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Dermaplaning 101 - Information Guide

This revolutionary exfoliation method, which has been a secret of Japanese women

for decades, has captured the attention of “skinthusiasts” all over the world. Today

we're excited to share with you the expertise and benefits of one of the most

highly sought-after skincare treatments in the industry.

According to the Collins English dictionary dermaplaning is defined as:


in British English



a cosmetic treatment, often used to treat acne scars, in which surface irregularities are

surgically scraped to give the skin a smoother appearance

Word origin

from Greek derma skin + PLAN

In this post, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to dermaplaning.

We will begin by thoroughly explaining the procedure, including the key aspects

and benefits of the treatment. We will also cover the best practices, who is the

ideal candidate for the treatment, and what to expect during and after the

procedure. Whether you are new to dermaplaning or simply looking to learn

more, this post will give you a clear understanding of the treatment and help you

make an informed decision.

At Purify Skincare Clinic, we believe that everyone deserves to have beautiful,

healthy skin. So, let's dive in and discover how dermaplaning can help you

achieve your best skin yet!

Table Of Contents:

  1. What is dermaplaning and how does it work?

  2. What are the benefits?

  3. Who can benefit?

  4. How much does it cost?

  5. What can I expect the procedure to be like?

  6. Who is not suitable for dermaplaning and what are the risks

  7. associated?

  8. Pre-treatment Instructions

  9. Post treatment Instructions


Dermaplaning, also known as Epidermal levelling, is a gentle and

non-invasive skincare treatment that uses a small, sterile, and

specially designed blade to remove dead skin cells and fine facial

hair (commonly referred to as "peach fuzz").

Dermaplaning works by removing the stratum corneum, which is the

outermost layer of the epidermis. This layer of the skin is made up of

dead skin cells and sebum that can clog pores and cause a dull


This process can effectively remove up to two weeks of

accumulated dead skin, resulting in a rejuvenated and radiant

appearance that can last up to three weeks.


The goal of dermaplaning is to provide an instant resurfacing of the

instantly resulting in a fresh radiant shine. Additionally, dermaplaning

can also enhance the effectiveness of other skincare treatments by

removing the barrier of dead skin cells, allowing products to

penetrate deeper into the skin.

• Non-invasive with No Chemical Peel Downtime: Pain-free

procedure, no cuts or penetration of the skin, no harsh

chemicals involved, reducing chances of irritation.

• Removes Peach Fuzz: The razor blade glides across the skin,

removing soft and fine vellus hair (peach fuzz) just above the

surface of the skin, with no risk of the hair growing back darker

or thicker.

• Rejuvenates Skin by Exfoliation: Gently scrapes against the top

layer of skin, removing dead skin cells and promoting the

growth of new cells.

• Evens Out Skin Tone: Removes dark patches and sunspots,

resulting in a more luminous and radiant appearance.

• Baby Smooth Skin: Gives skin a brighter and healthier

appearance, and a youthful glow.

• Minimises Pores, Diminishes Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Pores

appear smaller and fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable

after dermaplaning.

• Helps Fight Against Acne: Removes fine hairs that trap dead

skin cells, impurities, and oils in follicles and pores, which is a

major cause of acne and blemishes.

• Smoother Make-Up Application: Allows makeup to go smoother

and with less need for complexion products, saves money in

the long run.


Dermaplaning is suitable for most skin types, including those with dry,

oily, or combination skin. It can benefit those individuals who have

unwanted facial hair and those who desire exfoliation.

The treatment is also a great option for pregnant women or those

with highly sensitive skin as it is an alternative way to lightly resurface the skin without the use of certain products or exfoliating treatments

that may not be suitable for them.

It's always best to consult with a skincare professional or a

dermatologist before undergoing any skin treatments.


The cost of a dermaplaning treatment can vary from $80 to $200,

depending on the location and clinic. Some clinics may offer

discounts for multiple sessions or package deals. It's important to

shop around, compare prices and inquire about the practitioner's

qualifications and experience.

It's always best to consult with a skincare professional or a

dermatologist before undergoing any skin treatments to ensure that

it's safe for you and to address any concerns you may have.


An average dermaplaning session can last from 30 minutes to an

hour, depending on the technique used or whether you incorporate

a facial etc.

During the procedure there might be some tingling, but

it is uncommon, overall, it is considered a painless procedure.

Before the procedure begins your aesthetician will ask you to lay

down on a chair and get in a comfortable position where they can

start the first step of the procedure.


1. Cleanse skin with a cleanser to remove makeup or impurities.

2. Apply small amount of oil or gel to make skin smooth for


3. Aesthetician holds blade at a 45-degree angle and gently

scrapes skin in an upward motion

4. Procedure typically takes around 30 minutes and is painless

for most clients

5. Small percentage may experience slight tingling or mild

discomfort, numbing cream can be applied to alleviate




Dermaplaning is not suitable for individuals with active acne,

psoriasis, rosacea, or eczema. It is also not recommended for those

who have recently undergone a chemical peel, laser resurfacing, or

any other aggressive skin treatment, as the skin may be too sensitive

for the procedure. Additionally, people who are taking blood

thinners or who have a history of keloid scarring should avoid


As for the risks, dermaplaning is considered a safe procedure when

performed by a trained and licensed professional. However, there

are few risks involved:

• Minor bleeding, redness, and itching.

• Infection if the tools are not properly sterilised.

• Scarring if the procedure is done too aggressively.

• Pigment changes if the procedure is done too frequently.

It's always best to consult with a skincare professional or a

dermatologist before undergoing any skin treatments to ensure that

it's safe for you and to address any concerns you may have.


Before receiving a dermaplaning treatment it is important to note

the following:

• Avoid hair removal methods such as waxing, creams, peels,

and exfoliants for 7 days.

• Wait 14 days after dermal fillers/injectables before receiving


• Avoid using prescription retinol for 7 days before treatment.

• Protect your skin from sun exposure by wearing SPF daily.


• Dermaplaning is not suitable for active acne, sunburn, inflamed

rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, or active cold sores.

• It is not suitable for immune compromised or uncontrolled


• It is not suitable if you have used Roaccutane within 12 months.

• It is not suitable while on prescription blood thinning



• Use a gentle cleanser and apply serums and moisturiser as

prescribed by our specialists.

• Wear SPF 30 or greater daily.

• Avoid sun exposure for 7-10 days after treatment. If you must be

in the sun, wear a wide brimmed hat and apply SPF 30 or


• Avoid excessive heat and chlorine for 24 hours after treatment.

• Avoid facial waxing for 7 days.

• Do not pick, scratch, or rub the treated area.

• Do not use scrubs, polishers, exfoliants, or cleansing brushes for

7-14 days.

• Do not use products containing AHA’s/BHA’s or retinol for 5-7

days after treatment.

• Use recommended hydrating serums and moisturisers as

advised by your skin therapist to replenish skin hydration.

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