Facial hair removal and exfoliation through dermaplaning has been taking social media by storm, with videos reaching nearly five billion views and counting. With such a number, it is easy to brush this treatment off as a fad. But is it?
Videos of influencers removing hair from their face with a razor caused a recent spike in the popularity of dermaplaning. Curious platform users were turned into patrons of this treatment as soon as they tried it.
In dermaplaning, a razor called a dermatome is used to lightly glide over the skin evenly. This will cut your facial hair so close to the skin that the skin is left looking smooth and flawless. Yes, most videos show women removing their fine peach fuzz with this method.
However, every cosmetic treatment has its own benefits and drawbacks that should be considered before diving in head first. Dermaplaning is no exception.
This cosmetic treatment can rid your face of the pesky peach fuzz that just keeps growing. All you have to do is scrape it off.
When done right, it can also treat deep acne scars and remove dead skin cells through exfoliation. Professionals can successfully reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and correct uneven skin tone with this process. Dermaplaning, a minimally invasive procedure, is suited for those with darker skin tone, delicate skin, and minor skin problems.
As the first layer of skin has been removed, the brighter and smoother skin underneath is exposed, resulting in better complexion.
Professionals say that makeup works well with skin this smooth because there is no fine fuzz where product gets trapped. Dermatologists also say skincare products are absorbed better.
Depending on your skin type, the procedure may cause irritation, redness, and breakouts. Because the procedure is superficial, dermaplaning is ineffective for skin problems beyond the first layer of the skin. Lastly, it could be costly, with some clinics charging up to $200 per session.
What to Expect
The procedure, which can last from 30 to 60 minutes, calls for very light feather-like strokes. Although not commonly sought because it is painless, if you are nervous, some professionals offer numbing agents.
Temporary redness is a natural side effect, but it fades almost instantly.
Professionals remind patients to restrain themselves from touching their newly exfoliated skin, no matter how tempting.
It normally takes around three weeks before hair grows back.