Though dermaplaning has been around for a few decades, we see it popping up on our social media feeds now more than ever! Many claim that the practice is the secret behind the glowing skin, while others say that it could leave you with thicker or darker hair on your face. So, what is the truth? Find out here!
First, what is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a procedure that utilizes a scalpel to scrape off the top layer of skin, providing both exfoliation for your skin while also getting rid of dirt and vellus hair, better known as “peach fuzz”. Despite sounding alarming, the process is relatively painless, and most people have little to no irritation or reaction. Instead, the result is brighter, smoother, and exfoliated skin!
What are the benefits of Dermaplaning?
Aside from the obvious removal of hair, dermaplaning provides several benefits to those who utilize it!
- Exfoliation: The gentle scraping of the surface of your skin acts as a physical exfoliant and removes dead skin, in addition to hair.
- Acne: Dead skin, along with dirt and oil, can clog pores resulting in infuriating breakouts. Hairless skin can be the cleanest skin because there is no hair to trap dirt, oil, and other debris clinging to your face. After a dermaplaning facial, your skin will be cleaner, which in turn helps prevent future breakouts and allows other products to penetrate more deeply into the skin!
- Anti-Aging Effects: Dermaplaning can also have some anti-aging effects as the removal of dead skin reduces the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars! In addition, you will experience improvements in your skin’s texture and specific skin tone and walk away with a dewy glow and skin that is silky smooth to the touch. As a result, your makeup will glide on evenly and flawlessly.
Common Myths Debunked
- Your Peach Fuzz Will Grow Back Darker & Thicker: This is probably the most common myth in regards to not only dermaplaning, but shaving in general. So many of us have been told that removing the hair from our legs and underarms results in the hair growing back darker and thicker than before leaving us all with deep-seated fears of unsightly hair. It is not possible for hairs to grow back thicker simply because you shaved. The hair removal process can create a blunt tip on the hair where you cut it at the thicker base next to the surface of the skin. While this edge of the hair can appear thicker compared to the tapered tip that was present before, it is not actually physically larger. Just as with shaving, the process of dermaplaning removes very, very fine hair called vellus hair which is so thin and soft that removing it will have no noticeable impact on the perceived thickness of the hair on your face. Rather removing the vellus hair will instantly leave your skin feeling and looking smoother and brighter!
- It is Painful: Although dermaplaning can seem intimidating or painful, it is actually almost painless for most people. While the actual process is painless, some irritation may occur afterward, much like shaving, which can have some pain associated. However, compared to other methods of hair removal such as waxing, threading, and sugaring, dermaplaning feels more like a gentle tickle or brushing sensation as opposed to inducing any sort of pain.
- It Will Cause Breakouts: When used as a preventative measure, dermaplaning is very effective in reducing the likelihood of future breakouts. As previously mentioned, removing the dead skin on the surface of your face, dermaplaning prevents it from getting trapped inside your pores causing infection and leading to acne. Plus, by sloughing away dirt and debris, dermaplaning also makes it easier for acne treatments and serums to penetrate deeper into your skin which also helps prevent future acne.
- It Can Only Be Done On Certain Skin Tones: Unlike some other exfoliation methods such as scrubs that are not recommended for darker skin, dermaplaning is absolutely safe for all skin types and shades. Even though the process is considered a manual exfoliation, it does not cause micro-abrasions on the skin like a scrub can. Dermaplaning can be an incredibly effective exfoliation method for darker skin as it instantly removes the dark hairs that can make the skin look duller than it really is.
- It is Time Consuming: Though this one is somewhat subjective – most patients tend to believe that 30 minutes isn’t too long to spend getting a procedure which will have results lasting up to four weeks! And given that you will only need to schedule an appointment once per month for lasting results, that doesn’t seem like an excessive amount of time to be spending on a single procedure.
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