What Is Dermaplaning?

If you are serious about skincare or self-care, you may have looked into many different skin treatments. The desire to look younger or have healthy skin is one that many people share. One treatment that can help you achieve your skin goals is dermaplaning

When you think of the word “dermaplaning,” what do you imagine? If you know that “derm” refers to skin, then “planing” may be the word you need to know. You can think of dermaplaning as the process of shaving away the upper layers of your skin across the plane of your face. Specifically, dermaplaning is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that physically exfoliates your face. 

Dermaplaning is different than just shaving your face. With shaving, you only get rid of the hair or “peach fuzz” and potentially some surface-level dead skin. During dermaplaning, an aesthetician or doctor uses a scalpel or tool called a “dermatome” to remove hair and the upper layers of your skin. Dermaplaning should not be confused with microdermabrasion or dermabrasion. These are different procedures. Microdermabrasion is a treatment that uses an exfoliating blade to sand your skin gently. It is minimally invasive, much like dermaplaning. On the other hand, dermabrasion is a surgical procedure that removes the outer layer of skin. 

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What Does Dermaplaning Do for You?

One of the many benefits of dermaplaning is that it can make your skin look younger. The process removes dry, dead skin and fine hair. So, it leaves your skin looking brighter and smoother. Because of this, it can help minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, removing the upper layers of skin help reduce deep acne scars. Dermaplaning evens your skin tone as well as eases hyperpigmentation across your face. 

Are There Risks?

There are risks associated with any procedure. However, the adverse side effects of dermaplaning are small. For example, most people may have red or swollen skin shortly after the procedure. In addition, your face may feel sore. Yet, the effects are likely short. 

On rare occasions, some people may develop an infection since the process opens up all of your pores. However, keeping your skin clean will help avoid many issues. 

If your face is swollen for more than a week, then you should contact your doctor. Additionally, you need to seek medical treatment if you develop blisters or start bleeding. 

Why Should You Not Use Dermaplaning?

Experts do not recommend that you undergo dermaplaning if you have an existing acne outbreak. Also, you should avoid this treatment if you have an active rash or sunburn. These skin issues make your skin sensitive, which can cause pain during the procedure. Additionally, it can increase the chance of developing scarring after your treatment. If you have other skin conditions, such as eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis, you should consider an alternative treatment. 

Your skin will be more sensitive after your treatment. Therefore, it is vital that you wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Also, be sure to moisturize to keep your skin healthy.