There are new facial treatments cropping up all the time, some of which seem more legit than others. Dermaplaning is essentially having your face shaved with a sharp blade to remove unwanted hair while exfoliating the skin, which may sound like another fad. However, for some people, facial hair can be a real problem and dermaplaning is the perfect solution.

What is dermaplaning?

Quite simply, dermaplaning is where a dermatologist or esthetician uses a medical-grade scalpel to scrape across the skin on your face to remove the tiny hairs, technically known as vellus hairs, but commonly referred to as peach fuzz. This hair can be blonde, gray, brown, or the same color as your head hair, which means it’s more obvious for some people than others which is why they may want to get it removed.

Is dermaplaning the best option for removing peach fuzz?

For some people, it can be tough to remove peach fuzz with common hair removal methods, such as waxing or threading, due to how fine or short the hairs can be. In these cases, dermaplaning is often the best option. It is possible to laser vellus hairs, but laser hair removal takes several sessions and doesn’t work for blonde or gray hairs and isn’t as effective on darker skin.

Dermaplaning is also considerably cheaper than laser hair removal, costing around $40-$100 a session and offers immediate results, but does need to be done approximately once a month to maintain a hairless face.

Can you do dermaplaning at home?

While scraping a scalpel across your face sounds fairly straightforward, it’s not something you should try to do at home on yourself or anyone else. Store-bought blades won’t be as sharp or effective as medical-grade ones and there’s a chance you could cut yourself, which could lead to scarring. Ideally, you need to have dermaplaning done by a trained and experienced dermatologist for the best results.

Using dermaplaning with other treatments

Some dermatologists and estheticians use dermaplaning alongside other skincare treatments. While dermaplaning is popular for removing vellus hairs, it’s also good for removing a superficial layer of dead skin. Dermaplaning differs from shaving as it goes a little deeper, which brightens the skin, helps it to absorb skin care products better, and lets makeup sit with a smoother finish. Dermaplaning can be done with treatments like microdermabrasion or ablative laser treatments. On its own, it only takes around 15 minutes to do.

Dermaplaning isn’t always the best option

While dermaplaning is a good option for most people, there are some reasons to avoid it. People with acne may find that a scalpel could nick a pimple, spreading the infection and making it take longer to heal. However, some experienced dermatologists may be able to help, so it’s not always a reason to postpone.

If you have a history of cold sores you should also speak to your dermatologist to prevent spreading them via microtears. Of course, it’s always good to be aware that there’s a chance of damage to the skin when any sharp object is being used on it.

What you need to know after a dermaplaning session

One big thing that can put people off dermaplaning is the fear of hair growing back quicker, darker, and thicker once it’s been removed. This is a myth and no hair removal method will affect how hair grows back as it’s down to your health and genetics, but hair may look darker against your improved complexion. You will need to take extra care of your skin as it will be more sensitive. Applying sunscreen is a must and avoiding retinol and glycolic acids is advised. Using a serum or good moisturizer will help with the texture and tone of the skin following a treatment.

Dermaplaning is a good option for a lot of people and can be used for removing unwanted hair and exfoliating the skin for a brighter appearance. It’s a quick and relatively inexpensive treatment that can be used in combination with other treatments for glowing skin.