Adolescence is no walk in the park, especially if you’re among the many teens who struggle with regular breakouts. Despite the countless acne treatments out there, they’re not always effective or particularly kind to certain skin types. If topical creams or oral medications don’t provide the results you’re looking for, however, you’re not out of luck. Certain cosmetic procedures may help keep breakouts at bay while reducing the appearance of past pimples and discoloration. Whether you’re fighting acne as a teen or adult, consider dermaplaning. Let’s discuss dermaplaning in greater detail.
Dermaplaning might sound like a somewhat complicated procedure, but it’s actually quite basic. This manual exfoliation method involves gently scraping the skin on one’s face using a sterile surgical blade at a 45-degree angle. During a dermaplaning procedure, dead skin cells resting on the upper layers of your face are carefully removed, as are those fine hairs (also known as vellus hair or peach fuzz). In other words, dermaplaning is essentially a method of shaving, just with a more precise tool and with the specific aim of improving the skin’s texture and brightness. After this procedure, your face will feel smoother and more sensitive now that those old layers of skin are no longer there.
A properly administered dermaplaning procedure can yield several benefits for your skin’s health and complexion. First, this method can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even out your skin’s tone and texture overall by stimulating new skin cell growth and collagen production. Additionally, the removal of dead skin cells makes the application of skincare products and cosmetics easier and more effective due to a more receptive surface. Finally, dermaplaning can aid in your fight against acne and any subsequent scarring, which we’ll discuss next.
Those with severe acne often have a hard time preventing, concealing, and eliminating acne scars. While some scars can indeed be difficult to diminish, dermaplaning can help in more ways than one. For one thing, because dermaplaning unclogs your facial pores from dead skin cells, dirt, and other contaminants, this procedure helps prevent future breakouts from occurring -- and fewer breakouts means fewer scars. On top of that, the stimulative effect of dermaplaning (e.g., new skin cell growth, collagen production) encourages skin cell turnover, which is essential for fading scars. And lastly, since dermaplaning increases the efficacy of skincare products such as moisturizers, cleansers, and exfoliants, any topical treatments you’re currently using to fight acne will do their job more effectively.
If you hadn’t heard of dermaplaning before, you might now be interested in undergoing this procedure. While dermaplaning can benefit all skin types, those with acne prone skin stand to benefit the most. That said, it’s important to talk to your dermatologist about dermaplaning before signing up for it. Your doctor can lay out the potential pros and cons of such a procedure and refer you to the proper specialist.
The experts at Premier Dermatology Partners can also give you more insight into dermaplaning and other cosmetic procedures that might be right for you. To learn more about our providers and all the services we offer, contact us today.