June 03, 2022

What Is Dermaplaning?

Everything to know about this method of removing facial hair.

Dermaplaning is one solution for those who want to remove unwanted facial hair. Since the pandemic, this process of being able to remove facial hair at home has become extremely popular. But what is it? “Dermaplaning uses a surgical blade to gently scrape along the skin’s surface, removing the top layer of dead skin cells and your face’s peach fuzz, also known as vellus hairs,” explains Nicky Tzimas, the founder and director of Regenerer, a dermal and aesthetic skin clinic. Dermaplaning is a quick and simple treatment that results in fresh and glowing skin—who wouldn’t want that?” 

Naturally, taking a surgical blade to your face sounds a little daunting—and won’t those tiny hairs simply grow back darker? Read on as we quiz Tzimas on all there is to know about dermaplaning.

What are the benefits of dermaplaning?

“Dermaplaning removes dead skin cells and excess facial hair, resulting in skin appearing smoother, softer and glowing,” says Tzimas. “As the dead skin cells are removed, skincare penetrates deeper into the skin and makeup sits better as there are no hairs on the surface level.” The other benefit to dermaplaning is there is zero downtime, so you don’t have to factor in post-treatment recovery. “Dermaplaning suits most skin types too but is also suitable for those with sensitive skin that can’t handle active exfoliating ingredients, making it more accessible for more people to experience the treatment.”

Is dermaplaning just shaving?

No. “Dermaplaning isn’t the same as shaving the face,” explains Tzimas. “Dermaplaning exfoliates the skin much closer than an ordinary shaver would.” Due to the design of the dermaplane tool, both fine hairs and dead skin cells are removed, which is what creates that brightening result.

Who should avoid dermaplaning?

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for dermaplaning and Tzimas warns against this process, or its equivalent in-salon treatments, for any clients with acne or hirsutism. “We would always recommend speaking to your skin therapist prior to receiving the treatment to ensure your skin is suitable.”

Does dermaplaning make facial hair grow back thicker?

This one is a myth. Tzimas confirms: “Dermaplaning does not affect the hair growth, nor does it stimulate hair growth.” 

Should people be undertaking dermaplaning themselves at home?

“An at-home device is generally not as sharp as a surgical blade and therefore will effectively remove peach fuzz, however, will not exfoliate the skin as much as those in a clinic. Professionally receiving dermaplaning treatment in the clinic will get you stronger results and the treatment will work deeper.”

How often would you need to dermaplane?

“To continue to remove dead skin cells and unwanted hair, dermaplaning can be done regularly, every 3-4 weeks.”

Shop now:

Bondi Blades 3 Pack Derma Razors, $24.95

Votary Magic Razor Wands 3 Pack, $40

Revlon Beauty Tool Face Defuzzers 2 Pack, $12.49

CheekyGlo Dermablades 3 Pack, $50

June 03, 2022

What Is Dermaplaning?

Photographer: Natalie Koval / Model: Emma Macgowan

Everything to know about this method of removing facial hair.

Dermaplaning is one solution for those who want to remove unwanted facial hair. Since the pandemic, this process of being able to remove facial hair at home has become extremely popular. But what is it? “Dermaplaning uses a surgical blade to gently scrape along the skin’s surface, removing the top layer of dead skin cells and your face’s peach fuzz, also known as vellus hairs,” explains Nicky Tzimas, the founder and director of Regenerer, a dermal and aesthetic skin clinic. Dermaplaning is a quick and simple treatment that results in fresh and glowing skin—who wouldn’t want that?” 

Naturally, taking a surgical blade to your face sounds a little daunting—and won’t those tiny hairs simply grow back darker? Read on as we quiz Tzimas on all there is to know about dermaplaning.

What are the benefits of dermaplaning?

“Dermaplaning removes dead skin cells and excess facial hair, resulting in skin appearing smoother, softer and glowing,” says Tzimas. “As the dead skin cells are removed, skincare penetrates deeper into the skin and makeup sits better as there are no hairs on the surface level.” The other benefit to dermaplaning is there is zero downtime, so you don’t have to factor in post-treatment recovery. “Dermaplaning suits most skin types too but is also suitable for those with sensitive skin that can’t handle active exfoliating ingredients, making it more accessible for more people to experience the treatment.”

Is dermaplaning just shaving?

No. “Dermaplaning isn’t the same as shaving the face,” explains Tzimas. “Dermaplaning exfoliates the skin much closer than an ordinary shaver would.” Due to the design of the dermaplane tool, both fine hairs and dead skin cells are removed, which is what creates that brightening result.

Who should avoid dermaplaning?

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for dermaplaning and Tzimas warns against this process, or its equivalent in-salon treatments, for any clients with acne or hirsutism. “We would always recommend speaking to your skin therapist prior to receiving the treatment to ensure your skin is suitable.”

Does dermaplaning make facial hair grow back thicker?

This one is a myth. Tzimas confirms: “Dermaplaning does not affect the hair growth, nor does it stimulate hair growth.” 

Should people be undertaking dermaplaning themselves at home?

“An at-home device is generally not as sharp as a surgical blade and therefore will effectively remove peach fuzz, however, will not exfoliate the skin as much as those in a clinic. Professionally receiving dermaplaning treatment in the clinic will get you stronger results and the treatment will work deeper.”

How often would you need to dermaplane?

“To continue to remove dead skin cells and unwanted hair, dermaplaning can be done regularly, every 3-4 weeks.”

Shop now:

Bondi Blades 3 Pack Derma Razors, $24.95

Votary Magic Razor Wands 3 Pack, $40

Revlon Beauty Tool Face Defuzzers 2 Pack, $12.49

CheekyGlo Dermablades 3 Pack, $50

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