Dermaplaning – A Complete Guide For Hair & Wrinkle Removal At Home
Women shaving their faces is a common practice these days. But wait, I am not talking about that foamy shaving cream or the fancy razor that would be lying somewhere in your bathroom now. Instead, shaving or facial hair removal has got an entirely new aspect to it. Women are having their faces shaved by dermatologists by a procedure called dermaplaning!
Sounds intense, isn’t it? So what is the process all about and why on earth would you let someone get close to your face with a scalpel? Here’s the deal.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a cosmetic skin treatment that skims dead skin cells and hair from your face with an exfoliating blade. The procedure is also known as micro planing or blading.
Dermaplaning removes the top layers of your skin which, in turn, removes “peach fuzz” (the short & soft facial hairs), fine wrinkles, deep acne scarring and uneven pockmarks on your skin. The process renders the skin’s surface smooth, youthful, and radiant.
Are there any side effects?
In the hands of a professional, dermaplaning is a safe procedure for most people. It involves zero to little risk and no severe side effects have been reported till now. The best part is, this procedure does not require any downtime for recovery. How convenient!
Dermaplaning sessions run between $150 and $250 each. However, at times, it can be difficult to find a trained provider who can administer the treatment. Good news! A dermaplaning at-home kit is your one-stop solution. Not only will it save several bucks but also give you a salon-like treatment at the convenience of your home.
Tempted to buy an at-home kit? Have a look at the Mello Dermaplaning Hair Remover, designed to exfoliate dry skin & remove peach fuzz professionally!
Dermaplaning at home – is it safe?
Ask a dermatologist if you should dermaplane at home and the answer will usually be “no” perhaps followed by a “come see me instead!“ This is not because the process is unsafe at home or that it wouldn’t fetch results. You may not have the exact same results of course as the professionals use a sterile blade or scalpel that tends to go a little deeper than your at-home kit can.
Professionals will always recommend you see them for treatments however you can really dermaplane at home with excellent results. Besides, it is much much cheaper.
Dermaplaning at home is an easy and effective way to get smooth, hair-free skin. You can purchase a dermaplaning tool / dermaplaning at-home kit and perform the procedure on yourself. The process requires an exfoliating tool called a razor, an exfoliator, a beauty wand, or an exfoliation system. You may use any of these to do your own dermaplaning. Besides, dermaplaning at home involves risks like infection and pain. There may sometimes be tiny blood spots but it’s totally superficial and does not hurt.
Steps for dermaplaning at home
Dermaplaning at home is very simple but requires some key points. Dive in for the detailed dermaplaning steps:-
- Get your at-home dermaplaning tool or kit
- Cleanse your face with a regular cleanser. You can also use a warm face cloth to remove any superficial dead skin or makeup.
- Pat dry your face and apply a very thin layer of sweet almond/apricot/jojoba oil. Dermaplaning with oil will allow the blade to glide easily on your skin and makes the process very comfortable.
- Grab the dermaplaning tool and start with downward strokes on your face.
- Move the blade gently down the cheeks, jawline, forehead. Be careful of your hairline.
- Once done with one side of your face, rinse the blade. You will find dead skin cells and light hairs on it. How Satisfying!
- Once the whole face is done, go over your face again, this time against the hair growth.
- Since you have already gone downwards and removed most of the hair, go upwards for a comfortable and greater exfoliation.
- Once done, splash your face a few times with water and pat dry.
- Apply a nice hydrating moisturizer or mask. You may use a serum or retinol as it will penetrate much easier.
- Lastly, admire your smooth and glowing skin is in the mirror!
Advanced dermaplaning at home tips:
Consider chemical peeling
To increase the results, dermaplaning can be done before a chemical peel. This will prime your skin hence make the peel work more effectively. The best way is to use a peeling product or mask. An at-home peel can be ideally done once a week or two.
Apply gentle yet firm pressure
To enhance dermaplaning results, adequate pressure is necessary. Do not be afraid to press down on the blade as it increases the efficiency of dermaplaning. You will tend to have a good idea of the required pressure once you actually do the treatment.
The benefits of dermaplaning at home
Dermaplaning removes the topmost, superficial layer of skin. It other words, dermaplaning sloughs the hair off to reveal the new and fresh layer underneath. Listed are the benefits:-
- Dermaplaning at home is very cost-effective.
- Carrying out the process at home increases the utility of sessions and the at-home kit.
- The process turns out to be highly convenient and time-saving if done at home.
- You will notice instant smoothness and an increase in the brightness of the skin.
- Dermaplaning removes the layer of dead skin that acts as a barrier to the good stuff. It, therefore, allows the skin-care products and treatments to penetrate deeper. Hence they reach the newer cells where they will actually make a difference.
- It effectively evens out your skin tone particularly the dry patches.
- You may have as many sessions as you like (in proper intervals) without worrying about the costs. The dermaplaning kit is a great long term investment.
- Dermaplaning removes “peach fuzz” which brightens your skin and makes you look instantly younger. Dermaplaning at home does not cause thicker or darker hair to grow back.
- It makes makeup application much easier. Your makeup will truly glide on and look much smoother.
Dermaplaning vs Microdermabrasion
Both dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are skin exfoliating treatments. While dermaplaning uses a razor blade to remove dead skin cells, microdermabrasion sands down the skin using an abrasive surface. Both the treatments are more-or-less similar in terms of results, safety, possible side effects, and costs.
Microdermabrasion involves several sessions and fetches long-lasting results. If you’re confused between these two procedures, consult a dermatologist who can advise you based on your skin type and expectations.
If you want to know more about microdermabrasion, here’s a complete guide.
The blonde/gray peach fuzz is best handled by dermaplaning. It is a simple procedure that will reduce fine lines and brighten your skin. Laser hair removal is a great option too, but it is very likely to rip your pockets at the same time. Dermatologists claim that dermaplaning is effective for people looking forward to making their skin appear youthful, smooth, and bright. Its results last for about three weeks.
However, if you have recurring acne, dermaplaning may nick your pimples. Hence you must postpone the treatment until your skin is sober. Besides, if you are not 100% sure about dermaplaning at home, go for a professional treatment to avoid accidental cuts and scarring.
The razor action of dermaplaning is really satisfying. Now you know why a lot of men enjoy shaving their faces. Just feel good because you are beautiful!