Dermaplaning at Home: How Often Should You Do It?

Dermaplaning, which was originally an in-office procedure, has now been adapted to be safe for use at home. The derm version involves a surgical scalpel, which is applied with constant pressure to remove layers of dead skin cells and peach fuzz for the best exfoliation treatment. This means you'll get more skin cell removal at the surface level, making it much safer to do it on your own. Since the results are more superficial, you can also perform a dermaplane more often.

Both Gohara and Ciraldo suggest once a week at home, compared to once a month in office. Now a little bit of dermaplaning to break myths. Since the procedure not only removes dead skin cells, but also facial hair, a common concern is that it can cause stubble. Ciraldo and any expert will tell you that this is not the case; facial hair removal has been clinically proven to have no effect on regeneration.

Instead, you'll only have an extra soft foundation for makeup. Finally, remember that your dermaplaning experience should never be painful. If you feel any discomfort, reduce the pressure you are applying to the skin or avoid the area altogether. Whatever you choose, don't start dermaplaning without watching some instructional videos, which will give you the best idea of how the process works on your own face.

Our derm experts have put together a getting started guide for you, so be sure to follow their step-by-step advice for safe, trouble-free results. You'll also want to avoid anything that can cause irritation, so avoid AHAs and retinoids on newly dermaplanic skin. Instead, opt for a mild cleanser (Gohara tells patients not to complicate themselves with the Dove Beauty Bar) and always protect your skin with plenty of SPF (try Dr. Loretta Urban Antioxidant Sunscreen for an air-light formula that leaves no residue).

Mark those steps off your list and smooth, glowing skin will officially be yours in a small 10-minute treatment. Remember that it's a physical exfoliation. Since household blades are more boring, it is usually effective 1-2 times a month. In the office, we generally say on a monthly basis because in-office treatments are done with a thinner blade.

If you notice an increase in blackheads after dermaplaning, try to reduce the use of strong moisturizers and thicker makeup on the days you perform dermaplaning. Microdermabrasion is more like a vacuum that sucks grease, dirt, and debris out of pores, while dermaplaning removes peach fuzz and dead skin cells from the face. Each time you receive dermaplaning during a facial treatment or at home, you are removing about two to three weeks of dead skin cells. Anyone with acne, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, or very sensitive skin should avoid dermaplaning and talk to their dermatologist first about it.

Because dermaplaning removes dead skin cells and hair (fine hairs) on the face (removes all dirt and oil that gets trapped), it is an excellent exfoliation treatment. It is not intended to moisten the skin with anything before dermaplaning as it moistens dead skin cells and peach fuzz making it more difficult to remove. It is recommended to perform a dermaplane at home once a week but you can go up or down a little depending on your skin's reaction. In addition, if you have super sensitive skin or rosacea we recommend that you consult with your dermatologist before starting a dermaplaning routine.

Yes, it's absolutely safe to perform a dermaplaning at home provided you use the correct dermaplaning tools and steps. By helping to remove the top layer of dead skin, dermaplaning helps soften acne scars.