What is dermaplaning? Eliminating excessive face peach fuzz
Dermaplaning, also known as dermablading, is a skin care trend which sees women shaving their face in an effort to banish stubborn facial fuzz and leave them with a silky smooth complexion. This isn’t your typical shaving experience though, instead a surgical-grade scalpel is used by a medical professional to gently exfoliate away layers of dead skin cells and peach fuzz facial hair. This chemical free exfoliation dramatically improves the texture of your skin and provides an excellent base for the smooth application of your makeup, hence why dermaplaning is a popular choice as a pre-event treatment. Removing dead, dull cells from the surface layer of your skin can reveal your radiant glow beneath.
How can you get rid of peach fuzz naturally?
So are there any alternative ways to get rid of peach fuzz naturally without resorting to shaving your face?
Dermaplaning will of course provide the quickest and most reliable results, but the following natural hair removal methods have been reported to be effective:
1. Lemon juice and sugar face mask
Sugar is a natural exfoliating agent which sticks to hair (and not skin!) when it is warm. Once the sugar solution has dried, gently pulling off the natural face mask will remove your peach fuzz hair, without damaging your skin. The lemon juice acts as a natural bleach for your facial hair and also helps to lighten your skin tone. To make the face mask: mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and sugar with around 8 tablespoons of water. Heat this solution until the sugar starts to dissolve, then, once cooled, apply it to the areas you wish to treat and leave it on for 20-25 minutes. After this, rinse off with cold water and see the amazing results!
2. Lemon and honey wax solution
This natural alternative waxing solution also helps to treat dry skin. To make this solution: mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 2 tablespoons of sugar and lemon juice and heat the mixture until a paste is formed. Once the solution has cooled, apply it to the areas you wish to treat, and use a waxing strip to remove your hairs as you normally would.
3. Egg white face mask
An egg white solution is sticky and will therefore stick to your fine facial hairs, allowing you to peel them off along with the mask once it dries. Egg whites are also rich in proteins and therefore very nourishing for your skin. Mix egg white with a tablespoon of sugar and cornstarch and combine these to form a paste. This paste can then be applied to the face and left on for around 15 to 20 minutes until it dries. Once dried, peel off the mask and rinse your face with cold water.
4. Potato and lentil face mask
Potatoes contain natural components which help to gently bleach the skin.Grind lentils (which have been soaked overnight) to form a smooth paste. Mix these with 5 tablespoons of potato juice and 1 tablespoon of honey and lemon juice. Apply this solution to the face and leave it on for 20 minutes until it has dried. Once dried, rub the paste off with your fingers to gently remove your fine hairs, then rinse your face with cold water.
Will hair grow back thicker after dermaplaning?
It is a very common myth that your facial hair will grow back thicker or darker after dermaplaning. It is actually biologically impossible for this to happen! As dermaplaning cuts your facial hairs straight across, leaving a blunt end, some patients often mistakenly believe that their hair feels thicker but it is not, it is in fact exactly the same texture as before!
Is dermaplaning safe?
The thought of shaving your face may sound a bit drastic, but it is really much more gentle than it first sounds! As long as you have your treatment carried out by a highly qualified and experienced doctor, then dermaplaning is very safe for all skin types and should not hurt you at all. Choosing a well respected medical professional ensures that your risk of side effects is very low and will allow you to have dermaplaning treatment with no regret!
What are the pros and cons of shaving your face as a woman?
As with all cosmetic procedures, dermaplaning comes with its pros and cons. It is important for you to know the full story before you decide whether or not dermaplaning is right for you.
The benefits of facial shaving are:
- A smoother and softer complexion as evidenced by dermaplaning before and after pictures
- Clearer skin
- Increased absorption, and therefore effectiveness, of other skincare products
The cons of dermaplaning are:
- It can not be performed on patients with active acne
- There is a risk that you may cut yourself or get an infection
- You may get an ingrown hair
- You may experience irritation, particularly if you have sensitive skin
Experienced professionals, such as Dr Eric Capiello and Dr Mariam Cappiello at Evolution MedSpa Boston, know how to avoid these risks.
Shaving your face with a Tinkle razor
What is a Tinkle razor? A Tinkle razor is a very small safety razor, used as a dermaplaning tool, which enables you to shave away dead skin cells and peach fuzz in the comfort of your own home.
But does dermaplaning at home really compete with having professional dermaplaning treatment? The short answer is no. While a Tinkle razor will go some way to removing your dull surface skin cells and fine hairs, this safety razor will never be as effective as the medical-grade surgical scalpel that your doctor uses.
Laser hair removal as an alternative to dermaplaning
Dermaplaning is a safe, quick and effective way of removing unwanted facial hair without having to resort to laser hair removal. The comparatively low cost of dermaplaning is obviously much more appealing than the high costs of laser hair removal too! However, the major benefit of laser treatment is that the results are permanent. Prepping your skin with a dermaplane facial before laser hair removal actually allows the laser to be more effective, so a lot of patients choose to combine the two treatments.
LaserAway: aftercare following laser hair removal
While dermaplaning requires no specialist aftercare, experts usually advise patients to follow a series of aftercare guidelines when they have had laser hair removal treatment, including:
- Avoid sun exposure for at least a week after your treatment and then use a good quality sun block of at least SPF30
- Avoid sweating for around 24 hours after your treatment
- Avoid other chemical treatments or procedures for 2 weeks
- Avoid hot water for 24-48 hours
- Do not apply any makeup to treated areas for 24-48 hours
Boston Metro and Natick: Where can I find dermaplaning treatment near me?
If you would like to learn more about dermaplaning treatment and how it can help you to achieve a smoother complexion and improve your skin’s overall condition, then book an initial consultation with Evolution MedSpa Boston today, either by phone or online. A consultation with our Harvard-trained, board-certified doctors will help you to decide if dermaplaning is right for you.