A Complete Guide To Dermaplaning Your Face At Home

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Dermaplaning (AKA shaving your face) works to exfoliate away any surface level dead skin and remove the fine layer of facial peach fuzz, both of which can play a role in blocking pores. 

This treatment involves the use of an angled blade (similar to a razor blade) to gently scrape away any hair and skin debris, leaving behind a smooth and radiant complexion. And don’t worry – your hair won’t grow back thicker or darker.

If you’re interested in trying dermaplaning from home, here’s our step-by-step guide for achieving an effective and painless removal of peach fuzz.

1. Wash your face with a cleanser like the CeraVe Foaming Cleanser ($11.99 at Chemist Warehouse) or the Skin O2 Cream Cleanser ($25.95 at Skin O2) to ensure any makeup, dirt or grime have been removed. Then pat dry.

2. If your skin is either dry or sensitive, apply a thin layer of face oil (this is a personal preference and not required). bh loves: Ipsum’s Best Skin Enriching Face Oil ($58 at Ipsum Skin).

3. Pull your skin so that it is taut, then apply your dermaplaning tool on a 45 degree angle and begin moving it in small, downward strokes. We recommend the Finishing Touch Flawless® Dermaplane Glow ($24.95 at Chemist Warehouse) or the Manicare® dermaSMOOTH Fuzz remover ($8.49 at Chemist Warehouse). 

4. Rinse face and finish with a hydrating mask and/or moisturiser. We love the Natio Ageless Hydrating Mask ($16.99 at Chemist Warehouse) and Nu Skin® Moisture Restore Intense Moisturizer ($46.40 at Nu Skin)

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How long do the results last?

Dermaplaning is recommended every three to four weeks.

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  1. I have used one of these on my face. You wouldn’t think so, but it’s totally different to using a razor. But you have to go gently. Don’t pull too hard, and don’t overdo it. I always said there’s no way I’d use one of these on my face, but then I tried one, and now I’m converted.

  2. Pretty scared of this! Cutting my face – ooowwwww! Yet I’m getting a little curious. The hair on my body is quite thick and grows back after shaving robustly. I can’t help worrying I’ll end up like the bearded lady!

  3. As I got into my late 50’s i noticed that my face seems to have much more fuzz then when i was younger. I hated it so i started doing this a few months ago and I love the look I get. I feel it makes me look younger.

  4. Most effective for me is after washing face, when skin is completely dry. Fuzz goes off easiest and all of it, no skin tugging, no fuzz stuck to the skin. Plus there is dead skin exfoliation. My skin is sooooo smooth after! Love that defuzzer!

  5. I feel the same way. I’m having flashbacks of the 9 year old me getting hold of a razor and pressing too hard as I pretended to shave my legs.. It didn’t end well!!!

  6. I’ve had it done professionally a couple of times and loved the results I did think it would be something I could easily do at home great instructions and tips for at home use.

  7. I am lucky I have fair hair and don’t have a problem with facial hair however I do have a patch of pesky little bristles which keep coming back in the same spot on my chin! The more I pluck them the more they grow!

  8. Like alot of others, it sounds scary! I shaved my hairy arms when I was quite young and yes, now they are even hairier, but thankfully fair. But I am definitely going to give this a try. Since entering my 50’s my face now has a fair fuzz, keen to get rid of it!

  9. I’m super nervous to try this as I have sensitive/acne prone skin. Any advice ? I think best to avoid? My dream is to have soft smooth skin but not using this unfortunately for me.

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