It is generally accepted that exfoliating dead skin cells is essential for maintaining the skin’s health and appearance, as dead cell buildup is the culprit in a variety of issues such as skin dullness and clogged pores. However, it can be challenging for patients to find the right exfoliation approach. Skin may react to chemical exfoliators that contain abrasive ingredients, and microdermabrasion, while quite effective, also employs abrasive crystals and typically requires a couple of initial treatments to reach full efficacy.
An alternative method growing in popularity is dermaplaning, a procedure during which a medical professional gently strokes the face using an aesthetician-grade, sterile scalpel blade to remove dead skin cells and facial hair. Patients enjoy immediate results of smooth skin, reduced fine lines, more even skin tone, reduced acne scarring, and fewer blackheads and minor breakouts caused by congested pores. After treatment, the skin more easily absorbs home care products (increasing their efficacy), and makeup goes on more smoothly.
Dermaplaning is a great choice for those with tiny blood vessels near the skin’s surface or with sensitive skin. Also for people with allergies that prevent the use of microdermabrasion or chemical peels. Treatment can include the whole face or only part of it. Certain areas (such as the eyelids and nose) are not treatable using dermaplaning because of their unique contours.
The procedure is extremely safe, though some patients may experience slight temporary redness immediately post-treatment. Using dermaplaning in conjunction with other treatments such as microneedling or chemical peels may increase redness. Some patients might not be a good candidates for this procedure. For example: Patients with extremely sensitive skin, such as those with rosacea, or those with an active acne breakout.
Despite what the internet may tell you, dermaplaning is not a skin-care treatment to try at home! It’s important to seek dermaplaning from a medical professional, like Artemis’s own Kelli Weaver. Kelli is a talented aesthetic nurse and provides free facial assessments. Together, you can discuss all of your treatment options. Find out if dermaplaning is the best fit for your unique needs.