Dermaplaning is an amazing procedure that has a huge range of benefits!
If you’ve never heard of it before, dermaplaning exfoliates your skin. It gets rid of dirt and the ‘peach fuzz’ hair on your face (the technical name for this is ‘vellus hair’). A very small scalpel-like tool is moved gently across your face to remove the very top layer of dead skin.
That sounds quite drastic, but it’s actually very good for your skin. Here’s why:
Brightening and Smoothing – The exfoliation power of dermaplaning can brighten and smooth your complexion. It can even improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation. It can also treat acne scars, even very deep scarring. If the soft hairs on your face bother you, dermaplaning is brilliant – those soft hairs will be removed, leaving your face completely smooth.
Fights Signs of Ageing – It can also help to soften fine lines and wrinkles. While it’s not as powerful as other anti-ageing treatments, it’s a definite benefit, and you may notice some surprising results from dermaplaning.
Minimal Side Effects – Dermaplaning has minimal side effects. You might have a bit of redness or swelling directly afterwards, and it may feel a bit sore and tender. You may also experience a slight tingling or burning for about 48 hours afterwards. However, these are temporary side effects, and the positives last for much longer.
Plus, you shouldn’t have to worry about your hair growing back darker or thicker. This can happen, but it’s very rare, despite all the warnings you may have had to the contrary!
The actual procedure is pain-free – it may feel a bit tingly, but that’s about it. It shouldn’t feel painful.
Should Anyone Avoid Dermaplaning?
There are a few people that should avoid dermaplaning. If you have active acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, or sunburn, you should give it a miss, as dermaplaning may make it worse. You should also avoid it if you are taking prescription medication to treat acne – in fact, you should wait for 6 months after taking it to try dermaplaning.
You can get dermaplaning tools online, but we’d recommend avoiding these. While it sounds easy, it’s actually better to leave it to a trained professional. It’s easy to accidentally cut or graze your skin if you apply too much pressure, and this can lead to infections.
You should avoid exfoliation for 3 days before treatment, and you should avoid tanning or direct sunlight in both the few days before and after dermaplaning.
It’s Fairly Quick
Dermaplaning take around half an hour, so it’s fast enough to slot it into a busy lifestyle. You could even fit it in your lunch break (although you should be aware that your face might be red afterwards!). Afterwards, you should make sure you use an SPF of at least 30 (this is good advice generally – using an SPF is really important in order to take care of your skin).
You can repeat your treatment once a month to see the best results.