Dermaplaning vs Microdermabrasion

Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion: Which Skin Treatment is Right for You?


When it comes to achieving smooth and radiant skin, there are many different treatments available in the world of skincare. When it comes to treating skin texture, regular exfoliation is a must! There are two types of exfoliation: physical and chemical. Today, we will cover physical exfoliation via microdermabrasion and dermaplaning.

Both treatments are types of physical exfoliation that offer unique benefits and can help address various skin concerns. In this blog post, we will explore the key differences between dermaplaning and microdermabrasion, helping you make an informed decision on which treatment may be right for you.


What Is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a non-invasive treatment that involves gently exfoliating the top layer of the skin using a specialized surgical blade. The procedure primarily targets the removal of dead skin cells and fine vellus hair, commonly known as “peach fuzz.” The process is fast, painless, and leaves your skin feling silky smoothe!

Dermaplaning benefits:


1. Deep Exfoliation. Dermaplaning helps remove dead skin cells, allowing for better absorption of skincare products and contributing to a brighter complexion.

2. Hair Removal. By removing peach fuzz, dermaplaning helps reveal smoother skin texture and allows makeup to glide on more seamlessly.

3. Leads to better product absorption. With the skin being smooth and clear of debris, your products will be able to penetrate more deeply and easily.

4. Skin brightening. The skin tone is instantly brightened after removing the debris on the surface of the skin.

Dermaplaning risks:

  1. Post-dermaplaning purging. Some people can experience acne or whitehead breakouts after dermaplaning. When the skin is clear of dead skin cells and peach fuzz, the pores are more susceptible to bacteria entering and causing breakouts. After your dermaplaning procedure, be sure to keep a clean environment and avoid touching your face. It’s also important to ensure that your dermaplaning provider is using a sterile blade and has the correct infection control protocols in place.
  2. Cuts: Any small movements or talking during your dermaplaning procedure can lead to cuts or nicks in the skin.
  3. Inflammation: The skin can become red or irritated after dermaplaning, especially if your skin in sensitive. This usually resolves within 24 hours.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that involves exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin using a diamond-tipped vacuum wand. The process gently scrubs away dead skin cells, resulting in smoother, more radiant skin.

Microdermabrasion benefits:


1. Deep Exfoliation: Microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin, helping to remove dead skin and debris to improve overall skin texture.

2. Helps to reduce the appreance of large pores. By using a vacuum, sebum and blackheads can be unclogged with microdermabrasion, helping to reduce acne breakouts.

Microdermabrasion risks:

1. Bruising. If you have thinner or more sensitive skin, you may be prone to bruising caused by the vacuum.

2. Inflammation. The skin can be red and irritated after microdermabrasion, but this normally subsides within 24 hours after the treatment.

Both treatments are either included in our medical-grade facials, or can be added on as an extra to nearly any service to enhance your results!


How much does dermaplaning or microdermabrasion cost?

The typical price for both treatments ranges from $50-$150, depending on your area.

Both dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are effective forms of exfoliation. If you have a fair amount of peach fuzz on your skin, we would suggest dermaplaning. However, if you are dealing with acne breakouts or clogged pores, we would suggest microdermabrasion.

To book your microdermabrasion or dermaplaning appointment in Calgary, please book an appointment below.