Complete Guide to Dermaplaning: Is It Shaving?

A woman receiving dermaplaning treatment

Dermaplaning has become a buzzword at salons all over the United States. The treatment has taken ladies by storm, and they flock to have their peach fuzz removed from their rosy cheeks. You heard right – it is the removal of women’s facial hair! Wait a minute – we hear you asking – is it shaving? In fact, it isn’t. Shaving removes hair with a sharp blade on the surface of the skin. Dermaplaning goes a tiny bit deeper and closer to the skin, and it simultaneously removes peach fuzz and dead skin cell buildup on the skin. A lot of people think the two procedures are interchangeable and feel they don’t want to undergo either of the two because of the stubble they expect. We’ll try to reassure you about dermaplaning and why you should give it a try – as well as why you shouldn’t engage in any DIY activities with a razor!

What Is Dermaplaning?



et’s set the record straight and cover the basics: What is dermaplaning, exactly? Dermaplaning is a facial treatment that does two things simultaneously: It will get rid of your facial hair, allowing your smooth skin to shine. Second, it will gently exfoliate and remove all the dead cell buildup that has been sitting on top of your skin, preventing you from glowing.

Why does this matter, and why would someone want to undergo dermaplaning?



ome women have naturally darker hairs, and when they’re apparent on the face, it can look unappealing. Unlike a plethora of shaving options for men and hair removal options for women on other parts of the body, there’s not much you can do on your own about the annoying peach fuzz. It is not rare for teenage girls to try and remove it with a razor, only to end up in panic when stubble appears!

The other reason for undergoing dermaplaning applies to those who love enhancing their facial features with makeup or just playing around with different looks and colors. Have you ever felt that your foundation just sits on your face like a layer of mortar, and no matter how well it matches your skin tone, it looks cakey? Sometimes that can happen when you’ve missed using your scrub several times in a row – or worse, if you’re not doing any exfoliation at all. The skin cells have a lifespan of about a month, and that’s how long it takes for our body to create new skin cells. When those skin cells on the top layer die, the body eliminates them. Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the story. The body actually needs our help in fully eliminating them, and that’s what we do with physical and chemical exfoliation. So, if you’ve been skipping yours, chances are you have a thin layer of dead skin covering your face. This layer not only stops your makeup from fully blending in and looking amazing but prevents your skincare products from doing their job as they cannot penetrate your skin.

Dermaplaning is offered in a salon or spa setting, where an aesthetician will use a surgical blade to gently scrape across your face in swift motions under a 45-degree angle. This allows very close contact to get rid of each and every hair you don’t want, as well as cleaning your face and freeing it from the dead skin buildup. Your skin will feel baby soft, and the immediate brightening effect is incredible!

What Does Dermaplaning Do?

Dermaplaning is a facial hair removal treatment that also does exfoliation. This means that it will remove your peach fuzz effectively and do a thorough physical exfoliation of your face, letting it glow. Indeed, you’ll see our dermaplaning before and after photos: after the dermaplaning treatment, the skin will exhibit a natural glow that you usually need a highlighter to achieve. This is because you will get to see your fresh, new skin that can breathe without the burden of an additional, dead layer!

Dermaplaning is a quick and safe way to make the surface of your skin more youthful, smooth, and radiant, especially if it’s been dull. City dwellers are particularly prone to dullness of the skin due to daily exposure to sun damage and harsh environmental toxins.

Is Dermaplaning Treatment Safe?

Dermaplaning treatment is generally safe when done in controlled conditions such as in a salon or a spa.

Your dermaplaning administrator is an aesthetician who is trained and knows exactly how to position the blade to achieve the best results without cutting you. Minor cuts can occasionally happen, but when done by an expert, they will not be as severe as when you cause the harm yourself. Generally, when performed by a certified professional, dermaplaning treatment will be safe for most people, with little risk of side effects.

Can You Do Dermaplaning on Acne?

Experts generally recommend regular exfoliation to people with acne-prone skin in order to minimize breakouts. However, if you do have active acne when you want to do dermaplaning, it is better to wait. As dermaplaning treatment is performed with a sharp surgical blade that touches the skin very closely, it could cut some of the acne lesions and not only hurt you, but spread the bacteria as well. If you currently have an active breakout and you want to undergo a dermaplaning treatment, it is best to postpone it.

Can I Do Dermaplaning at Home?

It’s important you don’t try to do dermaplaning at home. Upon undergoing treatment, it may seem as if you can do it too. However, blades that beauticians use differ from those you can obtain from a store. Additionally, doing dermaplaning on someone else differs from doing it on your own face because of the angle and the view of the surface. Please only have your dermaplaning treatment done by a professional. If you’re looking for the excellent results dermaplaning can give, then dermaplaning at home is an endeavor you should never engage in!

How Do They Work?

Once a Botulinum toxin product is injected, it stops neural signals that are traveling from the nerves to the muscles. Left without the instruction to move, muscles will become stiff, and the skin covering them will soften and smooth out.

Do you know that there are 43 muscles on the human face? Every time you speak, smile, frown, sniff, or exhibit any facial expression, these muscles move. But as they move, the skin above them moves too, and gradually this will lead to the creation of wrinkles and lines.

When Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, or Jeuveau is injected into the muscle, it will limit muscle movement in that very area, and after a few days, you’ll notice that your lines have become dramatically less visible.

It’s important to emphasize that neurotoxins will only work on wrinkles created by repeated muscle movements, because they are getting down to the very cause. They will not have any effect on wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity.

Does Dermaplaning Cause Stubble?

This is one of the first questions we hear when we suggest dermaplaning for smooth and glowing skin! A lot of patients first think of men’s stubble and are horrified to imagine that happening to them. Will your hair grow back thicker? Will dermaplaning cause stubble? Luckily, no! No need to worry. In fact, you might not have known this, but the method of hair removal has little to do with how your hair grows. The speed of growth and the texture of the hair are a genetic matter, so you can relax and enjoy this treatment without the fear of sporting a 5 o‘clock-shadow.

Women with darker complexions may disagree from personal experience. However, their eyes are tricking them. When you have darker hairs that you don’t remove, you get used to how they look. Once you do remove them, you’ll experience brighter skin with no hairs and no dead skin layer. This means that when they start growing back, they might look darker. They’re not; they’re the same color as always, just with a brighter background.

Does Dermaplaning Hurt?

No. Some patients even enjoy the fine feathery strokes across their face! Unlike some other treatments that yield similar exfoliation results, dermaplaning is non-abrasive, so it doesn’t use any particles or harsh exfoliators that can scratch the skin.

Does Dermaplaning Cause Breakouts?

No. Quite the opposite – it can actually prevent them. Breakouts are caused by bacteria and dirt that can be found in pore openings and on top of hair follicles. Clogged pores can sometimes be a recipe for disaster, especially if your skin is oily and prone to acne. Dermaplaning will remove the buildup of gunk sitting on top of your face and enable your fresh skin to breathe – highly necessary to prevent breakouts!

Dermaplaning vs. Shaving

In theory, you could use a razor to shave your face just like men do. But this won’t yield the same results as dermaplaning. For starters, shaving will get the hairs, but slide across the dead skin layer and dermaplaning goes a bit deeper than that.

Shaving with a regular razor comes with a risk of cuts, which any woman who has ever shaved her legs knows! While a minor risk of cuts exists with dermaplaning, it will be minimal when performed by a certified professional who uses a single blade, much sharper than those sold in drugstores. If you shave your face, you may experience ingrown hairs several days later – a risk that is non-existent in dermaplaning, as well as razor burns. Razor blades are machine-cut, and they are likely to irritate the hair follicles, causing razor burns. Laser-cut scalpels used by professionals for dermaplaning won’t do that.

Of course, don’t forget the added benefit of hair removal by dermaplaning: the epidermal exfoliation. Overall, if you have some hairs above your upper lip that you would like removed and haven’t scheduled your waxing on time, you might reach for a razor. But dermaplaning will provide more benefits and a safer experience.

Dermaplaning vs. Laser

Laser treatments can also remove vellus hairs, and they do it very well. However, a laser comes with some downsides. It will take you several sessions to see permanent results, while with dermaplaning, you’ll see them right away. Certainly, the laser takes them away for good, but if you have a big event tomorrow, it won’t do anything for you, unlike dermaplaning. Another advantage of dermaplaning lies in the color of your vellus hair. If they’re blond or gray – and the majority of people have very fair facial hair – lasers won’t work on them.

In the dermaplaning vs. laser battle, the winner depends on your facial hair as well as what you want to achieve. If you want to enjoy immediate results and keep vellus hairs under control, you’d have to undergo dermaplaning treatment about once a month.

Who Should Avoid Dermaplaning?

While dermaplaning is a treatment that can be enjoyed by the majority of women, some conditions will prevent you from getting it. Most skin types are suitable to be exfoliated physically with dermaplaning, but highly sensitive skin may not tolerate the treatment well. If you have active acne or inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, your skin may develop a reaction that could leave the problem worse than it was.

Are There Side Effects to Dermaplaning?

Some people may experience slight redness right after the procedure. This will resolve quickly. Do you experience similar redness when undergoing a facial? It’s a good indicator of how long dermaplaning-induced redness will last.

Still Have Questions on Dermaplaning?

Schedule a consultation at Vibrant Skin Bar. We’ll do our best to answer and evaluate whether it is the right treatment for you, and give you a subtle transformation on the spot!

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