February 2, 2021

Is Dermaplaning at Home Part of Your Skincare Routine?

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According to Google Dermaplaning at Home or How to Dermaplan was one of their top searches in 2020. We’re obviously all over here bored in the house when we’re searching out ways to shave our faces. I’m kidding 🙂

Actually, I’m sort of shocked it was trending search in 2020 as the dermaplaning trend seems like it faded out at the start of 2020. Remember when everyone on youTube was like, “Go get yourself a Tinkle Razor and start shaving your face!” Do you ever wonder if dudes sit around and notice videos like these and think, “WTF are these girls doing when we aren’t with them?”

I’m actually old school and was always told that if I shave hair would come in thicker and more coarse. Oh my god! Noooo!

I’ve also always been embarrassed about the fact I’ve had to thread my brows and my upper lip. I do hope new moms today teach their daughters that sometimes hair in weird places is a part of normal life and there’s nothing to be ashamed about. My mom always comforted me about it but I think the media just made me think something was wrong with me because I had such full brows.

But yeah, shaving my entire face? It’s not really something I’ve ever considered. We all get peach fuzz here but dermaplaning is all about just taking a razor and going to town all over your face.

What is Dermaplaning?

Well, contrary to belief it isn’t shaving your face but it is shaving your face. Technically, it’s not really supposed to remove hair! Sure, some peach fuzz will get removed in the process but Dermaplaning isn’t a technique you’d use to groom your brows or remove our mustache. It’s actually a technique that uses a small exfoliating scalpel to remove the top layer of your skin. It’s best performed by an esthetician but youTubers got a hold it and suddenly people were doing it at home with a little facial razor. The technique involves gently scrapping the razor down your face to remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz. It’s not something I’d recommend for sensitive users but drier skin types should appreciate it. There are actually plenty of dermaplaning you can purchase that do the job much better than a razor plus the tools are bettered suited to the job like the Dermaflash ONE Exfoliation & Peach Fuzz Removal Device! But most folks just use a plain old Tinkle Razor or those Kitsch Pro Dermaplaner Razors!

The technique typically exfoliates your face which in results in smoother skin and better makeup application as well as better absorption of skincare. Never fear the old school rumour that your hair will come in thicker is apparently unfounded. It does seem weird to remove peach fuzz using a razor or a dermaplaning but most experts are agreement you’re not going to grow back hair like a monkey after doing it. If you are doing it at home make sure you have a clean and very dry area to work on and stroke downwards not up.

I’ve personally tried it and I actually do like the results but it’s actually not something I do all that often because it feels like a hell of a lot of work! You really have to have patience and time to get your entire face done. You also have to be careful you don’t cut yourself because although some of the razors created for the job look harmless they actually have really sharp blades!

Is Dermaplaning at home part of your skincare routine or does the idea terrify you?

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  • kimkats

    Oh, hells to the bells no!!! nononononono……. I’ll just keep chemically and physically exfoliating, thenkyewverramuch, and I’ll wax my ‘stache and call it good. Ain’t gonna be shaving my face – for hair or skin! Newp, not me!!!!

  • Lacy

    I’ve been wanting to try this but am so scared I’ll grow massive sideburns and side beard lol. I already have fair skin and very dark hair as is so over heard the same as you. Grows back thicken and longer…. I’m like noooo thank you.

    Hopefully this can be debunked!

  • Glenda

    Full confession, I have shaved the lower half of my face many times with a regular razor because I have a lot of very fair and very fine peach fuzz that for some reason doesn’t come off that well with depilatory cream. It does not grow back thicker or darker, just the same as it was before. My face looks smoother and my makeup looks much better afterward. The biggest downfall is the slight stubble feeling when it grows back but it’s not too bad because the peach fuzz is fine.

    • Isabella Muse

      Whoa! Interesting! I never that! Waxing, threading yes, but full on shaving not yet! But hey, whatever works for you and makes you feel your most beautiful is totally worth it. You’re lucky you have finer hair but there are ladies with thicker, darker hair that have to deal with the same! I’m sure you aren’t the first nor the last one that has done this ;-D

      • Glenda

        I don’t think I would do it if I had darker or coarser hair tbh because there might actually be more stubble when it grows back in and I might be able to see it. I hate the peach fuzz but at least it’s like actual peach fuzz, lol.
        I don’t spend alot of money on beauty services, I color and sometimes cut my own hair (pixie cut), do my own brows and nails, so I don’t know if I’d be willing to invest in threading my face regularly. Maybe post-pandemic I’ll give it a try as a treat.
        I wish I could find a satifactory depilatory cream even if it were pricey.

        • Isabella Muse

          I honestly didn’t notice the stubble from the peach fuzz. I never shaved my entire face though! Just dermaplaning on the sides of my face. I think with a razor you’ll def see stubble! I wish creams worked but they are horrible plus I think I’m allergic as any time I’ve used them I turn red and get itchy! Especially on my legs!

  • Aubrey

    I’m actually really glad you wrote about this! I got a derma plane tool for Xmas and I’ve been too scared to try it haha. It’s a fancy one that can’t with it’s own gel and everything. But I’m fair and I was really worried about the invisible peach fuzz growing back on my face thicker and darker! Your explanation and sharing your experience was helpful, now maybe I can work up the courage to take it out of the box

    • Isabella Muse

      I have peach fuzz at the sides of my face and I can honestly say it did not grow back thicker or darker Aubrey! You know how my brows are I’m sure 😀 Try it! You’ll be fine! Promise ;-D Let me know how it goes!

  • Beth

    Glenda…Me too. Gets rid of the hair and skin looks great. I use Suavecito shave cream in the tube and a men’s double blade razor. Makeup goes on great too. I tried to dermaplane and it takes forever and doesn’t work as well. I wear my hair SUPER short so I use a barber, he gave me the best advice on face shaving. (My barber does old school hot towel shaves).

  • Merideth

    A note from the far side of 50 … hormonal change can make your peach fuzz, well, fuzzier. When I was younger and my skin cells turned over quicker, I would have said “no way” to dermaplaning. But now every weekend you will find me in front of the bathroom mirror with a Tinkle giving my face a once-over. I can tell if I skip a week, sigh.

    • Karen

      Agreed, after menopause, the peach fuzz became these longer white/blonde hairs that grow every which way. DIY demaplaning is a must! I prefer the Shiseido razors available on Amazon even though I own a Dermaflash.

  • Bella

    I bought the beauty razors, but then I got tired of re-purchasing them so often. Now I just use a regular razor every so often when I remember and it works great. My makeup goes on so much smoother. Although to be fair, I don’t have much peach fuzz. I also think celebrities do it all the time!

  • Jen

    Master esthetician here! Dermaplaning gadgets that you can buy from the store are not the same as a treatment you get from a professional, dermaplane trained esthetician (although it might not be legal in your state). The results are sooo much better & when combined with an enzyme or superficial peel, your skin will look & feel like a baby’s butt, lol! However, it’s not for every skin type (and God forbid people use it over acne or rosacea!), which is why I really wish the retail beauty industry would leave this stuff to the pros! It makes me cringe!

    P.S. It doesn’t change the way your hair grows back 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      can you come over and do me!? 😀 I def don’t recommend for home use and going to an esthetician is the way to go! You guys def know what you’re doing!

      • Jen

        Lol, that would be too fun!! I’ve been reading your blog for at least a decade! feel like I have a unique perspective about the beauty industry. I went from a assistant counter manager for a luxury beauty brand to a long time Ulta employee & finally became a licensed esthetician in 2020 (almost done with my master esthetics schooling now!). I went into esthetics school thinking I didn’t have much to learn & boy was I wrong! Knowing now how skin works from an anatomical & physiological standpoint, I’m ruined for regular retail skincare products, lol. I never thought I’d ever say that professional products are superior (save for DHC cleansing oil & some Perricone products!), but here we are! However…I’m still here for ALL THE MAKEUP!!

  • Sofia

    I get dark beardlike hairs to start with, a little blade like this is so much better than trying to pluck them out one by one, which is what I did after learning that using a regular razor just gave me acne and irritated my skin,