Tips on Technique - Part 7

Help!  Post Procedure Breakouts, Hyperpigmentation, Rough Chapped Skin following Dermaplaning

“What causes it? What can I do about it? How can I prevent it?”
What caused it -
Inflammation is the primary cause of breakouts, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and chapped/rough windburned feeling skin following dermaplaning. 
Friction. When you dermaplane using too much pressure, too high a blade angle (60-90 degrees) or blade too fast, you create friction. This creates heat and the combination causes inflammation.  
The result - 
 
Acne prone clients = the skin may break out. This client has usually experienced break outs following waxing in the past. 
Darker skin clients = post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) leaves dark spots or patches on the skin.
Clients new to exfoliation, already compromised skin, sensitive or reactive skin = chapped (rough) texture and a windburned sensation. 
What Can Be Done - 
If the client is calling several days after the service, invite her to come in (at no charge) for a 30 minute service. Assure her that you can help and she’ll feel better and see results quicker.
Treatment Protocol: Gentle Cleanser, DermaplanePro AHA/BHA Prep Solution (apply as you would a toner), NuPeel Natural Enzyme - apply about 2 tsp. to skin using gloved hands, allow to sit on the skin for 1 minute, lightly manage for only about 1 minute, enzyme will bead together dead skin cells, then gently remove with tepid towel or soft 4x4s. If needed, cool the skin using cold gel packs, ice globes, etc. Apply appropriate serum: Acne: a redness reducing serum for acneic skin; PIH: melanin suppressant/skin brightening serum; Chapped skin: growth factor, peptide or stem cell serum. Finish the service with moisturizer, eye cream and SPF. 
Client’s skin will feel soft and hydrated after this service. Breakouts will typically heal within a few days. PIH takes longer to resolve but can be accelerated with daily use of melanin suppressant/skin brightening serums, treatments and daily use of SPF. Chapped skin should feel better following the service.  
How to prevent it from happening - 
Use the least amount of blade pressure possible to achieve the desired result. Keep your blade at a 45 degree angle to the surface you’re working on. Glide the blade in a slow, rhythmic motion. Cool and calm the skin before applying serum & finishing products using ice globes, anti-inflammatory LED light therapy, a cold gel pack, etc.
Happy Dermaplaning!
Rikki Kusy, CEO
Tel: 775-507-4466