There is a huge variety of facial treatments that help maintain personal appearance. Some of these are strictly done by estheticians, however, there are others that can be done from the comfort of your own home.
Dermaplaning is a treatment that has been all the buzz lately and while you can pay to get it done in a professional setting, you can also learn how to safely do it at home.
Since my previous article on dermaplaning has gotten quite a lot of traffic, I decided to turn it into a complete at-home dermaplaning guide that will teach you everything you need to know about dermaplaning your own face.
Let’s start from the beginning.
What Is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a form of exfoliation that’s quick and easy, has no downtime, and gives instantly visible results.
It is a professional procedure that involves a sharp tool used to scrape off the top layer of the skin, remove dead skin cells from the surface, and also get rid of fine vellus hair known as peach fuzz.
This treatment is completely pain-free even though there is the use of a sharp blade involved and it leaves you with virtually no downtime.
What’s great about this treatment is that it can be done inside the comfort of your own home because you can find safe devices with goofproof blades all over the internet.
However, it is important to note that getting this treatment done by a skillful aesthetician will be slightly different because of the professional tools and products they are using.
Is Dermaplaning At Home Safe?
Dermaplaning can be safely done at home, however, you do need to be careful because as I already said above, there is the use of a sharp tool involved.
While the tools and devices usually sold on the internet are intended for home use (typically for eyebrow shaping), you can definitely risk getting cut if you are not being careful with the blade and don’t prepare your skin properly.
How To Prepare The Skin For Dermaplaning?
The only thing you need to do to prepare the skin for dermaplaning is to make sure your skin is squeaky clean and there are no traces of any skincare product, makeup, or grime left on the surface.
Therefore, the only thing you need to do is cleanse your face and leave your skin raw unless you want to apply facial oil and use it as a medium to help the blade glide across the skin with ease.
How To Dermaplane At Home?
You can learn how to dermaplane at home by following the few steps below:
Learning dermaplaning, as with all other things, takes time and patience, and you should respect the blade because you can really hurt yourself if you don’t.
Don’t try to get it over with by thinking that you will “learn quicker” by doing long and fast strokes. Take your time to learn and figure out what works best for you.
Do You Dermaplane On Wet Or Dry Skin?
When dermaplaning, make sure your skin is squeaky clean and very dry.
You can also do dermaplaning by using facial oil as a medium to help the blade glide easier across the skin, however, this is an advanced technique and you can easily slip and hurt yourself if you are not experienced with handling the blade.
So, start with dry skin until you get comfortable and learn how to do dermaplaning on yourself.
Can Your Dermaplane Your Upper Lip?
Yes, you can dermaplane your upper lip and chin, too.
In fact, when you have a professional dermaplaning treatment done, your esthetician will surely dermaplane your upper lip and chin.
The hair on the upper lip area will grow a bit coarser than the rest of the face, however, it’s not going to be significantly different.
How Often Should You Dermaplane At Home?
How often you dermaplane depends entirely on your personal needs, however, you should not do it more than twice a month.
I feel like even twice a month might be too much for most people, therefore, always make sure to listen to your skin and provide it with the treatments it can handle.
In case your skin starts to show signs of redness and irritation, this may be a sign that you are dermaplaning too often and that you should give it a break.
Best Tools For Dermaplaning At Home
There are many different at-home dermaplaning devices you can purchase online.
You can find absolutely anything from high-tech devices that practically do all the work for you (but are on the pricier side) down to the old school Tinkle Razor that costs less than $10.
Here are some of my favorite dermaplaning tools:
Tinkle razors will give you the best bang for your buck if you want to try dermaplaning on a budget without having to worry that you are throwing money down the drain if you damage the tool.
These razors are intended for eyebrow shaping, however, they work efficiently on the entire face due to their convenient shape.
Much like the Tinkle razor, the one by Shiseido is an affordable option for dermaplaning which serves both beginners and experienced users.
This three-piece set gives you a great bang for your buck and while there isn’t any significant difference between the two, I always keep both Tinkle and Shiseido in my cabinet, just in case.
Now, I was initially disappointed with this product because as soon as I received it, I realized that the batteries were needed for the light and the device itself wasn’t electronic.
However, I gave it a chance and I ended up liking it. It has a protective edge that won’t really save you from being cut but it will somewhat prevent it, unlike some other devices and the blade is pretty efficient in doing its job.
I absolutely love this device and given that it’s made by Panasonic, you know it will last you for a very long time. I use this when I want to do a quick dermaplaning treatment without having to think about this little area or that little area.
The device grabs onto everything and it is super easy to use.
I like the SIMA Sonic dermaplaning tool because it’s not crazy expensive but it still gives you that nice, luxurious feeling expensive devices do.
It features three optional speed settings and it’s a rechargeable device, which works great for me because I can never find batteries in my house even after just purchasing a packet.
Additionally, it comes with replaceable blades which are recommended to be replaced after every use but I don’t really do that when I am using the device on myself only.
What To Do After Dermaplaning At Home?
After you’ve finished your dermaplaning session at home, you should cleanse your face and neck with a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser to get rid of some peach fuzz and dead cells left on the skin.
What To Avoid Doing After Dermaplaning?
After you’ve done dermaplaning at home, I would suggest you skip actives in your routine for the next 24-48 hours. By this I mean avoid using retinoids, vitamin C, or any form of exfoliation.
Each of these is most likely to trigger irritation and sensitivity after dermaplaning.
What Should You Put On Your Face After Dermaplaning?
After doing dermaplaning and cleansing your face at home, your skin will most probably look red and feel irritated, therefore, try to apply skincare products that contain soothing and calming ingredients as these will help the skin to replenish itself.
Some ingredients with skin-replenishing properties are niacinamide, bisabolol, licorice extracts, allantoin, panthenol, green tea extracts, etc.
Should You Moisturize After Dermaplaning?
Yes, you should always moisturize after dermaplaning as moisturizers will soften your skin and create an occlusive barrier that will prevent moisture loss and keep your skin healthy and lubricated.
Additionally, it’s always a good idea to do dermaplaning in the evenings before bed because going out on the sun after doing this treatment may cause skin sensitivity, flushing, redness, itchiness, and other unwanted reactions.
Moreover, make sure to always protect your skin with a high SPF, especially after having an exfoliating treatment such as dermaplaning.
Some of my favorite calming moisturizers I use after dermaplaning my face are:
Can Dermaplaning Cause Hair To Grow Thicker?
Alright, let’s get this rumor done with once and for all. When you dermaplane, you are removing very fine hair called vellus hair.
This hair is so thin and soft that removing it with a dermaplaning razor will have no impact on how it looks when it grows back.
Your hair will grow back exactly the same color and thickness as it was previously. You cannot change the structure of your hair follicle by shaving your hair off.
And the science behind this claim is that dermaplaning doesn’t go deep enough to affect the active stem cells of hair follicles, which are located deeper in the dermis.
It will take about two weeks for the vellus hair to grow back, and at this point, you can dermaplane again.
Is Dermaplaning Bad For Your Skin?
Dermaplaning isn’t bad for your skin, but this treatment is not for everyone.
While this treatment is the complete opposite of being “bad for your skin”, there are some conditions that are contraindicated to this type of exfoliation.
If you currently have active acne or susceptibility to rashes, fever blisters, and cold sores, dermaplaning may not be the ideal treatment for you.
Dermaplaning involves scraping the skin with a sharp tool for exfoliating purposes, and this may cause a reaction or flare-ups to your current condition.
What Are Dermaplaning Benefits?
Like most exfoliation techniques, dermaplaning prevents breakouts by removing the top layer of dead skin cells so that they don’t get trapped inside your pores and clog them.
By gently exfoliating the skin, dermaplaning also makes it easier for beneficial ingredients from skincare products to penetrate deeper and be absorbed by the skin.
Dermaplaning removes soft facial hair that traps dirt and natural oils and reveals a brighter and smoother complexion.
It also helps your makeup go on smoothly and stay looking fresh for a longer time.
When I saw how many of you were interested in reading about dermaplaning at home, I knew I had to update my old post and turn it into a complete at-home dermaplaning guide that teaches you everything you need to know about dermaplaning your own face.
What do you think about dermaplaning? Have you tried it? Do you love it? Or do you hate it?
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