question I have about Dermaplaning: No, your hair will not grow back thicker! Whatever hair removal method you use has no effect on how your hair grows—the speed of growth is all a matter of genetics. So you won’t suffer a 5 o’clock shadow once you remove the hair.
However, after a Dermaplaning treatment, you do need to take care of your skin. You have to coat your skin with sunblock afterwards because you’re going to be more sensitive to the sun. The removal of the dead skin cells and the scraping during the procedure can lead the skin to be irritated and highly sensitive to the sun. Individuals who have this procedure done are encouraged to avoid exposing the skin to direct sunlight after the procedure. This recommendation extends to the avoidance of tanning beds and other instruments, which may cause the skin to be exposed to strong UV lights. It is also recommended for individuals who have Dermaplaning to apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to their skin on a daily basis for at least two weeks. You also have to be cautious of retinol and glycolic acids. I recommend using a serum with growth factors to help with the texture and tone of the skin.