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Dermaplaning: What You Need to Know and Myths Debunked

January 30, 2019

Dermaplaning is a super effective exfoliating treatment in which a doctor or aesthetician uses a surgical scalpel to gently scrape off any dead skin cells on the surface of your skin and (along with the peach fuzz on your face). You might be wondering Why is this necessary? It's because the buildup of dead skin and microscopic hairs can make your complexion appear dull, flaky, and can even cause breakouts due to clogged pores and hair follicles. Which is why this form of mechanical exfoliation is essential for maintaining an even, healthy glow. Thinking of making an appointment to try dermaplaning for yourself? 

 

1. Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types.

Patients with sun damage, fine lines, very dry skin and dull skin are great candidates. However, since the procedure requires use of a sharp scalpel, those with inflamed acne should pass on it until their complexion clears up.

 

2. There's no downtime. Some light redness can be expected but not always.

It's perfectly fine and common to make an appointment during lunch and go right back to work after the 40-minute treatment.

 

3. You'll need to be very diligent with SPF afterward.

You should always wear sun protection every day — especially when you're outside for a prolonged period of time — but post-exfoliation your skin is especially susceptible to the sun. So, if you don't take sun protection seriously, you might want to skip this sloughing treatment.

You'll notice a difference in your skin's texture and tone immediately, so it's worth it.

 

4. It'll change your life as far as makeup application goes.

Ever notice how peach fuzz tends to stand out even more underneath foundation and face powders? Well, since the dermaplaning razor removes all the little hairs on your face, your makeup will go on super smoothly. Your skincare products will also be more effective, since the product isn't being blocked by dead skin cells and can penetrate the skin faster.

 

5. The results can last up to four weeks.

The procedure removes three weeks of dead skin cells, so your glow will last all month long. But since your skin is always growing, you'll need to schedule an appointment every month or so to maintain your results.

 

Photo: Results after three sessions.

 

THE UNBRIDLED EXPERIENCE

 

Upon arrival at the salon, you will have a brief consultation in our private esthetics suite. Our professional estheticians will discuss your expectations, address any concerns you have, and explain the process of each treatments and their benefits.

 

1.   We begin with a thorough cleanse.

2.  Next is Dermaplaning, where we will remove the top superficial layer of dead skin. This is a non-invasive process and you will only feel a light scraping .

3.  Afterwards, your skin will be toned and prepped, and we'll remove the skin of any necessary extractions (removal of blackheads, etc.)
4.  The Microderm process will be performed, using a suction exfoliator featuring a diamond tip wand,. This will help diminish fine lines around forehead mouth and eyes, and promotes increased circulation in the skin.
5.  A mild peeling solution is applied to help promote new skin growth, and a deeper level of exfoliation that will take place over the course of the next 5-7 days. 
6.  There is no down time but you should protect your skin from the sun as it heals and goes through the shedding process. 

 

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MYTHS DEBUNKED

 

Myth #1 - Your Peach Fuzz Will Grow Back Thicker & Darker
Let’s get this rumor done with once and for all: no matter where it grows on your body, shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker or darker. Many people think that shaving your legs or underarms causes thicker hair growth. This is false. It’s biologically impossible for hair to grow back thicker because of shaving. Shaving simply creates a blunt tip on the hairs, which many people interpret as greater thickness. When you dermaplane, you are removing very, very fine hair called vellus hair. This hair is so thin and soft that removing it with a dermaplaning tool will have little to no impact on how it looks when it grows back. After removing the vellus hair, your skin will instantly feel and look smoother and brighter. It will take about a week for the hair to grow back, at which time you can dermaplane again.

 

Myth #2 - Dermaplaning Is Painful
Dermaplaning is actually one of the least painful ways to remove facial hair and dead skin—especially when compared to other hair removal techniques like sugaring, threading, and waxing. Think about it: shaving your underarms isn’t painful, so why would shaving your face be painful? Many people describe the feeling of dermaplaning as a gentle tickle or brushing sensation.

 

Myth #3 - Dermaplaning Isn’t for Darker Skin
While some exfoliation methods (like scrubs) aren’t recommended for darker skin, dermaplaning is 100% safe. Dermaplaning is a type of manual exfoliation like a face scrub. However, unlike a scrub, dermaplaning doesn’t irritate or cause micro-abrasions in the skin so it won’t cause hyperpigmentation. It’s actually one of our favorite exfoliation methods for dark skin because it instantly removes the dark baby hair that can make deep skin look duller than it really is.

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