WHAT IS DERMAPLANING, AND SHOULD YOU GET THIS TRENDING FACE-SHAVING TREATMENT?
August 1, 2019
Here’s what you need to know.
Dermaplaning is a chemical-free exfoliation treatment, that involves a doctor or licensed medical aesthetician gently scraping the surface of your skin with a surgical scalpel to remove dead skin and peach fuzz, leaving the skin ultra-smooth, fresh and glowing. Basically, it’s like shaving your face. It may sound a bit crazy, but people are flocking to it thanks to the fact that it gets rid of facial hair, can make your face feel baby soft, and helps give you a smooth foundation application, all without having to use harsh exfoliators.
No more face hair and glowing skin? Sounds perfect right? But hold on just a moment, this is a skincare treatment involving a scalpel so you should hear the pros and cons to determine if dermaplaning is right for your skin.
The primary use of dermaplaning is to get rid of peach fuzz on the face
During a dermaplaning session, the dermatologist or esthetician uses a medical-grade scalpel to scrape (not cut!) across the surface of the skin. The main reason people do it is to remove the peach fuzz hairs on their faces. Peach fuzz can appear almost colorless, blonde, gray, or brown and everyone has these fine vellus hairs coating their bodies – they are meant to keep us warm and add another layer of protection to the skin. But some people, the “peach fuzz” hairs are thicker and more visible than others, and so they might want to have it removed. Dermaplaning is a good, non chemical solution for that.
What are the benefits of dermaplaning?
The results can vary for everyone, but realistically, you can expect to see smoother skin, zero peach fuzz (until it grows back, of course), and slightly brighter-looking skin. The brightening effect on the skin is immediate, and it can help skin-care products sink in better and makeup go on smoother because you’re removing all your dead skin cells. Your skincare products will better penetrate your skin when you apply them, making them all the more effective. As for immediately after the treatment, some light redness may be experienced depending on the sensitivity of your skin, but not always.
What are the side effects of dermaplaning?
In the hands of a professional, dermaplaning is safe for all skin types, especially those with sun damage, fine lines, dry patches, and dull skin. But, of course, there are caveats: If you have highly reactive, sensitive skin (like those with rosacea or keratosis pilaris), you may want to pass on this one, since it might irritate your skin. Same goes for anyone with inflamed acne as sliding a sharp scalpel over your zits can irritate them and worsen existing breakouts.
Will dermaplaning cause breakouts?
As we said, if you already have an existing breakout, you’ll unfortunately need to sit this treatment out. But if you don’t, dermaplaning can help prevent breakouts. A buildup of dead skin can clog your pores and hair follicles, which can not only cause pimples but also block your skincare products from penetrating the skin, which is why exfoliation is essential for maintaining an even, healthy glow.
How long do the results last?
Since dermaplaning removes all the little hairs on your face, your makeup will actually glide on super smoothly. But don’t slap on makeup right away, give your skin 24 hours to breath and recover. Since your skin barrier will be more vulnerable after dermaplaning, it’s recommended to use a rich hyaluronic acid mask or moisturizing cream to help repair your skin and keep it super hydrated and happy. Post-exfoliation, your skin will be especially susceptible to the sun, so you’ll need to be diligent with the SPF afterward. At night you can you Tevenere’s Rejuvenating Night Cream, Enriched with Pure Hemp Seed Oil & Organic Chamomilla, this soothing formula helps to reduce the appearance of redness while delivering much-needed antioxidants, transforming weary, dull, inflamed skin into a radiant, well-rested, newly awakened complexion.
Don’t trust just anyone to perform the procedure – only see a doctor or medical aesthetician from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office to ensure the best and safest results. Oh, and please don’t try this at home. Since dermaplaning is performed with surgical scalpels you should leave it to the pros to avoid nicks, ingrowns, and stubble.
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