Have you heard of dermaplaning? More and more peeps have been asking me about it, so here’s the deal. It’s not terribly new. It was quietly introduced in the ’90s when med spas were getting hot. Dermaplaning is a technique that exfoliates the skin and removes peach fuzz on your face.

During a facial, a professional uses a tool that kind of looks like a scalpel or envelop opener and gently glides the blade along your skin to remove layers of dead cells. If you think about how a waiter at a fancy restaurant uses a tool to scrape the bread crumbs off the tablecloth, that’s kind of like dermaplaning. It doesn’t hurt at all, and the visible results are instant. Skin really feels as soft as a baby’s and it does look brighter now that old the old layers are gone.

I’ve had my skin planed a couple of times, each at a different place. While it’s not a treatment I’d regularly seek out (I’d recommend it for peeps who have a lot of peach fuzz, who want makeup to go on smoother and/or who have a big event coming up like a wedding), I much preferred one experience to the other. The reason is because while many estheticians are trained in dermaplaning, many approach it as a one-size-fits all treatment, which it’s not.

“I was trained years ago and my technique has evolved,” says Erica Trojan, founder of Original Skin. It was the facial I got with Erica, which involved dermaplaning, that I much preferred. In fact, she gave me one of the best facials I’ve ever had. Erica’s approach is personalized, comprehensive and thoughtful. She uses a disposable surgical scalpel, has a feel for each client’s skin and takes her time. And it shows. My face greatly appreciated her talents weeks after my treatment.

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