What Is Dermaplaning?

Updated 03/19/18
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Dermaplaning is a procedure for exfoliating the outer most layer of skin and ridding it of fine hair we tend to call peach fuzz. It's a quick service that's generally performed on the face. A trained and medically supervised Esthetician uses a scalpel and a soft touch, scraping the surface of the skin using light feathery strokes.

Why Get It?

Dermaplaning not only gets rid of peach fuzz on the face, it also exfoliates removing dead skin cells on the outermost layer. It's a great option for those who want a deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their skin because of adverse reactions. This might be because of a medical condition or being pregnant or nursing.

How It Compares to Traditional Shaving

So if dermaplaning just seems like a very fancy and expensive way to shave, then you're almost right. The real difference is the level of exfoliation. The technician can determine how deep to plane the skin, where a razor can only go so far.

Shaving can be done every day whereas dermaplaning should most definitely not. You actually need to wait two weeks before the next session. Although sunscreen is important for everyone, it's very crucial after getting this service because the skin is very sensitive to the sun and hyperpigmentation (dark skin spots) are possible.

Shaving can be scary for some because there is a myth that the hair will grow back thicker and darker. This is not the case. The reason it can look thicker and darker is because the razor will cause a blunt edge. The blunt edge is what may cause the hair to look and feel thicker.

Why Don't I Know About This?

Dermaplaning isn't usually offered at most salons and spas. Some doctor's offices and medispas will provide this service. Generally, Estheticians don't even know about it because it may be beyond the scope of practice in their state, and they use microdermabrasion or chemical peels to provide deep exfoliation treatments.

The Costs

Dermaplaning prices range from $75 to $150 and up. Most doctors' offices or medispas that have it on the menu will offer it with a chemical peel or facial because it allows the other products to sink deeper into the skin with the aim of quicker or better results. Either way, make sure the technician/Esthetician is well trained and is comfortable with what they're doing.

Consider This

I bet you're telling yourself you will just shave them and remove that peach fuzz and get a good exfoliation. We don't recommend women shaving their face unless it's an emergency situation or you're going through laser hair removal or electrolysis where it's one of your only hair removal options.

If you're going to use a razor on your face for whatever reason, follow the rules of shaving like you do with other parts of your body. First, make sure your face is clean. Otherwise, you can allow bacteria into the small cuts and that may cause an infection. Never use a dull razor blade.

Always apply shaving cream or gel to damp skin prior to shaving, even if there's just peach fuzz. Shaving with a dry manual razor can cause razor burn or a rash, which always doesn't show up immediately.

Shaving also does exfoliate the skin but not as deep as dermaplaning. However, both can cause damage to the skin, leaving scarring or infections. To look into other options from temporary to permanent, see: How to Remove Facial Hair.

Removing hair has been a beauty secret for centuries. Remember when making your choice always go forth with caution and make sure safety is at the top of your list. Keep in mind that many ways of removing hair also exfoliate the skin, some more than others. So with your hairless skin, remember sunscreen can be your best friend.

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