What Is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a procedure that exfoliates your skin and gets rid of dirt and vellus hair, better known as “peach fuzz.”

It’s different from dermabrasion, where an aesthetician or doctor uses a high-speed, rotating brush to exfoliate the skin. With dermaplaning, they use a scalpel or a tool called a dermatome. The doctor or aesthetician moves the dermatome, which looks like an electric razor, back and forth to scrape off the top layer of dead skin.

Benefits of Dermaplaning

The exfoliation and hair removal can leave your skin brighter and smoother. The treatment may soften fine lines and wrinkles and ease hyperpigmentation, or uneven skin tone. It’s also used to treat deep acne scars. How well it works really depends on your skin type, tone, and medical history.

Risks and Side Effects

Most people have little to no irritation or reaction. Short-term side effects may include:

  • Red and swollen skin from the scraping
  • Soreness
  • A burning or tingling sensation for about 48 hours after the procedure

It’s not common for your hair to grow back thicker or darker. But in rare cases, dark hair may grow near your chin or “sideburns.”

Dermaplaning isn’t recommended if you have inflammatory skin conditions such as:

If you’re taking isotretinoin, a prescription medication used to treat severe acne, you should wait 6 months after you stop taking it to try dermaplaning.

Where Can You Get It?

It’s best to go to a licensed aesthetician or doctor if you’re thinking about trying dermaplaning.

Do-it-yourself kits and tools are available online and at your local drugstore. But because you’re using a very sharp blade, you may cut your skin when you scrape it. This can lead to infection or other problems.

How to Prepare

Dermaplaning isn’t covered by insurance, so be prepared to pay out-of-pocket. The procedure takes around 30 minutes.

It’s best to avoid exfoliating your skin 3 days before. You should also try to avoid direct sunlight or tanning.

There’s no downtime needed to let your skin heal. Experts recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and a moisturizer afterward. That’s because your skin may be more sensitive.

You can do dermaplaning every 3 to 4 weeks. But it’s important to remember it won’t get rid of all acne scars or stop aging. Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist if you’re concerned about your skin.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on March 04, 2021

Sources

SOURCES:

Stanford Health: “What Is Dermabrasion/Dermaplaning?”

American Academy of Dermatology Association: “Isotretinoin: Overview.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning.”

The Well by Northwell: “Thinking About Trying Dermaplaning?”

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