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Dermaplaning is becoming more popular than ever with Hollywood’s most elite actresses and models undergoing the non-surgical procedure to exfoliate and remove facial hair. Dermatologists and Aestheticians alike are using the procedure more often due to ease and long term benefits dermaplaning offers. The treatment is done using a ten-gauge scalpel that is gently scraped across the face. This procedure should only be done by a licensed aesthetician or dermatologist.

Who is the Best Candidate for Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is similar to microdermabrasion in that the methods both involve a deep exfoliation and cleansing of dead skin cells from the face. Dermaplaning goes another level deeper by actually removing a layer of facial skin, along with peach fuzz, whereas microdermabrasion unclogs pores and removes dead skin cells. The treatment is great for women who have exceptionally dry skin and want to skin their skin looking young and fresh. Those with especially problematic or resilient skin can have both microdermabrasion and dermaplaning done for optimal and long lasting results. The only restriction to who is a great candidate for dermaplaning is those people with problematic acne. Those prone to minor acne can undergo the procedure while their skin is clear however.

The painless procedure takes less time than the typical facial which makes it a great option for people on the go or who need to schedule their treatments around lunch hours. In only 30 minutes, dermaplaning can be completed with no side effects or down time. After treatment however, the skin will be sun sensitive and slightly pink, therefore it is recommended to wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 afterwards.

How Can Dermaplaning Benefit You?

Dermaplaning has many more benefits than just exfoliation and younger looking skin. Actresses love dermaplaning, not only because it produces younger looking skin, but because their makeup artists appreciate the peach fuzz being removed, leaving a smooth, soft surface to work on. Makeup can start to look caked on and uneven, especially when multiple layers of makeup are used for high definition cameras and filming. Removing the peach fuzz allows makeup to stay in place and glide on more evenly.

Removing the top layer of skin is also beneficial for skin care because products are able to penetrate deeper into the skin and have greater effect. The top layer of facial skin is old, dead and dull cells that do not benefit from skin care regimens because the cells are dead. Without removing the thin layer of dead skin cells, the products you use on your face can be ineffective and slightly useless. Dermaplaning removes up to 21 days’ worth of dead skin cell build up. Those who dermaplane should wait a full three to four weeks in between treatments to allow for the skin to go through it’s natural cycle of shedding cells.

Those who get frequent minor breakouts and people who are not seeing results from laser treatments or microdermabrasion should consider combining the techniques for best results. Acne can penetrate multiple layers of skin and removing the top layer through dermaplaning can result in laser and microdermabrasion methods being much more effective. The technique can only be used while there is no breakout present. Dermaplaning is not designed for those with severe acne however, as the treatment can irritate the skin slightly and trigger over activity of the sebaceous glands. Without the peach fuzz that naturally occurs on people’s faces, the skin has trouble expunging oil and dirt making acne worse or more frequent.

Men and Women alike love dermaplaning because of the minimal side effects and little downtime. There are no chemicals involved in the procedure which means it can be enhanced by or combined with other services such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion or facials. The treatment feels like shaving your legs and takes less than an hour to complete. Those who choose to get treated more often than recommended (more than once every three to four weeks) can experience facial peeling and should make sure that they are using an emollient rich moisturizer to reduce the amount of peeling, which looks like a sunburn peel.

For women that are pregnant or nursing, dermaplaning can often be their only and safest option for skin care treatments. Those with sensitive skin types are also recommended to use dermaplaning in place of chemical treatments or waxing to remove facial hair. Dermaplaning uses no chemicals which means there is no odor, nothing penetrating the skin, and no risk involved in the treatment.

Dermaplaning is the ultimate anti-aging serum because it creates a reaction that stimulate the collagen in your face. This creates a healthier look and glowing skin as collagen naturally fills in wrinkles, sunken eyes, crow’s feet and laugh lines. The technique also formulates elastin which can leave skin looking younger and fresher immediately.

Can Dermaplaning Be Done at Home?

Although it is always recommended to have the dermaplaning technique done by a professional licensed and certified dermatologist or aesthetician, many women try to recreate the procedure at home. It is not uncommon for women to shave their faces using razors, eyebrow shapers, or facial hair trimmers and although this technique can work, the results are not typically the same as being done in a professional environment.

Keep in mind that you are removing a layer of skin from your face. The underlying skin is unaffected by the sun and environment and is comprised of brand new skin cells, making it more prone to irritation and infection if you were to accidentally cut yourself while trying to perform the treatment. Dermaplaning also needs a very specific 45-degree angle used during the scraping process to be effective. Your skin also needs to be pulled taught at the same time the scraping is taking place. This is much easier to achieve through a professional than doing it yourself at home in a mirror. A professional also will use the sharpest surgical scalpel that you cannot just pick up at your local drugstore and have the proper sterilization equipment in place to ensure cleanliness.