Dermaplaning, or “dermal cleansing” as it is often referred to in the medical field, is a new technique that promises to improve skin quality and help fight acne. While these YouTube videos might make dermaplaning seem like an easy do-it-yourself method, professionals say that you shouldn’t try this at home unless you’re certain that you’ve got no allergies, broken skin, or open sores. Plus, dermaplaning isn’t recommended for all skin types, which means it is best to talk to a dermatologist first.

DERMAPLANING consists of using a hand-held device called a “dermaplauncher” to exfoliate your face. You’ll need to prepare a facial scrub of sugar, salt, and other additives such as tea tree oil, lavender oil, or aloe vera to prepare your face. Using a cotton ball, wipe the exfoliating mixture on your skin one at a time. After you’ve finished your first face, use a clean, dry scalpel to scrape the outer layer of skin to reveal the new, fresh layer. The exfoliated part of your skin should be rinsed with warm water. Scraping too hard or scrubbing too hard on your face can cause damage to your skin.

With DERMAPLANING you will not only feel a lot smoother, but your complexion will look brighter and healthier too. This is because a layer of dead skin cells called an “atome,” can hide imperfections and make your face appear older. DERMAPLANING also helps to regenerate collagen under the skin. This makes the top layer of the skin smoother and softer, resulting in a better-looking complexion.

Dermaplaning can be used for any skin type and anyone with:

acne scars

dull skin

dry skin

sun-damaged skin

fine wrinkles Cost

What are the benefits of dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning does so much more than remove hair from the skin. “It’s a skin treatment that uses a surgical blade to gently and safely exfoliate dead skin cells and fine facial hair,” Roff explains. As you remove the hair and dead skin cells, you’ll quickly notice how much brighter and softer your skin appears. “It also creates an ideal canvas for flawless makeup application and helps treatment serums penetrate the skin deeper,” adds Roff. “You would be amazed at all the fine hair, dirt and dead skin that comes off of your face and I would consider it just as safe as shaving your legs.”

Preparation for Dermaplaning

To prepare for your dermaplaning procedure, we ask that you come to your appointment with a cleansed face. Patients that have active acne or are on medications that sensitize the skin should advise our aesthetician prior to their service.

Dermaplaning Technique

Dermaplaning uses a surgical scalpel to gently scrape away dead skin build-up and “peach fuzz”. The blade can be carbon fiber or stainless steel – At The Naderi Center, we prefer to use stainless steel blades because they give a better result. Medical grade dermaplaning cannot be compared with at-home models typically sold online because of the sharpness of the blade. At-home dermaplaning kits will leave micro-cuts and scratches on your skin. Medical grade dermaplaning ensures smooth removal of unwanted debris from the face.

The dermaplaning process starts with cleansing your skin and applying a degreaser. Next, your skin will be held taught and the blade will gently scrape back and forth across your skin at a 45-degree angle until all the dead skin and hair is removed. There is no pain associated with the treatment and most patients fall asleep during the procedure. After, serums and sunscreen will be applied to hydrate and improve texture. You may return to your normal regimen directly after the treatment, but keep in mind that you will probably be a little more sensitive to the products you are using since they will penetrate much quicker.

A typical dermaplaning treatment will take around 30 minutes. If you are planning on having a facial, light chemical peel, or even a BBL treatment, you should plan 45 minutes to an hour for the treatment.

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Recovery after Dermaplaning

After a dermaplaning treatment, your skin will be smooth, have a nice glow, and maybe slightly pink. There is typically no downtime associated with dermaplaning, but some people may feel a little sensitivity depending on how the skin tolerates the treatment. You may apply makeup after the treatment, but it is typically recommended to wait a few hours before makeup application.

Can you wear makeup after dermaplaning?

Ever notice how peach fuzz tends to stand out even more underneath foundation and face powders? Well, since dermaplaning removes all the little hairs on your face, your makeup will actually glide on super smoothly. But hold up although it’s tempting to see the results right away, try to avoid slapping on a face full of makeup immediately after your dermaplaning treatment.

“I love to let the skin breathe for the rest of the day,” says Dr. Doft. “If you need to wear makeup, you can, but your skin barrier is more open and may become more irritated.” Once your skin has had time to settle (about a day), proceed with all the foundation your little heart desires. And since your skin barrier will be more vulnerable after dermaplaning, Dr. Doft recommends using a rich hyaluronic acid mask or moisturizing cream to help repair your skin and keep it super hydrated and happy. These bbs are good to have on hand:

Will dermaplaning make my skin more sensitive to the sun?

Post-exfoliation, your skin will be especially susceptible to the sun, so if you don’t take sun protection seriously you might want to skip this treatment altogether. Otherwise, you’ll need to be diligent with SPF gentle sunscreens of at least SPF 30, as one of these top-rated formulas:

What are the dermaplaning side effects?

“Will dermaplaning make me grow a beard?” This is a common question when speaking about female face-shaving, and the answer is no.

“The hair on a woman’s face is called vellus hair (a.k.a peach fuzz) and is soft and fine,” explains Dara Levy, founder of Dermaflash . “The hair on a man’s face is called terminal hair and each piece is like a strand of copper wire. [Dermaplaning] removes the fuzz just above the surface of the skin and does not (and cannot) impact the growth, color or texture of a woman’s facial hair,” says Levy. Hormones and hormonal conditions (like PCOS) are the only things that can affect hair growth.