How dermablading can help you get healthy, glowing skin

Dermablading has been around for decades, but has only recently entered the skincare mainstream. We ask the experts how shaving your face can transform your skin.

Everyone has “peach fuzz” on their faces, but not many think of shaving when it comes to removal of the tiny translucent hair.

Some believe shaving makes hair grow back thicker but that common misconception appears to be changing with dermablading, the practice of removing fine facial hair, gaining popularity.

How does dermablading work?

Otherwise known as dermaplaning, the non-invasive practice involves the use of a specially designed blade to gently scrape away any hairs and dead skin.

Ali Clarke saw a growing demand but a lack of at-home dermablading tools in Australia, which led her to launch Bondi Blades.

“Dermablading is the gentle removal of vellus, which we refer to as peach fuzz, and dead skin from our face,” Ali says.

“Dermablading isn’t just a technique for dead skin and peach fuzz removal, it can also be used to shape your eyebrows for a more polished look.”

Skin therapist Tegan Macdonald says dermablading has additional benefits for the skin.

“What makes it a skin treatment rather than just hair removal, is that it physically exfoliates the top layer of the skin,” Tegan says.

“When I do professional dermaplaning services, I use a surgical stainless steel blade to carefully lift dead skin, with the level of exfoliation depending on the pressure used and how many passes we do over the skin.”

Tegan says it can also be used for pre-event preparation to create a smooth, hair-free base for make-up to be applied on.

Is there a special technique to dermablade?

Tegan says dermablading should be approached a specific way for best results.

“The technique is the difference between a regular face shave and a proper dermaplaning exfoliation,” Tegan says.

“With a regular shave, you go against the hair, but with dermaplaning, the blade is moved either across or with the hair. This helps for the hair to grow back softer and provides added safety measure as you’re keeping the blade away from the eyes.”

Similarly, Ali advises a specific technique for at-home dermablading.

“I recommend holding the skin taut and shaving on a 45-degree angle down using either aloe vera gel or a rosehip oil/serum to ensure the blade glides gently across the skin while keeping the skin hydrated,” Ali says.

What to be careful of when dermablading at home?

Avoid dermablading when you have open wounds or facial cuts; this can create a breeding ground for bacteria or further impact the wounds and slow down the healing process.

“I don’t recommend dermablading over pimples or acne as this can irritate the skin,” Ali says.

“When using a blade on the skin there is always the risk of cuts,” Teagan says.

“Using the blade on the wrong angle or incorrect pressure can result in irritation, dry patches and abrasions on the skin.

“If you are attempting dermaplaning at home, definitely take your time and use a light hand.”

How often should you dermablade?

How often you dermablade depends on why you do it, according to Tegan.

“If a client gets the service for hair removal, I recommend treatments every three to four weeks,” Tegan says.

“But if a client is using the treatment primarily for exfoliation, then four to six weeks apart would be sufficient.”

But Tegan warns, dermablade too often and “you run the risk of impairing your skin’s protective barrier, causing rough texture and excessive dryness”.

Written by Charlotte Brundrett.