what is dermaplaning?

The Complete Guide to Dermaplaning

If you’re reading this sentence, then I’d hazard a guess that you’re either contemplating dermaplaning or considering training in it; either way, you’re definitely in the right place! We’ve written this article to give everyone who has an interest in dermaplaning (be it from mild curiosity to full-blown want-to-get-it-done-this-week-without-question need for the treatment), an insight into what dermaplaning is and what you must know prior to any treatment (both as a ‘dermaplaner’ and ‘dermaplanee’).

We’ve used our expertise in the field to put together the either most crucial point that everyone should know about dermaplaning.


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What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a form of exfoliation treatment that involves the use of a scalpel (in the hands of a doctor or trained aesthetician) to carefully scrape away and remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.

I know that some people might raise an eyebrow at the use of a sharp instrument like a scalpel being used for mere exfoliation, but dermaplaning is one of the most effective ways to exfoliate facial skin. Why allow a build up of dead skin and fine hairs to allow your skin to become dull and flaky? Why allow pores to become clogged, which could cause a breakout of spots? I’m sure no-one wants either of the previous two statements to occur, and dermaplaning is one method by which they can be avoided.

Eight things you must know about dermaplaning

1) Dermaplanning can be used on all types of skin: Anyone who is suffering from sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines and flaky skin are the best candidates for dermaplaning – regardless of their skin type. Of course, those with sensitive skin should always be cautious when having a facial procedure for the first time, so be sure to discuss this with your health practitioner before treatment. Also, those with acne are advised not to have any form of dermaplaning procedure as the combination of a razor-sharp scalpel and acne is never a good combination.

2) Downtime is minimal: Contrary to popular belief, the downtime after dermaplaning is exceptionally short. Most patients will experience a reddening of the skin for several hours post-treatment (for some it may last a little longer depending on their skin type); however, the majority of patients will be fine to go back to work straight after having the treatment.

3) Post-treatment skincare: If there’s one beauty tip we advise religiously, it’s wearing a daytime skin cream with SPF – and this is especially vital after receiving any form of dermaplaning treatment. Why? Because your new skin cells will be exposed to the sunlight (and other elements), and they will be more susceptible to damage (because they’re no longer under a layer of dead skin cells); therefore the chances of sun damage or even sunburn increase by a considerable amount. Even if you’re not a daily wearer of an SPF cream, it is a must after any exfoliation treatment.

4) Your makeup will look even better: Yes, that’s right – it will! If there are two things that (negatively) affect how your makeup looks, it’s dead skin cells and peach fuzz; both can be obvious under makeup – particularly the latter. However, as dermaplaning removes both dead skin cells and peach fuzz, you can look forward to your make up looking absolutely flawless post-treatment. In addition, the products you use to cleanse and tone your skin will also be more effective. Why? Because your pores will be unclogged and they can penetrate the skin more efficiently (thanks to the lack of dead skin cells blocking their path).

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5) A full month of ‘glow’: Dermaplaning typically removes around three to four weeks of dead skin cells; therefore your skin will ‘glow’ and look fresher for around four weeks post-treatment. But, as skin is growing all the time, it is necessary to have a dermaplaning session on a monthly basis.

6) Only use professionals: This point is exceptionally important. The last you want is a novice, i.e. someone without the requisite experience and training, to carry out your dermaplaning treatment. Prior to having treatment is it crucial that you speak in depth with your practitioner about their training and experience. Ask to see examples of their previous procedures, reviews and talk to current patients if possible. Your facial skin is extremely sensitive and delicate (compared to skin in other areas of your body), plus it’s what everyone sees every day, so the last thing you want is anything to go wrong. Dermplaning is definitely not something to be rush into. When looking for practitioners, we advise looking for those that have been trained by dermaplaningtrainingcourses.co.uk.

7) Never try dermaplaning at home: We cannot stress this one enough. We have seen far too many DIY dermaplaning horror stories, so please do not try it – even if you’re trained in other areas of health and beauty. It takes substantial training and a very steady hand to produce quality results (a combination that not everyone is blessed with or capable of having); therefore always go to someone who is trained and has full experience on numerous clients.

8) No, your hair won’t grow back thicker and darker: This is a myth about dermaplaning that we hear all the time – and one that certainly isn’t true! So how did this misinformation come about? Well, it’s because the feel of the hair is different once it has been cut straight across. By cutting a hair straight across it will feel blunter (compared to a hair with a natural point, i.e. pre-dermaplaning or shaving etc.). So don’t freak out after a dermaplaning treatment if you think your facial hair is growing thicker, because we can assure you it hasn’t!

We hope you found this article both informative and entertaining!

Don’t forget, if you’re looking to learn how to practise dermaplaning professionally, then head over the website linked in point six.

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Have a great day!