Dermaplaning post lockdown~ can a DIY home effort ever be as effective as a salon treatment?

Just one method of removing facial hair, dermaplaning – essentially shaving the peach fuzz (known as vellus) off your face – has become more commonplace over the past few years and is a salon treatment best seller. 

Using a painless blade to gently scrape away facial hair and rids the skin of any build-up of dead skin cells, all which can contribute to making your skin look dull or uneven. Just like an exfoliation, dermaplaning removes any barriers which would stop your skincare from penetrating – meaning your products often work much more effectively after a treatment. Combined with a salon facial, this really is a glow-seekers favourite. 

During lockdown, with clients used to fuzz free faces, there was a clear growth in the home dermaplaning industry but can home treatments ever be as effective? Cosmetic Doctor, Dr Chantrey is most definitely opposed, "This requires a diagnosis to advise the patient of their hair and skin type, as well as assessing if there is any underlying medical diagnosis contributing to symptoms”. The worry is that many patients think they have vellus hair and they don’t. When the wrong type of hair is dermaplaned it can lead to thicker regrowth so correct assessment is essential. Working with your client’s hair line sensitively and not aggressively defining lines between; covered in your practicals. 

Equally, post lockdown salons have reported several cases of clients visiting for advice on scalpel scarring during DIY treatments. The way that you as a therapist draw the skin back, the optimum method of avoiding slack skin nicks..all part of your training practicals too. 

We know as beauty professionals that a thorough consultation is everything. Infections/active acne/cold sores/ polycystic ovaries...plenty of contraindications likely to be missed during home dermaplaning. Aftercare is just as vital and of course a key part of your training course.