Dermaplaning: Tip of the Day 5-16-22
It’s been a taboo topic in the past, but more women are now being open about facial hair. Options for removing facial hair include waxing, threading, lasers, and razors. One of the less painful procedures with a few added skin benefits is dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning is when a surgical blade is used to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin and get rid of vellus hair (“peach fuzz”). Besides leaving skin silky and smooth, dermaplaning may also soften fine lines and wrinkles, and help with deep acne scars and hyperpigmentation (uneven skin tone).
A common question is, will the hair grow back thicker and more visible? Experts say, Very unlikely. It’s not common for those fine hairs to grow back fuller, but in some cases “sideburn” hair that isn’t as fine may grow back darker. Consider booking a professional dermaplaning treatment before trying the procedure at home. That way, you will be familiar with the amount of delicate pressure used, and the amount of moisturizer and sunscreen applied after the treatment.
An at-home dermaplaning blade can cost a few dollars and includes a less-sharp blade, but needs to be done more regularly to maintain results. Experts say a typical razor includes three-to-four slanted blades to remove body hair, while a dermaplaning tool uses a single-edge blade to get closer to the skin.
It’s not recommended to try dermaplaning if you have a current acne flare-up, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, or sunburn on your face. According to researchers, most people have little to no irritation or reaction to dermaplaning. Short-term side effects may include red and swollen skin from the scraping, soreness, or a burning/tingling sensation for about 48 hours after the procedure. Skin experts say if you’re taking isotretinoin, a prescription medication used to treat severe acne, you should wait 6 months after you stop taking it to try dermaplaning.