Dermaplaning is a super effective exfoliating treatment in which a qualified therapist uses a surgical scalpel to gently scrape off any dead skin cells on the surface of your skin along with the peach fuzz on your face. You might be wondering Why is this necessary? It's because the build up of dead skin and microscopic hairs can make your complexion appear dull, flaky, and can even cause breakouts due to clogged pores and hair follicles. Which is why this form of mechanical exfoliation is essential for maintaining an even, healthy glow. Thinking of making an appointment to try dermaplaning for yourself?

Read the below advice from Edinburgh based technician Ameer Latif.

1. Is Dermaplaning recommended for all skin types. 

Ameer says patients with sun damage, fine lines, very dry skin and dull skin are great candidates. However, since the procedure requires use of a sharp scalpel, those with enflamed or active acne should pass on it until their complexion clears up.


2. Contrary to what you might think, dermaplaning will not make your hair grow back thicker or darker. 

Ameer assured me that once your hair begins to grow back it might feel different because the hair was cut straight across, but it's actually the same texture as before and grows at the same speed. It also just might seem thicker because the hair was bluntly cut by the razor versus having a natural point to it.


3. There's no downtime. 

Some light redness can be expected but not always. "It's perfectly fine and common to make an appointment during lunch and go right back to work after the 40-minute treatment,".


4. You'll need to be very diligent with SPF afterward. 

You should always wear sun protection every day — especially when you're outside for a prolonged period of time — but post-exfoliation your skin is especially susceptible to the sun. So, if you don't take sun protection seriously, you might want to skip this amazing treatment.


5. You can expect to spend £50+per treatment. 

Ameer says you'll notice a difference in your skin's texture and tone immediately, so it's well worth it.


6. It'll change your life as far as makeup application goes. 

Ever notice how peach fuzz tends to stand out even more underneath foundation and face powders? Well, since the dermaplaning scalpel removes all the little hairs on your face, your makeup will go on super smoothly. Your skincare products will also be more effective, since the product isn't being blocked by dead skin cells and can penetrate the skin faster.


7. The results can last up to four weeks. 

The procedure removes three weeks of dead skin cells, so your glow will last all month long. "But since your skin is always growing, you'll need to make an appointment every 4 to 6 weeks to really maintain your results,"


8. Don't trust just anyone to perform the procedure. 

Ameer recommends only seeing a fully qualified therapist to ensure the best and safest results. Ameer has trained with the leading dermaplaning expert in the UK who brought the treatment from the US to the UK


9. Don't try this at home. 

Since dermaplaning is performed with surgical scalpels and not your average razor the short term results may seem the same if done with a razor but you may do long term damage to your skin if not done correctly and if one area is overdone.