The Benefits of Dermaplaning

Have you heard of dermaplaning? It has become very popular recently and we at the Academy Clinic rate it as a treatment!

If your skin isn’t too sensitive and you are not having a major breakout, this could be the ideal treatment for you. 

So what is this dermaplaning trend and why should I consider it?

What is dermaplaning? Facial exfoliating treatment - The Academy Clinic

What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a super effective, painless exfoliation treatment producing instant results with no downtime.

With the help of a sterile surgical scalpel, dead, dull skin cells are gently skimmed off the skin and ‘peach fuzz’ facial hair is removed. It can remove 2-3 weeks worth of skin layers in one session to reveal a bright, fresh complexion underneath.

It is not meant for terminal (coarse) hair but it can be used for a variety of facial optimisation purposes.

Dermaplaning has the effect of:

  • brightening the complexion
  • reducing the blockage of pores
  • allowing for deeper penetration of skincare products
  • smoothing skin for improved makeup application


Professional dermaplaning is suitable for all skin types including mature skin, which often has a build-up of dead skin cells since cellular turnover tends to slow down as you age.

Who is dermaplaning suitable for?

Anyone whose skin is not too sensitive, who does not have active facial acne, rosacea, keratosis pilaris or a compromised skin barrier is eligible for dermaplaning. It is also possible to undergo dermaplaning when pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are acne-prone, dermaplaning may be possible when you are not dealing with a breakout. During active breakouts dermaplaning may increase the likelihood of inflaming the skin and spreading bacteria, making acne worse. However, if it is carried out when your skin is calm, it may help to reduce further breakouts by removing dead skin cells which can clog pores.

Is dermaplaning suitable for men?

Yes. Dermaplaning is suitable for men, as long as they meet the above criteria. However, dermaplaning for men should be considered a cosmetic dermatology treatment and not a hair removal option. This is especially true for men whose facial hair is particularly coarse. An additional benefit of dermaplaning for men is, in some cases, the reduction of ingrown hairs in the beard area.

Is dermaplaning the same as shaving?

The mechanical action of the scalpel could be compared to shaving. It does have additional benefits not seen with regular shaving, due to the exfoliation process.

Will my hair grow back thicker?

No. Your hair will grow back at the same rate and have the same texture it had before the procedure. Thicker hairs may feel more coarse as they have a sharp edge. The soft peach fuzz hair will grow back slowly – usually in about four weeks – and will be no different than it was previously.

Is dermaplaning better than threading or waxing?

Dermaplaning is not simply a method of facial hair removal. It offers additional benefits, including exfoliation and smoothing the skin. However, it does also remove hair from the face BUT this is only the fine, wispy hairs known as ‘peach fuzz’. Therefore, it depends on your specific situation, hair density and desired outcome as to which hair removal option works best for you.

How often should I have dermaplaning treatments?

Again, this depends on your specific needs and expected results. Professional dermaplaning can generally be safely carried out every 3-4 weeks but you should consult your aesthetics practitioner for a personalised timeline. Dermaplaning is also suitable as a one-off red carpet treatment.

Dermaplaning aftercare

Your skin may be sensitive to the sun following treatment. Therefore, it’s recommended you wear sun protection for the rest of the day immediately after your treatment. We recommend the  use of a broad spectrum SPF 50 or SPF 30. Also, take a break from using retinol treatments and glycolic acid skincare products for 48 hours after your session. This is because they may irritate your newly exfoliated skin.

Can I combine dermaplaning with other treatments?

Dermaplaning can work well with other treatment procedures, such as chemical peels and microneedling. This is because it can enhance the penetration of active ingredients and make other cosmetic skin treatments more effective. Some popular combinations include dermaplaning and microneedling, dermaplaning and a chemical peel. These treatments are deeper in terms of skin penetration and have potential complications, so not everyone will be suitable.