Vellus hair is the near-invisible peach fuzz that covers much of your face and body and Its role is to regulate temperature and evaporate sweat.
Terminal hair is darker and thicker. Some women have terminal hair along their upper and lower lips, sideburns, neck, and chin, dermaplaning can be used on both types of hair.
With salons closed during lockdown, its became apparent due to social media trends women are now attempting to shave their own faces at home.’
However Dr Ross advised against trying out the trend, explaining: ‘There can be major problems for attempting dermaplaning or indeed shaving the face with a razor at home.
‘There are two different types of hair – vellus hair and terminal hair. Vellus hair is the near-invisible peach fuzz that covers much of your face and body and its role is to regulate temperature and evaporate sweat.
‘Terminal hair is darker and thicker. Some women have terminal hair along their upper and lower lips, sideburns, neck, and chin, dermaplaning can be used on both types of hair.
Professional dermaplaning uses a specific type of blade, using a razor or just a blade at home can cause scarring to the skin, infections, in growing hairs and sensitivity and is a procedure which one you start will need to be performed every few weeks.’
Meanwhile he said those suffering from skin conditions like ‘acne or eczema’ could find shaving their face ‘worsens inflammation, sensitivity and pigmentation’.
‘You also need to be aware of the dreaded Five o’clockshadow, especially if you have terminal hair type which can also be a problem with ingrowing hairs as they can lead to painful and sore pumps on the skin.
‘Don’t forget if you’re using a razor, you can get cuts to the skin which will be really sensitive and could lead to an infection and possible scarring.’
Meanwhile he also warned that shaving your face could actually cause hair to grow back thicker and faster, adding: ‘Because shaving blunts the edges of hair, just like shaving your legs it can make the hair feel coarse and stubble when it grows through but in actual fact it doesn’t grow any thicker.’
Dr Ross went on to warn that younger women should not be swept into beauty trends online, explaining: ‘Selfies and photo editing will make people aim for perfection, which is not real.
Beauty expert and blogger Chloe Morello revealed in a viral clip last month that she shaves her face once a fortnight in order to get a ‘flawless finish’ with her foundation every time
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