Dermaplaning is a precise mechanical exfoliation technique that involves delicately gliding a specialized blade across the skin’s surface. This meticulous process effectively eliminates dead skin cells and vellus hair, often referred to as peach fuzz. The remarkable benefits of dermaplaning include a visibly brighter and more youthful complexion, enhanced product absorption, and smoother makeup application. It serves as an excellent enhancement before any skincare treatment, preparing your skin for optimal results.
Dermaplaning is a skin resurfacing procedure used to remove anything your regular exfoliants can’t. The treatment can remove up to 2 weeks of dead skin, peach fuzz, and excess oils, resulting in a very soft, smooth skin texture.
It’s done by gently scraping your face with a scalpel, removing the top layer of your skin, and leaving the surface renewed.
Dermaplaning is a totally non-invasive procedure that is a great alternative to harsher exfoliating treatments such as chemical peels.
Because of its non-invasive exfoliating effects, dermaplaning is often paired with a facial treatment (which is how the term dermaplaning facial came to be – it’s dermaplaning plus something else).
This procedure goes by many names: dermaplaning, dermaplane facial, dermablading, microplaning or just blading.
Facial dermaplaning is similar to shaving in that both involve a blade going over the skin to remove excess hair and dead skin cells. However, dermaplaning, performed by a professional using a sharp scalpel, goes beyond just removing peach fuzz. It targets the stratum corneum of the epidermis, including hairs.
While shaving can make the skin smoother by removing peach fuzz, dermaplaning offers additional benefits. It enhances the success of subsequent skincare steps by allowing products to penetrate deeper into the skin. Additionally, makeup application becomes smoother, avoiding the cakey effect caused by makeup getting stuck in facial hairs.
The dermaplane facial provides a thorough cleansing of the skin by removing dead cells and debris that contribute to an uneven skin tone. Daily exposure to environmental toxins and irritants can damage the skin’s top layer, leading to a dull appearance and aging.
During the treatment, a sterile surgical scalpel is positioned at a 45-degree angle against the skin and gently moved across the face. This process eliminates buildup, making pores appear smaller and improving overall skin texture. The result is immediate freshness and brightness in the newly revealed skin.
The treatment begins by cleansing your face to remove excess oils and dirt, and toning.
The technician will then start scraping your skin either manually with a scalpel or with an electronic dermaplaning tool. The tool is reminiscent of an electric razor and is called a dermatome.
During the procedure, you may feel tingling or scratching sensations. You shouldn’t feel any pain. But sometimes, the tech might use a numbing solution in the form of cream or spray.
The last step of the process is bringing moisture back into the skin. Your skin’s pores are now open and can soak up more product which is why serums and moisturizers are generously applied to it.
Not only does this boost moisture and help enhance the appearance, but it also prevents skin from feeling itchy and irritated.
At the very end of the treatment, sunscreen will be applied to protect your newly exposed skin from harmful UV rays.
No, dermaplaning (nor shaving for that matter) will not cause your facial hair to grow back thicker or create any stubble.
True, the hair may feel slightly different as it starts growing back, but that’s only because of the angle at which it was shaved off. This is just an illusion.
It’s still the same thickness and texture it always has been and it will continue to grow at the same speed it always has. Its color, however, might be something that’s changed.
Since peach fuzz has been on your face for quite some time, the sun and maybe some products helped bleach it so the new hair may appear darker in comparison. But it’s not growing darker, it just hasn’t been lightened as the previous fuzz has.
Dermaplaning facials don’t have to be done continuously. They can be done regularly if you are trying to actively maintain radiant skin. But they can also be done as a one-time thing, for a special occasion or just to try this treatment out.
Since this treatment exfoliates deeper than regular exfoliants, it shouldn’t be done more than once a month. The general recommendation is to wait at least 30 days between sessions, but this can vary based on your skin type.
It’s important to wait long enough until your skin completes its rejuvenation cycle. Since this is an exfoliating treatment you need to wait for dead skin to accumulate again.
The actual dermaplaning is a quick procedure and it typically takes about 15 to 30 minutes.
The whole session – including consultation, preparation, and explaining the aftercare instructions as well as the treatment itself – is under an hour. There’s no downtime, so right after it you can get back to your day.
This treatment doesn’t require any special preparation.
However, it’s recommended that on days leading up to the treatment you avoid waxing or tweezing, bleaching, and using harsh exfoliants and products containing anti-aging and anti-acne ingredients like retinol and retinoids, glycolic and salicylic acid, and similar
It’s also recommended to stay out of the sun as it makes your skin more sensitive and reactive.
No, you don’t need to plan for any recovery downtime. Right after the procedure, your skin may be slightly red and tender. But that reaction, if it even occurs, goes away quickly.
Dermaplaning has several benefits. You can expect your complexion to look brighter, skin tone more even, and skin to be softer to the touch.
Deeper product penetration means your serums and moisturizers will be more effective and deliver more benefits.
This also goes for makeup. Peach fuzz will no longer interfere with your makeup application, allowing the smoothest base possible. Your makeup will appear more natural. Also, dermaplaning takes care of the dry patches so your foundation won’t look cakey.