Busted: 4 dermaplaning myths you shouldn’t believe

Dermaplaning, also known as epi-blading or epidermal levelling, uses an exfoliating blade to gently remove the top layers of the skin, erasing dead skin cells and hair from your face.

It is a great treatment to decongest and resurface your skin to leave it looking smooth, even and soft!

Dermaplaning is commonly mistermed as simply “shaving your face”, among a few other misconceptions. Let's look at four common myths about dermaplaning that are not true.

1. Dermaplaning causes hair to grow back darker and thicker: FALSE

After dermaplaning, your hair will grow back exactly the same colour and thickness as before. Shaving your hair doesn’t cause any changes to the hair follicles.

Dermaplaning targets vellus hair (commonly called peach fuzz) and dead skin cells. When these are removed, your skin appears brighter and clearer. When the hair regrowth begins, people mistakenly think the hair is darker because their complexion is darkening again with the new hair.

Once the hair grows to its full length, it will look and feel identical to how it was before.

2. Dermaplaning is painful: FALSE

Dermaplaning is painless, and much more comfortable than alternative hair removal techniques like waxing, laser and threading. It is safe for all skin types, including dark skin.

3. Dermaplaning causes breakouts: FALSE

Not only will dermaplaning not cause breakouts, it will actually prevent them from happening. Dermaplaning exfoliates the dead skin cells, oil and debris on your face to keep your skin clear, allowing for better product penetration and speeding up cell turnover. This alleviates congestion and kills more bacteria, thereby helping to prevent breakouts.

People with active acne, however, should avoid dermaplaning as the treatment can irritate active pimples.

4. You can use a regular razor to dermaplane: FALSE

Dermaplaning uses a special dermaplaning tool which consists of a single, sharp blade held at a specific angle to capture the dead skin cells, debris and peach fuzz. A regular razor will not have anywhere near the same effect as a professional dermaplaning tool used during your in-clinic treatment with a Skin Therapist; it will simple shave the hair off your face.

Learn more about dermaplaning here.

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Written by National Skin Cancer Centres