The Best At-Home 'Dermaplaning Tools' of 2019
Dermaplaning is a blend of shaving and exfoliation.
A dermatologist or esthetician uses a surgical scalpel to remove dead skin and vellus hair (aka peach fuzz) from the face. This smoothing of the skin can make it easier to apply makeup and may help the skin to look more vibrant.
Take it with a grain of salt when you see claims that dermaplaning can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars. Unlike "microneedling," the benefits of dermaplaning are not backed by medical research.
Professional dermaplaning treatments are expensive and the results only last for a few weeks. Some companies sell "at-home" dermaplaning kits, but many customers have had bad experiences with these products. Interestingly, the rise of dermaplaning has driven demand for cheap eyebrow razors.
Indeed, many of the "at-home dermaplaning tools" that are discussed by beauty websites and bloggers are eyebrow razors (a type of razor that is shaped like a scalpel). Using a sharp piece of metal on one's face for a self-directed beauty treatment seems precarious to me. Nevertheless, I decided to write this article because there are tons of bogus (and potentially unsafe) products on the market.
Ask your doctor about dermaplaning risks, preparation and aftercare. The internet is filled with stories from women who regret messing with their skin. If your dermatologist doesn't talk you out of it, here are the best-reviewed eyebrow razors that have sold for $15 or less on Amazon:
I was shocked at how many knock-off razors I discovered while researching this article. Some of these products look legit and others are obviously fake, but they have one thing in common: Their product listing on Amazon says "This item can't be returned."
On the flip side, genuine-looking eyebrow razors are made in Japan and have a 30-day return policy.
Good Price: $15 | Great Deal: $10
These eyebrow razors do a good job at removing "peach fuzz" from the face, according to several Amazon customers. Many reviewers (even happy ones) say these razors aren't very sharp, and subsequently, they need to be discarded after only two or three uses. A few customers complained of post-shaving irritation.
Good Price: $15 | Great Deal: $14
These razors are extremely sharp according to several Amazon customers who recommend shaving carefully to avoid nicks. (Author's Note: As a man who shaves his face often, I can attest that sharp razors are less irritating to the skin, but they can cut you if you're not careful about the angle of the blade.) Some reviewers complain that these blades are too long to be effective on small areas of the face.