The Do’s and Don’ts of Dermaplaning

February 4, 2021

In recent months, our social media feeds have been inundated with beauty influencers exalting the benefits of dermaplaning, razors in hand. So much so, that this specialist form of exfoliation has become one of the most requested skin treatments in spas and clinics around the world.

Dermaplaning is not new though; Marilyn Monroe regularly shaved her face and women in Japan have been using facial “shaving” as an anti-aging technique for decades.

So, what is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is an intensive, physical exfoliation method that gently removes dead skin cells and vellus facial hair, aka peach fuzz, by stroking a specialist scalpel along the skin. Whilst this may sound intimidating, the results are nothing short of spectacular.

When performed by our trained Brau skincare professionals, this unique treatment will leave you with baby soft skin that’s glowing with youthful radiance. Not to mention, when you apply your makeup afterwards, you’ll find it goes on as smooth as silk, which is why dermaplaning is in high demand as a pre-event treatment.

The Benefits of Dermaplaning

  1. It removes the dead surface cells and facial hair that can trap oils and dirt. There’s no need to worry, your baby fine vellus hair will grow back just as soft.
  2. It helps your favourite skincare products to penetrate deeper in to the skin, giving you more visible results in a shorter time.
  3. Exfoliating the skin in this intense way stimulates circulation, delivering essential nutrients to the epidermal layers of the skin.
  4. Every time you exfoliate the top layer of skin, it signals to the lower layers to renew and move upwards. This stimulates collagen production and boosts cell rejuvenation.
  5. When combined with a peel, dermaplaning can reduce the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation, and help diminish rosacea and acne scars.
  6. Dermaplaning is suitable for nearly all skin types – however if you have active acne, a clinical treatment may be a better option for you, but as always, it’s best to seek medical advice before booking your treatment.


Before Your Treatment

It’s important to avoid sun exposure and discontinue any manual or chemical exfoliation five to seven days prior to your Brau dermaplaning treatment. Your skin cells need time to renew and build before receiving a maximum exfoliation service such as this; so, if you’re using any retinol, AHA or enzyme-based products, you’ll need to put them away for now. Over-exfoliation can cause inflammation, redness, extreme dryness, hyperpigmentation or even acne breakouts.

It’s also advisable to schedule your Botox or filler appointments for after your dermaplaning treatment, and you’ll also need to reschedule if you have any acne lesions or sores. Needless to say, scraping a scalpel over an open wound will no doubt be very painful and cause more harm than good.

If you’re taking Accutane, it’s best to wait six months after you complete the course before undergoing any exfoliation treatment, as this medication increases the fragility and sensitivity of the skin.


Dermaplaning is completely painless, and whilst some people might experience some mild redness, there’s no downtime. Post-treatment, be generous with your skincare routine and activate your youth-boosting enzymes by using concentrated serums. But most importantly, don’t forget to use your SPF 30-50 to avoid sun damage and hyperpigmentation.

Whether you’re looking for a quick, lunchtime complexion boost, or you want to look flawless before a big event, dermaplaning is the perfect choice for immaculate, silky smooth skin.

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