Should You Be Shaving Your Face? Dermaplaning Explained


Why is everyone shaving their face you ask. While Dermaplaning might seem like shaving, it’s technically not. Dr Portia Gumede of Dr P Aesthetic Lifestyle Centre explains.

Dermaplaning is not shaving at all – it’s actually closer to mechanical exfoliation, with the added benefit of removing vellus hairs, aka peach fuzz, on the face. The reason for its rise in popularity is because it visibly produces radiant smooth skin. There’s no downtime and patients find that their skincare works better after treatment.

How does Dermaplaning work?

We use a sterile surgical scalpel to gently scrape off the top layers of the skin in short and quick upward motions. In the process, dead skin and fine hairs are removed from the face. Patients see results immediately after the treatment and it can be combined with other therapies or specialised serums to address pigmentation, tone and texture.

The benefits of having Dermaplaning done

The hair-removal part, though this not being its only function, definitely has its benefits. Dermaplaning is an option for patients who feel self-conscious about their peach fuzz, though it could be a sign of an underlying medical condition and should be checked out by a doctor.

By physically removing the top dead layers of the skin and the fine hairs that can trap dirt, we are able to reveal smoother and brighter skin. In the long-term, the treatment also stimulates healthy cell-turnover, improves the appearance of dark spots and acne scarring, while also boosting the efficiency of your skincare.

Women also find that this treatment has the added benefit of creating a super smooth canvas for their makeup application. Moreover, Dermaplaning is ideal for men who want a more polished look and struggle with dullness and folliculitis.

Is this for me?

Dermaplaning is one of those treatments that can be used on both men, women and all skin tones, which makes it’s such a great choice. This is also often a better option for patients with darker skin tones as certain lasers can cause hyperpigmentation, and is really great for patients who struggle with fine lines, pigmentation and dull lacklustre skin.

For our male patients who have beards, Dermaplaning is done on the cheeks, forehead, nose and neck. The only patients who are not the ideal candidates for the treatment are those with inflamed acne as this can cause further irritation, but we can help clear that up with other treatments and then relook at Dermaplaning once it’s calmed down.

Dermaplaning is also suitable for men


Dermaplaning should be done monthly for the best results, and can be used in combination with treatments like microneedling, skin rejuvenation or platelet-rich plasma to further improve tone, texture and address skin laxity and wrinkles.

On its own, Dermaplaning requires no downtime, however we do advise all patients to be mindful of the sun and apply sun protection diligently.

Dermaplaning is one of the treatments offered at Dr P Aesthetic Lifestyle Centre.

Written by Dr Portia Gumede.
MBChB, Diploma AAAM, Board
Certified AAAM. Owner at Dr P Aesthetics

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