Does Dermaplaning Cause Acne? This Is What You Need To Know

If you have acne, dermaplaning can cause a new outbreak. When dermaplaning, you can reduce the chance of a breakout by staying away from spots that are already inflamed. Dermaplaning shouldn't be done on acne that is still active because it is easy for the bacteria to spread and cause another breakout.

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Does Dermaplaning Cause Acne?
Because dermaplaning takes off a layer of skin, it can leave your face more open.

When it comes to beauty treatments that promise to do wonders for your skin, it’s often a double-edged sword: Will I get acne from it? We can see why you’re worried. After all, it makes sense that the more you touch your face, the more likely it is that pimples will show up. But we’re here to tell you why that’s not true when it comes to dermaplaning (and all of our other treatments, too!).

How does dermaplaning work?

The scalpel is used to gently scrape away dead skin cells and peach fuzz, which is short, soft, and light facial hair. This is the most thorough way to get rid of dead skin cells and peach fuzz (gulp). As usual, it sounds worse than it is, and you won’t feel much of anything. Also, dermaplaning fixes a wide range of problems, such as dullness, dryness, wrinkles, spots, scars, and unwanted hair. You name it, and dermaplaning fixes it. The result is a smooth base for foundation and better absorption of all your other skincare products. It’s even better than shaving because not only does it get rid of unwanted hair, but it also gets rid of unwanted dead skin. This stimulates the production of collagen, which gives you all-around great skin.

Can Dermaplaning Be Bad for You?

If you have certain skin conditions, dermaplaning is definitely bad for you and you should never do it. Some of these conditions, like rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema, cause inflammation. Dermaplaning can also be bad for you if you have acne, a tan, or a sunburn, or if you have had cold sores in the past.

If you had dermaplaning while you had a pimple, the sharp blade could cut the pimple and spread any bacteria on your face, making the pimple worse, making it take longer to heal, and even leaving a scar. This would be a clear case of “dermaplaning gone wrong.”

If you tend to get cold sores from herpes simplex, procedures like dermaplaning can bring one on. If your client has had cold sores in the past, they need to tell you before dermaplaning so that you can give them an antiviral as a preventative measure.

Can dermaplaning lead to pimples?

When done right, dermaplaning does not lead to acne. But if we’ve learned anything, it’s that people respond to treatments and care in different ways.

Getting rid of dead skin cells and encouraging new ones to grow helps get rid of bacteria on the skin. It also helps get the pores clean. People think that these two are the main causes of acne on the face. So, dermaplaning is basically the opposite of what causes acne.

Acne happens when your skin makes too much oil and mixes it with too many dead skin cells. When the two come together, they make a clog. If acne-causing bacteria get into the clog, it causes inflammation and, as a result, acne. So, any routine that can get rid of too much oil, too many dead skin cells, and bacteria will help acne a lot.

Since dermaplaning does two of these three things, it is a great way to get rid of acne or at least make it less noticeable.

But it works best on skin that is clear or has only mild acne.

As we’ve already said, different people respond differently to treatments. If you have really bad acne, dermaplaning can irritate your skin and make you break out again. Note that this is not a new breakout.

Scraping a piece of metal over acne that is already inflamed can make it even worse. Even more complicated is the story if you have acne and skin that is very sensitive and reacts quickly. If you slide the scalpel over your acne, it can get worse and the bacteria can spread to other healthy areas.

Aside from this, the procedure could cause a few whiteheads a day or two after the treatment and a little bit of redness. So, the bottom line is that dermaplaning usually does not cause acne. True, if you already have bad acne or try to do it at home, it can make it worse.

Can dermaplaning help with acne?

The fact that dermaplaning is safe for teens is one of its best qualities. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are also good ways to treat acne and fade acne scars, but they are more advanced and remove dead skin from deeper layers of the skin. This usually means that redness, irritation, or even a lot of peeling can happen in the days and weeks after a chemical peel or microdermabrasion.

On the other hand, dermaplaning is a more gentle way to get rid of the top layers of skin and vellus hair. It should only be done by an experienced, board-certified specialist. Even teens with skin that is more sensitive or soft can use it. Dermaplaning also gets rid of bacteria, dirt, and sweat. These are the things that cause whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples when they mix with the oil from the sebaceous glands. Once they are gone, they are less likely to clog pores and cause breakouts.

Exfoliation is a key part of any skin care routine that helps fight acne, but everyday skin care products don’t always do the job well enough. This is why a dermaplaning treatment every two to three weeks can make all the difference for a teenager who gets acne. Also, dermaplaning has been shown to improve the texture and tone of the skin, which makes it easier to put on makeup. And as a bonus, dermaplaning can get rid of fine lines on the skin’s surface.

What about dermaplaning at home?

Don’t do it! If the chances of these side effects are low when done by a trained professional, they will be even higher if you try to do it yourself at home (not to mention the risk of pain; why on earth would you want to put a scalpel to your face?

The treatment is supposed to be done at a 45-degree angle, which is almost impossible to do unless you find your old school protractor (and even if you did,…) Not to mention that it needs small, gentle strokes, which is hard to do when you’re trying to do it between getting home from work and picking up the kids from school. It can and will cause breakouts if it is not done carefully and under these conditions.

So, can it give you pimples? Not when done with the right tool, by a trained professional, and on the right skin. We know just the people who can help you.

In Conclusion

Dermaplaning is a low-risk way to get rid of facial hair and remove dead skin cells. So, it is meant to stop acne rather than cause it. But if you have severe acne, you shouldn’t try it because the process can irritate it and make it worse. Where this isn’t happening, dermaplaning won’t cause acne.

Keep in mind that a few blackheads are common a few days after the procedure. It will go away on its own, though. Also, the blackhead doesn’t always stay the same.

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