In recent years, dermaplaning has become one of the hottest skin care services in the industry. It is an exfoliation method that gently removes dead skin cells and vellus facial hair by stroking a blade along the skin. Also, it often promotes a more flawless makeup application, as the products can penetrate deeper into the skin after a dermaplaning session.
What Benefits Does Dermaplaning Provide?
Dermaplaning has existed for much longer, although it has recently become popular. Cleopatra was the original proponent of this beauty treatment, which has offered many advantages since ancient times, and some of the best benefits are:
- facial hair removal
- faster skin revitalization
- less noticeable wrinkles
- even skin tone
- fewer scars (e.g., from acne)
- less visibility of pigmentation changes
- immediate results after the first treatment
- quick and simple procedure
- deeper skin product penetration
- promoting collagen production
- preventing the development of inflamed acne
- unclogging the pores
- seamless makeup application
What Are The Preparation Before Dermaplaning?
Before any exfoliation treatment, it’s essential to determine the dos and don’ts before and after the service.
Book a consultation
If dermaplaning has never been received, it is best to seek professional advice before scheduling a dermaplaning service. Although there is little to no downtime and hardly any contraindications for dermaplaning, a pre-service chat is always advised.
Pause any manual or chemical exfoliation for 3-5 days
If using any retinol, exfoliating serums, enzymes, facial polishes, or scrubs, discontinue the application before the service. Over-exfoliation can cause acne breakouts, hyper/hypopigmentation, redness, and dry skin. Skin cells take time to renew and should be allowed to do so before receiving a maximum exfoliation service.
Avoid direct sun exposure for 5-7 days before serving.
While sun exposure is recommended in moderation, it can damage cells and leave them more sensitive than normal. An aesthetician cannot exfoliate the skin with a sunburn. So, avoid sun exposure before the appointment as it can increase sensitivity.
Schedule facial waxing 1-2 weeks before dermaplaning
At least seven days before the service, facial epilation such as waxing, sugar, and threading can be scheduled, as well as 14 days after the service. Forego the appointment if waxing services are scheduled to remove unwanted vellus facial hair. The dermaplaning service does not target hair follicles and will not hinder growth.
Epilation (removal of hair from the follicle) received for “whiskers” around the chin is advised before service – within the appropriate time frame. Dermaplaning blades can be challenging to glide over terminal hair and are not intended to do so. On that note, schedule the appointments accordingly to ensure the skin is healthy.
Reschedule the appointment if having open wounds or acne lesions
Since this service uses a sterile scalpel blade to remove hair and skin cells, aestheticians do not shave over open wounds. Most importantly, it is advised not to show up on the day of the appointment with open acne or lesions. The appointment will undoubtedly be rescheduled and may be subject to a cancellation fee.
After completion of Accutane, wait six months before receiving an exfoliation service.
The idea behind Accutane is it increases fragility and skin sensitivity. The risk for infection, trauma or damage is more significant while taking Accutane and the duration it takes for it to remove fully from the system. So, it is best to wait 6-12 months after completion before receiving treatments that remove epidermal skin cells (waxing, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning).
What To Expect During The Procedure?
In a typical session, the aesthetician will:
- First, cleanse the skin to remove all bacteria, oils, and dirt.
- Then, the skin will be patted dry with a clean towel.
- Next, many aestheticians apply an oil like argan or jojoba so that the blade will glide smoothly over the skin.
- The exfoliation will begin since the skin has already been prepared. In fact, the procedure is painless and doesn’t require an anesthetic.
- Starting with one side of the face, the aesthetician will hold the skin as they stroke the blade at a 45-degree angle.
- Once each side of the face is finished, a warm towel will be placed over it to remove excess hair and relax the client.
What To Avoid Doing After Dermaplaning?
Avoid the Sun for 2-3 Days After Dermaplaning
It is given that those new healthy cells have been exposed through exfoliation, which means they are extra sensitive. So be sure to avoid direct contact with the sun and wear sunscreen.
Don’t Use Any Exfoliators the Week After Dermaplaning.
Similar to the pre-dermaplaning session, it is suggested to avoid over-exfoliation. Still, skip any retinoids, AHAs, BHAs, microbeads, or enzymes. These products can make the skin red, dry, and flaky.
Use A Gentle Face Wash
The skin may feel slightly tender after the session, so apply gentle cleansers only. Avoid anything harsh or drying. Keep in mind those new skin cells need to be pampered.
Moisturize After Dermaplaning
Always moisturize after dermaplaning, as moisturizers will soften the skin and create an occlusive barrier that usually prevents moisture loss and keep the skin healthy and lubricated.
Is Dermaplaning Safe?
Although dermaplaning is a safe peeling method for all skin types, those with active acne should refrain from this treatment. However, this procedure can be done for people with skin problems like wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, or want to remove facial hair. Also, it is safe for pregnant women.
As easy as it looks, things are not that simple with dermaplaning. Without knowing the proper technique, such as how to hold the blade, one can easily cut the skin and possibly cause an infection. In addition, if clients cannot accurately determine the condition of their skin, the treatment might spread bacteria, which usually happens to people with active breakouts and severe sunburns.
In this case, it’s always better to consult a doctor before scheduling a dermaplaning treatment, especially for those who don’t know their skin well enough.
More people are raving about dermaplaning as a physical skin rejuvenation treatment that removes dead skin and vellus facial hair (peach fuzz), producing more radiant, smooth skin. Sevid Beauty LLC offers Dermaplaning Facial that uses a surgical blade to scrape the outer skin layer with a sharp blade during the facial. This treatment will brighten the skin instantly, and products will penetrate deeper into the skin, increasing their effectiveness.