Sorrows of Dermaplaning: Does Dermaplaning Cause Acne?

Does Dermaplaning Cause Acne

There is an extra growth of extremely fine and downy hair on our faces, most common among women, called peach fuzz or more appropriately vellus hair.

These peach fuzz a.k.a vellus hair have been leading most people into becoming insecure and developing low self-esteem; while they also tend to get denser as we age, or at times due to an illness called polycystic ovary syndrome.

You surely must have come across “dermaplaning” if you have ever tried surfing the internet in search of treatments that can help fix female facial hair. It can be introduced as an instant treatment that involves the shaving of these vellus hairs using a specifically designed dermaplaning razor.

While this treatment has proven to be quite effective when it comes to attaining smooth hairless skin, and its non-invasive nature makes it even better – However, dermaplaning does have its adverse effects too; which might not occur every time, but can be seen frequently. Additionally, for those seeking to enhance their facial appearance further, the lip flip NYC treatment is an excellent option

What is Dermaplaning?

Being an immensely safe and completely non-surgical cosmetic treatment, dermaplaning consists of the top layer of the skin being removed with the objective to bring out the fresh and smooth skin present under it. An aesthetician carefully carries out this procedure with the use of a specifically designed scalpel that exfoliates the targeted skin by scraping off the dead skin cells, leading to a glowing and youthful outlook for the skin.

What Does Dermaplaning Do?

The process is similar to that of shaving, dermaplaning requires the hands of an expert aesthetician to use a sterilized blade at an angle of 45 degrees to scrape off all the debris present over your skin, which might be the cause for your skin to appear uneven – Since this exfoliation treatment used for your skin is completely safe and non-invasive, it’s popularly known for causing no pain or discomfort at all.

Benefits of Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a widely opted cosmetic treatment, as it offers amazing benefits – from removing all the dead skin cells from your skin to the end result of youthful skin.

Some of the dermaplaning benefits are:

  • Rejuvenated Skin
  • No more peach fuzz
  • Deep cleaning of your skin
  • Removes deep acne scarring
  • Relaxing and gentle treatment
  • No downtime
  • Removal of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increases the effectiveness of your at-home skincare routine
  • Makes your skin better for the application of makeup

Does Dermaplaning Cause Acne?

Just like any other exfoliating cosmetic treatment, dermaplaning can also lead to certain adverse side effects. One of the side effects that dermaplaning causes frequently is acne breakout on your skin, as your skin might just adversely react to the treatment and become irritable, accompanied by several tiny bumps all over the skin.

As unfortunate as it may be, considering the results that dermaplaning delivers; acne breakouts are much more common than you might think. And the worst part is that there is no way to know how your skin will react to the process, besides getting the treatment done. Such a situation can occur, where you reach your med spa and enter your appointment thinking you will leave this place with baby-like skin; and on the contrary, you might end up dealing with acne breakout.

The process of dermaplaning itself does nothing to cause this acne breakout or even the bumpy uneven skin – there are some specific reasons which acne may break out over your skin, which are:

1 – Once the topmost layer of the skin is removed during the process, and the fresh layer present underneath becomes the surface; if there was an incoming acne that was being developed on the skin underneath, this will lead that breakout to occur much sooner than it was supposed to.

2 – Unhygienicly carried out process of dermaplaning can also become a cause for active breakout – things like an irresponsible use of a used blade that could be carrying the bacteria from the previous clients can lead to an acne breakout as well.

3 – One of the most common mistakes that most of us make right after dermaplaning is to start touching and feeling the smooth skin on our faces, this transfers the potential bacteria from your hands to your face, which can also become a leading cause for acne breakout right after dermaplaning treatment.


Without a doubt dermaplaning is a very effective treatment, that delivers the expected results – However, it is also a fact that there is a chance for you to develop acne post-treatment, as none of us wants to enter our appointment with a mindset of becoming aesthetically appealing and end up regretting to have it done in the first place. Having said that, it does not always happen but it sure is a risk.

The best way to minimize the chances of any adverse effects that might become a problem for you, later on, is to opt for the best med spas, such as Syra Aesthetics – At Syra Aesthetics we provide access to only the board-certified expert aestheticians who would make sure to help you prevent any adverse effects, along with ensuring to deliver the results you desire in the most hygienic way possible.

– Disclaimer –

This blog is for informational & educational purposes only and does not intend to substitute any professional medical advice or consultation.
For any symptoms or medical advice, please consult with your physician, Or Book an appointment with our board-certified aestheticians at Syra Aesthetics.

  • About The Author

    Dr. Syra Hanif M.D.

    Board Certified Primary Care Physician

Dr. Hanif is the Director of Aesthetic Medicine. She is a board-certified physician in Aesthetic Medicine who specializes in using non-surgical alternatives in order to enhance one's appearance through Botox and fillers.

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