How To Dermaplane At Home in 7 Steps

How to Dermaplane at Home

Dermaplaning sounds like a fancy at-home treatment. But realistically speaking, it’s basically shaving your face. It becomes dull and lame when you frame it like that. But its benefits are quite the opposite.

If you’re looking for a way to boost your skincare routine and enhance the effects of your products without going out of your way or out of your budget, you’re going to love what dermaplaning at home can do for your skin.

Keep reading to learn what dermaplaning is, how to dermaplane at home, what you need, what to do after, and what to avoid.

What Is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a professional skin care treatment performed to scrape dead skin cells and peach fuzz from the skin using a sharp tool. At-home dermaplaning is done to mimic the same treatment on a smaller scale.

Benefits of Dermaplaning

  1. Dermaplaning is practically a physical exfoliation. By removing the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, you reveal a smoother and flake-free skin layer.
  2. Dermaplaning, because of the removal of the dead skin layer, increases the penetration of your skincare products. Therefore, your products absorb better and work better.
  3. Dermaplaning also removes peach fuzz. And even if you don’t have prominent facial hair, the removal of the peach fuzz makes all the difference in your complexion. Your makeup applies more smoothly and your skin feels much, much softer.
  4. Fine hair, though not always dark and visible, can create shadows on the face especially around the ears (sideburns) and above the cheekbones. By removing peach fuzz with dermaplaning, you reveal a brighter, more youthful complexion.
  5. Dermaplaning is a quick way to get glowing skin because it gives you an instantly fresh, luminous complexion. And that’s great if you have mature, dull, or lackluster skin.

What to Use to Dermaplane at Home


You can use a twinkle razor, a regular (unused) razor you use to shave your legs, an electronic dermaplaning tool, an eyebrow trimmer, or a facial hair trimmer.

Among these, a twinkle razor is the most convenient option. It’s cheap, so you can use it once and get rid of it for hygiene purposes.

An electronic tool can be costly, especially if you’re a first-timer or if you don’t dermaplane that often. A regular razor you use to shave your legs doesn’t give you much control.

How To Dermaplane at Home

Below is a step-by-step guide to dermaplaning at home.

How To Dermaplane At Home

Step 1: Start with Clean Skin

Before you begin, make sure you have nothing on your skin. Remove your makeup and wash your face to clean your skin from any kind of residue. Pat your skin dry. And lighting is everything! You can consider a lighted mirror to better see that fine hair.

Step 2: Apply Downward Strokes

Hold your skin taut with one hand. Use your other hand to gently start shaving in a downward motion while holding your dermaplaning tool at a slightly slanted angle like a 45-degree angle. Only apply pressure as much as needed to remove the fuzz and avoid pressing the razor against the skin too hard.

Step 3: Be Gentle

There’s always a potential for irritation and it’s not always visible. If you have textured skin, acne, or bumps, you need to be very careful and patient while dermaplaning to avoid irritating your skin. Irritation can be avoided if you go very slowly and gently. So take your time and apply small, short strokes.

Step 4: Work in Sections

It is easier to work in sections and start from a bigger area such as the forehead. Shave the entire area between the hairline and the eyebrows, excluding the two. Then move on to the area near the ears and then move on to the cheeks. Repeat the same for the other side of the face. Don’t forget to dermaplane the tip of the nose, chin, and the area above the lip, and below the lip.

Step 5: Wipe off Peach Fuzz

You’ll see that as you apply small strokes and go over the face, tiny hairs start to pile up on the edge of your dermaplaning tool. Make sure you keep a paper towel next to you to regularly wipe the hair off your tool to keep it clean.

Step 6: Move on to the Jawline

Leave the jaw area for last. Pull the skin upward to level the jawline area and use small strokes to dermaplane. Do the entire jawline. Don’t bring your tool down too much and don’t dermaplane the neck area.

Step 7: Rinse

Once you’ve done the entire face, rinse your skin with lukewarm water to wash everything away. Pat your skin dry. And you’re done!

What To Do After Dermaplaning at Home

You need to be very selective with what you put on your face after dermaplaning. You’ve just exfoliated and removed dead skin cells. So your skin is very permeable and absorbent. It’s also more prone to irritation. Here’s what to do to make the most of it and what to avoid after dermaplaning.

Apply Gentle Skin Care Products

If you want to dermaplane at home without breaking out, only apply your gentlest skincare products. You can apply a fragrance-free hydrating serum like a hyaluronic acid serum or a soothing serum and follow up with a moisturizer. You can try a refreshing face mist. Anything gentle, soothing, hydrating, and nourishing will work, especially if your skin feels sensitive after dermaplaning.

Try a Gentle Clay Mask

If you have face masks that you know to be gentle on your skin, now is a great time to apply one. For example, if you have clogged pores, try applying a non-irritating, non-drying clay mask to clear pores and minimize their appearance. I love Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask for this. You can also try binge-masking and apply another mask to hydrate and moisturize. I love Fresh Rose Face Mask for this because it visibly leaves my skin glowing!

Avoid Exfoliants

As a general rule of thumb, avoid using exfoliants, scrubs, and active ingredients on freshly dermaplaned skin. Some people do this but it’s not a good idea if this is your first time trying dermplaning at home. Give it a day before moving on to active ingredients. Otherwise, you may have to deal with irritation, redness, and even breakouts.

Protect Your Skin with SPF

Again, your skin is more prone to irritation now. So you need to be extra vigilant with your sun protection starting from the day you’ve dermaplaned. Wear SPF regularly to protect your skin and to avoid redness and sensitivity.

So this is how to properly dermaplane at home. It’s an easy way to get smoother, softer skin with the added benefit of having your skincare products work better. It’s an effective beauty treatment to try at home when you want to take your skincare to a whole new level. I’ve been doing this regularly. And I absolutely love and recommend it!

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