First of all, what is dermaplaning?
Simply put, dermaplaning is probably the most effective and thorough technique for exfoliating the surface of the skin. it is a safe and simple clinical procedure that exfoliates dirt, dead skin, and excess dying skin cells from the epidermis (surface layer of the skin).
The main benefit to mention, is the fact that this procedure also removes vellus hair from the face and neck. Vellus hair is the soft, fluffy hairs that are otherwise known as “Peach fuzz” that grows all over the body. There is a slight stigma around dermaplaning due to the removal of these particular hairs, however we will go on shortly to explain how these are of no disadvantage when removed via dermaplaning and we will bust the myth that surrounds this topic.
Dermaplaning facials have actually been around for 30 plus years, however it is only in recent times that this skin treatment has gained a booming popularity. This is for several reasons. Firstly, dermaplaning can be done as a stand-alone treatment to enhance the skin appearance, but also the treatment can be done on a regular basis for those who are wanting to gain the most benefits long term.
Dermaplaning is a very simple technique that involves the gliding of a safe clinical steel blade across the skin, allowing the removal of any peach fuzz or keratinized cells. With any other exfoliating treatment applied to the surface of the skin, i.e.- at home facial scrubs etc., you tend to only remove two to three layers of dead skin cells. However, when the dermaplaning technique is carried out, you are actually removing up to 20 layers of dead skin cells meaning fresh, healthy, and undamaged skin can make its way to the surface.
This treatment can be performed on a monthly basis, and the treatment usually takes around 45 minutes. There is next to no downtime or post treatment aftercare once you have completed this treatment.
A huge selling point of dermaplaning is the benefits it has long term when demonstrated alongside a thorough and consistent skin care routine. Because dermaplaning is removing everything unwanted or dead in terms of skin cells on the surface, the exposure of the fresh skin means that any kind of skin care product you are using in your routine is actually able to penetrate and have a working effect on this new skin. thus, leading to a more satisfying and evident impact from your skin care products.
Due to these benefits, we know, that dermaplaning is super beneficial when performed on a monthly basis. However, this particular treatment can also be great just as a one-off for those who are wanting to see an imminent glow or improvement in their skin. particularly for people who are getting married, have a special event to attend etc, it can be a wonderful treatment that leaves the skin glowing, fresh, youthful, and smooth just as a one off.
There are a few questions that people always tend to ask when dermaplaning comes to mind…
Once I start the treatment will I not be able to stop? as previously mentioned, this treatment can be carried out repeatedly, or, if you prefer just as a one off. your hair grows at a cycle of four to six weeks, new cells and new hairs during this time will be back to normal, and if the treatment isn’t for you- you do not have to worry about having it again!
Does dermaplaning cause the skin to breakout in spots or increase in sensitivity? Simply put- the answer to this one is no. There are no studies to show that dermaplaning encourages or causes breakouts in the skin. However, if your skin is due an imminent breakout or there is bacteria under the surface of the skin that is already beginning to make an appearance, you may find that the dermaplaning treatment accelerates this breakout. But in no way will it increase the severity or sensitivity of this, or “cause” it.
Does the hair removed grow back thicker and darker? We’ve heard many a time the question “will it cause me to grow a beard?’ Absolutely not!! the dermaplaning treatment only removes vellus hairs. These are the soft, temporary, fluffy, and almost invisible hairs that grow all over the body. When removed, they will grow back exactly the same. The only hairs that trigger stubble when removed are what we call “terminal hairs”. The great news is that we don’t even touch the terminal hairs during the dermaplaning treatment. They aren’t removed, so there is no need to worry about re-growth or excess growth of these!
Will it hurt? We aren’t denying that the idea of a blade being glided across the skin sounds daunting; but when this treatment is performed correctly- the blade is held at a 45-degree angle, applied gently in a back- and- forth motion, and there is absolutely no discomfort at all.
We hope that answers a few of the queries you may have in regard to what the dermaplaning treatment is about and shuts down any myths you may have heard along the way!