Out of all our favorite skincare treatments, dermaplaning may be the most misunderstood. While most people are comfortable using peels and serums, many have yet to try dermaplaning themselves. Once available only through in-office treatments, dermaplaning is a simple exfoliation technique that’s now easy to do yourself thanks to new user-friendly devices like our Dermaplaning Tool. Similarly to shaving, you get instant revealing smoother and softer skin dermaplaning removes fine facial hair and dead skin on the face with a blade. When it is executed regularly, dermaplaning helps refine and brighten the skin, diminish the appearance of dark spots and fine lines, and enhance product penetration. When it comes to dermaplaning, unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation swirling around the interne. A handful of the common myths surrounding dermaplaning is what we at Open Door Med Spa would like to bust today.
Myth: Peach Fuzz Will Return Thicker & Darker
No matter where it grows on your body, shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker or darker. Thicker hair growth as a result of shaving your legs or underarms is a common misconception amongst the public. However, for hair to grow back thicker because of shaving, or dermaplaning is biologically impossible. Shaving simply creates a blunt tip on the hairs, which is interpreted as greater thickness. Dermaplaning removes very, very fine hair called vellus. After removing the vellus hair, your skin will instantly feel and look smoother and brighter. As it takes about a week for the hair to grow back, you can invest in dermaplaning again.
Myth: Breakouts are an Inevitable Side Effect of Dermaplaning
Rather than causes them like most exfoliation techniques, dermaplaning prevents breakouts. While dermaplaning can’t be performed on skin with active acne, it will prevent clogged pores and pimples from forming. By removing the top layer of dead skin cells, dermaplaning prevents these cells from getting trapped inside your pores. To prevent and treat breakouts by gently exfoliating the skin, dermaplaning makes it easier for acne treatments and serums as well.
Myth: Dermaplaning is Painful
Actually, one of the least painful ways to remove facial hair and dead skin is dermaplaning, especially when compared to other hair removal techniques like sugaring, threading, and waxing. There is no reason to think dermaplaning would be painful, just as shaving is not painful. When they engage in dermaplaning, a gentle tickle or brushing sensation is the description most share.
Myth: Dermaplaning is Not Recommended on Dark-Toned Skin
Though some exfoliation methods, such as scrubs, aren’t recommended for darker skin, dermaplaning is 100% safe. Dermaplaning doesn’t irritate or cause micro-abrasions in the skin unlike a scrub, and it won’t cause hyperpigmentation. It is actually one of our favorite exfoliation methods for dark skin because it instantly removes the dark baby hair that can make deep skin look duller than it really is.
Myth: Dermaplaning is Time-Consuming
While it may take you slightly longer during your first few uses as you get used to performing the treatment yourself, dermaplaning shouldn’t take you longer than 3-5 minutes. You only need dermaplaning once a week to see noticeable results.