Dermaplaning- What an Esthetician Wants You To Know!

Oct. 19, 2020
Dermaplaning often gets confused with just shaving your face- and I understand why. They're similar in the fact that they both remove dead skin and hair! But a dermaplaning tool differs from your typical leg razor. Dermaplaning can do a lot more, which makes it a popular service offered by estheticians.
Professional dermaplaning CAN be mimicked at home. Before we get into how to safely dermaplane, remember that this involves you putting a literal razor to your face. You can easily cut yourself. Beware! It's always better to get it professionally done, and it's typically inexpensive.
What can it do?
  • Brighten Dull Skin
  • Remove Peach Fuzz
  • Create a smooth base for makeup
  • Exfoliate
  • Help your skincare products penetrate better
DON'T dermaplane if you have:
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Rosacea
  • Keratosis pilaris 
  • Hirsutism
  • Cuts or abrasions
  • Shaky hands
  • Over-exfoliated skin
  • Textured skin
The tool I use at home is this one from amazon - costs $4.99 for 3!
But there are many similar options on the market. I prefer these for home use because they are less sharp than professional scalpels, meaning it will be harder to cut yourself. I don't recommend buying medical scalpels online or using them on your face at home.
How to do it:
Use a gentle cleanser and cleanse as you normally would.
Isopropyl alcohol will do! This tool is going to be very up close and personal with your skin, you want to make sure it's extremely clean.
You can dermaplane on wet or dry skin, I prefer dry. I find that it removes vellus hairs more efficiently. If you've got sensitive skin and have a really steady hand, you can apply a few drops of carrier oil or serum before you begin (be careful, this will make your skin more slippery.)
Pulling your skin taut, hold the blade at a 45-degree angle, and barely apply any pressure. Only move in short, downward strokes. Be very careful when you dermaplane on curves of your face (like the jawline). Do NOT dermaplane around or underneath your eyes, sides of your nose, or around the hairline! You also don't want to pass the same section more than 2 times. More than that will highly increase your chances of getting cut, irritation, or over-exfoliation.
You'll notice a lot of hair and dead skin gathering on the blade- keep a washcloth or paper towel handy. Keep the blade clean of buildup or it won't be as effective. Replace your blade after 3 or 4 uses! Most packs come with 3 or more, so this should be an easy rule to follow!

This came from only one section of my cheek!

When I'm done dermaplaning, I like to cleanse again with a salicylic acid foaming cleanser and follow up with a light serum or moisturizer. Thick or heavy creams can sometimes be too heavy for freshly exfoliated skin (at least in my case). You'll definitely want to avoid over-exposure to sunlight, other exfoliants, and occlusives for about a week after dermaplaning. Remember, this IS an exfoliating treatment. I dermaplane no more than 1x per week, or when I notice the hair coming back (results usually last longer than a week!!).
Dermaplaning or shaving your face WON'T make your hair grow back darker or thicker. Total myth! Your hair follicles are deep in the skin, a razor can't change the way your hair is formed. If you've got a lot of dead skin and vellus hairs (peach fuzz) you will be blown away by how much brighter your face looks after dermaplaning! Be very careful if you decide to attempt, and as always, it's better to consult or visit a professional. Other than that, enjoy your baby smooth skin & flawless foundation!
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