It seems like every five seconds there’s a new skincare trend claiming to give you a flawless complexion. But there’s one trend that’s taking center stage in 2018 — dermaplaning, or literally shaving your face — that has enough serious raves to make us want to take a closer look.

Just what is dermaplaning? Many people think it is like shaving your face at home. It isn’t. Even if you’ve seen a few beauty gurus take a razor to their face recently, shaving your face can be risky and can cause skin problems. Dermaplaning is an in-office treatment that can give you smooth, flawless skin without the fear of growing a hipster beard like your boyfriend.

Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that works by surgically scraping the skin. A 10-gauge, surgical scalpel is used to gently scrape off the top layer of dull skin cells and that annoying peach fuzz to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.


Why dermaplaning is so popular right now

The promise of a bright complexion is appealing, but eliminating the peach fuzz is what really draws people to dermaplaning. You know how makeup can cake and look flaky on your face? Yep, blame the tiny hairs on your face. Removing that hair leaves a smooth surface for makeup to glide on flawlessly.

“After dermaplaning, there is an immediate improvement in skin texture, vibrance and overall healthy appearance as cellular debris, oils and fine hairs are removed,” says Dr. James M. Ridgway, a Bellevue, Washington, facial plastic surgeon. “Long-term effects reveal the benefits of increased cell turnover with the reduction of fine wrinkles, evening of skin tone and the reduction of minor acne scarring. When combined with other modalities, dermaplaning improves the penetration of skincare products and ‘supercharges’ other treatments, such as light chemical peels.”


Who’s getting it

All skin types can try dermaplaning, but if you have deep cystic acne, it’s best to wait until your breakouts have cleared. People with sun damage, fine lines and dull, dry skin are ideal candidates.

Pregnant and nursing women are also flocking to dermaplaning for gentle exfoliation. There’s no risk of harsh chemicals entering the bloodstream and harming your little one.


Related: Everything you need to know when choosing a chemical peel


What dermaplaning involves

Just like shaving your legs, dermaplaning is a fairly painless procedure. After your aesthetician cleanses and thoroughly dries your skin, it’s time to get started.

The aesthetician will pull an area of your skin taut and use the surgical blade to scrape off dead skin cells and peach fuzz. In about 30 minutes, you’re ready to walk out the door.

If you want to keep that post-dermaplaning glow, you’ll need to get treatments every four weeks since your skin is always adding more cells. It might also be an ideal time to piggyback another treatment on for maximum benefits.

“When I treat my patients with dermaplaning, I almost always use a light peel immediately afterward,” says Dr. Jason Emer, a Los Angeles dermatologic surgeon. “This is because some women complain of breakout post-dermaplaning.”


What else you need to know

You may have heard that shaving the peach fuzz will make your hair grow back darker and thicker, but that’s untrue. The soft, fine hair on your face will grow back the same way it was before.

There are no side effects or downtime, but your skin will be sensitive after the treatment — your face may also look a little pink. You’ll want to wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to prevent hyperpigmentation.


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How much it costs

The cost of dermaplaning will vary depending on your location and your provider’s experience level. According to prices reported by people on RealSelf, you should expect to spend around $150 on dermaplaning.


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