When Hairy met Melissa
We have a guest writer this blog, but I thought I would do a quick intro before letting Heather inform our readers on what Dermaplaning is, so "bare" with me. No worries, pun was intended.
My name is Melissa, and I am hairy. Yes, you read that right. I AM HAIRY. I am constantly plucking my eyebrows because I cannot stand any little stray, I have little hairs creeping in all over my face, and when I look in the mirror on a windy day, I start humming "America the Beautiful' because all of my peach fuzz looks like those amber waves of grain blowing around.
I love America and I strongly believe in truth and freedom, so I allowed Heather to free my hairy face. Oh, wait...I allowed Heather to give me a hair free face. Not only that, but she removed all the old dry, dead skin from my face rendering me smooth as a baby's butt. It was wonderful and very liberating. So much so, I will return again to continue this process. I felt a sense of youthfulness after one treatment and my entire mood was lifted out of this winter time blues that has been going around.
Heather is a wonderful young woman who currently is finishing up with her Master's in Nursing. She is a Registered Nurse who has also been certified in a skin exfoliation technique called dermaplaning. I am very grateful, thankful, she will be sharing her skills with us. I am happy that I can look in the mirror now and I begin humming Rush's lyrics 'I've lost a few more hairs. I think I'm going bald.' No worries, those are really the only lyrics I remember.
So, without further adieu, Heather will take over from hair to discuss dermaplaning:
Dermaplaning is an advanced form of mechanical exfoliation using a sterile, surgical blade designed specifically for dermaplaning. While this may sound scary, the process itself is safe when performed by a professionally trained skincare specialist utilizing the appropriate tools for the service.
Dermaplaning is highly effective in minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. By removing the top layer of skin, it triggers collagen production resulting in skin that is smooth, supple, and vibrant. The treatment is simple yet effective, takes 30-60 minutes to complete and does not require any downtime. After your treatment, you will be able to return to your regular routine immediately.
Dermaplaning is great for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and those who are pregnant or nursing because it doesn’t require the use of harsh chemicals. This exfoliating procedure reduces pore size, evens out skin tone, and helps to unlock black heads. It increases topical skincare absorption, and creates the perfect canvas for makeup application. By removing the annoying peach fuzz that cakes up in makeup you will notice your makeup glide on more smoothly and will notice your skin photographs much nicer. You will love this treatment and return monthly to have it done!
Frequently asked questions:
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is the exfoliating treatment that removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz), creating softer, smoother, brighter skin for a more radiant appearance.
What is the technique for Dermaplaning?
The skin is prepped with a gentle degreasing solution. A nourishing oil is then applied to help aide in the dermaplaning process. A sterile, surgical blade designed specifically for dermaplaning is held at a 45 degree angle and gently feathered along the skin's surface for the removal of dead skin cells and peach fuzz.
Is Dermaplaning safe?
Dermaplaning is safe when performed by a professionally trained skincare specialist who uses the appropriate tools for the service.
Once the vellus hair is removed will it grow back thicker?
No, this is physiologically impossible. The soft, fine vellus hair will grow back slowly – usually in about 4 weeks. It is important to note there are two types of hair that grow on our bodies: vellus hair and terminal hair. Vellus hair is the thin, fine, soft hair that typically covers the entire body. Terminal hair is the course hair that grows on the head, face in men, underarms, legs and pubic areas. When shaving facial hair or body hair it gives the hair itself a blunt tip – resulting in a sensation of coarse or “stubbly” hair that appears darker. This will go away as the hair grows out. Dermaplaning, waxing, tweezing, or shaving cannot alter the type of hair grown in any given area.
How long will it take to notice results?
Dermaplaning is an excellent anti-aging treatment that provides immediate and cumulative results with each service you receive. You’ll immediately look more radiant with a more even skin tone and texture. Your face will feel softer than ever and look brighter and more youthful.
How often can the procedure be performed?
Dermaplaning can be performed every 3-4 weeks. Your skin should be allowed to complete its normal rejuvenation cycle of approximately 28 days before repeating the treatment. Treating the skin in this manner removes approximately 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells.
What areas can be treated?
Dermaplaning can be performed on the face, under the chin, and sides of the neck. It should not be performed on the eyelids, throat, or chest.
Who can be treated?
Dermaplaning is great for all skin types, including those with sensitive and individuals who are pregnant or nursing. Men can be dermaplaned on non-bread areas only.
Who cannot be treated?
Clients with active acne breakouts should not be treated until the lesions are healed. While dermaplaning is great for diminishing acne scars, it should not be performed during active out breaks. Clients with bleeding disorders or difficulty clotting should not be treated. Clients with uncontrolled diabetes should not be treated due to altered healing ability. Clients undergoing cancer treatment should not be treated. Clients with active cold sores will need to be rescheduled. If prone to cold sores you should begin to pre-medicate 24 hours prior to receiving a service. Clients with darker skin tones need 2-3 weeks pre-treatment with melanin suppressing home care products and sunscreen. Those who use Retin-A products must wait 5 days since their last application. Those who use Accutane or Isotretinoin must have 12 months of non-use and with a physician’s approval.
What is the aftercare?
When cleansing your face, be sure to use a gentle cleanser with warm water. Do not use abrasive wash cloths, Clarisonic, or hot water for the first 24-48 hours. Do not use cleansers, serums or spot treatments that contain salicylic acid or Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) for 5 days following treatment.
Dermaplaning allows for better absorption of topical skincare products. Therefore, active ingreadients in serums penetrate much better now, so you’ll see quicker results. Do not use Retin-A, 5 days pre and post dermaplaning. For darker skin tones: use a brightening serum to reduce the risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
Apply a hydrating moisturizer 2x/day. It is common for skin to feel tight but is dewy to the touch. This is good and will only last a short time. Moisturizer locks in skin’s hydration with the added absorption of its active ingredients. For darker skin tones: use a 1% hydrocortisone cream for 5 days following treatment to calm inflammation and reduce the risk of PIH. It is imperative to wear sunscreen following dermaplaning. Your skin is more vulnerable to UV rays after exfoliation.
Avoid excessive sweating, steam rooms, and saunas for 24-48 hours post treatment.
And finally… Enjoy your new look!