Dermaplaning may be the most misunderstood of all our favorite skincare treatments. Many have yet to try dermaplaning themselves while most people are comfortable using peels and serums. Dermaplaning is a simple exfoliation technique. To instantly reveal smoother and softer skin, dermaplaning removes fine facial hair and dead skin on the face with a blade, similarly to shaving. Dermaplaning helps refine and brighten the skin, diminish the appearance of dark spots and fine lines, and enhance product penetration when it is performed properly and regularly. There’s a lot of misinformation swirling around the internet about dermaplaning unfortunately. Today, we at Open Door Med Spa would like to debunk the common myths surrounding dermaplaning.
Myth: Peach Fuzz Will Grow Back Darker and Thicker
Shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker or darker no matter where it grows on your body. It is common for people to think shaving your legs or underarms causes thicker hair growth. However, this is biologically impossible for hair to grow back thicker because of shaving. Being interpreted as greater thickness, shaving simply creates a blunt tip on the hairs. You are removing very, very fine hair called vellus hair with dermaplaning. There is little to no impact on how it looks when it grows back since hair is so thin and soft. Your skin will instantly feel and look smoother and brighter after removing the vellus hair. You can invest in dermaplaning again as it takes about a week for the hair to grow back.
Myth: Dermaplaning Hurts
Especially when compared to other hair removal techniques like sugaring, threading, and waxing, dermaplaning is actually one of the least painful ways to remove facial hair and dead skin. Shaving is not painful, so no reason to think dermaplaning would be painful. A gentle tickle or brushing sensation is the description most share when they engage in dermaplaning services.
Myth: Dermaplaning Gives You Spots & Breakouts
Dermaplaning prevents breakouts rather than causes them like most exfoliation techniques. It will prevent clogged pores and pimples from forming while dermaplaning can’t be performed on skin with active acne. Dermaplaning prevents these cells from getting trapped inside your pores by removing the top layer of dead skin cells. Also, dermaplaning makes it easier for acne treatments and serums to penetrate into the pores to prevent and treat breakouts by gently exfoliating the skin.
Myth: Dermaplaning is Not Good for Black Skin
Dermaplaning is 100% safe, though some exfoliation methods, such as scrubs, aren’t recommended for darker skin. It won’t cause hyperpigmentation, dermaplaning doesn’t irritate or cause micro-abrasions in the skin unlike a scrub. Because it instantly removes the dark baby hair that can make deep skin look duller than it really is, it is actually one of our favorite exfoliation methods for dark skin.
Myth: Dermaplaning Takes a Long Time
Dermaplaning shouldn’t take you longer than 3-5 minutes while it may take you slightly longer during your first few uses as you get used to performing the treatment yourself. To see noticeable results, you only need dermaplaning once a week.