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Facial Shaving vs. Dermaplaning

Facial Shaving vs. Dermaplaning

Published: 04/24/2015 by Beth Jarrett, Spa Director

More and more lately, stories about facial shaving for women have been trending throughout the media. At-home facial shaving, as well as professional dermaplaning, are not new procedures, but have been around for decades. Why is it trending now? More and more celebrities have been admitting to “shaving” their faces, like ex-New Jersey Housewife star Caroline Manzo, and celebrity aesthetician Kate Sommerville.

Facial shaving for women however is not just putting some shaving cream on your face and using a disposable razor. A special blade is required, and expertise in technique should be taken into consideration. In fact, there is a medical spa procedure called dermaplaning, which is a method of professionally removing facial hair, and exfoliating the skin, with a surgical blade.

Are shaving and dermaplaning really the same?

Well, yes and no. The idea is this: exfoliating the face with a blade or razor not only removes the facial “peach fuzz” or vellus hair, but also exfoliates the skin. While these benefits can be accomplished with either technique, there is the question of efficacy and safety when attempting this procedure on your own, versus professional dermaplaning.

Why would a woman want to take a razor to her face?

Some women, especially blondies, have a lot of “peach fuzz” on their face. Some of us are bothered by it, or would prefer not to have it at all. Dermaplaning removes that peach fuzz, leaving you with extremely smooth skin. Dermaplaning also removes the top layer of dead skin cells, which helps promote cell turn over and can lessen the look of fine lines, as well as improve skin texture. Skincare products can also penetrate more deeply through the freshly exfoliated skin, giving you optimal benefit. The whole procedure leaves you glowing.

What makes professional dermaplaning a better choice than shaving at home?

Expertise and knowledge. Kit Kivell, medical aesthetician, says, “There are plenty of spa treatments that people can attempt at home, including dermaplaning. But the difference will always be the professional grade of treatment that you will receive in a medical spa by a trained aesthetician with the proper tools. You are not going to be able to get the same results at home as you can in a medical spa.”  A professional dermaplane treatment is done with a surgical-grade scalpel, in swift, delicate strokes. The treatment is also done at least four weeks apart. Recommendations for home shaving often advise doing it weekly, or even bi-weekly, but this can cause irritation.

Why should you dermaplane at least four weeks apart?

Kivell says that the vellus hair on our faces also has a role in helping oil leave the deeper skin layers. Exfoliating too often can cause the oil to become trapped within the skin, as it has no other way to be drawn out. Exfoliating too often can also cause irritation or breakouts.

Will shaving cause your hair to regrow more often, thicker or darker? 

Absolutely not. Kivell says, dermaplaning does nothing to change the quality or density of the hair. However, shaving at home with the wrong type of blade can certainly blunt the hair and cause it to feel more coarse when it grows in.

Does it hurt? 

Nope! Not a bit. It will, however, leave your skin looking silky smooth and radiant.