What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a type of intense facial that is ideal for all skin types except those with inflamed acne. It is the process of physical exfoliation and the removal of the dead skin layer and peach fuzz with a sterile surgical blade, using gentle upward motions. A rejuvenating skin treatment follows leaving your skin brighter, glowing, and smoother for an overall youthful look and feel. The blade which is used on clean dry skin helps improve the skin texture and tone, while the long-term benefits result in fewer dark spots, acne scarring and wrinkles.
Aside from the obvious removal of hair, dermaplaning actually provides a number of benefits to those who utilize it. First, the gentle scraping of the surface of your skin acts as a physical exfoliant and removes dead skin in addition to hair. As we all well know, dead skin along with dirt and oil can clog pores resulting in infuriating breakouts which leads us to the second benefit: hairless skin is some of the cleanest skin. Because there is no hair to trap dirt, oil, and other debris clinging to your face, your skin will be cleaner after a dermaplaning facial which, again, helps prevent future breakouts and allows other products to penetrate more deeply into the skin. However, if you have an active breakout or suffer from severe acne, dermaplaning facial may not be the best option for you as the process of dermaplaning can actually end up overstimulating the skin and worsen existing breakouts. For dry skin special oils can be used to help the blade glide better.
- It’s a painless treatment that deeply exfoliates the skin.
- It can be done prior to other facials for better product penetration.
- It can be done more frequently than chemical exfoliation.
- It can help tighten scars from past acne scars.
- It does not make the hair grow back thicker and darker.
- It can be added with a facial, chemical peel, microdermabrasion.
There are a few benefits of this treatment that were somewhat unexpected, right? While this treatment will mainly remove dead skin cells to promote a renewed, glowing, smooth, and more evenly toned complexion, it will also minimize the appearance of fine lines, especially lines around the mouth and on the forehead. This treatment is sometimes offered as a first step for anti-aging treatments for this reason. Nothing indicates aging skin quite so well as a dull complexion and fine lines – this treatment addresses both.
Why Choose Dermaplaning?
Removal of Peach Fuzz
This treatment removes the peach fuzz from your face. Peach fuzz is a term that describes the small, light-colored hairs on your face that aren’t usually visible to the eye. While these tiny hairs might not seem like a problem, the fact of the matter is that they help catch pollution, debris, and oils and trap them close to the face, which for some means an inevitable break out.
Without peach fuzz, there is nothing keeping dirt and oil on top of your skin, which means there is nothing there to help clog your pores. Both peach fuzz and dead skin cells are the most common culprits of clogged pores.
Smoother Makeup Application
Perfectly applying make-up is the goal of many people. Between beauty blenders and pore-minimizing primers and make-up formulated to be skin friendly, we continue to work towards having the most beautiful results possible. So, it’s a little frustrating when make-up doesn’t look quite as smooth as we would like after all the expense and hard work. We can place the blame for imperfect make-up application on two familiar foes – uneven, dry skin and peach fuzz.
Luckily, one of the side benefits of this treatment, the removal of peach fuzz, produces another benefit altogether. Without peach fuzz, make-up can sit directly on the skin, which means that make-up is much easier to blend. Additionally, the lack of peach fuzz means that powder doesn’t sit heavily on the face, which means that the use of make-up itself won’t add years to your appearance.
Deeper Product Penetration
Products that treat and nourish the skin work best when they can penetrate deeply and reach deeper sub-levels of the skin. This is true of over-the-counter products and of products that are used for treatments in our office. But the simple fact is that skin itself is a natural, waterproof barrier. Getting past that barrier is hard enough without dead, dry skin cells acting as another barrier for a product to squeeze past.
As this is a deep exfoliating treatment, removing that top-most layer of dead skin cells is already a top priority. The unexpected benefit of this is that removing those skin cells also means that products can penetrate deeper levels of the skin, and they can penetrate more quickly. When products can soak into the skin, you get the best possible results from any product that you use, including deep cleansers, serums, and moisturizers.
Reduced Acne Scarring
This treatment reduces the appearance of acne scarring in much the same way as it reduces the appearance of fine lines and other signs of aging. Scars are nothing more than the build-up of skin cells over where inflammation once was, usually in a pattern that is different from the rest of your skin.
Depending on your complexion and the severity of the acne, scars can be very obvious even years after acne has gone away. This treatment reduces the appearance of acne scarring by scraping off the layer of skin that is most different in texture and color from acne scarring.
Acne scarring itself depends a lot on how your skin heals. For some, acne scars look like darker pigment or dark spots, which results in an uneven complexion from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is the type of acne scarring the benefits most from this treatment. More severe acne scarring, such as enlarged pores, might be addressed by this treatment. If you are primarily interested in treating acne scarring, our staff will help you explore additional treatment options.
What to Expect After Dermaplaning
After treatment, your skin will be vulnerable. The skin revealed by the treatment is new to the world, so it will be especially sensitive for 3 days to a week after treatment. To take care of your skin, it is important you follow the simple aftercare advice we give you. Post-treatment guidelines include:
- Avoid direct sun exposure for 3 days
- Avoid extreme heat for 3 days
- Do not use scrubs or other exfoliators for 1 week
- Avoid chlorine for 1 week
- Apply serums and moisturizers
- Use sunscreen
The post-treatment care instructions are mostly a list of things to avoid taking care of the new skin. We may have additional guidelines for you to follow, such as specific products that should and should not be used.