The article includes Dr. Patel‘s expert commentary on the benefits of dermaplaning.
WHAT IS DERMAPLANING?
Dermaplaning is the act of shaving your face with a single blade that resembles a scalpel to help remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz.
HOW MUCH DOES DERMAPLANING COST?
This type of treatment can sometimes cost up to $250 and is usually performed by a dermatologist or esthetician. An at-home dermaplaning tool includes a less-sharp blade and needs to be done more regularly to maintain results. And don’t make the mistake of thinking a regular shaving razor can do the same job. A typical razor includes three-to-four slanted blades to remove body hair, while a dermaplaning tool uses a single-edge blade to get closer to the skin for optimal exfoliation.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DERMAPLANING?
“Taking off the top layer of dead skin cells helps skin care products absorb better and procedures work better,” says Purvisha Patel, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare. “It also tricks the skin into thinking it’s wounded and boosts collagen production, helping decrease fine lines and wrinkles.”
It prevents acne from forming, too. “By removing the top layer of dead skin cells, dermaplaning prevents oils, dead skin and debris from being trapped inside the follicle,” says Kerry Benjamin, esthetician and founder of StackedSkincare.
Dermaplaning can also serve as a primer for makeup as it allows foundation to look more like your skin, rather than it sitting on top of your dead skin and peach fuzz.