Dermaplaning has skyrocketed in popularity in the past few years, and for a good reason - not only is it a great way to exfoliate, but it can make your makeup application look so much smoother than before. There are so many questions that go along with dermaplaning, however, that some people may be nervous to start. Bare Necessities eBoutique has created a Dermaplaning FAQ Guide to answer some of the most-asked questions about the popular treatment!
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning - also known as dermal-epileveling - is a technique of using a small blade to slough off dead skin and peach fuzz on the face. It is non-invasive and does not break the skin or cause any other side effects. Many people compare this to shaving your face, but it is not required daily or cause "5 o'clock shadow".
Will My Hair Grow In Thicker After Dermaplaning?
No - your hair will not grow back in thicker (or darker) after dermaplaning - this is one of the most common myths associated with the treatment. The hair follicle is not permanently changed by shaving or scraping, and there is no risk of growing even more hair than normal in the same area. One of the main reasons why this has been said to be a result is due to the fact that post-dermaplaning, your skin is bright and fresh after all of the dead skin and peach fuzz is removed - meaning you may notice individual hairs a bit more than usual. As dermaplaning is recommended about once a month, this is easily remedied so that it is not noticeable. You will not experience facial stubble nor grow a beard when the hair regrows!
What Skin Products Should I Use Before and After a Dermaplane Procedure?
Dermaplaning isn’t an invasive procedure, but it does leave new skin vulnerable to the elements - this means you should prep your skin beforehand as well as afterward to achieve the best results with little to no irritation.
Dead skin is not great for your skin, but it does provide a layer of protection against the sun. When dermaplaning removes that layer of skin, the newer, more vulnerable skin is more susceptible to the harsh sun's rays. Therefore, picking a strong sunscreen facial product is crucial for those who plan on getting the treatment.
Eminence Organics' Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 30 combines much-needed facial hydration with sun protection. Use this product every day in your morning skincare routine for best results.
Is Dermaplaning Relaxing, or Does It Hurt?
Your comfort will be the top priority of your esthetician who is performing your treatment - ideally, they will create an atmosphere that will allow you to fully relax. The process of dermaplaning does not hurt whatsoever, and should never be painful; the esthetician will place the blade at an angle on your face so that it can scrape away dead skin cells and vallus hair without cutting the skin. Even on the curves of your face that may seem susceptible to nicking (like your chin or near your mouth), having a trained and professional esthetician guarantees your safety and comfort.
This is also why many salons & spas have dermaplaning as an add-on to a facial. You receive pre- & post-dermaplaning care with the restorative products used during the facial, and you are provided more time to relax with the combination of services.
Who Should Avoid Dermaplaning?
While you can try dermaplaning with most skin types, those with eczema, blistering acne, or extremely sensitive skin may not see good results. Those with acne can still try dermaplaning to see if it works well for them, but those with raised whiteheads or blackheads may have a difficult time.
Should You Try DIY Dermaplaning?
You can buy smaller blades at beauty stores or online, but the technique of gently yet firmly pulling the blade on the skin to remove wispy hairs and dead skin is very tough to perfect. That’s why many people prefer to visit a professional esthetician at a salon or spa for this procedure. Since the blades to perform dermaplaning are so sharp, it is very easy to nick or cut yourself. Similarly, it is extremely important to sanitize blades in between usages, and many salons have sanitization procedures that guarantee cleanliness.
How Often Should I Dermaplane?
Depending on your skin type, it is recommended to dermaplane around once a month. This keeps the peach fuzz at bay, and consistently removes dead skin along the skin cells’ natural life cycle length.