FAQs Dermaplaning & Micropeel
What is Dermaplaning and Micropeel?
Dermaplaning and micropeel is a combination treatment consisting of a manual exfoliation process, immediately followed by a mild medical grade peel, for maximum penetration.
Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment that uses a hand-held instrument to remove dead skin cells and vellus hair or “peach fuzz”. Light, feathery strokes are used to gently scrape the skin’s surface. Build-up of dead skin cells and microscopic hairs can cause your complexion to appear dull, flaky, and can even cause breakouts due to clogged pores and hair follicles. This form of mechanical exfoliation produces an even, healthy glow. Products applied after dermaplaning are also more easily absorbed. Subsequent make-up application is also smoother.
Skinceuticals Micropeel Sensitive Solution is a mild medical grade chemical peel that smooths texture, decongests pores and hydrates skin. It is formulated with lactic acid, niacinamide, usnic acid (derived from onions) and other botanicals to improve skin radiance and clarity. It is anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It is an excellent option for those with sensitive skin, rosacea, or those who are new to chemical peels and perfect for those who want an instant glow.
Is it safe?
Dermaplaning is a safe and painless form of exfoliation. It is not recommended for those with severe or inflamed acne, sun or wind burnt skin, or hirsutism (excessive coarse or dark hair growth). Eye area, nose and any raised moles or blemishes are avoided. This is not a technique for trimming eyebrows. Mild redness can occur after this treatment and usually subsides within a few hours. Most experience an even, healthy glow. Nicknamed the “lunch-time peel” or “red carpet” peel, there is no significant downtime. This peel is safe to be performed every 2-4 weeks.
How is it performed?
After the dermaplaning process, the peel is applied for optimal penetration, and remains on the skin for 2 minutes. The peel is then removed with gauze in a buffing motion. A calming serum, moisturizer and SPF is subsequently applied.
Will my hair grow back thicker and darker?
No. The hair grows with the same texture and at the same speed. Hair naturally has a tapered, pointed end, but dermaplaning creates a blunt edge to the follicle which rarely may cause the hair to appear or feel thicker.
- Discontinue using self-tanners, masks, scrubs or exfoliating agents for at least 2 days prior to treatment.
- Discontinue all alpha-hydroxy acid, glycolic, retinol, Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac or Differin products 2 days prior to treatment.
- Do not wax facial hair for 2 days prior to the treatment.
- Inform the nurse if you have an active cold sore or fever blister outbreak of the face prior to your appointment.
- Avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least 1 week prior to treatment
- Avoid vigorous exercise and sweating (hot tub, sauna, hot shower, etc.) for at least a few hours after the procedure.
- You may apply make-up immediately following the procedure although it should be applied gently.
- Avoid all alpha-hydroxy acid, glycolic, retinol, Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac or Differin products as well as facial scrubs for 2 days after the treatment.
- Broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher should be used daily for at least 1 week following the treatment.
- Avoid waxing, bleaching or using depilatory creams on face for at least 1 week after the treatment.
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Krauss Dermatology serves the greater Boston area.
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