The Skin-ny on Dermaplaning

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I like trying new products and trends in the world of skin care. In the office where I work, two trained, certified aestheticians perform procedures like chemical peels, facials, and other methods of rejuvenating, tightening, and improving the skin.

Dermaplaning, one of the procedures they do, is a type of exfoliating skin treatment for the face. An aesthetician will take a scalpel and lightly scrape your skin in smooth, consistent motions, to remove weeks of dead skin cells and that annoying “peach fuzz.”

Right now, I bet you’re freaked out. Don’t lie, I can see the horrified look in your eyes. Just hearing the word “scalpel” made you say “nope!”

I felt the same way, until I actually saw the procedure done in person. Then I tried it myself. And tried to stay as still as possible while taking a selfie during the process.

The scalpel scraping your skin is not painful, and not even uncomfortable. The closest feeling I can compare it to is the sensation of fine-grain sandpaper. As my aesthetician, Paula, made quick movements, she occasionally removed the dead skin and peach fuzz that began collecting at my hair line and on the surface of my cheeks. It was very quick, and dare I say…relaxing!

What I was left with: ultra-smooth skin that was brighter, slightly glowing, and better able to absorb skin products like moisturizer or retinol creams. I noticed many of those effects immediately, which is always satisfying.

Following the procedure, she administered a lactic acid peel, which is a gentle form of chemical peels and perfect for sensitive skin like mine. It tingled for about five seconds, but I felt no other side effects. The final step was a moisturizer, and I was finished! In total, it took about 20 minutes.

A few tips: make sure the person performing dermaplaning or any type of chemical peel is certified. You definitely don’t want someone messing with your skin — especially the skin on your face — who doesn’t know the proper techniques and strengths of peels for each skin type. Also, dermaplaning is not for you if you have active acne. Finally, because your skin has been freshly exfoliated, it’s more sensitive to the sun. So after your appointment it’s smart to apply a moisturizer that includes SPF or use sunblock, though your aesthetician probably will for you.

Paula told me dermaplaning can be done as often as every two weeks, but many clients have them done monthly or before an event where they want to look their best. Though it’s not an inexpensive way to make your skin look and feel great, I’d recommend it!

—K

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4 Responses to The Skin-ny on Dermaplaning

  1. Janet M Schnell says:

    Not me! Yikes! You go girl!

  2. Mom says:

    I would definitely try that!!

  3. Stacey says:

    I would love that as well, but I am horrified by what they charge for the simplest of procedures these days – not done by anyone with a medical degree. Skin care has become the “in” thing – at least over here on the west side of MI – which makes it even more expensive/exclusive and you what happens to the price when something becomes a fad. No longer do they charge for products or procedures based on actual cost. That frustrates me – which probably causes stress – which probably makes my skin age! 🙂 Shoot, I need to go make a dermatology appointment…

    • Karin says:

      I agree with the expense comment, but I don’t believe certain skincare procedures need to be done by someone with specifically a medical degree. As long as they are licensed and have plenty of experience and continued education, that’s good with me.

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