Dermaplaning: The Pros And Cons
Ever feel like you’re fighting the top layer of your skin?
Whether you’ve tried every exfoliating and depilatory cream on the market, or are looking for a way to get that deep cleaning you’ve been dreaming of, it’s time to talk about dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning is the process of removing the top layer of the skin using a scalpel. This removes the dead skin cells and helps get rid of peach fuzz (also known as vellus hair). Don’t be confused – this is different than the derma roller treatments that use microneedles. Dermaplaning is carried out by a professional, and it’s a great way for people to get intensive skin care treatment without lots of chemicals or an exorbitant price tag. And with home dermaplaning kits (like the DERMAFLASH LUXE and Michael Todd Sonicsmooth) coming on the market, more and more people are researching their options.
Even though dermaplaning is the trendiest skincare treatment on the market right now, is it worth the cost? And does it work for anyone?
Lucky for you, we’ve gone ahead and done the research, so you’ll know what to expect when booking your next dermaplaning treatment.
The Pros Of Dermaplaning
The first thing to talk about when it comes to the pros of dermaplaning is that it doesn’t cause your hair to grow back darker. With waxing and shaving and other forms of hair removal, there is always the fear that your hair will come in darker and thicker.
While your hair doesn’t physically change color, other forms of removal leave a blunted hair shaft behind, causing it to appear thicker and darker as it grows in. With dermaplaning, you don’t have to worry about your peach fuzz mustache growing into a handlebar between visits.
Another positive is that dermaplaning can be done on sensitive skin or on pregnant women who don’t want to risk all the excess chemicals of intensive skincare routines. Since dermaplaning doesn’t delve far under the skin and doesn’t submit the patient to potentially irritating chemicals and processes, you don’t have to worry about coming out of your next appointment with a beet red face and more acne then you went in with.
Dermaplaning is also a useful first step before other permanent processes, like laser hair removal, since it helps prepare the skin for more intensive treatment. It can also help make more permanent treatments last longer and more likely to take hold, as the underlayer of the skin is more exposed to the next treatment.
Ever put on a powder foundation only to realize that every single hair on your face now sticks out like a sore thumb? Dermaplaning can help get rid of that sensation by removing all those tiny almost-invisible hairs that stick out every time you use a matte foundation. This means that your foundation will go on smoother and that you’ll use less makeup every time you do your face, saving you money in the long run.
Anyone who went through puberty ends up with a few acne scars. And while many serums help reduce the visibility of acne scarring, dermaplaning can help remove the scars entirely, as it takes off the top dead layer of skin gradually so eventually these scars are a thing of the past.
Unlike chemical treatment processes that require a resting time between visits, dermaplaning can be done frequently, with no ill effects for repeat visits. While you’re not going to find yourself visiting constantly to get your peach fuzz removed, there is no penalty or redness for going back once or twice in a row to help really take care of those deep-seated dead skin cells.
Dermaplaning painlessly exfoliates the stratum corneum, which in turn helps increase skin cell turnover, meaning your skin looks fresher and younger because, well, it is! This skin cell turn around can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and helps heal blemishes faster than other deep-cleaning skin cell treatments. Plus, nothing is more satisfying than removing that top layer of your skin so that you feel rejuvenated after you leave your appointment.
The Cons Of Dermaplaning
Compared to other hair removal treatments, dermaplaning tends to get expensive, as you end up going back multiple times instead of once-and-done laser hair removal, or is it cheaper waxing options on the market. While dermaplaning helps rejuvenate your whole face, it doesn’t necessarily rejuvenate your wallet as easily.
Compared to other hair waxing treatments, dermaplaning is not a permanent option. While it is easier on your face, it doesn’t remove the hair at the root, meaning that your hair will appear faster, meaning you’ll have to go back for another treatment.
If you’re looking for permanent hair removal, or don’t want to have to deal with seeing your peach fuzz every week, you may want to invest in waxing or other forms of hair removal.
Unfortunately, dermaplaning is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Depending on the individual’s hair growth cycle and their cell turnover, the results may be more pronounced, or they may not notice a difference after the first two days. It all depends on your body chemistry, and until you try there is no real telling what the result will be, making it less guaranteed then other deep-cleaning skin treatments.
If you have cystic acne, dermaplaning is not for you. This can cause severe irritation to your skin, and lead to more scarring from the acne. While it may seem frustrating, the last thing you want to do is cut into irritated skin and remove the top layer, leaving more room for infection when you’re prone to cystic acne.
Dermaplaning is also not as reliable for individuals with thicker, male-pattern hair growth, as this hair tends to come in stronger than peach fuzz, and removing the top layer of your skin might not be enough to stop the hair growth.
Dermaplaning is a popular procedure for a reason, as it gives you some of the best results from skin treatment and hair removal processes without chemicals and without irritating your skin. On the other hand, dermaplaning is not for everyone, so it’s a good idea to talk with a dermaplaning specialist before going in for treatment. Otherwise, you might find your face more irritated than it was before, or be disappointed with the amount of hair removal.
As with any skin care routine, it can take time and practice to find out what works best for your unique body. But don’t give up, once you find the right treatment for you, you’ll never have to struggle with less than flawless skin again.