Suffering from adolescent acne or know someone who is? There are many acne treatments out there. One that often surprises people is dermaplaning -- a cosmetic treatment that manually removes vellus hair on the face. Here’s how you can treat acne, reduce acne scars, and get rid of peach fuzz in one fell swoop with dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning is a precise, highly effective manual exfoliation technique. Like other forms of manual exfoliation, it works to slough off the top layer of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. This is done through a technician’s use of a sterile surgical dermaplaning blade. The blade is gently stroked along the skin, which effectively removes not only two to three weeks' worth of dead skin cells but also the vellus hair on the surface of the skin.
Vellus hair, commonly referred to as “peach fuzz,” covers most of the surface of the body. This short, fine, and often light-colored hair is found almost everywhere, excluding the palms and soles of the feet, the lips, areas around the ear, and areas around the genitals. Vellus hair helps regulate body temperature by wicking away sweat. But these fine hairs sometimes grow in darker or thicker than one might want. In those cases, manual hair removal through shaving, waxing, or techniques like dermaplaning can eliminate this unwanted hair.
One of the ideal features of dermaplaning is that it’s safe for adolescents. Whereas chemical peels and microdermabrasion are also effective means of treating acne and reducing acne scars, they exfoliate at higher depths and are more advanced in the methods they employ. Often, this means that redness, irritation, or even some extensive peeling can occur for the days and weeks that follow a chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment.
On the other hand, dermaplaning -- when conducted by an experienced, board-certified specialist, as it should always be -- is a gentler means of removing the surface-level layers of skin and vellus hair. It’s safe even for teens who have softer or more sensitive skin. Dermaplaning removes bacteria, dirt, and sweat as well -- the substances that, when mixed with oil from the sebaceous glands, cause whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. Once removed, the chance of clogged pores and breakouts decreases.
Exfoliation is an important part of any acne fighting skin care regimen, but everyday skin care products don’t always do the trick thoroughly enough. This is why adding a dermaplaning treatment into an acne-prone teenager’s routine every two to three weeks can make all the difference. Besides, dermaplaning has been shown to improve skin texture and even skin tone, which means makeup goes on much smoother. And as a bonus, dermaplaning can remove light surface wrinkling.
Want to give dermaplaning a try or see if you’re a good candidate? If you’re in the greater New York City area, contact Vanguard Dermatology today for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists.