Did you say scalple and skin?! That was my first reaction when my esthetician told me about dermaplaning. Not a lot of women know about this skincare treatment, me being one of them, but once I saw the benefits of dermaplaning I don't ever want to go back to my old clogged up ways ever again. Beauty is pain - is one of my most hated and loved quotes because it's so true. However, dermaplaning is far from any pain.
Let's Dive In
Dermaplaning is almost like shaving your face only without the shaving cream and the BIC razor. However, an aesthetician uses a small scalpel blade, gently and in an upward motion scalping away. It doesn't hurt and is super effective.
When I first got it done, I couldn't believe how much gnarly stuff was coming off my face. Below is the picture to prove that no matter how well you wash your face, it can never remove all the makeup and dirt. This is why dermaplaning goes beyond just a basic shave. I can honestly say that my skin felt smooth, clean and brighter.
People with active pustular acne can't use this treatment on their face.
What Is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a physical exfoliation of the skin. Meaning no chemicals or any products are used except a scalpel. The reason for it is to remove all the peach fuzz hairs and the layer(s) of dead skin. The results are instant. Even though short-term effects are smoother skin, the long-term effects are the reduction of dark spots, wrinkles and acne scarring.
How Does It Work?
An aesthetician uses a 10-inch blade that has a curvy sharp point at the end. They use it across the surface of the skin in an upward motion. Not to cut but to shave.
Even though the vellus hairs tend to keep us warm and protected, some people's hairs are thicker and more visible and dermaplaning is the most effective way to get rid of them.
We are always tempted to find a cheaper solution to our problem, a $2 dollar blade from a drugstore won't be as sharp and as effective as the medical-grade one. The average cost of dermaplaning is about $40-$100 and takes 10-20 minutes!
Benefits of Dermaplaning!
I have always done the chemical peels but I had to deal with skin redness for couples of days. With dermaplaning, there is no redness or skin irritation and it's painless.
If you have done chemical peel wait a month before doing dermaplaning.
- This exfoliation triggers the cells to allow better skin product penetration
- Removes dirt, oils, and hairs.
- Smoother skin
- Fewer acne scars
- Works on all skin types
- Instant results
- Diminishes wrinkles and fine lines.
- I have asked my aesthetician what are some of the questions her clients' aks about dermaplaning? Her first answer was that customers are scared that their hair will grow back thicker! The answers to that is a no. The hair growth speed and thickness are all matters of genetics. Don't worry you won't suffer a 5 o'clock shadow.
- They also asked was, can they wear makeup? The answer is also a no. No makeup and no sun. Think of it as your skin being raw for a couple of days. Keep it easy, clean and moisturized.
- What is the age you should start doing dermaplaning? Since there is no chemical involved you can start at any age but I would say around 11-12 years of age.
- Can dermaplaning be done on men? The answer is no. Sorry guys but your thick, coarse facial hairs prevent you to get the dermaplaning procedure. \
- How often should you do dermaplaning? The recommended time is every three to four weeks.
I hope this article helped you make a decision about dermaplaning. I seriously loved my face after I did it for the first time. Amazing results and face felt like it was finally breathing. Don't get scared if your face gets red, trust me the results are too good to miss out.