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Dermaplaning for Different Skin Types: Is It Right for You


Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that uses a surgical scalpel to gently shave off the top layer of dead skin cells and peach fuzz hair on your face. This reveals smoother, brighter skin and allows skincare products to penetrate better. But is dermaplaning right for your unique skin type? Let's explore the pros and cons of different skin types.

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a simple, safe procedure performed by aestheticians and medical providers like Dr. Lauren Nawrocki at Green Relief Health Med Spa & Medical Weight Loss. It requires no downtime and provides both instant and cumulative skin benefits.

During a dermaplaning treatment, the provider uses a sterile surgical scalpel held at a 45-degree angle to your skin. In long, smooth strokes, they remove the top layer of dead cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz). This simple "exfoliation on steroids" reveals brighter, smoother skin immediately.

Over time, repeat dermaplaning monthly or bimonthly clears built-up dead cells, allowing your daily skincare products to absorb better. This leads to improved hydration, smaller-looking pores, reduced fine lines, and a glowing complexion.

Dermaplaning for Dry Skin

If you have dry, flaky skin, dermaplaning can be hugely beneficial by removing the dead cells that give skin a dull look. This instantly unveils soft, smooth skin. When combined with a nutrient-rich moisturizer or hyaluronic acid serum, dermaplaning preps skin to drink in hydration.

However, dry skin is also sensitive skin. Some redness and irritation immediately after treatment is normal. Apply a soothing product like aloe vera gel to ease any discomfort. Avoid using retinoids or acids for a few days post-treatment, as that could worsen irritation.

When performed monthly, dermaplaning continually refreshes the surface layer of your delicate, dry skin without the abrasiveness of scrubs. This helps skincare absorb better and prevents dead cell buildup.

Dermaplaning for Oily and acne-prone Skin

Excess oil, blackheads, and acne make oily and acne-prone skin a prime candidate for dermaplaning. Removing dead cells and peach fuzz clears pores and prevents them from getting clogged. This often dramatically improves breakouts.

Some aestheticians even incorporate extractions after shaving off the peach fuzz. This allows blackheads and whiteheads to be safely removed without irritating the surrounding skin.

However, for some with active severe acne, dermaplaning could worsen breakouts by spreading bacteria across the skin’s surface. Discuss your specific case with Dr. Nawrocki or your dermaplaner first.

As with any facial treatment, maintaining good skincare habits post-procedure is key for oily skin. Use oil-free products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to keep pores clear.

Dermaplaning for Combination Skin

Since combination skin exhibits both oily and dry zones, dermaplaning must be approached carefully. Focus on shaving areas with surface buildup and clogged pores, like the t-zone. Use a very light touch on any dry spots to avoid irritation.

Combination skin often benefits from combining dermaplaning with customized chemical peels or light therapy treatments. This enhanced exfoliation treats oiliness while also plumping up dry zones.

No matter your combination skin concerns – enlarged pores, blackheads, redness, uneven texture – discuss options with Dr. Nawrocki. Creating a tailored regimen utilizing dermaplaning and other therapies can transform the look and health of your skin.

Dermaplaning for Sensitive Skin

Extremely reactive skin tends to dislike anything abrasive, including dermaplaning. Still, when performed correctly by an expert aesthetician, many see excellent results with minimal adverse effects.

Numbing creams, antihistamines before treatment, and avoiding common irritants post-procedure all help lessen discomfort. Using the scalpel at a sharper angle and rinsing the blade often also decrease potential irritation.

Always do a patch test first, especially if you have rosacea. Try dermaplaning a small area near your jawline and monitor redness over the next 24 hours. If all’s well, you can likely undergo full facial treatment safely.

Start slowly with monthly sessions. Avoid acids, retinoids, and anything abrasive for one week post-treatment. With cautious, smart dermaplaning, even highly sensitive complexions enjoy refreshed, radiant skin.

Who Should Avoid Dermaplaning?

While suitable for most skin types, some conditions preclude dermaplaning entirely or require special precautions:

  • Active cold sores or warts: Dermaplaning could transfer the virus and cause further outbreaks.
  • Severe acne: Open sores increase infection risks.
  • Skin infections: The scalpel may transfer bacteria like staph across the face.
  • Undiagnosed skin growths or lesions: Dermaplaning should not remove skin tags, moles, etc., without a doctor’s prior approval.
  • Accutane use within 6 months: Skin is too thin and fragile.
  • Extremely thin skin: Elderly patients risk excess sagging or damage to the delicate dermis.
  • Blood clotting disorders: Bleeding risks may arise.

Discuss your full health history with Dr. Nawrocki or your dermaplaner beforehand. Be candid about any concerns so proper precautions are taken for safe, effective treatment.

What to Expect During Treatment

At Green Relief Health Med Spa & Medical Weight Loss, dermaplaning treatments take 30-60 minutes, depending on your skin’s specific needs. 

You’ll relax on a treatment bed and enjoy the following steps:

  • Cleansing and optional steam to open pores
  • Numbing cream to reduce discomfort
  • Careful shaving motions at a 45-degree angle using a sterile scalpel
  • Extractions, if desired, for oily/acne-prone skin
  • Soothing mask, toner, SPF moisturizer, and other skincare to finish

You’ll see an immediate glow and feel new softness. Some patients do experience minor redness or irritation that day, which subsides quickly. Avoid sun exposure, sweaty exercise, alcoholic beverages, and hot baths/showers for 24 hours.

Over the next week, exfoliate gently and use non-irritating skincare to allow fresh skin to renew itself. Within 30 days, the full benefits, like smaller pores, fewer breakouts, and improved tone, become super apparent.

Based on your aesthetic goals, Dr. Nawrocki will recommend repeating dermaplaning monthly or every 6 weeks. Many adore the "new skin" boost it delivers prior to big events!

Takeaway: Glowing Skin Awaits!

While dermaplaning exfoliates all skin beautifully, approach the treatment wisely based on your skin type. Work with an experienced dermaplaner like Dr. Nawrocki to personalize your regimen for safe, ideal results.

This simple "physical exfoliation" removes dead cells, vellus hair, and other buildup to unveil gorgeously smooth, unblemished skin. Monthly dermaplaning empowers your daily skincare to absorb better and correct common issues like acne, dullness, and uneven texture.

Say goodbye to rough, congested skin! With dermaplaning and diligent skincare, you’ll uncover your healthiest, most radiant complexion ever.

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