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Flawless makeup application starts with dermaplaning

Numerous makeup products and techniques can cover up blemishes and make your skin like new. The successful application of any of these, however, begins with a strong foundation of clean and clear skin. Dermaplaning is one of the most effective ways to create that foundation.

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a cosmetic procedure that helps the skin become smooth, clean and clear. The process uses a razor to scrape away the topmost layer of dead skin cells and other debris on the face (or elsewhere).

By creating a “micro injury,” dermaplaning removes the layer that most contributes to acne and other blemishes. Wrinkles, scars and dark spots can all be reduced in both number and severity.

Although the concept of a micro injury might initially be frightening, the general concept is used in many cosmetic procedures. The injury doesn’t cause any significant harm, but rather renews the skin via a natural and harmless procedure (see below).

What Does Dermaplaning Involve?

During the dermaplaning procedure, a trained dermatologist will use an exfoliating blade to scrape away the topmost layer of skin. They’ll hold the exfoliating blade at 45 degrees, and draw it across the skin’s surface. The method and feel are similar to “shaving” the top layer of skin.

As the blade glides across the skin, it removes dead skin cells, excess skin oils, scar tissue and other contaminants on the skin’s surface. This reveals the layer of skin that’s beneath.

The underneath layer of skin hasn’t been exposed to makeup products, facial creams, sunscreen, sun, wind or other strains. It’s thus more clear, less wrinkled, and free of acne scars and other blemishes that may have been on the top layer.

Additionally, the micro injury promotes hyaluronic acid and collagen in the treated area. These are naturally found in the body, and increasing them generates new, healthy and beautiful skin. Specifically, hyaluronic acid increases moisture and collagen increases elasticity.

Is Dermaplaning Safe to Do?

Dermaplaning is considered to be a 100% safe procedure. There is no preparation or downtime required, and no significant harm or deep injury is caused. Only the topmost layer of skin is being removed.

Most patients don’t experience anything more than a shaving-like sensation, and pain generally isn’t an issue. A tingling during and afterward may be present, but it’s temporary and harmless.

If you have especially sensitive skin and don’t want to experience the tingling, a numbing agent can be put on the area being treated beforehand. The numbing agent used is topically applied.

Is Dermaplaning Natural?

Dermaplaning isn’t just an entirely natural procedure, but it even takes advantage of the body’s own hyaluronic acid and collagen production. This is one of the most natural ways to rejuvenate the skin.

What Should I Expect at a Dermaplaning Appointment?

Dermaplaning appointments take about 20 to 30 minutes to perform. The appointment begins with a brief consultation, during which the dermatologist can review what will happen and answer any questions.

When the procedure actually begins, you’ll be laid back in a chair (akin to a dentist). The dermatologist will use either an electric or manual blade to actually perform the procedure.

Once they’re finished, a cream (like aloe) will be applied to the treated area. Sunscreen will also be applied to the treated area, as the new skin will be susceptible to sun damage.

Redness may be experienced for a few hours but quickly goes away. Rarely, whiteheads may appear on the treated area.

You should notice your tighter and brighter skin is renewed in approximately 3 weeks. This is when the hyaluronic acid and collagen take full effect.

When Can I Use Makeup After Dermaplaning?

One of the primary reasons to have dermaplaning performed is so you can better apply makeup products. Makeup can be applied after the procedure.

Where Can I Get Dermaplaning?

If you’re in the Chicago area, we at Reflections Med Spa offer dermaplaning. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

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