Dermaplaning involves an Advanced Practice Esthetician using a sterile, single-blade scalpel to gently remove “peach fuzz” and dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin.
Unlike a traditional razor, which has multiple, slanted blades, the scalpel allows your provider to give you an incredibly effective manual exfoliation treatment that is entirely painless, requires no downtime, and can be done in as little as 15 minutes. During the process, your esthetician will gently pull your skin taut, then use small, feathering sweeps across the entire surface of your face.
It’s an excellent choice for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin that may adversely react to chemical exfoliants or scrubs. Individuals with an active acne breakout, cystic acne, infection or cold sores should avoid dermaplaning due to the potential of spreading bacteria or virus.
Dermaplaning vs. Dermabrasion
Dermabrasion is also a physical exfoliant, but it uses microcrystals to resurface your skin, while a suction device removes dead cells and cleans out your pores. It does not remove hair.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
Because it removes the top layer of the epidermis, dermaplaning can correct fine lines, minor acne scars, and hyperpigmentation. You’ll also notice a brighter, more even complexion and an improvement in your overall radiance as dullness disappears. Dermaplaning accelerates cell turnover, especially if you get regular touch-ups every 3-5 weeks and maintain good skincare practices between appointments.
Without the physical barrier of peach fuzz, pore debris, sebum buildup, and skin cells, products like moisturizers and toners will penetrate the epidermis better. In fact, we often recommend dermaplaning before chemical peels and hydrafacials to intensify results.
Finally, you’ll find that you have a flawless canvas for applying your foundation and powder.
Prepping for Your Appointment
Give your skin a quick inspection before a dermaplaning treatment because it can increase sensitivity from sunburns, acne, or dermatitis and put you at higher risk for accidental nicks or worsened breakouts because the blade would spread bacteria from your blemishes.
Aftercare and Follow Up
Your skin will be more sensitive than usual after dermaplaning, so you’ll want to protect it with a broad-spectrum SPF. Other than that, you’re safe to resume your normal routine, including using cosmetics.
Talk with your provider about scheduling regular follow-up appointments to maintain your baby-soft skin and encourage healthy cell turnover.