6 Things You Need to Know About Dermaplaning


Ever glance in your rear view mirror on a sunny day to find that your face is covered in peach fuzz? Don’t panic, the reality is that most women have a fair amount of hair on their faces and dermaplaning is a great option for that unwanted fuzz. Out of all the treatments I offer, dermaplaning is the one I get the most questions about! Today I’m going over all things dermaplaning and answering my most commonly asked questions, here are 6 things you need to know about dermaplaning.

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Amber Fillerup Clark during a procedure for dermaplaning done by Rachel Valverde at Desert Sky Dermatology. Barefoot Blonde / Amber Fillerup Clark
Utensils used by Barefoot Blonde Contributor Rachel Valverde for dermaplaning.

1. What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is an exfoliation technique that utilizes a very sharp blade (it’s a scalpel but don’t be scared) to gently glide across the face, removing dead skin and peach fuzz. Dermaplaning can be done alone or combined with a HydraFacial or mild peel for added exfoliation. I recommend having this done every 4 weeks.

2. Is dermaplaning the same as shaving?

While it is a similar concept they are quite different. Dermaplaning is meant for exfoliation of the epidermis (outermost layer of skin where dead skin cells lie) as well as the hair. You will not achieve the same results with a typical razor.

3. Does the hair grow back darker or thicker?

Nope! The hair on the face is called vellus hair. Vellus hair by nature is soft, blonde hair, although it is sometimes darker on people with darker skin. It does not have the ability to turn into dark, thick hair, which is called terminal hair. A few things that CAN cause terminal hairs to grow on a woman’s face are increased testosterone levels, certain health conditions and medications.

4. Can I dermaplane if I have acne?

This isn’t always the best treatment for acne-prone skin. I personally struggle with acne and my skin does fine with it but for some it can cause breakouts afterwards. I don’t recommend having a treatment done if you are actively breaking out, due to the fact that it can spread bacteria. That said, many of my patients who are acne-prone love this treatment so I recommend trying it a few times before deciding whether it agrees with your skin or not.

5. How much does it cost?

Price varies based on where you live but anywhere from $50-100 is average.

6. Does it hurt?

No! We are using a very sharp blade for dermaplaning so technique is very important with this procedure. I recommend finding someone with at least a few years of experience dermaplaning. It should never be painful or leave your skin feeling raw.

Utensils and hair from a dermaplaning procedure by Barefoot Blonde Contributor Rachel Valverde. Amber Fillerup / Barefoot Blonde

I hope this information is helpful and you all are now confident to go out and try this amazing treatment. If you follow Amber on Instagram you already know it’s one of her favorites! Please feel free to drop any questions below.

Article and images by Rachel Valverde. For more skin tips visit Rachel’s Instagram here. To schedule a skin consultation with Rachel, please call Desert Sky Dermatology at 480-855-0085.

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