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What to Know Before a Dermaplaning Treatment

Have you considered a dermaplaning treatment but aren’t too sure how it works and if your skin would benefit from it or not? Dermaplaning is a popular exfoliation method that has many different benefits for all skin types, and the dermatologists at the Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute can provide the treatment for you. Our dermatologists explain what a dermaplaning treatment is and what you need to know before having this skin treatment done.

What Is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a highly effective and safe exfoliation treatment that can be done at home or performed by a dermatologist. Using a surgical dermaplaning blade, strokes are made along the face and neck to remove dead skin cells and hairs on your face. Benefits of dermaplaning include an improvement in your skin texture, evening out of skin tone, smoother acne scars and the removal of light surface wrinkling.

Dermaplaning can be done as its own treatment or added on to chemical peels or microdermabrasion treatments. When added on to either of these treatments, dermaplaning is often performed first to allow the chemical peel and microdermabrasion treatments to penetrate the skin even more.

What to Know Before Treatment

At-home dermaplaning and dermatologist-administered dermaplaning are done very similarly. First, you will want to start with completely cleansed skin. Next, the dermaplaning blade is used to make short motions against the grain of the hair on the skin on the face and neck. While shaving hair is often associated with it growing back thicker and darker, that is not the case with the peach fuzz on your face. Lastly, apply a moisturizer.

Dermaplaning treatments take less than one hour, and no downtime will be needed. Some redness may occur but will fade soon after. It is important to avoid UV exposure for a few days and to wear sunscreen, as your skin will be sensitive to the sun. Dermaplaning treatments should be done every month for the best results. Although you can do a dermaplaning treatment at home, a skilled dermatologist has all the tools, cleansers and moisturizers needed to give you a full facial experience combined with the dermaplaning treatment.

Will My Skin Type Affect Dermaplaning?

Any skin type can benefit from a dermaplaning treatment, but it is important to know if you have dry or sensitive skin to know how to care for your skin after treatment. To determine if you have dry or sensitive skin, take note of if you ever have a skin reaction to cleansers, other skincare products or laundry detergent. Also take note of if your skin seems itchy after a shower or if your skin often experiences redness. If any of these apply to your skin, you likely have dry and sensitive skin. After dermaplaning, you will want to take extra care of your skin by using a moisturizer daily. This will keep your skin hydrated, eliminate redness and ensure that your skin doesn’t become too dry.

If you are ready to try a dermaplaning treatment and are in Bloomington, Illinois or the surrounding areas, complete this form. A dermatologist from the Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute will be in touch to make your appointment.

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