I had SO many questions after I got my dermaplaning done at Poppy + Monroe last month that I have an entire dermaplaning Q&A post for you guys today. I compiled all of the questions that were sent to me, plus some additional questions that I had when I was going to get the procedure done for the first time. Karen, one of the owners of Poppy + Monroe and her estheticians, were so sweet and they did the most thorough job you can imagine answering all of your questions. I can not recommend both Poppy + Monroe and the process of dermaplaning enough! It has done wonders for my skin and I am now completely hooked. Here is the best part! Poppy + Monroe is offering a 20% discount for all of my readers who are new Poppy+ Monroe customers andwould like to book a dermaplaning session. All you have to do is mention the code LANDYN when you are booking!
WILL MY HAIR GROW BACK DARKER OR THICKER?
No it won't grow back thicker or darker. There are different types of hair on your body. Vellus hair aka "Peach Fuzz" is the kind that grows on your face, your upper forearm, the tops of your feet. It's the finest hair on your body and it will remain the same color and texture regardless of how many times it's been removed. The hair on your eyebrows and legs is called terminal hair, these hairs are thicker and coarser and they will always stay that way. Because of this you really don't notice when vellus hair grows back as you would when your leg hair is getting longer and you can feel all the stubble.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DERMAPLANING?
Dermaplaning is a manual form of exfoliation that takes off the top layer of superficial dead skin sitting on the epidermis along with all the "fuzz". It differs from Microdermabrasion, which is also a manual exfoliation, because that service doesn't remove hair. Hair can hold excess dirt and oils which can clog pores so it's important to remove them to avoid breakouts. Dermplaning also triggers cell regeneration which allows anything you use at home to penetrate deeper into the skin. We always tell our clients, why should you let your expensive skincare products sit on dead skin and hair when they can do their job so much better once they're removed. Once all the guck is gone, you'll be able to use less product which is a nice financial bonus. In addition, the other comment we hear most is how much better makeup goes on and stays on once the hair is gone.
CAN YOU GET DERMAPLANING IF YOU HAVE SEVERE ACNE?
The safe answer is No. Dermaplaning can spread active acne. However, If it's just a spot here and there then we can work around it.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?
Anyone who feels like their skin needs a pick me up. If you find your skin is dry, hyper-pigmented, aging, has fine lines and wrinkles or acne scarring, you should try dermaplaning. If you're tired of pulling down your driver side mirror and seeing the fuzz glowing in the light, you'll love the results. It's even safe for pregnant and breastfeeding clients. The word we feel best describes the after effects of dermaplaning is GLOW.
HOW DOES THE PROCEDURE WORK? HOW IS IT DONE?
It sounds scarier then it is. It's done with a surgical scalpel and due to the fact that it has no guard on it, it's essentially like getting a the best straight razor shave you've ever had (ask the guys about this) minus the lathering foam. It's not painful and in fact most of our clients find it really soothing and many fall asleep. Someone equated it to a cat licking your face and that's pretty accurate.
CAN IT BE PREFORMED WITH OTHER SERVICES? IF SO, WHICH ONES?
Dermaplaning can be performed with a facial which allows for a deep cleansing prior and follows with a skin specific mask, or you can do it as a stand-alone service. For those looking for even deeper exfoliation, we recommend pairing it with one of our organic facial peels. We are actually introducing a new protocol for our dermaplaning and peels therapy that includes natural enzyme and lactic acid peels to deep clean pores, even out skin tone, reduce hyperpigmentation and stimulate collagen production to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The end result is truly transformative. These aren't the kind of peels that make you look like Hannibal Lector a few days later, we promise! We've found peels that are super effective yet require no downtime. But truly, there's no wrong way to incorporate dermaplaning into your beauty routine.
HOW FREQUENTLY SHOULD I HAVE THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
Most people turn their skin over every 4 weeks but some don't have as much peach fuzz as others so based on personal preference every 4-6 weeks is ideal. Once you feel the baby smooth skin the first time it's hard not to get addicted.
Thanks again to Karen and her teams for taking so much time to put together these great answers for us! Hopefully this answered any questions that you might have about the procedure and will motivate you to book that appointment. I promise your skin will thank you.