Although dermaplaning has been around for a few decades, it seems to be taking the internet and our social media by storm in recent years. Some boast that the practice is the secret behind many celebrities’ glowing skin while others claim it could leave you with thick, dark hair on your face. What then is the truth? And what exactly is a dermaplaning facial?
As with everything, you can’t always trust what you read on the internet, and it can be difficult to find reliable information. That’s why we interviewed our Kate Somerville Skincare Clinic esthetician, Michelle Freese, to get the details on the mysterious dermaplaning facial everyone seems to be talking about these days. Plus, we’ll also be sharing our top exfoliation tips from Michelle herself!
What is dermaplaning?
Simply put, dermaplaning is a skin procedure that uses a sharp dermaplaning tool to gently remove small, fine hairs from your face. Typically, the pointed tool is a 10-inch surgical scalpel that curves into a sharp point and is designed for use on clean, dry skin on your forehead, cheeks, chin, nose, and of your neck. Your beautician or dermatologist will use the scalpel to very gently scrape the surface of your face in light brush strokes to remove hair. Although it sounds dangerous and terrifying, the whole procedure is virtually painless, although some side effects may occur, such as mild redness or irritation. However, most people experience no discomfort during or after the treatment and can leave the procedure without side effects. But what are the benefits of dermaplaning? We’re glad you asked!
Benefits of dermaplaning
Besides the obvious hair removal, dermaplaning offers several benefits to those who use it. First, gently scraping the surface of your skin acts as a physical exfoliator and removes dead skin in addition to hair. As we all know, dead skin along with dirt and oil can clog pores leading to exasperating breakouts, which brings us to the second benefit… hairless skin is one of the cleanest skins.
Because there is no hair to trap dirt, oil, and other debris clinging to your face, your skin will feel cleaner after a dermaplaning facial which, again, helps prevent future breakouts and allows other goat milk products to penetrate deeper into the skin. However, if you have an active breakout or suffer from severe acne, Michelle warns that a dermaplaning facial may not be the best option for you because “the dermaplaning process can actually end up overstimulating the skin. and aggravate existing eruptions”.
Dermaplaning may also have anti-aging effects, as the removal of dead skin reduces the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. Additionally, you will see improvements in your skin texture and specific skin tone and walk away with a dewy glow and silky-smooth skin to the touch.
Michelle also recommends booking a dermaplaning facial before undergoing any laser treatment. “After hair removal, the laser treatment will not reflect on the hairs and can better penetrate the skin, which will make the treatment more effective.” Dermaplaning results can last up to four weeks, as the process removes approximately three weeks of dead skin from the surface of your face. Nevertheless, your skin is continually increasing, so you will require to be steady in booking normal follow-ups if you need the results to last.
Luckily, almost anyone can benefit from and use dermaplaning treatments, except for those with actively inflamed acne, as mentioned above. Other than that, anyone wanting hair removal or exfoliation can add dermaplaning to their skincare routine. This can be an especially great option for those who can’t use certain exfoliating products like goat milk soap or other treatments, including pregnant women or people with sensitive skin.
Dermaplaning vs Dermabrasion
People often confuse these two procedures or think they are interchangeable, but they are two separate techniques with unique results. As we already know Benefits, dermaplaning is quick, easy and requires no downtime as it does nothing more than remove hair and dead skin from the surface of your face. Dermabrasion, on the other hand, uses microcrystals and suction to create a mechanical exfoliation that can be quite intense on the skin . In fact, dermabrasion can lead to infection and scarring, which is why it seems to be on the decline in spas and skincare clinics.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there for patients and consumers that can make dermaplaning horrible. So, we’ve picked out five of the most common myths to tackle and help put your mind at rest.
Your peach fuzz will grow back darker and thicker. This is probably the most common myth we see when it comes to not just dermaplaning but shaving in general. So many of us have learned that waxing our legs and armpits. Causes hair to grow back darker and thicker than before. Leaving us all with a deep fear of unwanted hair. It is not possible for hair to grow back thicker just because you shaved . The process itself creates a blunt. End on the hair where you cut it at the thickest base next to the skin surface.
Now, we will admit that this blunt edge of the hair may look thicker compared. To the tapered tip that was present before, but it is not physically taller. Much like shaving, the dermaplaning process removes very, very fine hairs called vellus hairs that are. So fine and soft that removing them will have no noticeable impact on the perceived thickness of hair on your face. Instead, removing vellus hair will instantly leave your skin feeling and looking smoother and brighter.
But compared to other hair removal methods such as waxing Benefits. Threading and sugaring, dermaplaning is more like a gentle tickling. Or brushing sensation rather than the induction of any kind of pain.
It will cause breakouts – Although, as we mentioned. Dermaplaning should not be performed on skin with active acne as a treatment for acne. However, when used as a preventive measure. It is very effective in reducing the likelihood of future breakouts. By removing dirt and debris, dermaplaning also allows acne treatments. And serums to penetrate deeper into your skin, which also helps prevent future acne.
It Can’t Be Done on Darker Skin – Unlike some other exfoliation methods such. As scrubs that aren’t recommended for darker skin tones, dermaplaning is safe for all skin types and shades. Dermaplaning can be an incredibly effective method of exfoliation for darker. Skin tones because it instantly removes dark hairs that can make skin appear duller than it is. How often should you exfoliate your face? Read the corresponding blog to find out!
It takes time – Although this is a subjective rumor. We tend to believe that 30 minutes isn’t too long to get. A procedure that will have results lasting up to four weeks. And given that you’ll only need to schedule an appointment once a month for lasting results Benefits. That doesn’t seem like an inordinate amount of time to spend on just one procedure.
Now that we’ve busted some of the most common dermaplaning myths and you understand what it is. And the wonderful things it can do for your skin, it’s no wonder you’re ready to book an appointment. You are as soon as possible. But before you do, there are a few more important things you need to understand. First, dermaplaning should only be performed by a board-certified dermatologist or licensed esthetician who specializes in the procedure. In either case, there are several schools the individual can attend for training. But they must pass a state exam in order to receive. The proper credentials to practice the practice. dermaplaning. Be sure to look for this permit when choosing a Spa or clinic. If they don’t display it prominently, ask to see it.
When it comes to cost, dermaplaning alone can cost up to $100 per treatment. However, most spas and clinics tend to bundle it with a Benefits facial. Or similar service that ensures your skin is cleansed before dermaplaning. But ultimately increases your total by over $200. In these cases, ask your esthetician if it is possible to have only the. Dermaplaning procedure rather than the whole package.
Finally, you’ll want to make sure you or your esthetician apply sunscreen to your face after the procedure. The exfoliation that occurs will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. And you will need to take extra care. To protect it for a few days following the treatment Benefits, although this should already be part of your daily routine.
Trying a new skin treatment can sometimes be a little nerve-wracking, but in the case of dermaplaning, it’s worth it. Michelle notes that she “especially likes dermaplaning for dry skin and for removing peach fuzz.” Based on her years of working in various skin clinics Benefits, she highly recommends her clients. To try dermaplaning at least once so they can experience the immediate effects for themselves.