What is Dermaplaning?

It’s hard keeping up with all of the latest beauty must-haves and routines.

From beauty blenders and cruelty-free products to vampire facials and hydra masks, there’s so much to learn about beauty routines and what may be right for you.

Skincare becomes even more of a trial and error task as winter drags on. While wearing the mask is the safest way these days, it isn’t doing your skin any favors. The lack of sunshine this time of year means a lack of Vitamin D, and to boot the air is cold and dry.

Winter is taking a toll on your now lifeless skin. So what now?

For many parched faces, rejuvenating facials are one of the hottest growing trends in skincare. If you’re looking for a fresh canvas for applying makeup or your skin is in dire need of a smooth and refreshing glow, the rejuvenation found in dermaplaning or a dermaplaning facial may be just what you’re looking for.

Benefits of Dermaplaning

Who doesn’t want glowing and youthful skin, right?

Dermaplaning aims to make your skin’s surface smooth, youthful, and radiant.

Aside from removing the “peach fuzz” and dead skin from your face, dermaplaning also carries several other benefits to your skin:

  • Smooth the skin’s surface
  • Removal of deep scarring from acne or other skin conditions
  • Brighter skin and noticeably increased skin radiance
  • Better penetration of skincare products (as a result of dead skin removal)

The Dermaplaning Process

Dermaplaning is–put simply–the exfoliation of the top layer of skin. This form of exfoliation uses a sterile surgical scalpel to gently shave the surface of the skin, removing dead skin as well as the peach fuzz that traps dirt and oil on your face.

Using a surgical blade at a 45-degree angle, the esthetician will gently shave the surface of your face. You may feel a light scraping of the skin, but it is completely safe and pain-free.

They will work around the entire face, one area at a time, and stop just below the jawline. Your esthetician may place dead skin cell/peach fuzz shavings on a napkin or towel so you can see the results!

If you opt for a dermaplaning facial, you’re in for an even greater treat. The esthetician performing your facial will cleanse your face of any makeup, dirt, and debris at surface level and may go in with a second cleanser to ensure the face is dirt and oil-free before the dermaplane begins. Once the actual dermaplaning process has been completed, your esthetician will apply an enzyme or a chemical peel (depending on your skin type) to remove any remaining dead skin and peach fuzz and help balance your skin’s pH while also lightly cleansing the skin.

Lastly, a personalized mask will be applied, followed by a finishing moisturizer. The moisturizer will penetrate deeper into the skin’s surface now that the dead skin and peach fuzz has been removed, and you’ll be left with a radiant glow.

9 Commonly Asked Questions

1. Are dermaplaning and shaving the same thing?

Not quite. Shaving removes the peach fuzz from your face, while dermaplaning removes peach fuzz, coarse hair, and dead skin cells. Dermaplaning is also performed by a licensed professional with precise instruments and professional skincare products catered to your skin type.

2. Are there any side effects? 

Dermaplaning is safe for most skin types.

If you have highly reactive or inflamed acne-prone skin, this may not be the facial for you, as it could irritate your sensitive skin. Try looking into a more gentle exfoliant, like lactic acid if this is the case for you.

3. Will dermaplaning cause skin to break out?

Breakouts are caused by dead skin, oil, and dirt trapped in your pores.

Good news: Dermaplaning removes the peach fuzz that traps dirt and oil, as well as dead skin on the surface of your face, leaving your skin with a fresh and clean glow.

4. How much does dermaplaning cost? 

The average dermaplaning treatment can cost anywhere from $150 to $250.

This depends on your location, the length of the treatment, and any add-on facial treatments.

5. Does dermaplaning hurt?

Tip: leave it to the professionals. If it is being done correctly, it shouldn’t hurt at all.

Can you feel it? Yes. For many, it’s actually quite relaxing and the perfect time to unwind.

6. What can you expect afterward?

You may notice some light redness following the procedure, but that is to be expected. Your skin is more “open” and may be a little irritated, so most estheticians recommend leaving the makeup in the bag for the day following a dermaplaning procedure.

Aside from that, you can leave with a radiant glow and a fresh face. Skincare products will work better with your skin as well, leaving a smoother finish.

Keep your skin clean, hydrated, and happy.

7. Does dermaplaning make your hair grow back thicker?

No. Any peach fuzz or hair may feel different growing back in because it was cut straight across, but it is the same texture as it was before your dermaplane procedure. The old wives’ tale of hair growing back thicker when you shave is actually a result of the blunt tip of the cut hair follicle feeling thicker than the naturally tapered tip of a grown out follicle.

8. Should I schedule a follow-up?

Professionals recommend four to six weeks before any further treatments, but some people can even limit their dermaplane procedures to once every three to four months. Your esthetician will help you determine the right regimen for your skin type.

9. Do I need to wear sunscreen?

Absolutely. Your face is more susceptible to the sun’s rays post-exfoliation, so taking special care to hydrate and lather up the (gentle) SPF on your face is crucial to keeping your skin glowing and healthy. In fact, you should wear sunscreen every day! Sun damage is the leading cause of premature aging, so make sure you find an SPF that’s right for your skin and include it in your morning routine!

Want to Know More About Dermaplaning?

If you’re looking for a facial treatment that leaves your skin smooth, clean, and glowing, look no further than a dermaplaning treatment at Dulce Lash and Skin.

With locations in Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Seattle, Dulce Lash and Skin has you covered. Our expert estheticians will guide you through your options from start to finish and leave you looking your best.

Contact Dulce Lash to book a consultation today!