Dermaplaning Contraindications

What is a contraindication?


A contraindication is a condition that makes a client unsuitable for a beauty treatment. Since not all medical conditions are immediately visible or apparent, they will usually be disclosed via the client record form, or during consultation discussions. Contraindications can be absolute or relative. There is an important difference between the two.


Total contraindications:


A total contraindication means that you should never perform a Dermaplaning treatment on a client whilst they have the condition.


Contraindications are conditions that may be present on a client and are such that you would have to adapt a treatment or not be allowed to proceed with the treatment, unless they have written confirmation from their GP that it is safe to do so.


It is essential that you not only look for these problems, but you should have already asked your client if they were aware of any issues when you did your consultation.  You could find that the treatment makes the problem worse. If you are at all unsure, you should suggest that the client visits his/her GP to have the matter checked before you provide the treatment.


Restrictive contraindications:


If a condition is noted as a restrictive contraindication, this means that the treatment may be performed in certain circumstances – for instance, if the condition is minor rather than severe. A client may suffer with a restrictive contraindication that may only be temporary, once the condition has been treated, they may be able to undergo treatment.

A Dermaplaning facial aims to improve the condition and appearance of the skin.  Treatments should NEVER be carried out over areas of skin that appear sore or infected.  The skin may react adversely to the treatment and the risk of cross infection is high. If a treatment is carried out over infected skin the infection could spread to other areas of the clients face or to the therapist


Contra – indications Description/Characteristics
Aids/HIV HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system.

You can’t perform the treatment.

Cancer You would need GP consent before performing the treatment.
Circulatory Diseases Coronary artery disease

Heart failure.

You can’t preform the treatment.

Unidentified lumps or swelling  Restrictive, depemding on where it is on the body.
Open cuts / abrasions  Any open cuts or abasions on the face you are unable to peform this treatment.
Acne Bacterial Infection, can spread.

Remove heads from pustules.

You can’t perform the treatment.

Sebaceous Cysts Round,  nodular lesion with smooth shiny surface which develops from the sebaceous gland.

You can’t perform the treatment with cysts on the face.

Boils A boil begins as a small inflamed nodule which forms a pocket of bacteria around the base of a hair follicle or a break in the skin.  Local injury or lowered constitutional resistance may encourage their development.

You can’t perform the treatment with boils on the face.

Impetigo Superficial contagious inflammatory disease caused by streptococcal and staphylococcal bacteria.  It is commonly seen on the face and around the ears and shows as weeping blisters which dry to form honey coloured crusts.  Bacteria is easily transmitted by dirty fingernails and towels.

Unable to perform the treatment.

Conjunctivitis A boil begins as a small inflamed nodule which forms a pocket of bacteria around the base of the eye.  In this condition the inner eyelid and eyeball appear red and sore and there may be a pus like discharge from the eye.  The infection spreads by contact with the secretions from the eye of the infected person.

Unable to performt the treatment.

Herpes Simplex Herpes Simplex is normally found on the face and around the lips.  It begins as an itching sensation, followed by erythema and a group of small blisters which then weep and form crusts.

Unable to perform the treatment.

Thrombosis Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot within a blood vessel.

GP consent.

Recent scar Tissue 6 months old
Ringworm Begins as small red papules that gradually increase in size to form a ring.  Affected areas on the body vary in severity from mild scaling to inflamed itchy area. Fungal infection.

Unable to perform the treatment.




A contagious parasitic skin condition caused by the female mite who burrows into the horny layer of the skin where she lays eggs.  The first noticeable symptoms of this is severe itching which worsens at night.  Papules, pustules and crusted lesions by develop.

Unable to perform the treatment.

Sunburn  14 days until you can perform the treatment
Pregnancy  This treatment is suitable for pregnant ladies.
Auto immune disease

Addidsons disease

Graves Disease


An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body.

GP consent.

Shingles Herpes zoster

Viral infection

Unable to perform this treatment.


Skin Pigmentation





 This treatment is suitbale for pigmentation.
Haemophiliacs Haemophilia is a mostly inherited genetic disorder that impairs the body’s ability to make blood clots, a process needed to stop bleeding.

Unable to perform the treatment.

Psoriasis A chronic inflammatory skin condition.  Psoriasis may be recognised as the development of well-defined red plaques, varying in size and shaped, covered by white or silvery scales

Any area of the body may be affected but the most common site are face, elbows, knees, nails, chest and abdomen.  It can also affect the scalp.  Psoriasis is aggravated by stress and trauma but is improved by exposure to sunlight.

Restrictive depeneding on where it is on the body.

Acne drugs


 A powerful acne medication. You can’t performt the treamtn
Allergey to nickle or steel  You can’t performt the treatment.
Overly thin/delicate skin  Do a patch test
Hypersensitive skin Do a patch test
Eczema NO to performing the treatment If on the face and inflamed or infected
Steroid medication Patch test
High blood pressure This treatment is ok to perform with high blood pressure.
Dermatitis Dermatitis literally means inflammation of the skin.  Contact dermatitis is caused by a primary irritant which causes the skin to become red, dry and inflamed.  Substances which are likely to cause this reaction include acids, alkalis, perfumes, solvent, lanolin, detergent and nickels.  There may be skin infection too.
Moles, skin tags  Avoid the area, you can blade around them but NEVER over them.
Mild bruising  Restrivitve, you may perform the treatment when all brusing has dissaperared.
Botox/fillers 2 weeks apart
Hypertrophic disorders


A blue-black nodule which increases in size, shape and colour and is most commonly found on the head, neck and trunk.
Topical retinoids 6 months