Rhinoplanophobia*

Definition: The fear of dermaplaning the nose

Use in a sentence: I would dermaplane your nose but I have rhinoplanophobia.

*Ok, I just made that up. It’s a fear of dermaplaning the nose and many of you have it!
Let’s tackle that fear and make it a strength.
When I was taught to dermaplane I asked about dermaplaning the nose and the instructor said, “No, we do not dermaplane the nose.” End of story.
That got me curious. The nose needs to be dermaplaned so there must be a way! (extends fist into air!)
There is!
Dermaplaning the nose is done in 4 sections with an optional 5th section:
  1. Left Side of the nose
  2. Right Side of the nose
  3. Bridge: upper half of the top of the nose
  4. Tip: lower half of the top of the nose
  5. Optional: Columella
First, you need a dermaplaning blade to do this. A surgical blade won’t work. Choose a #10D,R or S.
Second, prep with Oil. Choose Nourishe Dermaplaning Oil (because it works and it’s our blog – so there it is.)
Third, evaluate the nose for rough skin patches, edgy bumps, anything that can inhibit the blade from gliding smoothly increasing risk of injury and avoid those areas.
Fourth. You’re probably wondering what the Columella is? It’s the skin that separates your nostrils at the base of your nose. It gets built up dead skin, blackheads, asphyxiated (smokers) and fuzzy.
Ok. Let’s do this. Take your time. There’s no rush. Remember to breathe.
Side of the nose:
  1. Position yourself beside the client so the handle points down toward her chin. Turn her head toward you.
  2. Brace with thumb and index finger to “flatten” out the area you’ll be blading. See pics.
  3. Use the dull side to make sure the brace and angle will work.
  4. When satisfied turn to the sharp side and using 6-8 fairly short strokes, work the blade up one side of the nose.
  5. Reposition your hand so you’re bracing the side of the nose on the bone and about 2” below on the face. Repeat steps 3 & 4.
Other side of the nose:
  1. Stay where you are and just reposition the client’s head (turning her away from you so she’s centered )and your brace.
  2. Brace with thumb and index finger to “flatten” out the area you’ll be blading. See pics.
  3. Use the dull side to make sure the brace and angle will work.
  4. When satisfied turn to the sharp side and using 6-8 fairly short strokes, work the blade down the side of the nose.
  5. Reposition your hand so you’re bracing the side of the nose on the bone and about 2” below on the face. Repeat steps 3 & 4.
(Don’t blade the top of the nose here)
Bridge: Upper half of the top of the nose.
  1. Position yourself at the top of the client’s head.
  2. Brace with thumb between the brows and index finger 1/2 way down the nose on bone (not the cartilage). Isometrically separate fingers to create tension.
  3. Use the dull side to make sure the brace and angle will work.
  4. When satisfied turn to the sharp side and using 8 fairly short strokes between your fingers.
Tip: Lower half of the top of the nose.
  1. Position yourself next to the client’s elbow facing her (you will stand for this). If you’re left-handed you’ll have the client to your right. If you are right-handed the client will be to your left.
  2. With your bracing hand, lightly pinch the tip of the nose between your thumb and index finger.
  3. Then gently lift and pull to create tension.
  4. Use the dull side to make sure the brace and angle will work.
  5. When satisfied turn to the sharp side and using 6-8 fairly short strokes work the blade from the center of her nose down to the tip.
  6. Roll the tip of the client’s nose between your fingers to get the sides of the tip of the nose.
Columella:
I like to do this right after the Bridge since the body position is the same.
  1. Position yourself at the top of the client’s head. You will need to stand for this one.
  2. Have her bite her lips between her teeth to hold tension
  3. Place index finger of bracing hand on tip of nose and gently pull up to establish two points of tension
  4. Use the dull side and move the blade upwards from base of columella to tip of nose to check angle and safety.
  5. Flip to sharp side and do 6-8 passes.
And that’s the nose!
Confused? Yeah, try writing this stuff. Take a Certification Class and we’ll help you master the nose.

Happy Dermaplaning.
Rikki Kusy
Founder & CEO
DermaplanePro, Inc.

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Comments (7)

  1. Norma M Del Toro
    4 months ago

    I loved this! Made me laugh . I can’t wait to take a certification class!

  2. Payten
    4 months ago

    I feel like it would best to have a demo video to go long with this

  3. Deborah Ellis
    4 months ago

    Rikki, I LOVE IT!!

  4. KIM CLAVE
    4 months ago

    These are great tips, and I already do most of these things, but there is a reference to “see pics” and there are no pics.

  5. McDonough Joanne
    4 months ago

    I don’t see the pictures ?
    Also this would be easier as a video demonstration please and thanks

  6. Jennifer Steeger
    4 months ago

    Hello,

    I am Dermaplane pro certified and a licensed esthetician. I am Wondering how to become a dermaplane pro trainer?
    I am Located in southeast Wisconsin.
    Thanks I look Forward to hearing from you!

    Jennifer Steeger

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