Hands up if you're on a journey to achieve smooth skin 🙋♀ It's safe to say it is one of the ultimate skincare goals. I mean, have you ever heard someone express they're against a baby-smooth, complexion? We didn't think so. If smooth skin is on your radar, then you must have heard about this skincare trend: dermaplaning. And if you haven’t heard of dermaplaning, or you have but aren’t quite sure about it, you've come to the right place. While there are certainly benefits to it, dermaplaning doesn't come without its risks, especially if attempting it yourself. And what kind of skincare bestie would we be if we didn't give you a proper run-down of this trending beauty treatment. Let's get into it.
So what is dermaplaning, exactly? Well, it’s basically a way to deeply exfoliate your skin. The catch is that it’s done with a scalpel. Now that might sound a little daunting, but in professional hands, the process is actually super gentle and relaxing. In fact, we’re pretty big fans of dermaplaning–It's even a part of our signature Miracle 10 Facial Peel that is offered at MD Beauty Clinic as well as at many of our retailer partners across Canada.
The process is pretty simple. Using a very sharp blade and a gentle hand, it removes the top layer of the skin which is usually just a combination of things that you don’t want hanging around. We’re talking dead skin cells (unnecessary), peach fuzz (who needs it), and excess dirt and oils (begone). Once those elements have been removed, you're left with a smoother surface which even allows for any upcoming skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin.
Dermaplaning is so effective that it can actually remove up to two weeks’ worth of unwanted build-up, with results that can last for about a month. And besides the main goal of smoothing out uneven textures and giving your skin a bright healthy glow, it also preps your complexion with a smooth base for make-up. Talk about a flawless finish.
It's usually right about now where readers start to think that this treatment sounds a little like shaving….Well, it is, sort of, and this comparison has led many on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube to attempt a DIY treatment at home. Yes, you can buy a bulk pack of "dermaplaning razors" at your nearest beauty supply store for a fraction of the price but please, put down the blade and hear us out.
As tempting as a DIY treatment sounds, we do not recommend taking a razor to your face on your own. If you truly want to safely and effectively explore dermaplaning, we only recommend doing so with an experienced licensed medical aesthetician or dermatologist. Not only is it extremely easy to cut yourself (or accidentally shave off your brows), dermaplaning isn't recommended for everyone. Although it’s really effective for most skin types, an experienced and licensed aesthetician will be able to confidently determine whether dermaplaning suits your skin needs.
Do you have sensitive or reactive skin? You may want to skip the dermaplaning part of your facial peel treatment. Dealing with acne-prone skin? Avoid booking a dermaplaning session when you have an active breakout as this will only exacerbate the problem. That said, dermaplaning is generally super effective if you have acne-prone skin, as it removes all the bacteria that cause acne in the first place. So for those of you with acne-prone skin, don’t shy away from dermaplaning, just schedule your facial peel treatment during non-active break-out times.
And if regular facial peel treatments with dermaplaning aren’t quite in your budget at the moment, or you’re still a little hesitant about the blade-to-face equation, then there are certainly ways to exfoliate the skin at home. The exfoliation may not be as deep, but it’ll still be effective if you use a high-quality exfoliator like Enzyme. Looking for a chemical exfoliation without a physical component? We've got you covered. Between our Solution I & II or our AHA Gel & Cream, you're able to replicate a mini facial peel at home without the use of a scalpel.
Have you experienced a dermaplaning treatment? Let us know in the comments below.