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You've probably heard of dermaplaning, the exfoliating technique that essentially "shaves" off dead cells — and simultaneously, the peach fuzz on your face that you might see when the light hits — from the top layer of skin. It often results in a more seamless application of makeup and can also lead to better absorption of skin-care products. However, according to TikTok, there's a new version of the trend that may require more than just a scalpel. Say hello to "oilplaning", the latest skin-care technique trending on TikTok.
So, what is oilplaning? "It's essentially the same dermaplaning process, just with the use of an oil," aesthetician Ashley White tells POPSUGAR. "You tend to see oil used during the process moreso if a client has dry skin, but it can also act almost like an occlusive and actually prevent transepidermal water loss post-treatment."
The use of oil isn't essential when dermaplaning and can vary based on everything from an aesthetician's training to the client's skin type. Still, if you have acne-prone skin, this is a process you want to approach with caution. "Acne can occur after a dermaplaning session for a myriad of reasons," White says. "From friction to the type of instrument you're using. Additionally, if you have acne-prone skin, the kind of oil you use matters as well."
Similarly, if you experience pustular acne, stay clear of using comedogenic products like coconut oil to dermaplane. Instead, opt for squalane or rosehips oils — but more importantly, make sure you're using the right instruments to get the job done in the first place.
Doing this process at home is not recommended, and oilplaning should be done by a licensed aesthetician or dermatologist. "I don't recommend trying to DIY this process, but even more if you experience acne or are diabetic," White says. "In the latter instance, if you cut yourself, the skin can't heal itself properly, which could lead to a host of other issues."
While oilplaning isn't exactly new, the process should be approached with caution and done by an experienced professional. Make sure to choose a provider who maintains an open line of communication before, during, and after the process — that way if you experience any adverse reactions after oilplaning, you will have a plan of action in place to fix it.