It’s so often the double-edged sword when it comes to cosmetic treatments that promise to do wonders for your skin: Will it cause acne? We understand the concern – after all, it could stand to reason that the more you interfere with your face, the more you’re tempting fate of a pimple invasion. However, we’re here to tell you why when it comes to Dermaplaning (and all our other treatments, for that matter!), that is simply not the case.
First things first:
How does Dermaplaning work?
The ultimate in exfoliating treatments, you don’t get a more thorough clear-out of your skin than this one, which involves the gentle scraping of dead cells and peach fuzz (short, soft and light hair on your face) with a scalpel (gulp). As ever, it sounds worse than it is, and you’ll barely feel a thing – honest! What’s more, it treats a whole host of concerns – dullness, dryness, wrinkles, spots, scars and unwanted hair – you name it, Dermaplaning solves it – the end result being the perfect base for a smooth foundation application and better penetration of all your other skincare products. It’s even better than shaving as not only does it remove unwanted hair, but also unwanted dead skin, which – in turn – activates the production of collagen for all-round sensational skin – win-win!
So, will it cause breakouts?
Would we offer it to you if it did?
No, like most exfoliation treatments, it’s more likely to prevent breakouts than cause them, thanks to the removal of dead skin, hair follicles and bacteria which, as a result, prevents clogged pores and pimples from appearing. Furthermore, because it also makes the skin more absorbable, it also means that – with the help of the right products – it can help clear up acne breakouts.
Dermaplaning for acne scars
It’s the gift that keeps on giving, really, as thanks to its role in helping the skin regenerate, it can even be used to help reduce the appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation. No wonder its reviews are always so glowing (like the skin it creates!).
What about those with active acne?
Possibly where the misunderstanding that it can cause spots comes from, it is not – like many other cosmetic treatments – suitable for those with active, cystic or pustular acne, or other sensitive skin conditions, such as rosacea, eczema or psoriasis. This is because it might irritate your skin and make it worse. In addition, the scalpel could also nick an already-existing pimple, taking it longer to heal.
Any other side effects?
Not really, no! Safe for most skin types and conditions, when performed by qualified therapists it actually carries little risk of side effects with absolutely no downtime. However, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs properly if we didn’t outline the rare but possible outcomes can include:
- Slight redness
- Patchy skin pigment
Which brings us on to our next point:
Dermaplaning at home
Don’t do it! If the possibility of these side effects when conducted by a trained professional is minimal, this will only increase when attempting to do it at home by yourself (not to mention the risk of pain – I mean, why on earth would you want to take a scalpel to your own face anyway? Shudder.).
The treatment is supposed to be done at a 45-degree angle, and unless you’re going to dig out your school protractor (and even if you did …), it’s going to be almost impossible to achieve this. Not to mention the fact that it also requires small, gentle strokes – something that is not easy to do when you’re attempting to squeeze it in between getting home from work and the school pick-up. If not exercised with care – and under these conditions – it can – and will – cause breakouts.
So, can it cause spots? Not when carried out with a proper Dermaplaning tool, by trained experts and on suitable skin. Luckily for you, we know just the people!
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