Dermaplaning vs Shaving or Waxing Your Face

Dermaplaning vs. Shaving or Waxing Your Face

Many patients want to know how they can safely exfoliate their skin while also ridding their faces of the fine hair, or Vellus hair, that covers the face. This hair is commonly known as peach fuzz, and if you want to get rid of it, you have a few options.

Importance of Exfoliation

We all need to exfoliate our skin to keep the dead skin away. Allowing dead skin to accumulate results in dull, dry looking skin. It accentuates fine lines and wrinkles and can also cause congestion to form in the pores below. If the pore becomes blocked it can’t allow oil to escape which can breed bacteria and thus a breakout. Keeping the skin exfoliated also allows any skin product you put on the surface to better penetrate, which will give you healthy, glowing skin. You will also find that your make-up goes on much smoother after proper exfoliation.

Exfoliation and Fine Hair Removal for Face

There are many ways to exfoliate the skin, but if you also want to get rid of the little fine hairs on your face, you really have three options: dermaplaning, shaving, or waxing.


Only a licensed skin professional should provide a dermaplaning treatment. With this treatment, professional aestheticians use a surgical blade or scalpel to remove the fine hairs along with the outer layer of dead skin. This method provides a much closer shave than a razor can provide. It cuts the hair at a perfect angle so the hair is softer when it grows back. Dermaplaning also provides deeper exfoliation for your skin than your other two options.


Waxing options can be found at most spas, medi-spas and even nail salons. There are also many types of waxes being used, so you may want to have a test spot waxed to make sure your skin won’t react negatively. Waxing is a great option, but you need to be careful, because it can over exfoliate the skin causing hyperpigmentation, irritation, and even breakouts. If not done properly too much skin can be removed, leaving behind raw spots and potential scarring.


Even if you don’t have dark hair on your face, many people use a razor to shave and exfoliate their faces. It goes without saying that shaving removes the hair, but the exfoliation from a razor is far less exfoliating than that of dermaplaning or waxing. Shaving also blunts the end of the hair, which can lead to ingrown hair and razor burn and will have a stubbly feel when it grows back. You may also find you have to shave much more frequently than you will need dermaplaning and waxing.

All three options offer you the opportunity to both exfoliate your skin and get rid of peach fuzz, but as with any skincare treatment, you should do your research before choosing the right option for you. As always, you can come to WIFH for a free consultation to find out what treatments will work best for your skin.