Dermaplaning is a procedure for exfoliating the outer most layer of skin and ridding it of fine hair we tend to call peach fuzz. It’s a quick procedure that’s generally performed on the face. A trained and medically supervised Esthetician uses a scalpel and a delicate touch, to abrade, or scrape, the surface of the skin using light feathery strokes.
Why Get It?
Dermaplaning not only rids the face of the peach fuzz, it also exfoliates dead skin cells on the outermost layer. It’s a great option to offer to patients who are pregnant or nursing who want a deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their skin because adverse reactions.
How It Compares to Traditional Shaving
So if dermaplaning just seems like a very fancy and expensive way to shave, then you’re almost right. The real difference is the exfoliation. The technician can determine how deep to plane the skin, where a razor can only go so far.
Shaving can be done every day whereas dermaplaning should not. You actually need to wait two weeks before the next session. Although sunscreen is important for everyone, it’s very crucial after getting this service because the skin is very sensitive to the sun and hyperpigmentation (dark skin spots) can occur.
Shaving can be scary for some because there is a myth that the hair will grow back thicker and darker. This is not the case. The reason it can look thicker and darker is because the razor will cause a blunt edge. The blunt edge is what may cause the hair to look and feel thicker.
Why Don’t I Know About This?
Dermaplaning isn’t usually offered in salons and spas. Some doctor’s offices and medi spas will provide this service. Generally Estheticians don’t even know about it because it may be beyond the scope of practice in their state and they use microdermabrasion or chemical peels for deep exfoliation.
The prices range from $75 to $150 and up. Most doctors’ offices or medi spas that have it on the menu will offer it with a chemical peel or facial because it allows for better penetration of the products. Either way, make sure the technician/Esthetician is well trained and is comfortable with what they’re doing.
I bet you’re telling yourself you will just shave then and remove that peach fuzz and get a good exfoliation. We don’t recommend women shaving their face unless you’re going through laser or electrolysis, where it’s one of your only hair removal options.
Can you do this at home
Yes there are safe ways to dermaplan at home. You will want to get a razor with safe guards on it the only brand I will ever use is Kai Japanese Face razor with a carbon blade. You can purchase these on Ebay typically 10 for $15. You can reuse them but please make sure you are sterilizing them after each use.
This is personal one I use
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