The title image might look surgical to some but let me assure you it isn’t. Dermaplaning is essentially a form of shaving for women. Yep, shaving… Sounds way fancier when you say to your bestie “oh I just had some dermaplaning..”
Also known as Dermalplaning, the purpose of dermaplaning is to remove the fine peach fuzz around the face. It also exfoliates the skin. Instead of using the old school razor it’s done with a scalpel blade like the one above. The blade is held at a shallow angle and dragged across the face. Similar to a barbershop shave. This technique has been around for decades and it is said that even Marilyn Monroe shaved her downy fluff. Just because the greatest sex symbol of history did it doesn’t mean you should.
- Dermaplaning removes the vellus hairs on and around the face. Vellus hairs are defined as the lighter, softer and finer hairs we have all over our bodies. Unlike our other hairs which are hormonal or terminal. Vellus hairs are with you from birth. Ever seen a hairy monkey baby? Yep, those hairs are vellus. They drop off with time and others stay and seem to stand out as we get older.
- Dermaplaning exfoliates the top layer of the skin known as the stratum corneum. This layer of the skin is the outermost layer and the one we use exfoliants, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and other smoothing techniques to get silky skin. Funnily this layer is also known as the ‘horny’ layer as the cells are dead and filled with keratin.
- After dermaplaning treatments, your make up applies flawlessly and you look luminously gorgeous! With no bum fluff on your face and a fresh scraping of those horny dead skin cells your foundation melts right into your skin. You’ll look like an airbrushed model. Dermaplaners believe that some makeup gets caught in the fluffy and horny bits on our faces. Which if not removed properly it opens up your pretty face to blemishes, bacteria, clogged pores and more.
- Planing evens skin tone, helps with aging and assists the production of collagen. Constant stimulation and shedding of the skin enhances the cell turnover from base layers of the skin to outer layers. This is what gives you those wonderful results.
- Dermaplaning can affect those with sensitive skin and those who didn’t even know their skin was sensitive. Why? Woman weren’t made to shave. Our skin is different to that of a hairy man beast; its smoother, more delicate and obviously way prettier.
Shaving or planing on female skin can lead to rashes, pimples, burning, itchiness, redness, and overall ugly irritated skin. This means you can’t put foundation on because your skin is distressed and having a meltdown! So whether you have a sensitive skin type or you have a tougher oily skin type, who knows how you will react. Best to do a patch test before planing your whole face.
- If you have poly-cystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) then planing is probably not for you. Women with PCOS have more testosterone which can give thicker peach fuzz, chin hairs, acne and more. If a woman with PCOS decided to shave or dermaplane her facial fuzz this would be the same as a man shaving his face. Leading to coarser, darker, thicker and more noticeable facial hair. Not to mention prickly! No woman should ever give pash rash…
- Dermaplaning is expensive. Running hundreds of dollars per session and just like all other hair removal techniques you need to do it over and over and over. However plenty of savvy women are doing their own dermaplaning at home with their own little razors. If done incorrectly with no professional training you can hurt or damage your skin. Most professionals who provide the service are dermatologists, advanced beauticians and nurses.
- Shaving your face is not good if you have acne. Particularly the pus filled kind. Shaving will spread the bacteria all around your face and create more acne. This is why microdermabrasion is not done on people with mild to severe pus filled spots. Dermaplaning is the same action just with a different tool.
So you have heard the pro’s and con’s but I left a little something for the end. Dermaplaning vellus hairs supposedly does not affect the growth. According to a few dermatologists out there (have a little google if you don’t believe me), shaving the vellus hairs does not make them grow back more coarse. Vellus hairs remain fluffy, but with most hair removal techniques it can make the hair grow back messy. Planing disturbs the hair pattern and the fuzz may not always grow back neatly.
The decision on to plane or not to plane needs to be made with your circumstances in mind and preferably with a professional. If you think this is right for you, then do it. I do advise women with PCOS to consult your doctor before you start.
For the women with PCOS my advice to you beauties: get the fuzz waxed. I see so many women with peach fuzz and many of them get me to wax it for them. Including the women with PCOS. Waxing the hair at the very least makes it come back the same, if not bettter.
Whether you choose to dermaplane or not, the key is to do what’s best for your situation.
Until next time stay gorgeous and be informed.
Dermalplaning feature image – compdermcentre.com
Dermalplaning photo –http://bluebonnetlaser.com/services/dermaplaning
2/ Woman shaving – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4WPOQ963xEColourful at home razors – https://www.amazon.com/Gabriella-Womens-Eyebrows-Facial-Razors/dp/B000EVELR8