Different skincare treatments promise different results. Some will help even out your skin tone, others will help remove age spots. A dermaplaning treatment has anti-aging properties and helps with body hair removal.
Two birds with one stone. It can also help skin care products such as night creams or face oils to penetrate the skin better. And therefore be more efficient. Although unadvised on active acne, dermaplaning can help with acne scars.
It is a facial with a lot of benefits all the while having no downturn and being very convenient. Mostly known to help remove peach fuzz, you may not be aware of all the other skincare concerns it can treat.
What is a dermaplaning facial?
Dermaplaning is a facial treatment that removes the top layers of the skin. Safe for most people, the risk of side effects is really low. It is the perfect facial should you be looking to remove fine wrinkles and deep acne scarring.
The skincare treatment makes the skin's surface look smoother and has no downtime. Thus, it is very convenient. Patients may go back to their daily skincare routine after their appointment. Results usually last three weeks.
The procedure is not invasive. It helps make the skin look smooth, youthful and radiant. Also called microplaning or blading, the treatment uses a blade to remove dead skin cells and hair from your face.
Dermaplaning is mostly known for removing "peach fuzz", the short, soft hairs on your face. However, it can also be used to help with the following:
- acne scars
- dull skin
- dry skin
- sun-damaged skin
- fine wrinkles
How does it work?
Dermaplaning uses a sterile blade. Aimed at a 45-degree angle, it is slowly dragged across the skin. Dead skin cells, scar tissues as well as other debris will be removed in the process. The skin will thus look even and brighter.
Similar to shaving, dermaplaning can also be used for hair removal. Very light short hair on the skin will also be removed. A maximum exfoliation technique, it scraps particles and pollutants off in a gentle and painless manner.
The treatment also allows products and laser therapies to penetrate the skin more easily. In combination with other facial treatments, it can treat fine lines, scars and pigmentation issues more in depth.
The skin is exposed to harsh environmental toxins, irritants and sun damage. Not only does it make the skin appear dull but it can also make it look aged. Although only acting at the surface of the skin, dermaplaning clears aways dead skin and brings immediate results.
What are the risks and side effects?
Dermaplaning treats the top layers of the skin. It is a low-risk procedure and very safe for most people. Although rare, some side effects may include:
- Redness, in the hours after getting the facial.
- Irritation and itchiness.
- Whiteheads, a day or two after the treatment.
- Patchy skin pigment.
Most side-effects go away within a couple of days. To help with recovery, do not wear makeup after the treatment. Let your skin breathe for a day or so. In the following days, avoid makeup with harmful ingredients.
Heavy makeup can trigger breakouts and irritation as the skin may not be able to absorb it all. Once your skin settles after the facial, it will look even and smoother.
If you have very sensitive skin, or conditions such as rosacea or cystic acne, you may want to avoid this procedure. Should you proceed, do so with lots of caution. Do not perform the procedure at home.
The Pros of Dermaplaning
Dermaplaning is a skincare treatment. Gentle and fast, it has a lot of pros that will help you choose this facial over other treatments.
- It offers painless exfoliation.
- The treatment stimulates cellular turnover.
- It has no downtime.
- The facial is a great option if you are looking for a deep exfoliation.
- Performed better chemical peels, laser and microdermabrasion, it offers better product penetration.
- It can be performed frequently.
- Dermaplaning helps makeup go on smoother and more evenly.
- It can help significantly lighten scars from past acne.
- The procedure does not make the hair grow back thicker and darker.
The Cons of Dermaplaning
Like any other cosmetic procedure, dermaplaning has cons.
- Dermaplaning tends to be more expensive than some other hair-removal treatments.
- Results are not as long-lasting as other hair-removal methods.
- It cuts the hair instead of removing it.
- Results will differ depending on a client’s individual hair-growth cycle.
- Not everyone is a candidate.
- Clients with active and cystic acne should avoid this type of hair removal, as it can cause further irritation.
- It is not advised for clients with hirsutism, a condition of excessive male-pattern hair growth in women.
What to expect after a dermaplaning facial
As the procedure is not invasive, you do not need to plan any downtime. Recovery time is very low and you can go back to your normal routine after your appointment. Each skin type is different and therefore will see different results.
The experience of the treatment will vary from one person to another and so will the potential side-effects. You may experience redness or feel like your skin is scrapped at first. However, this will fade a few days after the procedure.
Your skin will look brighter immediately after your treatment. However, you will need to wait a few days to fully appreciate the results. Redness and irritation will indeed subside a few days afterwards. Know that results are not permanent.
Indeed, the procedure can clear away up to three week's worth of dead skin cells. Results will fade shortly after.
Facial hair will grow back too. However, they will not grow thicker or darker. Your peach fuzz or vellus hair will return as such.
Although the facial has no downtime, you still need to be careful about sun exposure. Sun damage can reverse the effects of dermaplaning. It can also create pigment blotches on your freshly uncovered skin cells. Make sure you apply sunscreen when leaving the house.