- Provides deeper product penetration.
- Removes soft facial hair that traps dirt and oils.
- Promotes smoother skin.
- Safe procedure for removing dead skin cells and “peachfuzz”.
- Reduces the appearance of acne scars.
- Diminishes the look of fine lines.
- Works on all skin types.
- Instant results and no downtime.
During a dermaplaning session, the dermatologist or esthetician uses a medical-grade scalpel to scrape (not cut!) across the surface of the skin. The main reason people do it is to remove the vellus hairs on their faces, also known as peach fuzz. Peach fuzz can appear almost colorless, blonde, gray, or brown (or the same color as the hair on your head). Everyone has these fine vellus hairs coating our bodies, and they are meant to keep us warm and add another layer of protection to the skin. But some people’s vellus hairs are thicker and more visible than others, and so they might want to have it removed.
Dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton, M.D. tells SELF that it can be tough to get rid of these hairs with typical hair-removal methods like waxing and threading, which makes Dermaplaning a better option. Dermaplanning in beauty salon helps you in this regard.
If you have an acne, there is a chance that the blade could nick a pimple, says Dr. Downie, which means it would take longer to heal. So if you have a serious cystic breakout, it might be best to postpone. It’s not a complete no-go, but make sure you go to an experienced provider who has dealt with acne-prone patients before. Also, tell your dermatologist if you have a history of cold sores. “If you have a breakout of cold sores, you need to be on Valtrex, and the physician needs to avoid the area,” says Dr. Downie. Without the use of a preventative oral anti-herpes medication, the cold sores can spread due to microtears in the skin.
Also worth considering: Anytime a sharp object goes near your face, there is a risk of damage to the skin. Dr. Downie says that she’s seen patients with scarring after a dermaplaning session gone wrong. Her biggest advice: Go to a professional (preferably a board-certified dermatologist) who knows what they’re doing and works with similar skin types.