Have you ever heard of dermaplaning? It can be tricky to understand the true concept of this when you see tools everywhere that claim to promise you professional dermaplaning results. According to skininc.com, “Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz).” Dermaplaning is the process of using a surgical scalpel…YES YOU HEARD ME—SURGICAL SCALPEL!

Dermaplaning tool dos and don'ts

Look, I’m sure the idea of having the tool against your face is terrifying. Trust me, the idea worried me to. It wasn’t until I received my first dermaplaning procedure by my dermatologist that had me hooked. You may see products in the market that claim to provide the same results as dermaplaning by a skincare professional would. However, the results are not the same.

The dermaplaning tools that are available in the market are more like razors and do not provide the same results as a professional dermaplaning tool would. A medical spa or dermatologist office will utilize a medical grade scalpel to gently scrape the outer layer of the skin. This is done at a precise and controlled angle to target hyperpigmentation. Dead skin cells are then gently exfoliated away to reveal brighter and smoother looking skin. It can also provide anti-aging benefits as well as new skin cells are revealed after the treatment.

During each dermaplaning treatment, the licensed skin specialist uses a disposable blade to prevent cross-contamination and infections. Each blade is disposed after each individual treatment. Professional dermaplaning gives you a deeper exfoliation than at-home dermaplaning tool would because it allows a more thorough exfoliation of dead skin cells. The at-home blades are not sharp enough to completely exfoliate the skin and it is unlikely the tool will be sanitized enough to prevent infection. After the process is completed, the skincare professional will follow proper measures to balance the skin’s PH content and apply proper moisturizer for your skin type.

Why is it crucial to exfoliate away vellus hair and dead skin cells? As we age, cell turnover rate decreases, which means exfoliation will be essential to shed dead skin cells. Besides unsightly aesthetic reasons, vellus hair can sometimes cause your makeup to not blend properly. You will notice your skincare products penetrate into the skin more effectively after doing this professional treatment. Count me in!

This treatment can be a great option for pregnant women who are looking for a deeper exfoliation but cannot use certain ingredients for safety reasons. Another positive benefit of this treatment is if facial waxing or threading irritates your skin or causes acne breakouts, this can be another positive option. If you want to learn about safe at home tools you can use to improve the texture and tone of your skin, check out my recent article HERE.

**Disclaimer: Please consult with your esthetician or dermatologist before considering dermaplaning treatment if you have sensitive skin or are pregnant. This treatment may cause irritation to acne-prone skin, those with rosacea, or sensitive skin.

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