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What to Know Before a Dermaplaning Treatment

In recent years, dermaplaning has grown in popularity in the realm of cosmetic dermatology. This treatment is closely related to shaving, but with the express purpose of removing vellus hairs (aka “peach fuzz”) and dead skin cells to stimulate new skin cell growth and create a smoother, softer, more receptive surface. When properly administered, dermaplaning can smooth out acne scars, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve overall skin tone and texture. Before hopping on this manual exfoliation bandwagon, however, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into. With that in mind, here are some important things to know before undergoing a dermaplaning treatment.

What to Know About Dermaplaning Treatments

Keep it Professional

Right now, you might be wondering, “Is dermaplaning safe?” The short answer is yes, it is completely safe, but you’ll encounter fewer potential problems when you receive this treatment from a certified dermatologist or esthetician. Even if you’re used to shaving areas of your own skin, note that dermaplaning is slightly more involved and requires a professional touch. Dermaplaning blades are very sharp (and for good reason), which also poses a risk in the wrong hands. If your skin is sensitive, it’s especially important to leave this procedure to the pros. And before you sign up for dermaplaning, it’s best to consult with your dermatologist to make sure this treatment is right for your skin.

Know the Potential Risks and Side Effects

Speaking with a trusted professional prior to dermaplaning is a great way to get a better understanding of the pros and cons of this procedure. As mentioned earlier, there are several benefits of dermaplaning – however, there are also some possible risks and side effects. Those with highly sensitive skin and/or chronic conditions like rosacea or severe acne aren’t the best candidates for dermaplaning, as the procedure can further irritate their skin. On the other hand, dermaplaning might help ease some of these skin problems in the long run, so it’s not always a clear choice. Regardless, knowing the possible side effects and setbacks of dermaplaning will help you make a more informed decision.

Hold Off on Other Exfoliation Procedures Before Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a form of exfoliation, and too much exfoliation can trigger various skin problems. As such, dermatologists recommend that dermaplaning candidates stop using manual or chemical exfoliating methods/products 3-5 days before treatment – this includes retinol, exfoliating serums, scrubs, polishes, and enzymes. Giving your skin a break in this way will help you enjoy the best results from your dermaplaning procedure.

Prepare to Give Your Skin a Day of Rest Before Putting on Cosmetics

One of the key advantages of dermaplaning is that it requires no downtime after the fact. Aside from enduring some minor redness and irritation, you and your skin can get back out in the world directly after treatment. That said, it’s still wise to give your skin a break before doing too much. Namely, try not to wear any makeup for about 24 hours following dermaplaning. After this day has passed, you can get back to your normal cosmetic application routine – and best of all, you’ll enjoy how much easier it is to apply these products with smoother, more receptive skin.

Put on Sunscreen

Finally, don’t forget to apply sunscreen (30+ SPF) following your dermaplaning treatment. While it’s always important to protect your skin from sun damage, removing those fine hairs and dead skin cells from your face makes it even more susceptible to UV damage. In fact, it’s best to avoid prolonged sun exposure for 5-7 days after dermaplaning if possible. If you must stay out in the sun, however, make sure you’re well protected with high-quality sunscreen.

The experts at Premier Dermatology Partners are happy to provide 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.

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