Should every woman shave her FACE? Experts reveal trimming hair is IN (2023)

With waxing and threading appointments cancelled while salons closed during lockdown, women have been reaching for the razor and shaving their faces during lockdown in an attempt to rid their cheeks of peach fuzz and excess hair.

Dermaplaning, or full-face shaving, is booming in popularity on TikTok and YouTube, with some tutorials quickly gathering 21 million views on the platform.

Fans insist it 'evens out' their skin, making it 'appear flawless', while famous beauties such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Cleopatra were all said to shaved their faces as part of their routine.

However Dr Ross Perry of Cosmedics told FEMAIL that the videos 'give the illusion of perfection without the downsides', explaining: 'Having fine hair on the face is absolutely normal and we shouldn't feel pressurised into shaving the face purely because someone else is doing it.

'As we have seen with other TikTok trends, we must not start copying TikTok users' 'hacks' - we must always follow professional advice.'

Beauty experts have revealed many women have taken to shaving their faces during lockdown in an attempt to rid their cheeks of peach fuzz and excess hair (pictured left and right, women shaving their cheeks with aDermaplaning razor)

Dr Ross Perry told FEMAIL those suffering from skin conditions like 'acne or eczema' could find shaving their face 'worsens inflammation, sensitivity and pigmentation' after shaving

Dr Ross continued: 'Ido not recommend shaving your own face at home. It can grow back worse and what might have been considered mild facial hair can then grow back thicker.

'Shaving your face can cause acne breakouts or skin reactions.'


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Meanwhile he said dermaplaning, a cosmetic procedure that removes the top layers of skin, should always be 'done by a professional'.

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Dr Ross revealed: 'Dermaplaning is a tried and tested method of removing unwanted hair from the face. It is a painless way of scraping away facial hair whilst at the same time gets rid of any dead skin cells which contribute to making the skin look uneven.

YouTuberJaclyn Hill has been among those who have promoted full-face shaving to her 5.4 million followers

'Dermaplaning is an incredibly popular in salon treatment which uses a painless blade and can make skin appear flawless with make-up going on smoother.

The two types of facial hair

Vellus hairis 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.

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'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.'

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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

Chloe (pictured) said she shaves her face around twice a month and gets a far better result than she does with waxing

What is dermaplaning and what are the benefits?

Dermaplaning is a cosmetic procedure that removes the top layers of your skin. The procedure aims to remove fine wrinkles and deep acne scarring, as well as make the skin's surface look smooth.

It is a skin treatment that uses an exfoliating blade to skim dead skin cells and hair from your face. It's also called microplaning or blading.

It aims to make your skin's surface smooth, youthful, and radiant. This treatment claims to remove deep scarring from acne and uneven pockmarks on your skin. It's also used to remove 'peach fuzz', the short, soft hairs on your face.

If you look at the tool used for dermaplaning treatments, you may notice it looks like a razor you would use on your body hair.

The basic concept of dermaplaning is the same as shaving. By aiming a sterile blade at a 45-degree angle and dragging it slowly across your skin, you remove dead cells, scar tissue, and other debris that may be making your skin's surface look uneven.

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'Influencers get paid to look a certain way, and to promote a certain image or certain products, which just isn't realistic for the rest of people, which is not only sad but extremely damaging and can lead to poor self-esteem.

'Like any social media trend it can create the illusion of perfection without really telling us any of the downsides.

'Of course, if we're seeing our favourite influencer or celebrity raving about how amazing this is for their skin, then I'm sure it creates women wanting to emulate the same look without really thinking about the long term problems associated it.'

Abbi Ingram, Skin specialist at Blush and Blow London agreed, saying: 'Women are wanting to feel refreshed after lockdown and things such as derma planning removes not only the hair but also dead skin cells meaning the skin feels smoother and looks brighter.

'However, shaving the facial hair, like any shaving, will stimulate the hair growth.

'Although your skin may definitely feel smoother the day after, once the hair starts to grow back it can actually become rougher, not to mention that ingrown hairs could appear.'

Meanwhile Dermaplaning expert and Founder of Hollywood Browzer Beauty, Amy Anzel added: 'The reason most women turn to dermaplaning is to create a smooth canvas for a flawless makeup application.

'It is not about not having hair on their face.

'A painter wouldn't paint on a canvas with dust and dirt on it, so why would someone apply makeup to their face with hair and dead skin cells on it? A flawless makeup application is the by-product of dermaplaning as is better penetration of skincare and glowing, radiant skin.'

Cosmetic practitioner Amar Suchde of AMS Aesthetics added: 'With beauty salons and clinics having been closed for months, many women have resorted to shaving their face – a technique known as dermaplaning.

'Popular for over half a century, dermaplaning has since become the norm for women to hide their facial hair in order to look, as some consider it, 'more feminine'.

'This is purely personal choice and viewpoint but certainly, it can give self-conscious women more confidence in their appearance. Dermaplaning not only removes coarser hair and baby hair but also dead skin cells, which can then help to eliminate dark shadows, brighten the skin and give a smoother base for makeup.'

He explained: 'There are a number of downsides to DIY dermaplaning, however. It is absolutely not advised for women with sensitive or problem skin as it could irritate the skin or even cause infection. These women may instead benefit from laser hair removal but should consult their dermatologist or GP first.'

Sunny Choudhery, Founder of hair removal tool, said there needed to be 'more transparency' on the topic of hair removal, saying: 'When we say to ‘normalise’ it, we mean to discuss it openly, not necessarily to normalising facial hair by keeping it.

'That part is about the choice of the individual and we’re just here to meet the supply and demand of the those who do choose to remove it.

'The many layers of feminist theory aside, many women have had good results with their skin alone, especially women with PCOS, to them this is a blessing.'

Last month beauty expert and blogger Chloe Morello went viral as she revealed she shaves her face twice a month in order to get a 'flawless finish' with her foundation.

The 30-year-old expert said face shaving - or 'dermaplaning' - is beneficial for removing any unwanted hair from the edges of your face and on your cheeks or chin before applying your skincare and makeup.

'A great hack to get a really flawless foundation result is to shave off the peach fuzz on your face,' Chloe said in a TikTok video on the subject.

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She explained:'I apply an oil and I usually do it after the shower when my skin and hair follicles are softened by the shower.

'Use a brow razor to gently remove the peach fuzz from your face, and be very careful of course that you don't shave off your eyebrows.'

Chloe (pictured) added that you should always patch test first to check that the process is going to work for your skin

More than 100,000 people who saw the video were impressed with the results shown in Chloe's video and said they would love to try it for themselves (Chloe pictured)

Once you have removed all of the hair you want to get rid of from your face, the beauty expert recommends washing your face and applying a 'gentle' moisturiser that is suitable for sensitive skin.

'When you go to apply your foundation, it's going to look so flawless and smooth,' Chloe said.

She added that you should always patch test first to check that the process is going to work for your skin, and you can dermaplane as often as twice a month for the best results.

More than 100,000 people who saw the video were impressed with the results shown in Chloe's video and said they would love to try it for themselves.

Meanwhile Ali Clarke, from Melbourne, launched Bondi Blades in May 2020 after noticing a gap in the Australian market for dermaplaning blades that can be used at home

Dermaplaning is a type of facial treatment that helps exfoliate the skin by using a small but safe medical-grade blade

'I want to try this because waxing irritates my skin so badly,' one woman wrote.

'I love this and I'm going to try it for sure,' another added.

Others said while they get it done professionally, they are a bit too scared to do it themselves at home.


Others have also jumped on the trend, includingAli Clarke, from Melbourne, who launchedBondi Blades in May 2020.


Why you shouldn't shave your face as a woman? ›

Shaving might exfoliate their skin and supposedly keep it soft, but if you're already using a washcloth, face brush or exfoliator on top, that's serious scrubbing already. Shaving is not only inflammatory (causing sensitivity), but it also makes the skin look more papery and thin.

Is it better to shave or trim face hair for a woman? ›

Pros of face shaving for women

Shaving your face removes hair, debris, excess oil, and dead skin cells, which can brighten the look of skin. This helps makeup go on smoothly and last longer. Self-confidence. Some people are self-conscious about facial hair.

Should a woman shave the peach fuzz on her face? ›

Yes, it's totally fine to shave the peach fuzz (aka vellus hair) on your face, if it bothers you. Though your body hair—including your peach fuzz—serves the purpose of insulating and protecting your body, there's no real harm in (safely) removing yours, if you're not a fan of it.

Does a woman shaving her face make the hair grow back thicker? ›

No — shaving hair doesn't change its thickness, color or rate of growth. Shaving facial or body hair gives the hair a blunt tip. The tip might feel coarse or "stubbly" for a time as it grows out. During this phase, the hair might be more noticeable and perhaps appear darker or thicker.

Do dermatologists recommend face shaving? ›

Julia Tzu, Director of Wall Street Dermatology, recommends it for women with a significant amount of facial hair, but warns that for women who don't, not only is shaving unnecessary, it may cause damage to the skin, too: "The shaving process can introduce small abrasions on the surface of the skin that can cause ...

What are the disadvantages of shaving your face? ›

Disadvantages of shaving:

- Regrown hair can be darker and can appear stubbly, especially if the natural hair is thick. - If the hair is much darker than the skin, there is a likelihood of a shadow effect being caused. - If shaving is done incorrectly, it can cause razor burns and ingrowths.

Does plucking chin hair make it grow more? ›

However, repeated ripping of the hair from its follicle via waxing or plucking (which is essentially the same thing, when you think about it) will make hair grow back thicker, darker and coarser… and frequently, more plentiful and faster to re-grow.

How should a woman shave her face? ›

It's important to know how to shave facial hair properly to prevent skin irritation, razor burn and ingrown hairs.
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  2. Wash your face before you shave. ...
  3. Exfoliate to remove dead skin. ...
  4. Hydrate your skin. ...
  5. Apply shaving gel. ...
  6. Use a sharp razor. ...
  7. Shave in steady strokes. ...
  8. Moisturize after you shave.

Which is better shaved or trimmed? ›

Shave if you like the completely hairless look

While some keep hair short and trimmed below-the-waist, others may want a more smooth and clean hairless look. Trimming can help to tidy up the hair and create a well-groomed appearance but if you want to go completely bald, shaving is your best bet.

Does peach fuzz grow back stubbly? ›

Peach fuzz doesn't grow back thicker after you remove it. New vellus hairs may seem to be coming in thicker than they were before, but they're not. It just seems like the hairs are thicker after shaving or removing them because the top part of the new hair has to push through your skin's surface as they grow back.

Will shaving my peach fuzz make it worse? ›

Your Peach Fuzz Will Grow Back Thicker & Darker

Let's get this rumor done with once and for all: no matter where it grows on your body, shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker or darker. Many people think that shaving your legs or underarms causes thicker hair growth. This is false.

Will Dermaplaning cause stubble? ›

It's common to feel a little stubble as your hair starts growing back in after dermaplaning. This doesn't mean that your hair is thicker or more coarse. It has to do with the way each hair was cut straight across. The hair feels different to you, but it's the exact same texture and color as it was before dermaplaning.

What happens when a woman shaves her upper lip? ›

Some people may worry that shaving the upper lip can cause the hair to grow back darker, thicker, or faster. However, this a common misconception. According to a 2007 article published in the BMJ, multiple studies have demonstrated that shaving does not affect the thickness or growth rate of hair.

What happens when females shave their face? ›

Why Should Women Shave Their Face? Shaving facial hair not only removes ingrown hairs, but also exfoliates the dead skin cells, which results in glowing and smooth skin. It's an effective way of achieving soft skin at home.

Does shaving your face make it hairy? ›

There are so many myths around hair removal (in fact, I debunked a few of them recently in this article), but the biggest of all is the idea that hair grows back thicker and faster if you shave it off. First off, it's completely untrue – let me explain why.

Do doctors care if you shaved or not? ›

The truth is that your doctor and their staff do not care if you are clean-shaven or not. They are medical professionals. They know that hair growth is natural and normal. It doesn't hinder their ability to do their job, and it doesn't harm your health.

What can a dermatologist do for female facial hair? ›

Dermatologists offer hair removal treatments, which include laser hair removal and a prescription cream that can slow hair growth on a woman's face.

Is it OK to remove female facial hair? ›

There are many safe ways to remove unwanted facial hair, including tweezing, waxing, threading, shaving or using depilatory creams. If you're worried that any of those techniques will cause your hair to grow back thicker, you can relax on that front. “It's a myth,” Dr. Lamb said.

Should I shave my mustache female? ›

Excitingly simple answer: Yes. "Shaving is fine," says dermatologist Ranella Hirsh, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine. "Most women don't like it because the results are so ephemeral.

What are the benefits of not shaving your face? ›

Taking a break from shaving gives your skin time to recover. When you grow the hair out, you avoid opening pores to infection. You also aren't dealing with the bacteria that thrives on razors.

Why shouldn't you pluck your chin hair? ›

Side effects of tweezing

Some side effects include: Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) Folliculitis (inflammation and potential infection of hair follicles) Potential scarring.

What causes female chin hair? ›

Most females have vellus hair on the face, but some may have more terminal chin hair. This can be due to genetics or age. Menopause can trigger more chin, neck, or facial hair. Research shows different racial groups can have different levels of androgen and resulting body and facial hair.

Why you shouldn't pluck facial hair? ›

Facial Hair

Relying on tweezers to maintain your brows can lead to overplucking, which permanently damages the already sensitive hair follicles if removed in the wrong direction. In extreme cases, overplucking can also permanently stop the growth of your natural eyebrow hairs.

What is it called when a woman has her face shaved? ›

Also known as "female face shaving," dermaplaning has many benefits: It can brighten the skin, fade dark spots and soften fine lines and wrinkles.

Should you shave your face against the hair? ›

Why You Should Shave With The Grain. The only way to guarantee a more comfortable shave is by shaving with the grain. While shaving against the grain helps you get much closer to the skin, it also increases the risk of skin irritation, razor bumps, or even razor burn.

Is Dermaplaning the same as shaving? ›

Dermaplaning, which we could also just call, "shaving your face," because this treatment involves gently pulling a blade along your skin. But! Dermaplaning, unlike traditional shaving, uses a smaller blade to slough off dead skin cells in addition to removing wispy facial hair, so skin is more even in tone and texture.

Does trimming hair make it look healthier? ›

And the answer is: no! Regularly cutting the ends of your hair does not make it grow faster. However, it does make your hair seem thicker, as well as healthier and shinier.

What are the disadvantages of shaving? ›

Shaving cons

Shaving can cause inflamed hair follicles, itching, ingrown hairs and razor burn. Results only last 1 to 3 days. Dull blades can cause irritation and cuts.

Is trimming pubic hair the same as shaving? ›

Less chance of razor bumps.

The hair can still grow back into the skin without shaving it, but you'll have much less likelihood of getting bumps or ingrown hairs from trimming alone. However, the shorter you trim it, the more your odds go up for getting bumps (see bump-fighting products).

Who should not get Dermaplaning? ›

For one, you'll want to avoid dermaplaning if you're experiencing an active acne, rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema flare-up, since the treatment could cause further irritation and excessive skin peeling, says Dr. Rossi. There's also a chance that the blade could nick a pimple, adds Dr.

What happens when hair grows back after Dermaplaning? ›

It just isn't possible for your hair to do this, as dermaplaning is a non-invasive exfoliating treatment. The hair will grow back, but it won't change colour or thickness. And new skin cells will grow which will eventually become dead skin cells.

Does facial hair stop growing after menopause? ›

Many post-menopausal women find that their hair just won't grow like it used to. The hair on their scalp thins, while the chin or upper lip sprouts patches of “peach fuzz.” These changes are very normal.

Is it better to wax or shave peach fuzz? ›

Personally, waxing is my preferred method for tackling peach fuzz. It's low on pain, super fast and can be done by expert hands, which puts anyone more at ease. It's a great method because it pulls hair out completely from the root so the small black hair follicles don't show like when you shave.

How long does it take for peach fuzz to grow back after Dermaplaning? ›

You can enjoy long-term results

The results from dermaplaning may not be permanent, since the hair will grow back in four to five weeks. However, this doesn't mean that your skin will revert to what it looked like before the procedure.

Will dermaplaning make my face hairy? ›

Does dermaplaning make hair grow back stubbly? You can file this one under 'urban skincare myths', because dermaplaning absolutely does not lead to stubby regrowth, thicker hair, or any other kind of undesirable follicular situation on your precious complexion. If it did, we wouldn't even be going there.

What is the most common complication of dermaplaning? ›

Dermaplaning is generally considered a safe cosmetic procedure. However, it does carry the following risks: Infection. Scarring such as keloid or hypertrophic (raised) scars.

Is it OK to Dermaplane your upper lip? ›

As an at-home option, you can shave your upper lip hair (a.k.a dermaplaning), which removes the hair and gently exfoliates the skin for a smooth-looking complexion.

How can I hide my facial hair without shaving? ›

Depilatory creams are another option for facial hair removal. The results can last longer than shaving and these creams may be cheaper than waxing.

How can a female stop facial hair growth? ›

Treatments for hirsutism

losing weight if you're overweight – this can help control hormone levels. things you can do at home to remove or lighten the hair – such as shaving, waxing, plucking, hair removal creams or bleaching. a prescription cream to slow hair growth on your face (eflornithine cream)

What is the best way to remove upper lip hair? ›

If you're bothered by the hair that grows on your face, follow these tips:
  1. Shaving. Shaving is one of the fastest and easiest ways to remove hair and continue your day. ...
  2. Tweezing. ...
  3. Epilation. ...
  4. At-home waxing. ...
  5. At-home laser hair removal. ...
  6. Depilatory creams. ...
  7. Threading. ...
  8. Topical prescriptions.

What should you not do after shaving your face? ›

Avoid using soap or other skin care products on your skin after shaving. Do not use makeup for a few hours after the beauty procedure. Use toner on your face if you feel a slight irritation.

Is shaving your face anti aging? ›

Dr Michael Prager, an aesthetic clinician who has a practice in London, told the MailOnline: "From an anti-ageing point of view, home shaving has some effect. "It's like a mild form of microdermabrasion, so encourages collagen production, which reduces wrinkles.

How long does it take for facial hair to grow back female? ›

Most women will see hair regrowth from two weeks to one month after waxing. Repeated waxing will cause hair to appear more sparse, and in some parts of the face not regrow at all. With shaving, some women will see hair regrowth within 24 hours, and most will regrow hair within a few days.

What are the pros and cons of a woman shaving her face? ›

Plus, shaving exfoliates the skin to help keep your complexion soft and looking luminous. The disadvantages are the same as you'd experience when shaving any other part of your body: a potential for irritation, redness, small cuts, ingrown hairs, and possibly even infection.

Is not shaving face good for your skin? ›

Taking a break from shaving gives your skin time to recover. When you grow the hair out, you avoid opening pores to infection. You also aren't dealing with the bacteria that thrives on razors.

Is it healthier to shave face? ›

Shaving regularly allows the skin on your face to get replenished and rejuvenated at a much faster rate. This along with the fact that shaving gets rid of dead skin cells, and contributes to regulated melanin and keratin production, leads to a much more younger looking skin.

Is shaving face healthy? ›

Promotes Clearer Skin

In addition to removing hair, shaving also helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. This makes it much harder for dead skin to buildup over time and cause breakouts. It's a great way to incorporate regular exfoliation into your beauty routine!

What happens when a woman shaves her face? ›

Shaving facial hair not only removes ingrown hairs, but also exfoliates the dead skin cells, which results in glowing and smooth skin. It's an effective way of achieving soft skin at home. But, before delving deep into its benefits, let's understand the two types of facial hair - terminal hair and vellus hair.

Does facial hair make you look older? ›

Yes, beards absolutely make someone look older, but by how much? Well, a study conducted in 2013 has stated that panelists who were shown two images of celebrities (one bearded and one clean-shaven) gave an average increase of 8 years to their age estimates when shown the bearded images.

Will shaving upper lip make it darker? ›

Some people may worry that shaving the upper lip can cause the hair to grow back darker, thicker, or faster. However, this a common misconception. According to a 2007 article published in the BMJ, multiple studies have demonstrated that shaving does not affect the thickness or growth rate of hair.

What are the benefits of shaving your face as a woman? ›

Benefits of face shaving for women
  • Smoother skin. Despite regular exfoliation, your skin still tends to retain some amount of dirt, dead skin cells and even makeup residue. ...
  • Gentle exfoliator. ...
  • Improves product penetration. ...
  • Smoother makeup application. ...
  • Painless and in expensive.
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