There has been so much talk about this treatment and the main thing people remember about dermaplaning is the peach fuzz it removes. But there's so much more to it than that!
So what is dermaplaning?
Using a medical grade scalpel (NOT a shaving tool), impurities, debris and dead skin cells are removed from the outermost layer of the skin which leads to exfoliation. As a response to exfoliation, the process of wound healing occurs and this is where the stimulation of collagen synthesis happens, the renewal of new and healthy skin cells and their functioning and communication is improved. But yes, it does remove the peach fuzz, also known as vellus hair, allowing a smoother touch to the skin and better dermal absorption of active ingredients within your routine. To add, if you're a makeup wearer the application after a dermaplane is flawless!
Who can be treated with dermaplane?
If you are battling dehydrated or dry skin, the exfoliation of a dermaplane treatment will help exfoliate away the dead skin cells which will lead to an improvement of the skins appearance and texture. Also, due to the better absorption of products, using the correct ingredients will allow the skin to hold and retain moisture and stay hydrated.
Dermaplaning is also beneficial for hyperpigmentation as the scalpel is removing the dead skin cells and with continuous treatment you will see the skin becomes a lot more even and brighter. This is also due to the renewal of healthy skin cells.
Dermaplaning can be used if you suffer from acne but I would only suggest doing it with very mild acne and the spots would be avoided. I would however recommend alternate options if you are an acne sufferer.
What are the pre-treatment and aftercare protocols for a dermaplaning treatment?
For at least 4 days prior to your appointment avoid any exfoliation. Also try to schedule your facial waxing/eyebrow threading appointment 4-5 days after or before your treatment. For up to 4 days prior, avoid using AHA's, BHA's, Benzoyl Peroxide, or any harsh/drying chemicals to the skin. Try to keep your routine as gentle as possible.
After your dermaplane avoid wearing makeup for up to 24 hours, avoid sun exposure, tanning salons or any heat treatments such as the gym. Avoid touching the face and ensure your pillowcases are clean! You won't need to apply any other products for the rest of the day, just resume your skincare routine the following day. Avoid exfoliation for at least 4 days after your appointment and keep your skincare routine gentle for those 4 days.
How often should I return for dermaplaning?
I recommend having dermaplaning every 3-4 weeks. In between your treatments make sure you keeping up with an effective skincare routine as advised by your specialist and you're always protecting the skin with SPF minimum 30. As with all facials I recommend a course of 3-6 consistent treatments to see the full benefits of dermaplaning.