All the Details on Banishing a Dull Complexion with Dermaplaning

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In the last few years, there’s been a massive boom in the beauty space with gurus claiming they shave their face to receive their radiant glow.


Now we want to set the record straight because while “shaving” is the closest comparison to dermaplaning, it's not exactly the same thing as the objectives are different.


As opposed to shaving where the goal is to remove unwanted hair, the goal of dermaplaning is to remove dead skin that is dulling the complexion: it just has the added and welcomed benefit of removing the unwanted velus hair as well.


And in addition to its effectiveness at producing luminous, dewy skin, one of the other big reasons we love dermaplaning is that it’s a treatment for all skin types and is highly effective at minimizing the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, and dry patches. 


If dermaplaning has piqued your interest, but you're still wondering how this treatment works,  here’s all the details you’ll want to know before booking your first treatment.


How does dermaplaning work?


Dermaplaning is an exfoliative treatment that is performed by gently gliding a tool across the face.


Dermaplaning was first made popular in Asia and is actually an amazingly gentle treatment when properly performed. 


First, we start by pulling the skin taut, and then we’ll expertly stroke the tool at a 45-degree angle to remove the top layer of dead skin, and then hydrate and protect the skin with high-quality products that are now primed for optimal penetration. 


This all happens in a quick 30-minutes-or-less treatment that you can easily squeeze in on a break at work. 


How will dermaplaning help my skin?


In addition to the instant gratification of removing the dull outer skin that causes a lackluster complexion to reveal radiant skin underneath, dermaplaning also: 


  • Increases product efficacy and allows for better product penetration

  • Does not cause inflammation or disrupt the delicate pH balance of the skin

  • Creates a smoother, even surface for applying make-up more effectively

  • Helps reduce future breakouts by removing the buildup of dead skin that commonly clogs pores

  • Acts as a preparatory treatment for the skin in advance of other treatments, for example, chemical peels



Additionally, dermaplaning is ideal for removing the light “peach fuzz” like facial hair, which results in a fresh and dewy complexion that is highly sought after. 


Won’t it make hair grow back thicker?


Many patients fear that dermaplaning will result in the fine and soft facial hair (vellus hair) to grow back more course and thicker than it was originally, however this does not occur with dermaplaning. 

Not only are we not affecting the follicle of the hair, but the nature of vellus hair is not the same as a terminal hair, which will grow back with increased coarseness after shaving. 


Does dermaplaning hurt?

Not at all! 


Dermaplaning is done very gently and will merely feel like a light scraping on the top of the skin. Post-treatment, you’ll experience no downtime and can hop right back into your daily routine. 


How often can I get dermaplaning done?

Your aesthetician will give you a customized treatment recommendation to fit your skin’s needs and personal goals, however, the frequency that most of our patients at Potomac Medical Aesthetic receive a dermaplaning treatment is every two to four weeks as this is the natural regeneration cycle of skin cells. 


Ready to reveal your most radiant skin?




Daniela Woerner