I tried the facial that gave Molly-Mae a beard

With 6.3 million followers on Instagram, MOLLY-MAE Hague is a huge influence on the people who see her content.

So when the Love Island star slammed a beauty treatment for “growing her a full beard,” it probably deterred many others from undergoing the procedure, myself included.

Love Island star Molly-Mae said dermaplaning left her with one "full beard"


Love Island star Molly-Mae said dermaplaning left her with a “full beard”.Photo credit: Instagram
Molly-Mae said in a February YouTube video that dermaplaning caused the hair on her face to grow


Molly-Mae said in a February YouTube video that dermaplaning caused the hair on her face to grow “faster.”Photo credit: YouTube / Molly-Mae Hague

Dermaplaning is used to remove short, soft, wispy hair on the face and top layers of skin to reveal a plump, smooth face.

The basic concept of dermaplaning is not dissimilar to shaving, in that your beautician uses a scalpel-like blade to remove hair.

Molly-Mae said she regrets having repeated the treatment because it made the hair on her face grow “quicker”.

During a makeup tutorial on YouTube in February, Molly-Mae revealed, “I need to talk to you guys about my struggle with dermaplaning – and I only wish I had never gotten dermaplaned.

“I basically have a full beard now.”

Dermaplaning has become increasingly popular in recent years.

And after experts gave their differing opinions on Molly-Mae’s comments, I had to try it myself.

Most women have fine facial hair that is barely visible to the naked eye, but some grow thicker or darker.

The question is, does removing it cause it to grow back worse like Molly-Mae claims?

dr Osman Bashir Tahir, a plastic, reconstructive, and aesthetic surgeon at Halcyon Aesthetics, technically says no.

But it can feel like it’s coming back sharper, much like the hair on your legs after you shave.

He told The Sun: “It’s common to feel little stubble as your hair grows back after dermaplaning. That doesn’t mean your hair is thicker or coarser.

“The treatment works by shaving the hair on the surface, which does not affect the structure of the hair follicles.

“Because dermaplaning dulls the edge of the hair, it can feel like the hair is ‘thicker’ than it was before.

“But once the hair grows back, it will look and feel the same as it did before.”

Sophie Saunders, Aesthetic Clinician at the Stratum Clinic Cheltenham, agreed, saying the hair “might feel thicker because it’s been dulled.”

She claimed, “It’s been clinically proven that dermaplaning does not cause hair to grow back thicker, faster, or darker.”

Sophie said that “peach fluff” is technically called vellus hair, which is distinct from thick, dark, and longer “end hair.”

Dermaplaning alone can’t change hair from vellus to terminal, she said — only hormonal conditions like PCOS and endometriosis can do it.

Sophie said, “People with hormonal conditions such as PCOS or endometriosis shouldn’t have dermaplaning in my opinion as it could worsen facial hair growth.”

Molly-Mae has been candid about her battle with endometriosis.

My experience

I’ve wanted to do dermaplaning for a long time.

I’d heard from friends that it’s a game changer for a silky smooth makeup finish, which piqued my interest as I’ve always put up with blotchy foundation around the blurred parts of my cheeks.

I was a little put off by Molly-Mae’s experience.

But when I went to my appointment at the Dr.

After a quick consultation on my skin history, Izabela exfoliated the skin with chemical peels (which sounds very clinical but is actually just fancy skincare).

She gently moved the medical grade carbon steel blade across my face, including the sideburn area, upper lip, neck and jawline, and around the temples.

I stayed as still as possible. It was a close shave, but didn’t hurt. And it was over in less than 20 minutes.

There’s no doubt my skin looked like it had been scratched clean – there’s no other way to describe it.

My cheeks were plump and moist like I had never seen before, with a glossy glow.

I couldn’t stop stroking my hairless face all evening.

However, just like normal hair on a man’s legs, armpits or face, hair will begin to grow back within 48 hours.

I couldn’t see it, I could only feel it as I ran my fingers slightly in the opposite direction of hair growth.

At no point in the following weeks did I notice excessive hair regrowth. Six weeks later, it still hasn’t returned to its usual blur.



beforeCredit: the sun
My face the day after dermaplaning


My face the day after dermaplaningCredit: the sun
Six weeks after dermaplaning


Six weeks after dermaplaningCredit: the sun

I had no skin problems beyond what would be typical for me.

The dermaplaning’s afterglow lasted no more than two to three days, which is normal for a facial.

Therefore, I can see dermaplaning as useful for a special occasion like a wedding.

But as a routine treatment I don’t see much value – except maybe for those looking to keep hair in check.

The service I got ended up costing £150 as I was on Harley Street. Beauticians offer dermaplaning for around £40.

Some brave women use tiny blades that you can pick up on the high street to do a light facial shave at home.

I can’t help but think that the concept of dermaplaning isn’t too dissimilar to simply shaving your face.

However, videos show that the blade lifts both dead skin cells and hair to give the face a fresh look.

Are there any disadvantages?

There are some instances where dermatologists recommend staying away from dermaplaning.

dr Ross Perry claimed “dermaplaning is not an ideal treatment” — and he doesn’t offer it at his chain of dermatology clinics, Cosmedics.

He told The Sun: “The premise of this is to remove superficial layers of skin in the hope that this will regenerate new skin growth.

“The problem is that it completely strips the entire barrier system, which is a natural defense system for your skin.

“So often for people with sensitive skin or acne-prone skin, it can make things that much worse.

“Often times we don’t recommend these types of treatments for the majority of people, and often they’re only really best done by clinically supervised individuals, and even then as a treatment it has its downsides and side effects.”

Sophie said that “most people are suitable for the procedure,” but it wouldn’t be best for people with rosacea or active acne.

“A well-trained esthetician conducts a thorough consultation prior to any treatment to decide if you’re a suitable candidate,” she said.

“Some people may experience some redness and possibly some spots after the treatment – ​​as with any peeling treatment.

“However, with the proper follow-up prescribed by your doctor, this is highly unlikely to develop into anything more serious.” I tried the facial that gave Molly-Mae a beard

Sarah Y. Kim

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