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Dermaplaning At Home (Everything You Need To Know)

Dermaplaning is a form of exfoliation that is quickly picking up its popularity in the beauty world due to the amazing and instant results it gives.

Dermaplaning is a professional procedure that involves a sharp tool that is used to scrape off the top layer of the skin, which allows for the dead skin cells to be removed along with fine vellus hairs or peach fuzz as we call it.

This treatment is completely pain-free even though there is the use of a sharp blade being involved and it leaves you with virtually no downtime.

It is a superficial treatment and a gentler alternative to a chemical peel (as some like to call it).

It is important to note that, getting this treatment done by a professional and skillful aesthetician will be slightly different because of the professional tools and products they are using.

Buuut…

What’s great about this treatment is that it can totally be done in the comfort at your own home as safe at-home devices with goofproof blades are available all over the internet.

So, here are some of the frequently asked questions about dermaplaning at home, and everything else you need to know about it.

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Is Dermaplaning At-Home Safe?

Dermaplaning is totally safe to be done at home.

There are many different at-home dermaplaning devices that you can purchase online.

You can find absolutely anything from high-tech, vibrating devices that practically do all the work for you but are on the pricier side down to the old school Tinkle Razor that nobody ever uses for its original purpose and that is to shape their eyebrows.

I’ll be honest and say that the Tinkle Razor is my favourite tool for several reasons.

Firstly, you can get six of these for under $5. Secondly, it is super sharp and although you have to be very careful when using this tool for the first time, it totally gets the job done perfectly.

And lastly, it is your choice entirely whether you decide to use it once or twice more or simply dispose of it after the first use without feeling like you’re throwing your money in the trash bin.

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.

Can Dermaplaning Cause Hair To Grow Back Thicker?

*giggles*

The look on everyone’s faces when I said I am going to “shave my face tomorrow” was priceless.

Everyone from my mother, my sister, my boyfriend, and even my boyfriend’s mother was like “Say whaaat!?”

Alright, let’s get this rumour 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 colour 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 a week for the vellus hair to grow back, and at this point, you can dermaplane again.

What Happens After Dermaplaning?

I can describe my skin type as oily but also sensitive at the same time.

My skin reacts on many things I do, and it reacts badly. 

I have struggled with acne before, and it still occasionally comes and goes for me.

After performing dermaplaning at home, I experienced mild redness over my cheeks and more prominent erythema along my jawline.

I feared that because of the evident redness, the rash is going to pick up and my skin will break out again, which didn’t happen.

Two hours after dermaplaning I was due to meet with a friend for drinks and naturally, I had to apply makeup on my face.

By this time, the redness completely subsided and my skin wasn’t feeling itchy.

No tingling sensation was present at all and my skin felt like silk.

My makeup application went on flawlessly. My foundation, my bronzer and blush, and even highlighter blended perfectly together, better than ever before if I say so myself.

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What Should You Put On Your Face After Dermaplaning?

I have to admit that I freaked out a bit when I saw the redness picking up along my jawline and my cheeks so I immediately reached for my Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 from The Ordinary and followed with my regular moisturizer a few minutes later.

My skin felt relieved and the redness started subsiding almost immediately.

I used my usual oil cleanser to dissolve my makeup the same evening, following the cleansing process with a gel cleanser and my Avène Thermal Spring Water for extra hydration.

Dermaplaning doesn’t require any unusual or out of the ordinary aftercare.

If your skin is sensitive and tends to react to treatments like this, I would highly recommend the Hyaluronic Acid serum followed by your day/evening moisturizer.

One thing I would recommend you to stay away from in the next 24 hours after dermaplaning is retinol and this is purely from my experience. 

I wasn’t enjoying the strong tingling sensation retinol gave my freshly exfoliated skin. *cringes*

I would also recommend you to stay away from using scrubs or any type of exfoliation in the next few days, because this may just be too much for your skin to handle.

Picking your skin aggressively is also a big no-no in general and not only after dermaplaning.

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.

Final Words

Those were a few frequently asked questions regarding dermaplaning at home I ran into while doing my research on this exfoliating technique.

I wanted to elaborate further on these questions as well as give my personal opinion and experience from this treatment and I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on dermaplaning.

everything you need to know about dermaplaning at home

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7 Comments Dermaplaning At Home (Everything You Need To Know)

  1. Kae

    Thanks for sharing this, I really did learn something new. I love beauty and make-up I always have done, it was interesting to read. I like that you have covered a lot of aspects, especially what happens after you do the treatment. My only questions I am left with is what about skin type? I know you mentioned you have oily skin what if you have very dry skin could this be a suitable treatment or does the type not really matter? If someone is a bit nervous about this and not comfortable to do it themselves on average what would the cost be at the salon? Lastly, would you recommend this over and above hair removal processes  like threading? Great article nice to learn about alternative hatr removal processes.

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    1. Simone Sidel

      Hello there! 🙂
      Thank you for your comment.
      I am happy that you found my article an interesting one to read.
      As an answer to your first question regarding skin type, I would like to reassure you that any skin type including dry will benefit from this exfoliating treatment.
      This isn’t an abrasive treatment and no chemicals are used while performing dermaplaning, so there is no need for you to worry. I would like to point out that sensitive skins will show mild redness, and this is very normal and nothing to worry about.
      Secondly, you can absolutely go to a salon and get this service done by an aesthetician if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself. The price usually depends on the area you live in. I live in Europe, and here this treatment goes anywhere between €45 – €60. So, checking in with a salon in the area you live will probably be more helpful.
      I would recommend you to put threading on hold while experimenting with dermaplaning and see what works better for you after trying out both treatments with a break of a week or two in between. 🙂

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  2. Gaurav Gaur

    Hi, Simone

    Thanks for the insight information on derma planning at home. My daughter is very much sensitive to skin care products and has regular acne popping up somewhere on the face. Is it OK to use this procedure by her while acne is starting or to be postponed till it subsides? What precautions need to be taken while derma planning at home.

    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

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    1. Simone Sidel

      Hello there!
      Thank you for your comment. I am happy you found my post on dermaplaning helpful.
      Acne is absolutely contraindicated to this treatment, so I would absolutely stay away from dermaplaning until the condition subsides.
      However, if there are a few pimples here and there, this treatment can still be safely performed, you just have to avoid dragging the razor across the irritated area.

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  3. Judy Kingsberry

    The subject of skin care is a concern for women (me too) and you have done an excellent job for answering many questions related to this subject.  You are very thorough in your discussions that are of interest to everyone.

    I was surprised that you gave the pros and cons in using this Tinkle Razor which shows you have empathy with women who want this procedure.  

    I have observed many women with long and thick fuzz on their face.  Do you recommend a subtle approach to have these women recognize that their fuzz is very noticeable and they need the “knife” solution?  Really, they could benefit from reading this website!! 

    I needed this website because I was using tweezers to pull out the fuzz and sometimes I used a razor!!  I am 75 and am still bothered about how I look.  Imagine that!

    Can you use the Tinkle Razer to shape the eyebrows?  It is fine with me if the Tinkle Razer is “old school” since I am old myself and I believe this procedure will not be the lowest but will be the highest because your website gets one so excited about the technique and the wealth of information about other worries too

    I like your writing skills.  Where did you learn to write so well or is that– good?
     

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  4. Jeff

    Hi – Thanks for the post. It’s a topic that is on the minds of many women! My wife has tried many different products and methods but not sure she is aware of this one…I will have to mention it to her. You mentioned you experienced redness on your skin after performing dermaplaning, do you have any advice or recommendations on applying something “pre”-dermaplaning to prevent or reduce the redness? Thanks!

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    1. Simone Sidel

      Hello there and thank you for your comment!
      I am happy that you found my post helpful.
      Yes, I did experience mild redness on my face after dermaplaning at home but this reaction is very normal and to be honest, I was actually expecting something much worse as I have problematic skin.

      I wouldn’t recommend dermaplanning on dry skin and I would also stay away from shaving foams, as I have found these two methods more difficult and my skin had a much more intense reaction and persisting redness after trying them out.

      The only thing I would recommend to be applied before the procedure is a non-sticky and non-irritating cream as it makes the process much smoother and reduces the risk of inflammation.

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