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What Is Dermaplaning and Is It for Me?

Dermaplaning is one of the most exciting new developments in skin care in the last few years – it’s a super-effective exfoliation treatment that promises to smooth and rejuvenate your skin, giving your complexion a new lease of life.

What Is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a non-invasive aesthetic procedure for anyone who enjoys the feeling of clean, smooth and newly-exfoliated skin. It works in a similar way to dermabrasion and exfoliation in that it works by removing dead skin that sits on the top layer of your skin, along with also taking off the tiny vellus hairs (which are sometimes called ‘peach fuzz’) that grow on your face.

Although there has been some talk about dermaplaning making the vellus hairs grow back thicker, it’s a fallacy. Research has proved that the vellus hair regrowth after a dermaplaning treatment is exactly the same as the initial hair growth beforehand.

What Happens in a Dermaplaning Session?

Your practitioner will take a sharp surgical blade and use it to carefully and very gently remove the dead skin cells, hairs, in-follicle dirt and excess oils from your skin. This not only exfoliates, but it also brightens dull skin and gives it a clean, smooth feeling. The results of a dermaplaning session are visible straight away, another reason that it’s such a popular facial treatment.

Who Is Dermaplaning Good For?

It’s good for anyone and suits all skin types, but is especially helpful for softening and smoothing dry, rough skin. It can be effective at reducing the effects of skin pigmentation, fine lines or mild acne scars, too. If you’re usually a fan of the effects of strong chemical peels, but don’t want to risk them because you’re pregnant or breast feeding, dermaplaning is a safe and effective alternative that can be used during both periods.  Dermaplaning can also be used in conjunction with a gentle fruit peel or alpha/polyhydroxy acid peels, to further exfoliate and refresh the skin.

While dermaplaning suits most skin types, if you have active acne or psoriasis breakouts it’s best to wait until the breakout has passed before booking a treatment. It’s also not suitable for you if you currently a beard or facial hair.

Is Dermaplaning Safe?

Yes, it is a completely safe procedure, and no downtime is necessary although you might experience slight redness or feel like your skin has been scraped for a few days afterwards.

You’ll need to stay out of direct sunlight after a session, as sun damage could reverse the effects of dermaplaning, or even produce pigment blotches on your skin. To avoid this, always make sure that you wear a high SPF moisturizer following a dermaplaning treatment (in fact, all the time.)

How Long Does Dermaplaning Last?

Although it’s effective and the results can be seen immediately, they aren’t permanent. The procedure should exfoliate away around three weeks’ worth of dead skin cells, and the effects last about the same amount of time before they fade. Depending on the results, clients are advised to have a dermaplaning treatment once every 3 to 6 weeks. It’s also a great treatment to have a couple of days before a social or red carpet event, as your skin will be glowing, clear and dewy!

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