At-home Microdermabrasion Reviews & Analysis

Here we’re going to look at real home microdermabrasion devices. What do we mean by that? Well some systems aren’t really performing microdermabrasion in the same sense that it would be performed professionally. Rather they just have electric brushes which move. Some other home devices may just exfoliate through special creams which contain tiny crystals.

Although this may help the appearance of your skin, it’s not how real microdermabrasion devices work. The real systems work by having a harder sand like substance blasted against your skin, this works in combination with suction to remove the sand and dead skin cells. This results in:

  • Reduction in uneven skin texture.
  • Reduction in the appearance of fine lines.
  • Can help with eczema.
  • May be able to reduce the appearance of warts.

This is something that the devices we look at on this page try to emulate, although real sand / crystals aren’t used as this would be expensive / messy!


The MicrodermMD is a device which can gently exfoliate your skin therefore reducing the appearance of aging and skin blemishes. It does this by using suction and a diamond tip. What happens is this – the wand touches your skin, which causes the rough edges to deeply exfoliate your skin. Then the suction of the vacuum is used to remove the dead skin cells from your face. This reveals the new clean cells beneath.  An added benefit of the suction is that it can increase the rate your skin heals because of the impact it has on your blood supply and circulation.

The device also features a digital display that can tell you exactly how to do a treatment. So it adjusts the suction intensity for each area of the body (not as strong around the eyes!) and tells you when each section is done. Of course you don’t need to do this. You can set it to manual and treat wherever you want at whatever intensity you want.

The results are very good. You get an extremely smooth silky feeling face afterwards and will look visibly younger. Results aren’t as good as salon treatments (and that goes for all the products on this page) but that’s to be expected. The professional equipment is just so much more expensive and people with years of experience are providing the treatment. So home devices can’t compete with the quality of treatment you get from a salon. Unfortunately that’s just a fact.

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PMD skincare

PMD-Personal Microdermabrasion Skincare System

This system is a very neat and tidy looking device which is surprisingly small compared to the other systems. But it still does an amazing job.

It has special tips which are made from aluminium oxide crystals. This is the same material that professional devices use. It also provides the suction similar to the  MicrodermMD. There’s an instructional video which comes with the product but using it is pretty simple. Just move it over your face without spending too long on one area. Afterwards you should have much smoother skin similar to the results you can get from a professional.

Although it’s not quite as powerful as the MicrodermMD, it’s available for much less. But it’s still powerful enough to give yourself an injury if used incorrectly. This device is great for giving yourself top up microderm sessions so you don’t need to have the treatment done at the salon as much. Very good value.

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portable-microdermDiamond Microdermabrasion Portable Machine

This system lies in between the other two in terms of cost and performance. It’s quite a large system (laptop sized), and quite similar to the MicrodermMD in many ways. It’s especially good at preparing the face for make up – it can actually make it last longer on your face. However the device has all of the other benefits too like reducing wrinkles and facial imperfections.

Results are good. You get what you pay for so the results lie somewhere in between the above two systems. It’s reliable, easy to use, and not too noisy when in use. The case that it comes in is a nice touch too as it keeps everything nice and safe. It looks really professional actually.

This system has been really well received. Out of over 40 reviews on Amazon it has got an average score of 4.5 stars. It’s pretty much the perfect mix between cost and quality.

Comes with the set of two diamond wands with 9 tips, filters, headband, facial cleaner, after treatment serum and instructions.

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Remember to consult with your dermatologist or doctor if you have bad acne or other serious skin conditions. Microdermabrasion may not always be a good idea.

If you’re getting the treatment done all the time at a clinic then one of these systems could be a great investment. You should at least be able to cut back on clinic treatments. Over time you may be able to save thousands of dollars and countless hours of your time.