There many reasons why skin loses its luster and smoothness and sometime recapturing that youthful glow needs more than giving your face a good scrub. Exfoliation, the removal of the top layer of skin to reveal the younger, more supple skin beneath, can be achieved through many means, but for the quickest and most immediate result, many people turn to dermaplaning.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning uses a hand-held instrument called a dermatome that resembles and is used exactly like a portable razor. The blade of the dermatome oscillates – moves back and forth – to scrape off the top layer of dead skin cells. Dermaplaning is especially effective for scarring on the face, often caused by pitting acne. The dermaplaning process narrows the difference in height between the top of the skin and the bottom of the pit so that skin looks more even and the appearance of scars is reduced.
Dermaplaning also removes the thin layer of “peach fuzz” (vellus hair), the wispy hairs that naturally cover the skin. Vellus hair can trap oil and dirt that cause breakouts and can dull the appearance of the skin. Dermaplaning removes these hairs along with their accumulated grit and grime.
Why Choose Dermaplaning
Considering the many options available to achieve clearer, more luminous skin (such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion), why do so many people choose dermaplaning to invigorate their skin?
According to beauty consultants who contribute to Harper’s Bazaar magazine, dermaplaning is the fastest, least painful option to truly beautiful skin. With dermaplaning, the pressure on the skin is limited to the pressure of the hand guiding the razor so even sensitive skin can benefit from the process. Other processes offer harsher procedures to achieve the same result:
• Dermabrasion uses an abrasive surface and vacuum to remove the dead skin cells, a process that can aggravate the skin.
• Chemical peels achieve the result by using chemicals that may cause adverse reactions, especially in sensitive skin.
• Both dermabrasion and chemical peels require a recovery period to let the skin heal.
With dermaplaning, there is no need for recovery because the process does not agitate or irritate the skin. People who’ve had dermaplaning leave the salon with the glowing, healthy skin they wanted, and none of the side effects or recovery times they didn’t.
What to Expect
Dermaplaning sessions can take as few as 15 minutes or as much as an hour, depending on the skin and the preferences of the patient. Skin care professionals recommend a treatment every three to four weeks until the patient achieves the desired result, and that result – smooth, glowing, beautiful skin – is typically long-lasting.
As with all medical skin treatments, after each treatment, the skin should be protected from both harsh conditions (like wind) and exposure to the sun. Finally, because the skin is constantly affected by the environment, diet, and other stressors, eventually it will need another dermaplaning cycle to achieve again its naturally beautiful glow.