It’s a term you’ve likely heard before. It’s gained reputation, in the world of beauty and on social platforms, as an exfoliation method that leaves skin smooth and perfect for flawless makeup application.
But what is it really? Some people think it’s just like shaving your face. Other people are unsure, fearful even and reluctant to try it because a sharp blade is involved. There is a lot of misinformation out there. With a growing demand to keep up with beauty trends, D.I.Y.
Dermaplaning kits and personal razors have begun to saturate the market. I know that I personally see the word ‘dermaplane’ printed across products like these in every megastore (or even little store) that I walk into. It’s important to know that these are different from professional dermaplaning tools, and the results will not be the same either. At best, these over-the-counter tools, will do only a fraction of the job as a professional procedure. At worst, some of these kits and tools are dangerous for individuals to use themselves.
A true Dermaplane Procedure is only performed by licensed aestheticians or doctors. A scalpel (held at a 45-degree angle) is used and meticulously moved back and forth, scraping off dead skin, excess oil and vellus hair from the epidermis. Over a weeks' worth of dead skin can be removed and the results will last three weeks or longer. Even if you exfoliate at home, this procedure is especially effective for removing anything your usual exfoliants don’t.
The benefits are both immediate and longer term.
Your skin looks brighter, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are reduced. Pores are unclogged and peach fuzz is gone, leaving behind a smooth surface (It is this effect that makes dermaplaning so popular for makeup lovers).
This exfoliation process is so effective at removing the buildup of uneven skin texture and discoloration that it can reduce the appearance of things like acne scars as well. The longer-term effects are remarkable on their own. A Dermaplane Treatment will help skincare ingredients perform at their peak. Up to three weeks after a treatment, the epidermis will absorb products more efficiently (helping you get the most out of the skincare products you use at home too).
Deeper still, the physical process of dermaplaning stimulates collagen production in the dermal layer of your skin (the dermis). Collagen Production helps rebuild and repair the skin, improving elasticity and density.
Professional Dermaplane Treatments are effective, gentle and suitable for almost every skin type. Oily, Dry, Mature - all of these skin types respond well. Even skin with atrophic scarring from acne and epidermal trauma respond favorably.
As with everything, there are considerations to make when you seek out a procedure like this. You will need to stop using retinols for at least one week prior and it’s also a good idea to stop using any other exfoliants beforehand.
The following types of conditions can delay your treatment:
As far as deal breakers go, skin cancer is a big one. Additionally, you would be unable to get this treatment if your currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. Another, more common contraindication, is Acne.
Dermaplaning is not safe for people with active breakouts because it can spread the bacteria, making the issue worse. Then there is sensitive skin and inflammatory skin conditions like Eczema and Rosacea. If you have these conditions, approach dermaplaning cautiously because severity can range extensively. Defiantly don’t seek out a procedure if you have a flare up of these conditions - wait until things have calmed down and then contact a licensed professional. Done right, Dermaplaning can be beneficial even for problematic conditions.
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