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What is Dermaplaning?

18th June 2018  : 

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a type of facial exfoliation and hair removal treatment. It involves using a very sharp scalpel blade to carefully skim off dead skin cells and facial hair, for a smoother, brighter complexion.

How does Dermaplaning work?

The process behind Dermaplaning is a very simple one. The blade scrapes away rough, dead skin cells and ‘peach fuzz’ (fine downy facial hair) and leaves behind a smoother surface for makeup application. It doesn’t clear out pores like some exfoliation treatments such as microdermabrasion or HydraFacial, but is instead aimed purely at exfoliation and hair removal.

What happens during treatment?

A practitioner will first cleanse and dry your skin thoroughly. Then they’ll take a very sharp surgical blade and - whilst gently pulling your skin taut - will carefully run the blade over the surface of the skin to remove surface debris, dead skin and facial hair. The treatment is painless and should take about 30 minutes to complete.

Is there any downtime?

There is no downtime but your skin will probably feel very sensitive just after treatment. It’s important to use a good SPF to protect the exposed skin and keep it moisturised to maintain your results.

How often can/should I have Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning removes about three weeks’ worth of dead skin cells, so it’s best to have this treatment about once a month.  

Is dermaplaning safe for all skin types?

Yes, Dermaplaning is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin. If you have active acne though, you’ll need to wait until your blemishes/cysts have healed.

Treatments similar to Dermaplaning

There are a number of treatments that offer similar benefits to Dermaplaning. These include:

  • HydraFacial

HydraFacial uses a patented cleansing, extraction and exfoliation system, which can be adapted for different skin types. Like Dermaplaning, it lifts away dead skin, but can also extract impurities from deep within the pores.

  • Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion involves using tiny microcrystals to exfoliate the face, administered through a special handheld device. Other benefits of Microdermabrasion include softening of fine lines & wrinkles and fading of dark marks & pigmentation.

  • Microneedling

Like Dermaplaning, Microneedling involves using a sharp implement on your face - but don’t be put off! The tiny needles used in this treatment only make very small punctures to the skin, which are designed to stimulate the production of new skin cells, collagen and elastin, for a smoother complexion.

  • Skin peels

A skin peel is a deep exfoliating treatment which uses enzymes and fruit acids to dissolve dead skin. Different strengths of peel can be used depending on the results you are looking for.

  • Laser hair removal

If the peach-fuzz-removal element is what appeals to you most about Dermaplaning, you might also be interested in trying laser hair removal. This involves using a specialised laser to target and destroy the hair follicles, for a long-lasting reduction in facial hair.  


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