Hair. It’s everywhere except in places we want less of it — like our faces.
Because so many of my clients have asked about how to get rid of their facial “peach fuzz”, I decided to take the training to learn the art of dermaplaning and now offer it in my list of services.
The purpose of dermaplaning is to exfoliate your skin, getting rid of not just your vellus hair, but also the superficial top layer of skin so that any product you apply can absorb the dermis more efficiently. Unlike dermabrasion, where I would use a high-speed, rotating brush to exfoliate the skin, I use a tiny scalpel to “shave” the soft hairs, going over some areas of your face multiple times.
Dermaplaning can leave your skin brighter and smoother and also soften fine lines and wrinkles, along with addressing hyperpigmentation, or uneven skin tone. I also use it to treat deep acne scars, depending on your skin type, tone, and medical history.
Most of my clients have little to no irritation or reaction to dermaplaning. Short-term side effects can include red and swollen skin from the scraping, some soreness, and/or a burning or tingling sensation for about 48 hours after the procedure. It’s a myth that removing facial hair makes it grow back thicker or darker. But it isn’t recommended for anyone with inflammatory skin conditions, such cystic acne, rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema.
The procedure takes around 50 minutes, and it’s best to avoid exfoliating your skin 3 days before. You should also try to avoid direct sunlight and wear sunblock both before and after your dermaplaning treatment. While you can apply makeup by the next day, your skin might be sensitive for a few days, and this can be re-done every 3 to 4 weeks if you like the results.
When your derma planing treatment is finished, I send you home with travel sized cleaner, Bio Recovery Balm, and a microfiber cloth to help your skin recover. Just make sure SPF30 or greater is worn for at least the next 72 hours.
For more information about dermaplaning, call me at The Healing Station at 916.294.9980.