Dermaplaning Aftercare - What to Do & What to Avoid

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on December 2, 2022

Although dermaplaning is non-invasive, your skin still requires some extra care afterwards. Here’s a dermaplaning aftercare guide on what to do and what to avoid.

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Dermaplaning is a quick, simple, and non-invasive skincare treatment. Although there is no downtime with dermaplaning, your skin will still need some time to recover. Actually, you could say that the treatment’s effectiveness depends on proper aftercare.

Here’s what to do after dermaplaning and how to get the most out of it. Plus, some things to avoid.

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Why Is Dermaplaning Aftercare Important?

Dermaplaning aftercare is supposed to help your skin recover and help you achieve maximum results from the facial.

After dermaplaning, the skin will be sensitive and easily damaged. Your protective barrier was just removed so you need to help your skin restore it as well as help protect the newly exposed skin layer in the meantime.

Plus the skin was stripped of moisture so you need to keep it hydrated.

Most importantly, you need to know what to avoid so you don’t endanger your skin health and damage it permanently.

Learn everything about how dermaplaning is done in our detailed guide.

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What to Do After Dermaplaning

As we’ve already mentioned, this treatment isn’t an invasive one. But there still are some things you can do to help your skin recover.

  • Use a gentle cleanser. Using abrasive or exfoliating cleansers on already irritated skin causes redness and swelling. Opt for a gentle, moisturizing one instead.
  • Hydrate with a serum, cream, oil… Use nourishing products to protect the skin and combat dryness and sensitivity. It’s advised that you increase moisturizing for at least a week. During the recovery process, it should be done twice a day.
  • …but choose your products carefully. After dermaplaning your skin will really soak anything up, so you want to provide it with top-quality products. Be careful not to use anything too concentrated that your skin can’t handle yet.
  • Sun protection! Daily SPF after an exfoliating treatment is a must! For at least 2 weeks. Otherwise, you risk reverting the effects of the facial possibly damaging your skin further.

What to Avoid After Dermaplaning

Here are some things you should avoid as part of dermaplaning aftercare:

  • Makeupat least 24 hours after the dermaplaning treatment. Makeup can irritate your skin and clog your pores. Let the skin recover a bit, ideally for 48 hours. And make sure your brushes and tools are clean when you get back to your routine.
  • Touching your face. Your skin’s protective barrier is damaged and touching your face with dirty hands or any other object transfers dirt and bacteria that can cause infection. You should sleep on a clean pillowcase too.
  • Chlorine in swimming pools and jacuzzis dries out and irritates the skin. Stay away for at least 24 hours, but preferably 3 days after the treatment.
  • Exfoliating ingredients – retinoids, AHA, and BHA should be avoided at least a week after your treatment. This applies to physical exfoliants and scrubs as well.
  • Don’t use hot water when washing your face. It strips the natural oils further, which can make the skin feel tight and dry. Also don’t rub your skin; gently pat it dry instead.
  • Skip any strenuous physical activity, saunas, steam rooms, and similar for the first few days. It causes excessive sweating and that can lead to irritation and breakouts. And we’ve already mentioned why heat isn’t helpful either.
  • No picking or scratching at any dryness, redness, or irritation. It can cause infection and skin damage.
  • Don’t book other facials for 2 weeks. Especially if the treatments are potent ones, such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Give your skin a break.
  • Also, avoid getting Dermal Fillers or Botox at least 2 weeks after the procedure. Ideally, 4 weeks should pass in between.

Learn more about the risks of dermaplaning that can happen if you disregard proper aftercare.

What to Put on Face After Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a great chance to get the most out of your skincare. The procedure helps products penetrate deeper into the skin and not get stuck on dry patches and vellus hairs.

Your dermaplaning aftercare routine should be simple: gentle cleanser, effective serum, and rich moisturizer. Always wash your hands first. The first few days following the treatment, you should avoid any ingredients that could irritate the skin.

So, which ingredients are the best for aftercare for dermaplaning?

Since the focus is on maintaining skin hydration for the first couple of days, products containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide are a great option. They are beneficial for all skin types and are least likely to cause any skin reaction.

Another great ingredient to use for your aftercare for dermaplaning routine is Squalane oil. It’s very nourishing, hydrating, and an antioxidant.

Ceramides are the best option for helping skin regeneration. Since they make up the uppermost layer of your skin, which has been destroyed, applying more ceramides topically will assist in healing the skin barrier.

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How Long Do I Have to Practice the Dermaplaning Aftercare Routine?

Stick to a simple skincare routine for 2 weeks, after which you can start reintroducing harsher ingredients like retinol if you’d like. Your skin will be recovered enough to handle it but still not done with the full skin cell turnover process, so you’ll get good results.

A dermaplaning aftercare routine doesn’t require you to follow many rules. Simply implement the instructions advised by your technician and make sure to avoid harming your sensitive skin in any way.

What Happens If I Don’t Follow Dermaplaning After Care Instructions?

We strongly urge you to follow the right dermaplaning aftercare instructions to prevent harming your skin, causing inflammation, infection, or jeopardizing your skin’s health in any other way (such as by exposing it to UV rays).

Following the instructions guarantees your skin remains healthy and maximizes the effects of skincare products.

Using the wrong ingredients after dermaplaning might cause your skin more damage than usual since they penetrate deeper, making potential side effects more severe.

Dermaplaning Aftercare – Main Takeaways

This treatment doesn’t entail any downtime, but that doesn’t imply that dermaplaning aftercare can be ignored.

Your skin is sensitive and you need to be extremely gentle with it, especially the first 24 hours after the procedure. Keep it moisturized and protected with SPF. Avoid anything that will clog your pores or irritate your skin further. And if you have any concerns, consult your technician or a dermatologist.


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