Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment that is used to remove dead skin cells and fine facial hair (vellus hair, also known as peach fuzz). This is a great alternative for extremely sensitive or red skin that find microdermabrasion or chemical peels too harsh or damaging, or for pregnant or nursing mothers who don’t want to put any added chemicals on their bodies. Often used for clients with rough skin, hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring, and wrinkles, dermaplaning is a safe, simple shaving procedure that will leave your skin noticeably smoother, supple, and radiant.

Using a light touch, skincare professionals use a scalpel to graze the skin with gentle feathering strokes; the abrasion will slough off any dry, flaky patches of dead skin and shave away the peach fuzz that regular shaving razors miss. Removing both dead skin and excess hair will allow the skin to breathe, which results in healthier-looking skin. Although it is often thought that shaving hair off will cause it to grow back thicker, darker, and faster, that is not the case with dermaplaning. As long as the hair is superficial, it will grow back with the same soft, light appearance and at the same rate as before the procedure.

Getting rid of the superficial dead skin and vellus hair will not only give you a smooth and glowing complexion but will also allow any products to penetrate deeper into the skin. Dermaplaning is a great pre-treatment step for facials, peels, and moisturizers to ensure better results.

Dermaplaning removes about 2 to 3 weeks’ worth of dead skin build-up, so it is best to wait for 3 to 4 weeks between treatments to let the new skin complete its normal 30-day cycle and avoid any damage. There is no recovery period after a dermaplaning procedure; it is as safe and easy as a man shaving his face.