Thinking about dermablading (aka dermaplaning) your own face at home? Whether you’re newly intrigued by this skin-smoothing, glow-inducing treatment or have previously had it done, you should understand the risks before you try your hand at do-it-yourself dermablading.


Although the procedure can be done at home, having the right equipment and using the right technique (which is more difficult than you might assume) is imperative. You should also know that most professionals caution against taking the DIY dermablading route.


Let’s take a look at the risks of doing your own dermablading and what you can do to minimize them.

Skin Irritation

When you have a dermablading procedure performed in an office setting, a licensed professional uses a very sharp blade — as sharp as a medical scalpel — to manually exfoliate your skin. But when you do your own dermablading at home, you’re limited in the type of blade you can buy.


Although there are high-quality dermablading tools available for consumers, they can be expensive, which may lead you to consider opting for a lower-quality tool, of which there are hundreds. To save your skin from post-treatment irritation, avoid the temptation to purchase a more affordable dermablading tool.


When you dermablade your own skin — and when you have the procedure done by a licensed professional — the sharpness of the blade largely determines the results you get. The sharper the blade, the more effectively it will slough off dead skin cells and peach fuzz without irritating your skin. The duller the blade, the more pressure you’ll need to use to get the job done. And even with more pressure, the blade won’t exfoliate your skin as effectively as it would if it were very sharp.


Ultimately, you could end up with red, irritated, inflamed skin after doing your own dermablading, especially if you use a low-quality tool or use the same blade too many times. 


Skin Injuries and Scarring

Dermablading might look simple enough, but in reality, it’s pretty easy to mess up, especially if you aren’t properly trained. And if you’re doing your own dermablading at home, chances are you haven’t received the proper training to perform the procedure as safely and effectively as possible.


That’s fine, if you’re willing to take the risk, but be aware that it’s exceedingly easy to accidentally cut or scrape yourself while performing the procedure. If you do end up injuring your skin, an infection could develop, and eventually, you may develop scarring in the injured area(s). 



When you do your own dermablading, you open up your skin’s natural protective barrier, which may allow bacteria to permeate your skin. And when bacteria take up residence there, you could easily develop a post-treatment skin infection.


To help minimize your risk, you’ll want to ensure you’re working in as sterile of an environment as possible while you dermablade your own face. Be sure to thoroughly sanitize your tool, clean and sanitize your skin, and sanitize your working area.


Clean your blade frequently as you perform the procedure, and avoid dermablading in areas of your face that have active acne, inflammation, or open sores. If you treat these areas, not only will you cause considerable irritation, but you may also inadvertently spread bacteria from one area of your face to another.  


Schedule a Free Dermablading Consultation With Arijai Aesthetics

If you’re interested in dermablading, our team at Arijai Aesthetics would love to welcome you into our care. We specialize in a wide variety of skin care services, cosmetic injectables, and surgical body contouring procedures and proudly serve clients from every corner of the United States.


To learn more about dermablading and whether it’s right for you, feel free to call our Burnsville, MN office at 952-435-0605 to schedule a free consultation. You can also request a consultation online, and we’ll be in touch promptly to get you scheduled.