• Kaitlyn Parrow

Dermaplaning: What Are the Beauty Benefits of This New Trend?

You’ve probably seen a blogger rave about this new trend on social media, or maybe you’ve heard about it through a friend, but what exactly is dermaplaning? What are the beauty benefits of it? Most importantly, why would you willingly let anyone get that close to your face with a scalpel? If you’re considering getting this procedure done, then read on to learn more about it.

What is Dermaplaning?

Technically speaking, dermaplaning is a physical exfoliation method that requires the use of a medical-grade surgical scalpel to gently shave the top layer of your skin to rid of vellus hair (aka peach fuzz), dead skin, dirt, and impurities. One dermaplaning session can remove around 2-3 weeks of dead skin and debris buildup from the surface of your skin.

Now, you may have read the word “scalpel” in that sentence and immediately thought no thank you. However, it is actually a painless procedure! Your dermatologist will first cleanse and dry your skin and will then proceed to pull it taut with one hand while using the other to hold the sterile blade at a 45-degree angle and glide across your face with short, swift strokes. Since this procedure is painless, there’s no need for any numbing cream — unlike microneedling. Many people actually compare the dermaplaning sensation to shaving your legs or armpits!

What are the Beauty Benefits?

There are many great reasons why dermaplaning may be the best option for you. Here are pros to getting this procdure:

1. Immediate Results

Dermaplaning offers immediate results. Right away, your skin will feel soft and smooth after the treatment. The best and most convenient part: there is no recovery time necessary afterwards.

2. Quick Treatment

Speaking of time, the treatment itself is fairly quick compared to other facials. Dermaplaning normally takes less than 30 minutes for the whole treatment. Therefore, it is easy to squeeze the procedure into your busy schedule.

3. No Chemicals

There are no chemicals involved. Since no chemicals are used, irritation is a lot less likely to occur. This also makes dermaplaning a great option for people with sensitive skin or for pregnant women.

4. Makeup Benefits

If you wear makeup, it will go on way smoother. How nice will that be? Since your face will completely be stripped of dead skin and peach fuzz, you’ll basically have a clean canvas for your makeup.

5. Skin Cell Growth

It promotes the growth of new skin cells. Think about it: if you’re scraping away and getting rid of dead skin cells, it leaves room for new, healthy skin cells to grow.

6. Better Skin Penetration

A deep exfoliation through dermaplaning allows your skincare products to penetrate your skin better. Therefore, you will be getting a better use out of your products and you will see better results.

7. Reduce Acne Scars & Pores

It can reduce the appearance of acne scars and minimize pores. This manual exfoliation process removes the tiny facial hairs that trap the oils and dirt that make your pores appear larger.

Although these benefits are tempting, it is important to note that if you are not willing to see an experienced professional, don’t just do it on your own. According to certified dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe, “If you are looking to exfoliate the skin at home, I would strongly urge you to utilize an at-home peel pad with alpha and beta hydroxyl acids instead of coming at your face with a blade!” Bottom line: If you want to experience all of the beauty benefits that come from dermaplaning, go to a licensed professional.

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