What is Dermaplaning?

As the skin care industry grows, new treatments are being developed to treat the skin more effectively and efficiently without the downtime normally associated with treatments. Dermaplaning has been around for years but is now gaining popularity with certified aestheticians as an option for professional exfoliation.

Let's start with exfoliation. What does it mean? How is it done? Exfoliation is the removal of layers of dead skin cells that are adhered to the skin. Our skin exfoliates naturally each day, and as we age this natural process slows down causing the skin to look dull and tired. Sometimes the skin needs a little help exfoliating evenly and that's where we come in.

Exfoliation can be manual or chemical. Manual exfoliation is when an abrasive is used to safely remove the top few laters of dead skin calls to reveal the fresh, healthy skin below. This can be anything from a shower loofah or a salt scrub at home, to microdermabrasion or dermaplaning at your aesthetician's office. Chemical exfoliation is the use of an enzyme or acid to loosen the dead skin layers so they can be safely removed.

Now that's we've reviewed what it means to exfoliate the skin, let's take a closer look at Dermaplaning. This technique should only be performed by a licensed and certified professional. Dermaplaning is a safe prodecure that removes the top dead skin cells and 'fuzzy' hair on the face and neck. Technicians use a special tool and a very delicate touch in light, soft strokes. Because this treatment doesn't require the use of chemicals it makes it ideal for those who are pregnant or sensitive to chemical peels. Also, becuase it removes the fine hairs that can cause build up of makeup and oils, it is a great treatment for those with comedone issues.

Why would someone choose Dermaplaning over the other prefessional exfoliation options? Dermaplaning is great for a number of reasons:

~ No use of chemicals. Great for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or ultra sensetive.

~ No downtime due to peeling or extreme redness.

~ Removes unwanted 'fuzz' that can grow on the face and increase with age. No, it won't make these hairs grow back thicker.

Still not sure if this treatment is for you? Just ask your skincare professional what options are best for you skin concerns.