Dermaplaning is all the rage. It’s beautifully simple, and stunningly effective. But what is it?
What Is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is an exfoliation, cleansing and hair removal process. A tool called a dermatome is commonly used – it’s a specialist razor that allows the clinician to remove soft vellus or ‘peach fuzz’ hair, along with the thin layer of dead skin cells that is present on the surface of the skin at any given time.
In simple terms, dermaplaning is similar to shaving your face, but with tools and techniques that improve your skin tone. It’s become hugely popular over the past 18 months, due to viral dermaplaning videos on TikTok (where else?) It’s possibly the most popular facial treatment in London, due to its speed and value for money.
It removes dirt and grime that can get trapped on hair follicles, and allows skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin, increasing your skin’s radiance and allowing makeup to sit more easily on the skin, which means you can use less makeup to get a smoother result.
It’s also a great way to maximise the effectiveness of other facial treatments like HydraFacials or Morpheus8.
Will Dermaplaning Make My Hairs Thicker?
Social media influencer Molly Mae Hague ruffled quite a few feathers last year when she took to TikTok to declare that dermaplaning had caused her to grow a beard.
However, her allegations were quickly dismissed by both the medical and the scientific community. Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist and associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University, explained;
“There are different factors that play into this like age, hormonal influences and genetics. That’s what influences the amount of hair and how thick it is- not how you remove it.”
Home Dermaplaning – Is It A Good Idea?
As dermaplaning has grown in popularity, there’s been a corresponding increase in the amount of DIY dermaplaning kits available online.
However, caution is advised – while dermaplaning is a safe treatment, it’s not recommended for everyone. Eczema, rosacea, and acne sufferers are advised against it, and many people report increased sensitivity and itching in the 24 hours following the treatment. It’s always a good idea to consult with a trained practitioner before embarking on any treatment that involves using sharp objects in contact with the skin.
It’s really important to ensure that the treatment environment is sterile – and given that a precise technique is required to remove the exact amount of skin tissue across the entire face, is it something you should be doing yourself?
Author and skincare expert Dija Ayodele doesn’t think so.
“Personally, I’m not a fan of clients doing things themselves at home in a non-clinic, non-sterile environment where they could cut and leave themselves open to infection. There are many other ways of exfoliating the face, like incorporating glycolic or lactic acid into your skincare regime.”
Omniya Skin Clinic London is one of the most popular destinations in the City for anyone looking for a professional dermaplaning experience. To find out why, book an appointment with one of our consultants, and come experience the best facial London has to offer.