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Dermaplaning 101 | Why Your Skin Wants to be Shaved

September 3, 2018

As a licensed skincare expert, I’ve got to tell you a secret: dermaplaning is one of those treatments that I think everyone should have. From exfoliation to removal of pesky vellus hair, it’s my favorite treatment to incorporate into my clients’ monthly skincare routine.

For those of you new to this aesthetic procedure, let’s walk through why your skin is craving dermaplaning.  

By: Alison, LE


What is dermaplaning?

In my opinion, dermaplaning is the best thing ever invented! We use a sterile, surgical steel 10r “butter blade” to go over the skin and remove any vellus hair and dead skin. This amazing exfoliation treatment also helps stimulate collagen growth to help improve skin texture and tightness.

Isn’t it the same thing as shaving?

Nope! Shaving uses a larger blade to remove unwanted hair, usually at home. Dermaplaning, on the other hand, is performed by a trained esthetician. It uses a smaller blade and has many different benefits, including:

  • Hair removal
  • Mild exfoliation
  • Dead skin cell removal
  • Acne breakout control
  • Improves skin care product effectiveness

I heard dermaplaning will give me stubble. Will it?

The last thing many women want is for their facial hair to grow back darker and/or thicker. Dermaplaning will not give you stubble, although it may appear like that at first. Why?

  1. Hair grows in with a blunt edge, so if you touch your face often, you may feel the hair growth and think that it’s thicker. This isn’t the case. Once the hair has fully grown back in (same length as pre-treatment), it will look and feel exactly the same as before.
  2. Your skin is more radiant, so the hair looks darker. Dermaplaning removes the top layer of dead skin and vellus hair, not to mention any makeup, sweat, oil, or other grime on your face. Your face will appear much brighter than you’ve experienced in the past, so the regrowth seems darker. In reality, the hair will grow the exact same color as before.

What about breakouts? I don’t need any more of those!

Lucky for you, dermaplaning doesn’t cause breakouts – it actually helps prevent them! Regular treatments help keep pores clear by:

  • Removing the sweat and grime build up in your pores and sticking to your vellus hair
  • Increasing the effectiveness of your acne products by allowing deeper penetration

While dermaplaning won’t remove blackheads (a better treatment would be a HydraFacial or the Extractions add-on), blackheads will become less noticeable with proper exfoliation.

Can dermaplaning help melasma or rosacea?

Yes, it can actually help both! Melasma is a pigment disorder with darkened discoloration apparent on the face or arms, usually due to sun exposure. Rosacea, on the other hand, is categorized by chronic flares of redness on the face.

Paired with a chemical peel, dermaplaning can help pigment treatment products penetrate the skin better for lighter, better results. Using a quality SPF product can also help prevent future issues!

Where can I schedule?

We’re happy to walk through the process with you, as well as offer a free consultation on your skin. Simply call us at 513-791-9474 to book your first treatment.