Dermaplaning: your questions answered

The art of dermaplaning has been around for decades but has grown in popularity over the last several years due to the popularity of social media and rise of the medical aesthetics industry. Countless Youtubers, influencers and TikTokers rave about this treatment and show you how to shave your face at home to achieve what they refer to as “dermaplaning” at home. At Sunday Skin, we’ll guide you through the procedure, the benefits of dermaplaning and go into detail about the dos and don’ts of face shaving at home as a means of hair removal.

Dermaplaning involves an aesthetic professional using a medical grade scalpel to remove the top layer of dead skin and vellus hair from the face and sometimes neck. Professional dermaplaning can be safely performed every 3-4 weeks with no downtime. Possible side effects including redness and sensitivity; however these are typically minimal, and most skin types can receive this treatment. Ask your provider if you are a good candidate for dermaplaning if you are unsure.

Most clients love the result of soft, supple skin and a smooth canvas for makeup to glide on. Not only does the skin look healthier instantly, but your skincare products will also be able to penetrate the skin better without having to fight through dead skin cells and hair.

Professional dermaplaning has many benefits to the skin. This type of physical exfoliation is great for most skin types, but particularly dry skin can benefit from this sluffing of flaking skin. By removing dead skin cells, the skin can promote cell turnover and rebuild new, healthy skin cells. Most clients love the result of soft, supple skin and a smooth canvas for makeup to glide on. Not only does the skin look healthier instantly, but your skincare products will also be able to penetrate the skin better without having to fight through dead skin cells and hair. It is also known to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. 

This treatment should not be performed on yourself at home or by someone who is not properly trained on the procedure to ensure the safety of your skin and the health of its barrier. At home blades are not sharp enough to closely remove the entire top layer of dead skin cells. It will also not remove the vellus hair as closely, causing a blunt cut to the hair resulting in stubble, much like when you shave other areas of your body. However, most of the at home razors advertised as dermaplaning blades are sharp enough be harmful to the skin. If the blade is serrated, micro-tears in the skin are inevitable, spreading bacteria and possible infection. 

If you are wanting to remove facial hair yourself at home, the safest option is to use a blade that has a straight, sharp edge, but not a scalpel. It is very important to be careful to not nick the skin. This option is preferred by some clients in-between their professional dermaplaning treatments to prolong their results and continue the benefits of their professional treatment. If considering this option, please, talk with your provider about how to safely do this, and make sure you are following all their guidelines on sanitation, blade recommendations, frequency, and blade angle.

There are ways to safely shave your face and we highly recommend you visit Sunday Skin for an optimal treatment and experience! Dermaplaning is a great treatment, with little to no downtime, and big results that can help you achieve your Sunday Best Skin!

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