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The Pros and Cons of Dermaplaning

October 05, 2022

The Pros and Cons of Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is an exfoliation treatment that involves gently scraping the top layer of skin on the face (stratum corneum) using a medical grade scalpel (by a trained licensed esthetician) or a high quality home-use blade.

There are pros and cons to this process but first let's review important dermaplaning instructions. The key is to begin with clean skin using a clean, sharp blade held at a 45 degree angle while skin is held taut. Short scraps, removing debris from blade as the face is treated. To avoid injury skin must always be held taut.

The process removes both dead skin cells and the fine vellus hairs known as peach fuzz, leaving the surface of the face ultra smooth.

Dermaplaning stimulates the development of new skin cells revealing new skin on the surface. It leaves skin in a healthier condition but without any harsh chemicals, excessive downtime, or pain. There may be slight redness that goes away quickly.

Pros:

  • Cleaner, smaller-looking pores
  • At-home skincare products are more effective
  • Cosmetics go on cleaner
  • Skin is rejuvenated
  • Fine lines and wrinkles improve
  • No more fuzzy hair on face

Cons:

  • If not done with a clean, sharp blade, ingrown hair can occur.
  • Nicks can occur creating injury if not done carefully or properly.
  • Anyone in the midst of an active acne outbreak or who have open wounds or lesions on their face should NOT perform dermaplaning.
  • Dermaplaning too often can damage skin. Never dermaplan more than once a week. Some will only need once a month or every other week.
  • You will feel stubble as hair grows back. This doesn't mean hair is thicker or more coarse. It is due to hair being cut straight across but it's the exact same texture and color as it was before dermaplaning. It does not grow in thicker.

Important Aftercare

  • Avoid sun exposure and extreme heat
  • Do not use scrubs or other exfoliators
  • Avoid chlorine and swimming pools
  • No harsh cleansers for one week
  • Apply serums and moisturizers
  • Use sunscreen when going outside

The bottom line is dermaplaning is an excellent treatment, providing it is done properly, with care, and skin is properly cared for following the treatment using quality skincare products.

 

 

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