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  • Writer's picturePaty Cholewczynski

The Case Against Dermaplaning: Why It's Not on My Treatment Menu

In the world of skincare, trends come and go, but some practices warrant a closer look before incorporating them into our routines. One such trend that has gained popularity in recent years is dermaplaning. While it promises smooth, exfoliated skin, its potential drawbacks and misalignment with Corneotherapy principles raise serious concerns.

Understanding Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning involves using a sterile surgical scalpel to shave the skin's surface, removing dead skin cells and fine vellus hair, often referred to as "peach fuzz." It's lauded for its immediate results—skin appears brighter and feels smoother post-treatment. However, beneath the surface lies a myriad of concerns that should give us pause.

Cons of Dermaplaning for Skin Health

  1. Compromised Skin Barrier: The skin's outermost layer, the stratum corneum, acts as a barrier, protecting against environmental aggressors and maintaining moisture levels. Dermaplaning disrupts this barrier, leaving the skin vulnerable to irritation, infection, and increased sensitivity.

  2. Increased Sensitivity: Removing the protective layer of vellus hair can make the skin more sensitive to external stimuli, such as sun exposure and skincare products. This heightened sensitivity may lead to redness, inflammation, and discomfort and even cause acne breakouts.

  3. Risk of Infection: Despite efforts to maintain sterility, any procedure involving the skin carries a risk of infection. Dermaplaning introduces micro-injuries to the skin, creating entry points for bacteria and pathogens, potentially leading to infections or breakouts.

  4. Potential for Hyperpigmentation: In individuals with darker skin tones, dermaplaning can trigger post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, where the skin produces excess melanin in response to trauma. This can result in dark spots or patches that are challenging to treat.

  5. Temporary Results: While dermaplaning provides immediate gratification with smoother skin, the results are temporary. Without addressing underlying skincare concerns, such as hydration and exfoliation, the benefits fade, necessitating frequent—and potentially damaging—sessions.

Misalignment with Corneotherapy Principles

Corneotherapy, a holistic approach to skincare, focuses on restoring and maintaining the skin's barrier function while respecting its natural processes. Dermaplaning directly contradicts these principles by stripping away the stratum corneum, disrupting the skin's delicate balance and undermining its ability to self-regulate.

While dermaplaning may offer superficial benefits, its potential risks and divergence from Corneotherapy principles give us pause. As a skincare professional, it's my responsibility to prioritize the long-term health and integrity of my clients' skin. By eschewing quick fixes in favor of science-backed, holistic approaches, I can empower individuals to achieve lasting results without compromising their skin's well-being.

"Your body, your choice but at least now you know." - Paty

In the pursuit of radiant, healthy skin, let's choose wisely and prioritize practices that align with the principles of skin health and vitality.

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