Ask a Doctor: All About Dermaplaning

Is dermaplaning the best option for facial hair removal?

If you’re a woman with facial hair or peach fuzz — and pretty much all of us of us are — you’ve probably tried the gamut of solutions: plucking, threading, waxing, sugaring, and perhaps even our personal favorite (call us biased), dermaplaning. Here’s what you need to know about dermaplaning, and how it compares to other methods.

How it works

Dermaplaning painlessly removes hair and peach fuzz using a single blade — and it takes dead skin cells and debris with it. In the past, this is something you’d leave to a professional esthetician, but DERMAFLASH 2.0 LUXE makes it easy to skip the spa and DIY.

Isn’t face-shaving just for dudes?

Not if you could ask iconic beauties like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, both fans of the practice. Celebrity facialist Kate Somerville, whose clients include Derma Messing and Jessica Alba, also swears by it.

Hello, blank canvas

Since dermaplaning and DERMAFLASH exfoliate as they remove hair, you’re getting a two-for-one deal. “It helps to create a smooth appearance and a glow,” says Danielle Daughtridge, PA-C of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. “Dermaplaning may be a great option for those with fine, vellus hair who want smoother skin to apply makeup and skincare products.” Not only will your makeup sit better on a smoother canvas, your lotions and serums will penetrate more deeply (and therefore work better). You won’t get that from other methods. “Sugaring, similar to waxing, is not an effective method for exfoliation,” says  Dr. Arisa Ortiz, a board-certified dermatologist. “[And] plucking peach fuzz is impractical since the hairs are so fine.”

Skip the irritation

Another huge plus? Less redness and fewer bumps. “Other methods of removing hair, such as waxing or threading are more irritating and do not have the benefit of exfoliating the skin,” says Dr. Ortiz. “For sensitive skin, Dermaflash is ideal, because it is non-irritating and safe for any skin type.” The ouch level is also low. “Dermaplaning does not involve any wax or hot substances so there is no risk for burns,” adds Daughtridge. If you’ve ever been on the losing end of a battle with hot wax, you know how major that is.

It’s not for everyone

If you have acne lesions, wait until they heal before dermaplaning. “Dermaplaning is not recommended for those with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema or pustular acne on the face as it may irritate and make them worse,” says Daughtridge. And if you’re dealing with annoying hair growth well beyond peach fuzz (perhaps because of a hormonal condition), you might benefit from another more permanent method too. “For those with excess hair growth, other hair removal methods may be better and tend to last longer, as dermaplaning is essentially shaving the hair at the surface,” adds Daughtridge. Just do your research — methods like electrolysis and laser hair removal aren’t right for everyone.

Doesn’t shaving your face make the hair grow back thicker?

“Simply shaving hair does not affect the hair follicle or growth process,” assures Daughtridge. “Our hair follicles are tapered at the ends, therefore when you shave the hair and stubble grows back in, it can appear thicker or coarser until it grows out. After many studies, there is no evidence that indicates shaving affects the rate or thickness of hair growth. No worries here!” Dr. Ortiz puts the myth to rest too: “Cutting your hair does not affect the growth cycle of hair follicles. People may perceive this to be true because hair follicles are grow tapered at the end and when you cut the tapered end, it may appear wider. Rest assured, it will continue to grow tapered as it did before.” Phew!

Bottom line: If you have acne lesions or skin conditions like eczema, check with your dermatologist before dermaplaning. Otherwise, dermaplaning and DERMAFLASH 2.0 LUXE can be a great option if you’re looking to remove peach fuzz and exfoliate at the same time. Get your glow on!

Author: Diana Vilibert

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