Dermaplaning is the process of taking a 10-gauge scalpel (which sounds vaguely Grey's Anatomy-esque) and using it to scrape layers of dead skin off of the surface of your face. It needs to be done by a professional — so please do not take a scalpel to your own face or let anyone who isn't formerly trained perform on you — but takes only a few minutes and doesn't hurt at all. Dermaplaning is done with a single blade. A trained beauty therapist will use small upward strokes to remove the dead layer of skin with the blade. Although it sounds scary, the process is totally safe and can be done every three to four weeks.
Here are nine reasons you should try dermaplaning — I promise, it doesn't hurt and it's totally worth it.
1. It's The Best Way To Exfoliate Your Skin
There are literally a zillion different ways to exfoliate your skin (with scrubs, with chemical peels, Microderm — the list goes on and on), but Dermaplaning tends to work best because it's ability to promote deeper and more even penetration of products into the skin.
2. It Reduces Visible Signs of Aging
As we age skin care becomes increasingly more important to us all. A decrease in matrix proteins like collagen and elastin are to blame for visible signs of aging (read: wrinkles and dark spots) and Dermaplaning helps promote the production of these proteins. Hello, eternal youth.
3. It Immediately Evens Your Skin
Not only does Dermaplaning even out the texture of your skin, it helps make the color appear smoother too. The process is beneficial for hyper-pigmentation because it helps fend off the things in your body that inhibit production of melanin, which is what gives your skin its color.
4. It Helps With Acne Breakouts & Scarring
"Hyperkeratosis" is a buildup of the top layer of your skin, which causes dull complexion and acne. Dermaplaning reduces the thickness of this layer which helps correct these conditions. Plus, removing this layer of dead skin makes it easier for topical products to penetrate your skin.
5. It Gets Rid of Baby Hair
What's better than getting smooth, glowing skin? Getting smooth, glowing, hairless skin. Dermaplaning also gets rid of the vellus hairs (affectionately known as "baby hairs" or "peach fuzz") on the surface of your face in the process of removing dead skin cells. Although merely an old wives’ tale, many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after Dermaplaning provides a completely clean palette, which will help your makeup go on more smoothly and stay on longer. This is not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.
6. It Will Help Your Makeup Go On Smoother
Dermaplaning provides a completely clean palette, which will help your makeup go on more smoothly and stay on longer.
7. It Doesn't Hurt
Waxing and threading have made it seem like in order for hair removal to be effective, it has to hurt. That is so not the case with Dermaplaning, which is entirely painless but just as effective when it comes to getting rid of vellus (peach fuzz) facial hair.