Dermaplaning Dry & Rebooking

How many clients do you have that have only had dermaplaning with you one time?
Go check your book. We’ll wait.
If they’re not rebooking consistently read on…
Oil has become as essential part of prepping the skin for dermaplaning. Prior to its availability in spas, dermaplaning was only done in medical offices as a prep for a peel. The peels came with downtime.
Dermaplaning is now one of the most requested services in spas. Schedule your service, relax for an hour, reapply makeup and go on with your day looking fabulous.
But what happens when your client doesn’t look fabulous after dermaplaning?
She cancels her rebooking, doesn’t rebook at all, and posts her lack of satisfaction all over the internet.
So what to do?
The skin’s surface is inconsistent, so keeping it evenly dry has been a challenge ever since it became part of a spa service.
Humid climates required re-drying throughout the the treatment. When the blade moves from dry to oily or sweaty there’s an increased risk of injury.
When oily skin is dried over and over it trigger the sebaceous glands to secrete more oil – even after the service is over.
Combination skin gets oiler in some places and more dehydrated in others with continual de-greasing.
Dry skin gets further dehydrated after the degreasing step, causing the blade to skitter along the surface instead of gliding smoothly. This is very uncomfortable for the client as her skin gets tighter and more sensitized throughout the treatment.
Degreasers are often harsh – especially when applied more than once in a treatment. This includes alcohol, acetone and pre-peel degreasers.  The degreaser can also become a problem – leaving sticky residue on the skin which inhibits the blade from gliding smoothly.
The is why dermaplaning is so different from other exfoliating treatments.
So let’s talk about what happens after a dry dermaplaning treatment.
1. Friction from the blade on over-dried skin causes wind burned or chapped feeling skin the following day. This can last up to a week and is best treated with a mild enzyme like NuPeel Natural Enzyme 3-4 days post treatment. Any sooner and you won’t get the results you’re looking for because the skin is still healing. This can also happen when your client enjoys an extended round of playing kissy face with her stubbly man too soon after dermaplaning ;-).
2. The client breaks out. This is from friction causing inflammation and the degreasing (even just once) causing the sebaceous glands to increase oil output. But, the oil gets stuck because the inflammation is blocking the pore opening and the results are bumps.  These can get infected with the p. acnes bacteria and since this combo is trapped in an O2 free warm environment an acne breakout is imminent. This inflammation can also extend down into the sebaceous gland and become a cyst.
3. Dark patches on the skin. This is also from friction which causes inflammation and the skin’s reaction is to send up more pigment as protection. That’s why it’s called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH. Treatment with melanin suppressant peels, home care serums and time will help but can take months to resolve.
3.  Skitter marks and scratches on the skin. For those of you who are not modifying your #14 surgical blades, that tip is scratching the face like a cat’s claw. Do yourself and your clients a huge favor and switch to dermaplaning blades for dermaplaning. Yes, surgical blades are cheap but they are designed to make cuts using the tip of the blade. Dermaplaning blades #’s 10D, 10R & 10S are designed for dermaplaning.  If you are a professional – and by reading this I know you are – spend a little more to get the best tool for the service. You’re not being “ripped off”, you’re paying for quality and clients that will rebook, remain loyal and refer often. Skitter marks will heal with proper care and the use of SPF.
The solution? 
This is why we created Nourishe Dermaplaning Oil. It’s designed to calm, sooth and nourish leaving a light, fine film on the skin to lock in hydration and allow the blade to glide smoothly for a quicker, easier, more comfortable, and safer dermaplaning service that clients will consistently rebook for.
I ask two questions when I go to a spa that offers dermaplaning: 1. Are you Certified (and by whom)? 2. Do you dermaplane with oil? The answer determines the service and whether or not I’ll come back.
So what do you find out? If you’ve lost a few clients – try Nourishe. Announce it to the world and see who comes back.

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

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Comments (8)

  1. Ana marcela gutierrez
    2 years ago

    Me gustaría saber sobre la calalcitocion de la técnica gracias

  2. Rebecca Knowlton
    2 years ago

    I was wondering if you offer these classes for registered nurses who are interested in starting a skin care business? Would I become certified in dermaplaning after your course? Is the dermaplaning course an appropriate course for me?

    • Morgan Picoy
      2 years ago

      Hi Rebecca, yes, RNs can take our course! You would be certified in dermaplaning and we recommend getting certified before offering it as a service for your clients. If you are planning to start a business in aesthetics, we definitely recommend dermaplaning as it is one of the top treatments to perform this year! 🙂

  3. skincarebyshan
    2 years ago

    Love this! Makes total sense to me! I would be happy to train any esti looking to introduce Dermaplaning into their practice. It does take time to get used to and is definately NOT one size fits all.

  4. Crystal Laster
    2 years ago

    Should you charge extra for Oil planing?

    • Morgan Picoy
      2 years ago

      Hello Crystal, no the oil is just more comfortable for both you and the client and we believe should be used on every client as part of your protocol. If you have any other questions about the benefits of our oil please email

  5. deecalhoun
    2 years ago

    Why do some clients still have hair after going over the area properly multiple times in attempt to get all of it. I use the 10D, prep solution and nourishing oil by Dermaplane Pro.

    • Morgan Picoy
      2 years ago

      Double check your 45 degree angle, and make sure you are performing 6-8 passes in one area. Please email if you need any assistance!

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