Let me start by saying, the benefits of Dermaplaing are crazy AF! Anything to get that glow, right? If this is the first you’ve heard of dermaplaning, it’s a form of exfoliation where we use a scalpel to remove dead skin and peach fuzz. The result? Brighter, more radiant skin that’ll last a month to 6 weeks. Here’s everything you need to know.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplanning is an in-clinic treatment where a scalpel-like blade is used to remove the dead skin that sits on the surface of your skin and makes it appear dull and congested. It’ll also remove any peach fuzz, (win win) leaving you with a more radiant, smoother complexion. The process is pain-free and is combined with another skincare treatment, usually something hydrating and nourishing depending on your skin type.
The Benefits of Dermaplaning (hint: there’s a lot)
Dermaplaning is a safe and effective physical form of exfoliation. It eliminates vellus hair and dead skin cells, increases product absorption and efficacy. It promotes skin cell turn over, minimises fine lines and wrinkles, lessens acne occurrence, brightens skin and reduces hyperpigmentation. It also helps makeup application look smooth and flawless. In short, Dermaplaning removes up to 21 days of dead skin cells and the results last up to four to six weeks.
An FYI: This treatment should be avoided by anyone with open wounds, raised lesions, have an allergy to nickel or have used accutane within the last six months.
Dermaplaning VS Shaving
A lot of people (understandably) think that Dermaplaning is simply an in-clinic version of face shaving. Simply put, a razor you get from the shop won’t be as sharp or as effective as a medical-grade scalpel.
Facial shaving randomly removes some skin cells in an inconsistent manner. Dermaplaning’s a refined and careful approach to removing skin cells and vellus hair. Also, there’s always the chance you will cut yourself in the process which is why it is better left to a professional.
How to Prep For Dermaplaning
To maximise the benefits and avoid any irritation, make sure you prep your skin:
Stop exfoliating: To ensure the skin is not damaged by over-exfoliation, discontinue all exfoliants, including AHAs, BHAs, enzymes, micro-beads, and retinoids for five to seven days.
Skip the retinol and the sunbathing: If you’re currently using Retin-A, discontinue use for seven to fourteen days prior to the treatment. You should also avoid sun exposure for five to seven days prior to ensure you do not have a sunburn.
Let your hair grow: Hair removal such as waxing, threading, and shaving should be avoided for at least two weeks before dermaplaning.
If you breakout… In the event of active acne and raised lesions on the day of treatment, it’s best to reschedule until the skin is fully healed. There is also a six-month waiting period upon completion of Accutane.
After the Treatment
Avoid direct contact with the sun for the first 48 to 72 hours and always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Discontinue use of any exfoliating agents for one week and use a gentle cleanser. But by all means, take advantage of the better product absorption and use high-grade serums and moisturisers for ultimate antioxidant penetration!