If you’re obsessed with the current beauty trends you’ve probably heard of dermaplaning. Dermaplaning at home is taking the world by storm and has quickly become one of the most popular methods of facial hair removal and exfoliation. However, there have been many questions regarding the safety of dermaplaning at home, and if it can cause acne or rather help it. If you’re one of those people who might be wondering how dermaplaning at home affects your skin - you’re in the right place!
WHAT IS AT HOME DERMAPLANING
Dermaplaning is a facial hair removal method which also removes dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. It’s an efficient facial which gets rid of peach fuzz, texture, unwanted facial hair as well as dead skin. When performed at home you’ll be using dermaplaning blades or otherwise called tinkle razors. It’s an easy and very effective way!
IS DERMAPLANING AT HOME SAFE?
How is at home dermaplaning different from salon dermaplaning? And more importantly, how can you perform dermaplaning safely at home?
Dermaplaning used to be originally only an in-office procedure done by specialists. However, dermaplaning has now been adapted to be performed safely at home as well. While the dermatologists would use a surgical scalpel and apply the steady pressure to perform this exfoliating treatment while removing the top layer of dead skin cells and peach fuzz. “The devices that have been introduced for at-home use are more razor-like than the surgical blades,” says dermatologist and founder of Dr. Loretta Skincare.
This means that you can perform dermaplaning at home at a more surface-level which can be safely performed in the comfort of your own home and it can also deliver the similar results and benefits that professional dermaplaning would. This might mean however that you might need to dermaplane more often, exploring the benefits of dermaplaning and applying it into your routine based on what works best for you and your skin. Professional dermaplaning can only be done once per month, however the benefits of dermaplaning at home can be easily gained every single week as it is safe.
Remember that dermaplaning should never ever be painful, in case it is, make sure to apply less pressure - or try oilplaning (dermaplaning with use of a little bit of oil beforehand) which can make the blades glide easier on the skin.
DERMAPLANING FOR OILY SKIN
Even though there is a lot of stigma about dermaplaning when your skin is oily or acne prone, if you have an oily skin type, dermaplaning is actually a match made in heaven for you!
- When it comes to oily skin types it’s important to exfoliate the skin regularly in order to avoid breakouts, blackheads or clogged pores
- Dermaplaning is known for removing facial hair and peach fuzz which can often trap the dirt, excess oil and bacteria which can clog the pores, so it’s beneficial to remove them
Make sure that your skin is clean and dry before dermaplaning facials in order to avoid spreading any bacteria. Make sure you moisturise your skin after the treatment.
DERMAPLANING FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
In case you particularly suffer from acne or have a breakout prone skin, dermaplaning might help as well.
- Exfoliation can help to reduce pores, acne and even fade acne scars
- Dermaplaning encourages skin cell turnover and therefore it might fade your dark spots and scars if performed regularly
- Shaving your facial hair will help with the dirt, makeup and bacteria that might be stuck on them and therefore it can prevent the cause of pimples
- Dermaplaning generally helps with texture and makes your skin appear smoother and brighter
However, in case you suffer from serious acne get advice from your dermatologists before doing dermaplaning as it can irritate the skin. Also, if you have any active breakouts, avoid them while dermaplaning to prevent irritation. Make sure there are no comedogenic oils in your skincare or silicones that could further clog your pores which is often the cause of breakouts.
Squalane oil is non -comedogenic yet highly nourishing and hydrating.
Can dermaplaning help with or cause acne?
Does dermaplaning cause acne or can it actually help with acne or even prevent the spots?
By removing the top layer of the skin, dermaplaning can drastically improve and remove the acne scars by getting rid of the discoloration as well as the uneven texture that is associated with scar tissue. Uneven texture of the skin is often caused by the dead skin cells or facial hair on the surface of the scar tissue and by removing these you’ll be able to get rid of the acne scars over time. Additionally, dermaplaning also boosts collagen production of the skin which will also help to make your skin smoother and firmer.
Dermaplaning is incredibly effective when it comes to the skin’s surface overall. By scraping off the dead skin cells from the top layer of skin, exfoliation and rejuvenation of skin the treatment aims to and can also remove wrinkles as well as acne scarring making the skin surface look smoother. In case you have acne scars or pockmarks regular dermaplaning can remove it.
PROS TO USE DERMAPLANING AS TREATMENT TO THE ACNE SCARS
- Non-surgical treatment which can be done at home - it’s non invasive, minimal risk and down time
- Dermaplaning is much more gentle than other treatments for example like microdermabrasion and therefore is more suitable for you in case you have sensitive skin
- No redness afterwards - so it won’t affect your day to day activities
- Dermaplaning is basically deep exfoliation of your skin - it will leave your skin smoother and glowing
- Dermaplaning doesn’t cause any trauma to the skin ( especially if you moisturise afterwards) like other acne scar treatments could
- Dermaplaning also removes your facial hair and peach fuzz among the minimising of the appearance of pores
- Dermaplaning stimulates blood circulation and encourages skin cell turnover (essential for fading scars) which can bring more nourishment to the skin and can make your scar tissue heal faster
Dr Ross Perry – Medical Director at CosmedicsUK --suggests that dermaplaning can work as a great preventative measure to acne.
He says that dermaplaning “is a great treatment to help with preventing acne as it stops pores getting clogged up and new pimples/spots occurring. By gently exfoliating the skin, dermaplaning makes it easier for acne treatments and serums to penetrate into the pores preventing further outbreaks.’
Dermaplaning cannot be performed on active acne, however it will exfoliate the clogged pores and prevent the new acne and pimples from forming in the first place.The dead skin cells won’t get trapped in your pores and create the sebum.
Also, dermaplaning can help your acne treatments and serums penetrate deeper into the layers of your skin, and therefore prevent the acne from forming up that way as well. It essentially increases the efficacy of your products.
However, in case you have acne flare-ups on your skin or any active spots, avoid dermaplaning at this time or avoid the affected areas to prevent irritating the skin even further. You wouldn’t want to create tears on your skin’s surface.
Our Take It Off dermaplaning starter kit has everything you’ll need in order to remove your facial hair and exfoliate the skin when dermaplaning. Our dermaplaning starter kit contains 2 plastic free dermaplaning tools/razors in two different sizes;for larger areas such as sideburns, chin, forehead and neck and for smaller areas such as eyebrows,upper lip, and ears. The dermaplaning tools are plastic free as they’re made from eco-friendly wheat straw and they come in two colours, pink and neutral. They also are unique on the market as the blades are made from clinical grade stainless steel with 52 micro safety guards to give the most gentle and effective at-home shave/dermaplaning.
The starter kit also contains 100% plant-based Squalane oil which has ultra hydrating, nourishing and antioxidant properties. The oil can be used on all skin types as it’s non-comedogenic and ultra gentle for the skin in its pure form. It is the optimal product to use with or after dermaplaning in order to rehydrate and plump the skin while promoting healthy skin barrier and restoring skin’s daily radiance.