A dermaplaning treatment involves using a surgical scalpel held at a 45-degree angle to shave away dead skin and vellus hair - AKA peach fuzz - from the face. Shaving the face is a practice often associated with men, but women have also uncovered the exfoliation benefits of the practice, which is known as dermaplaning. Another name for dermaplaning is dermablading because a razor or a sharp scalpel is used to get rid of “peach fuzz” hairs and dead skin.
Dermaplaning is not a new beauty trick for females. Well before Kim Kardashian entranced the world with her bloody vampire facial, or prior to folks raving about Meghan Markle’s sparkle, stars like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor shaved their faces in order to experience the exfoliation benefits of the practice that provides freshly-shaven skin that’s free of fine downy hairs and dead skin that can dull the complexion.
Who is Not Recommended to Receive Dermaplaning?
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, dermaplaning is not recommended:
Those with skin types featuring active acne breakouts
Skin types with raised vascular lesions
Skin with hypertrophic scarring or keloid formations
Excessive facial hair or hirsutism sufferers with hormonal imbalance conditions
Skin types with pigmentation problems
Sensitive skin types
Inflammatory skin condition sufferers like those with rosacea and psoriasis
Dermaplaning Before and After are
After dermaplaning, the skin is more exposed. Although anti-aging solutions can penetrate deeper - in the form of vitamin C or E serums - care should be taken to also protect sensitive skin with an SPF 50 moisturizer. Chemical peels are sometimes used in conjunction with dermaplaning, which may make the skin even more sensitive to the sun.
Retinol, which is vitamin A, can be used at night liberally in the wake of a dermaplaning treatment, about 72 hours later. However, other things should be avoided, like shaving, exfoliating and waxing.