Dermaplaning is a form of physical exfoliation, that involves the use of a medical grade scalpel that removes dead skin from the outer layer of the skin, as well as the removal of Vellus Hair, commonly known as “peach fuzz” By removing the dead skin and hair, products and treatments are better able to penetrate the skin. This treatment removes around 2-3 weeks’ worth of dead skin.

But aren’t dermaplaning and shaving the same?

No. This is a common misconception around dermaplaning. Dermaplaning blades are designed to remove vellus hairs, unlike razors that remove terminal hair (for example: beards) Dermaplaning is an exfoliation and removes hair and dead skin cells from the first layer of the skin. Shaving is not an exfoliation and does not remove dead skin from that first layer. Shaving can be done every week, whereas Dermaplaning must only be done once a month and no less.

How is dermaplaning used in treatments?

It is used as a preparation step before a chemical peel, laser, light therapy and micro-current treatments. Dermaplaning is non-invasive, doesn’t hurt and is safe to use on most skin types.

What are the benefits?

  • Improves skin texture
  • Improves appearance of acne scars
  • Increases product penetration
  • Rejuvenates the skin
  • Removes dead skin cells & vellus hair
  • Smooth canvas for makeup application

Myths and misconceptions

  1. It makes the hair grow back thicker and darker: this is not true. That vellus, or “peach fuzz” hair that was removed in the treatment, will grow back at the same rate and thickness as it did before.
  2. Dermaplaning is painful: If done by someone who has been trained in the service, dermaplaning is not at all painful.
  3. It can be done as often as shaving: unfortunately, dermaplaning must only be done once a month. This is because it is a form of exfoliation and, if done too often, can result in damage to the skin barrier, and much too stimulating for the skin.
  4. Only women can do dermaplaning: this is not the case. Men can absolutely get dermaplaning done, but must have terminal hair, like the beard and moustache always avoided. Areas with vellus hair only are to be treated.  

Who cannot have dermaplaning done?

  1. Acne skins: performing dermaplaning over active acne can cause more inflammation, pain and possibly an increase in acne lesions. Once the acne has subsided and is no longer active, can the treatment be done.  
  2. Severe Rosacea: this is a chronic condition where an individual’s skin is inflamed, red, possibly sore and acne prone. Dermaplaning should be avoided if you have this skin condition.
  3. Roaccutane: this is a Vitamin A-based medication for acne that causes extreme thinness and sensitivity to the skin. Dermaplaning should only be done on the skin once an individual has been off Roaccutane for at least 12 months.

These are just a few examples of who should not receive a dermaplaning treatment. There are many more, so please consult your dermatologist or a skincare therapist before jumping into this treatment.

In summary, dermaplaning is an excellent option for achieving a smoother, more radiant complexion. Whether you’re enhancing your regular skincare routine or preparing for a special event, this treatment offers significant benefits with minimal risk. Always consult a qualified professional to ensure the best results and safely enjoy the glow of rejuvenated skin.