Does Dermaplaning Cause Hair to Grow Back Darker?
Do you want to take your skin care to the next level? Consider dermaplaning.
Demaplaning improves skin health and its appearance, making your skin soft and supple. It also has the welcome effect of getting rid of fine hair.
Despite these advantages, many believe that it causes hair to grow back darker. This is a major concern, especially among women since the most common treatment area is the face.
Well, well, well, if that isn’t the stuff of nightmares…
Luckily, there isn’t much truth in the matter, as you will see in this myth-shattering piece.
What Is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a non-invasive aesthetic treatment done to reverse a dull and lackluster skin tone and appearance.
The procedure is usually done by a dermatologist or a licensed esthetician under a dermatologist’s guidance. It takes 15 to 30 minutes to do.
To perform the treatment, a sterile, medical-grade exfoliation blade gently scrapes the topmost layer of the skin. This removes dead, and dry skin cells, environmental debris, and fine hair or vellus hair (commonly known as peach fuzz) to remove damaged skin, resulting in smoother, softer skin with a fresher, more radiant appearance.
You must be thinking, “isn’t that similar to what exfoliation scrubs do — at much more affordable prices no less?”
Well, it’s not all black and white.
Exfoliation scrubs don’t target peach fuzz, they only skim the surface of your skin to remove dead skin cells. They don’t remove all traces of dead skin cells from your face. They can also irritate your skin and cause micro-abrasions on the topmost layer. As you might imagine, that doesn’t bode well for your skin health and appearance.
That’s where this beauty treatment comes in. Dermaplaning is not a one-size-fits-all, mainly because our skin care needs are unique. Based on our particular requirements and skin conditions, the administering professional may perform extractions, give us a relaxing massage, and cleanse our skin, among other things to give it some much-needed TLC.
As heavenly as that sounds, there are other benefits to keep in mind.
This non-invasive procedure also gets rid of dead skin cells, which paves the way for better absorption of skin care products, so you notice better skin more quickly.
Dermaplaning and Vellus Hair
The fine hair on our face, which is known as vellus hair, regulates the body’s temperature and protects our skin from damage. It may seem essential to keep it intact, but you can remove your facial hair without any serious consequences. Doing so won’t just improve your skin’s appearance but will also make it easier to apply makeup smoothly and more evenly.
It sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? But there are a lot of myths associated with it such as the most common one —
Will Dermaplaning Cause Hair to Grow Back Darker?
No, it won’t.
Dermaplaning is a non-invasive exfoliation treatment, but it will not change the color of your strands by causing them to grow back darker.
If your hair changes color post-treatment, it is likely due to a change in hormones. If there are no hormonal changes or imbalances, your hair should regrow as it did before — not lighter and certainly not darker.
Keep in mind that the new hair growth after dermaplaning can feel a little coarse, much like stubble, but that does not mean your hair is growing back thicker. It’s the same texture and color as before but it may feel different because the growth has a blunt end.
If you want to keep enjoying its hairless effect, you’ll need regular treatments. Of course, the exact length of time between sessions will vary from person to person and their hair growth cycles.
Is Dermaplaning Safe for the Long-Term?
Yes, dermaplaning is one of the safest treatment options available for improved skin. It’s so safe that you can do it yourself from the comfort of your home with at-home dermaplaning tools!
Just make sure to avoid pressing the blade too hard and never use it on irritated or inflamed areas to avoid causing damage.
If you’re still concerned about its safety, it would be a good idea to check with a professional to know the finer details of what the procedure entails and get a deeper understanding of any side effects.
This low-risk procedure may result in:
- Patchy skin
- Slight redness
In rare cases, it may also cause infection and scarring such as keloid or raised scars. Most infections can be resolved with targeted treatment, although you may need to get a steroid injection to treat scar tissue.
Dermaplaning rejuvenates your skin to give you a fresher and brighter complexion without causing any changes in your hair color.
If you’re afraid of giving dermaplaning a try because you don’t want dark unsightly hair to grow back, you’ll be glad to know there’s no cause for concern. So, go forth, and enjoy brighter, fresher skin with dermaplaning.