Epi Blading (Dermaplaning ) is a physical skin rejuvenation treatment that removes dead skin and vellus facial hair (peach fuzz), producing more radiant, smooth skin. We gently stroke a sterile blade along the surface of the skin to “shave” off unwanted cells and hair.
If you’re thinking to yourself now, “you want to put a what to my face?” – you are not the only one.
Yes, a sterile surgical blade is used, and yes, many women initially express concerns.
Dermaplaning leaves your skin brighter, smoother, glowing, and more youthful. Its purpose is to give your skin an immediate exfoliation for a luminous glow that lasts a week or more.
What are the Benefits of Dermaplaning?
- Provides deeper product penetration
- Removes soft facial hair that traps dirt and oils
- Promotes smoother skin
- Safe procedure for removing dead skin cells and “peachfuzz”
- Reduces the appearance of acne scars
- Diminishes the look of fine lines
- Works on all skin types
- Instant results and no downtime
Top 11 benefits of dermaplaning:
- Improves skin texture.
- Eliminates vellus hair and dead skin cells.
- Increases product absorption and efficacy (products work better).
- Promotes cellular proliferation (your anti aging BFF.)
- Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.
- Lessen acne occurrence.
- Makeup application is smooth and flawless.
- No down time. (You can schedule this at lunch – seriously.)
- Brightens skin and reduces hyperpigmentation.
- Great alternative for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.
- Safe for all skin types.
Exfoliating the skin with dermaplaning also stimulates circulation and increases blood flow to the epidermal layers of the skin. The epidermis does not contain blood vessels and receives nutrients through diffusion. By stimulating blood flow, essential nutrients are delivered to the epidermis and thereby supports anti aging and radiant skin.
WHO IS DERMAPLANING FOR?
Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types except those with acneic skin. If you have deep cystic acne, wait until breakouts are clear before trying this treatment. As always, also discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities before starting a treatment.
This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or nursing and want exfoliation without the risk of harsh chemicals absorbing into the blood stream and potentially harming your baby.
How is it done?
Dermaplaning is a painless procedure and can be compared to the sensation of shaving your legs, but in this case, it’s on your face.
First, the aesthetician will cleanse and thoroughly dry your skin. Next, she’ll pull an area of your skin taut with one hand, and hold a sterile 10 gauge blade at a 45 degree angle in the other hand and use short, swift strokes to scrape off dead skin cells and peach fuzz.
How Often is it Performed?
Dermaplaning is usually performed every three to four weeks. It is good to have the skin complete its normal rejuvenation cycle, which is thirty days, before going back and having the treatment done. The procedure generally will remove between two to three weeks of dead skin from the facial area.
People who suffer from acne or have excess oil should not have dermaplaning performed. The reason why you want to avoid this procedure is because if the hair is removed from the area, the oils may cause bacteria growth which could lead to acne breakouts.
What to Expect After the Procedure:
Sometimes after dermaplaning, the skin will end up peeling slightly. This normally only happens when there is not enough time in between treatments to let the hair’s growth cycle be completed. This is why it is important to leave enough time between visits to get the best results.
There is no need to worry about the hair on your face getting any darker. Since dermaplaning only targets the vellus hair (peachfuzz) the hair will grow back the same size and color. It is physiologically impossible for the hair to grow back thicker and dark, so no need to panic and worry.
How long does it take
Isn’t shaving the face a manly thing? How can dermaplaning be viewed as feminine?
Women for centuries have been removing unwanted facial hair with various methods that are often more painful and no more effective than shaving. With that said, I don’t recommend using a standard razor and shaving cream. Dermaplaning is different from the way men shave in a two keys ways: we shave on dry skin and use small upward strokes. Also, while men benefit greatly from shaving daily, dermaplaning is going to give far greater exfoliation benefits than a razor with shaving cream.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR DERMAPLANING
Discontinue any manual or physical exfoliation 3-5 days prior.
The essence of a dermaplaning service is that it exfoliates the uppermost layers of skin to remove unwanted skin cells, dull and dry skin, as well as vellus facial hair.
To ensure the skin is not damaged by over-exfoliation, discontinue use of any products containing ingredients that slough off skin cells. This includes, but is not limited to AHAs, BHAs, enzymes, micro-beads, and retinoids.
If you are currently using Retin-A (the highest strength retinoid on the market) discontinue use for 7-14 days prior to treatment.
If you have just begun using the product and are experiencing flaking, peeling, redness, dryness, or irritation, discontinue for 14 days prior to receiving this service.
Avoid sun exposure for 5-7 days prior to the service.
You wouldn’t shave over a sunburn, would you? Let’s hope not.
Sun exposure (in moderation) is necessary to producing adequate concentrations of Vitamin D, which absorbs calcium and aids in the formation of healthy bones.
However, sun exposure can increase skin sensitivity, so stay out of it before your treatment.
If you are red or burned, you must wait 14 days before receiving a treatment. Arrive in such a condition and your Esthetician will reschedule your appointment and you may be subject to a fee.
Do not schedule Botox or facial filler prior to dermaplaning.
Many people schedule their appointments back to back, and why shouldn’t you stack? It saves time, energy, and gas. If you’ve found a one-stop shop salon, hats off to you.
That being said, schedule wisely.
After Botox, there is a 4-hour wait before you can lie down.
After filler, you must wait 3-4 days before receiving any treatments that apply pressure to the skin.
Schedule your dermaplaning service before your Botox or filler appointment if you are receiving them on the same day. If you are receiving them after, follow the guidelines above.
Schedule your waxing services 1-2 weeks before dermaplaning.
Facial epilation (hair removal from the bulb) needs to be scheduled 7-14 days prior to receiving a dermaplaning service.
You may choose to do away with waxing, threading, and sugaring altogether in lieu of hair removal via dermaplaning.
While dermaplaning is great for vellus hair, it is inadequate for removal of terminal hair, such as beard hair. Eyebrows and thick chin hair are other examples.
Waxing and sugaring remove a layer of skin cells, along with the intended hair. Schedule your appointment 7-14 days prior to avoid over-exfoliation or irritation.
Reschedule your appointment if you have open acne lesions or wounds.
Dermaplaning is not a safe service to perform with open wounds or acne lesions nor is it safe to try and shave around the areas.
Acne is controlled 100% by hormones. Not only are breakouts uncomfortable and often bring feelings of insecurity, they’re also unpredictable.
As a service provider, I know how disappointing it can be to reschedule an appointment simply because your skin decided to be an ass-hat. Trust me, we get it, but it’s in your best interest.
Areas will have to be skipped and the likelihood you’ll get nicked increases, both of which devalues the service you receive.
Wait 6 months after completing Accutane.
Accutane is a powerful prescription used to treat nodular acne that has been resistant even to antibiotics.
You are required to take a monthly pregnancy test and use two forms of birth control before a prescription can be filled – if this gives you any idea of the effects it has on the body.
Accutane increases the fragility and sensitivity of the skin and you must wait a minimum of 6 months, up to 12, before receiving physical or chemical exfoliation treatments.
Let’s now move on to some common misconceptions about hair removal.
DEBUNKING THE SHAVING MYTH
The most common question I receive about hair removal treatments is, “will it make my hair grow back thicker or darker?”
In regards to dermaplaning, the answer is no, it will do neither.
Dermaplaning targets vellus facial hair, which is fine and lighter in color than terminal hair.
Dermaplaning does not interact with the hair follicle itself and cannot physically alter the growth pattern.
It is a common misconception that shaving causes hair to become thicker and darker because shaving (and dermaplaning) splice the follicle. Hair is tapered at one end and when shaved becomes blunt, which can appear thicker or darker.
Neither is actually true nor is the appearance long-term. Once that hair sheds from the follicle, the new growth will have a tapered end once again.
Unless you have a beard – in which case dermaplaning isn’t the best service for you anyway – this is not something you need to worry about.
Your leg hair, which is all terminal, may appear thicker or darker, but your facial hair will not.
DERMAPLANING POST-TREATMENT CARE
After receiving your dermaplaning treatment, you should be able to commence your daily schedule as normal. Considered a “lunch-time facial”, you may return to work if you need.
As with any professional treatment, there are rules to abide by after. The term “rules” and not “guidelines” were used with intention here. It is possible to cause injury to the skin if aftercare instructions are not taken seriously.
Many individuals receive this service to treat skin issues such as hyperpigmentation or recent acne scarring. Improper post-treatment care can cause the very issue for scheduling in the first place.
To ensure your skin remains healthy and happy, follow these instructions.
1. Avoid direct contact with the sun for the first 48-72 hours.
The epidermis acts not only as a waterproof barrier but protects the layers below from exposure to the outside world. The layer of dead skin cells that builds up is like a warriors’ shield in battle, ready to take on sun-exposure, the sworn enemy of youthful skin.
Side note: The above sentence is to be a little funny, but let me be clear. Sun exposure is 100% vital to maintaining a healthy bod. It is the superior way to obtain Vitamin D, which is made when sunlight reacts with Vitamin K in our skin. It is overexposure to the sun that is harmful. Sunscreen is always recommended to be worn on the face, because of constant exposure and the desire for a youthful appearance.
After dermaplaning, there is no protective layer of dead skin cells any longer. There are only healthy cells exposed. The body views this as a form of trauma and in turn, wants to protect the body.
This is why exfoliation works.
We remove dead skin. The body freaks out. More cells are made. Collagen and elastin fibers are produced. We prolong aging.
We trick the body, essentially. By removing what it views as the first line of defense, we promote the production of constituents that give us plump, full skin, and remove cells cont