All Your Questions About Dermaplaning Answered

All Your Questions About Dermaplaning Answered

If you’re searching for a procedure that will give you soft and glowing skin without pain or recovery time, well you’ve come to the right place. Dermaplaning is a relatively simple process and yet it is the solution to some of the most annoying skin issues: dullness, wrinkles, uneven texture, and breakouts. While it takes some skill and expertise to do it well – and that’s why we recommend you don’t take a $2 razor to your face and try it at home – in a short time, your skin will be fresh, new, and smooth texture. 

What is dermaplaning and its benefits?

Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment where a physician or aesthetician uses a medical-grade scalpel to lightly scrape away the topmost, dead layer of skin and fine facial hairs (a.k.a. peach fuzz) and kickstart your skin’s natural replenishing process. 

Put simply: it’s shaving your face.

It’s quick, removes unwanted facial hair leaving your skin baby soft, makes your foundation apply smoother, reduces the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and dark spots, and allows your skincare products to penetrate deeper, rendering them more effective. 

Does dermaplaning hurt?

It sounds painful, doesn’t it? A blade sliding across your face. But think of it like shaving any other part of your body. Yes, you can feel it but if you’re doing it right, it doesn’t hurt. 

What are the side effects of dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is safe for all skin types but just like any skincare treatments, it has its caveats. If you have highly sensitive skin, dermaplaning may just irritate your skin.

There is also the risk of hyperpigmentation if you do not make a special point of wearing sun protection after your dermaplaning treatment or any exfoliation treatment for that matter. Make sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day as your skin will be more sensitive to the sun afterward. You should also be wary of products that contain retinol and glycolic acids that can be too harsh on the skin following this treatment. 

Are there any cases where a patient should not get dermaplaning?

This may not be the treatment for people with hypersensitive skin or those that suffer from inflamed acne. As you might imagine, a sharp blade going over acne will irritate them and worsen existing breakouts. We’re not saying it’s completely out of the question but it is all the more reason to seek out a professional who has experience with acne-prone patients.

You should also tell your provider if you have a history of cold sores. If you are not taking oral anti-herpes medication and precautions aren’t taken to avoid that area, the cold sore could spread due to microtears in the skin. 

Will dermaplaning cause breakouts?

Dermaplaning has quite the opposite effect. It is great for clearing away buildup of dead skin that clogs your pores and hair follicles and causes pimples. But again, if you have existing breakouts, you should likely skip this treatment.

Won’t the hair grow back thicker and faster after dermaplaning?

There seems to be an old wives tale that hair grows back thicker, darker, and faster once it is removed. The growth patterns of your hair are completely dependent upon genetics so no, dermaplaning will not trigger your hair to grow in a completely new way.

Is there downtime after dermaplaning?

No, dermaplaning is one of those treatments that can be done during your lunch break. It’s quick and the only obvious result is a little bit of redness. 

What should I put on my skin after dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning does leave your skin a bit more vulnerable so we recommend using a moisturizing cream to help repair your skin and keep it hydrated and healthy.

Can I wear makeup after dermaplaning?

Because dermaplaning removes the little hairs on the surface of your skin, makeup will apply more smoothly after your treatment so yes, you absolutely should wear makeup (if you so choose). However, we recommend you let your skin breathe and rest for the day and after about a day, proceed as normal. 

How often do I need dermaplaning treatments?

Dermaplaning gives you about a month of enhanced glowing and softened skin and after about that 30-day mark, you will start to notice a little more dullness as the top layer of cells starts to die. And because this is a deeply exfoliating treatment, you should wait at least a month between appointments, although some patients are able to stretch it to once a season.


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