When it comes to skincare procedures, many people go into them with trepidation. If you are constantly hearing about the dramatic changes that these treatments can do for your face, you may be concerned about combining procedures with each other. Contrary to what you may think, combining certain treatments can actually increase the efficacy of each treatment. If you have been curious about dermaplaning and wonder how it works with chemical peels, visit us at Life Stiles Spa in Alberta, Canada to see what all the hype is about.
What Is Dermaplaning?
You may have heard that dermaplaning is similar to shaving. In reality, this treatment is done by professionals using a medical-grade scalpel that is much sharper than any razor you can pick up at the store. The concept is similar, and when your esthetician dermaplanes your skin, they will hold the scalpel at an angle to scrape the top layers of your skin off, revealing smooth and bright skin from underneath.
This makes it a method of physical exfoliation, and it is like a more intense version of the exfoliation you get from shaving. It is not something you can do at home, so be sure to consult with us before trying this popular skin treatment.
Can I Dermaplane Before a Chemical Peel?
You know that dermaplaning is an intense form of physical exfoliation, but what about chemical peels? Chemical peels are a way of chemically exfoliating your skin. Even though both treatments will give you dramatic results, you do not have to be scared about combining them.
In fact, when you dermaplane your skin, it complements chemical peels by prepping your skin for the peel that is applied. On a fresh, rejuvenated surface, the alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids in the chemical peel will be able to penetrate your skin even better than usual, giving you a flawless glow and smooth skin.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
Before you set up a consultation to see what treatments are perfect for your skin type and concerns, you probably want to know what benefits you can reap from a treatment such as dermaplaning. Whether you are worried about acne, fine lines, or texture on your skin, this treatment can help to reveal new and radiant skin that is free from any of these concerns.
In fact, with repeated treatments, your skin will look unrecognizable (in a great way)! Here’s just some of what it can do for you:
Remove Dead Skin Cells
When an esthetician uses the medical-grade scalpel to remove the top layers of your skin, tons of dead skin cells are eliminated with this treatment. If you ever break out and have pimples, this can help to prevent future breakouts.
By getting rid of dead skin cells, there is less debris on the surface of your face to potentially clog your pores, leading to acne. The removal of dead skin cells also gives you an instant brightening effect. Getting rid of dull, dead cells reveals new skin cells underneath, giving you a radiant glow.
Help Skincare Products to Absorb Better
Do you ever feel like no matter how many toners, serums, and moisturizers you use, your skin just isn’t showing the effects like you want? By getting rid of this top layer of skin, your skincare products will be able to permeate your skin’s surface better than ever before.
All of a sudden, everything you put on your face will be a lot more effective and will start to show results even sooner than you are used to. If you want to maximize the potential of your skincare routine, dermaplaned skin is the ideal way to ensure you are starting with a clean slate.
Reduce Texture From Scarring
If you suffer from acne scarring, or even just older indented scars on your face, dermaplaning can help to even out this texture on your skin’s surface. When you physically exfoliate the outer skin cells, smoother skin is revealed.
If you have pitted scars, the texture becomes more even so that they are less visible. Even raised scars can be reduced by these treatments since those scarred skin cells are also eliminated. With repeated sessions on your skin, you may even be able to remove some scars entirely. With future scars, however, you will need additional treatments to smoothen your skin.
Allow Makeup to Apply Smoothly
If you wear foundation and concealer, you may become frustrated with the way it seems to cling to every bit of texture and peach fuzz on your face. When your skin is dermaplaned, the top layer of hair and skin on your face is removed so there is no peach fuzz remaining to be highlighted by your makeup.
Suddenly, your makeup will seem to glide on with no effort at all. Since your skin’s texture is also improved, there is a more even canvas for you to work with, and your makeup will look airbrushed along with the skin underneath.
Benefit Every Skin Type
One of the best parts about getting dermaplaned it that it is not restricted to a certain type of skin. If you have sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, or another skin type, this treatment will almost certainly still work on you and give wondrous results.
Some treatments cannot be applied to those who are pregnant or using certain medications, but luckily this simple physical exfoliation method does not have those same restrictions. The only people who may not be eligible for this treatment are those with pronounced bumps or extreme acne, though you can consult with our professionals to see if it’s right for you.
Eliminate Fine Lines
When it comes to fine lines, any excess debris on the surface of your skin will emphasize their appearance. When you have dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your face, your appearance becomes dull and aged.
Cells and skincare products will settle into your fine lines, which will only make them appear more prominent than they really are. Dermaplaning helps to exfoliate these cells and reveal younger, smoother skin underneath that has not been aged in the same way as your old skin cells. Over time, with repeated sessions, your skin will become even more smooth and youthful.
Benefits of Chemical Peels
Now that you understand the benefits of dermaplaned skin, you probably want to know the differences as well as the similarities between the benefits you can receive from chemical peels. Some of the benefits are the same as when your skin is dermaplaned, which is why you can get enhanced results from getting both treatments together. Read on to see what benefits your skin can gain from a chemical peel, especially in combination with a dermaplaning treatment.
Help With Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Similar to how dermaplaning helps out with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, chemical peels can achieve similar results using a different method. Chemical exfoliation helps to get rid of the top layers of your skin as well, and after physical exfoliation, your skin will already be smooth and provide an even texture for your chemical peel. Deeper chemical peels can get rid of more stubborn wrinkles, but even with light chemical peels, you will see a huge difference in the appearance of fine lines.
Even Out Texture in Skin
If you have scarring on your face, chemical peels use alpha-hydroxy acids and beta-hydroxy acids to remove the top layers of your epidermis. This allows new, untouched and healthy skin to show from under your dead skin cells, and as a result, this can reduce the appearance of scarring.
While chemical peels may not always work on severe raised scarring like keloids, in general they can help to even out your skin’s texture in the same way that dermaplaned skin does. The combination of chemical and physical exfoliation means that your skin will truly be smooth and even, which is a confidence booster for anyone.
For those who suffer from acne, hyperpigmentation is often one of the side effects that linger around long after the physical pimple goes away. Depending on your skin, this may appear as purple, red, white, or brown dark spots on your skin.
Even if you have had wounds unrelated to acne, hyperpigmentation can appear. Chemical peels help to brighten your skin by getting rid of these top layers of scarred skin cells. Depending on your level of scarring, you may need multiple sessions for optimal results, but either way, you will gradually see bright and even-toned skin through these exfoliation treatments.
Prevent New Acne
There are so many types of medication and skincare products out there that are used to fight acne. One of the most powerful and effective ingredients for fighting acne-causing bacteria is salicylic acid, which is a beta-hydroxy acid that is often used in chemical peels.
By getting rid of dead skin cells, you are already eliminating some of the possibility for new acne, and the acids themselves can further prevent future breakouts. With regular skin regeneration, your skin is more likely to stay smooth, bright, and blemish-free, which is one of the best parts of getting a chemical peel.
Eliminate Sun-Damaged Skin
Even though we know to use sunscreen regularly, sometimes the damage is done regardless. Sun damage often starts in our youth and simply accumulates over time as we age. If you have sun spots on your skin, or even freckles from being in the sun, chemical peels can help to eliminate this sun-damaged skin from the surface of your face and reveal skin that has not yet been damaged from underneath.
Depending on the severity of the damage, you may need multiple treatments, but you will still see a difference in your complexion. With future sun damage, you will need new treatments to get rid of the affected skin.
Though dermaplaning and chemical peels are both very powerful methods of exfoliating your skin that should be left to the professionals, there is no reason to be scared of combining the two treatments together. With both physical and chemical exfoliation, your skin can be rejuvenated in a more dramatic way than with just one treatment alone.
Dermaplaned skin gives a smooth, blank canvas to apply chemical peels, and if you are concerned about aging skin or acne, these two treatments will work together to give you bright and blemish-free skin. If you are ready to reveal a new, rejuvenated version of yourself, don’t hesitate to contact us at Life Stiles Spa in Alberta, Canada! Our professionals will be more than happy to do a consultation with you so that you can have the dream skin you deserve.