After 16 hours of research evaluating 68 products, we picked PMD Personal Microderm Classic as our top choice.
If you are into skincare or see an esthetician regularly, you’ve likely already heard the term microdermabrasion. But how do you get a salon quality microdermabrasion at home?
What is microdermabrasion?
According to OGLF.org, microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin, and then draws out debris and impurities with suction.
The procedure uses no chemicals and will remove the dead outer layer of skin to rejuvenate and brighten your complexion.
Microdermabrasion is great for clearing up acne, evening out dark spots, and eliminating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Sounds great, right? Well, be aware that one microdermabrasion treatment will likely cost you anywhere between $80 and $200 dollars, and typically it will take about 6 to 10 treatments before you begin to see results.
The solution? Microdermabrasion at home!
What’s the bottom line?
Now, for a more reasonable price, you can enjoy the benefits of a microdermabrasion machine without having to visit your dermatologist or esthetician.
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The Kendal is a professional grade machine that comes with 9 well-made exfoliating crystals. Easy to clean and 360 filters included in the kit. An advanced machine if you’re a skin care pro, but may be a little intimidating if you’re new to microderm.
Given the price, some consumers have concerns with the suction power. However, this machine has one of the highest inch/Hg outputs on our list, so it should be able to effectively remove dirt particles and dead skin cells from your skin without causing injury.
Additionally, this machine isn’t as modern as some of the other options on our list, and setup is a bit more complicated than most.
How It Works: After exfoliation using the sterile diamond heads, this microdermabrasion machine will vacuum out the dirt particles and dead skin cells quickly and easily. This system uses both abrasion and suction action to improve your complexion, and can remove dirt, oil, grease, and dead skin in only a few minutes a day. With continued use, this system will reduce the appearance of scars, blemishes, and uneven skin pigmentation.
Tools: This kit comes with 360 filters and nine diamond-tip probes of different shapes and sizes to customize your treatment sessions at home. There are fine, medium and coarse tips to improve the look of your skin in various areas of your face and body.
Additionally, the kit includes two dermabrasion skin handles, an air hose for the Diamond filter and a power cable.
Features: The Kendal is a corded system is that is attached to a large base, which houses the treatment probes. While this model is not as modern as others on our list, it is still a professional grade system that will bring back the glow and vibrancy to aging or irritated skin. The machine features a dial that allows you to run the suction power up all the way to 28inch/Hg, which makes this one of the most powerful at-home microdermabrasion machines on our list.
In addition to the nine diamond-tip probes (three small, three medium, and three large—all in varying textures) and 360 replacement filters, the kit includes instructions on which tips and probes to use and when, as well as where they should be used on the body.
Price: At $259 this is one of the most expensive machines on our list, which some users can’t understand given some of the downfalls of this product.
However, what the machine lacks in modern features and technology it more than makes up for in suction and accessories. Along with that, the Kendal Professional Diamond Microdermabrasion system also comes with a one-year warranty. All in, we think this machine is a pretty solid investment.
In addition to tightening pores, eliminating acne, and lessening the appearance of scars and wrinkles, this professional-grade (used by dermatologists, might we add) machine does an excellent job of reducing oiliness as well. Expect great results and easy to use. Plus, the included carrying case makes this machine the easiest microderm system of take on the go. And what’s not to love about that?
The only complaints we could find about this product are that the tips wear out over time and need to be replaced, and the included instruction booklet isn’t as thorough as some prefer. However, if you have questions you can always visit New Spa’s website for more information.
How it works: First and foremost, make sure to wash and exfoliate skin before using any of the diamond tips. The more dirt you are able to remove before beginning the microdermabrasion, the more effective the treatment.
Additionally, before you get started you’ll want to review the manual thoroughly so you know how and where to use the different diamond tips. The tips come in different levels of coarseness; so it is important to use the correct one so as not to scratch or bruise the skin. Also, make sure to start on a lower setting to acclimate your skin. It’s got quite powerful suction, so make sure your skin can handle the more powerful settings before cranking it all the way up.
Once you’ve done all of the above, simply attach the treatment tip to the wand and turn on the vacuum. Buff and polish your skin with short strokes, repeating each stroke 3-5 times until you have covered all areas of the skin. Overall, this machine is very easy to use and the results will blow you away.
Tools: The kit includes one microdermabrasion unit, a set of 2 wands and 9 diamond tips, a silicone hose, 18 and 12 mm filters, replacement “O” rings, cosmetic headband, sulphate-free facial cleaner, after-treatment DMAE serum, and a user manual. Oh, and did we mention it also comes with a carrying case? That honestly might be our favorite part!
Features: The New Spa Home Skincare Kit is a professional grade machine with numerous vacuum settings and suction power up to 16 inch/Hg. Additionally, the Diamond Microdermabrasion coarse tip’s coating dislodges and peels off the dead skin cells. Then the vacuum removes debris away with a gentle massage function.
Price: $189 is pretty middle of the road compared to the other microdermabrasion machines on our list. However, this machine also comes with a one year warranty, and being able to get a pack of 50 refills for around $3 means you won’t be spending much to maintain this machine in the long run, making the price seem a bit more reasonable.
Perfect if you’re curious about microderm but not totally ready to commit to an expensive machine. The Neutrogena kit is an affordable may to try microderm for a month, and expect to experience some great results in a very short period of time.
Does not clean as deeply as the other machines on our list. Additionally, keep in mind that while this machine costs very little upfront, the ongoing costs of pads add up in the long run.
The Neutrogena Microdermabrasion system is relatively simple, just attach the rejuvenating pad to the head with the blue side facing up, press with your thumb to ensure that pad is securely attached, then snap the attachment head onto the microdermabrasion applicator and power on.
Massage 1 to 2 minutes per facial area before moving to the next. Once you have covered your entire face, rinse and discard the pad, keeping the attachment head for future use. Expect your skin to look more luminous after the very first use, and begin to see even firmer, healthier-looking skin overtime.
Kit comes with the complete at-home microdermabrasion facial system, including the microdermabrasion applicator and 12 rejuvenation single-use pads.
While this little machine does not include a ton of features, the at-home massaging applicator uses micro-vibrations (with several speed settings to choose from) to boost skin renewal, leading to firmer, brighter, and healthier-looking skin. Additionally, the microdermabrasion single-use puffs feature pre-dosed ultra-fine crystals and mild purifiers provide the perfect degree of gently exfoliation to reveal luminous skin.
At just $16.99 for the whole kit, this is by far the least expensive machine on our list. However, remember that you will need a new applicator pad for every use (running around $12 for a 24 pack), which will start to add up over time.
This best-selling at home microderm machine is clinically proven to reduce the visible signs of aging by polishing away dead cells to reveal a healthy, more youthful complexion. This product is dermatologist recommend, and will produce results similar to what you would expect from professional microderm treatments.
The only downside that we could think of (aside from the price, that is) is that this is a bulkier machine that requires a power source to function.
After thoroughly cleansing your skin, pull skin tight and slowly make lines across your face with the wand, making sure to keep pulling in the same direction. Avoid covering the same area twice. Work down your checks, forehead, and chin, and then hit your T-zone (around your noes particularly) with the blackhead extraction tip.
Once you’re completely finished your skin may be a bit red, but apply moisturizer and we promise you will notice the difference in no time.
In addition to the microderm machine itself, you will receive a diamond tip, infusion tip, blackhead extraction tip (umm, yes please), 100 replacement filters, cleaning brush, and comprehensive user guide.
The patented diamond tip wand combined with the 8-level vacuum will effectively draw dead skin and impurities from the surface to reveal, cleaner, clearer skin almost instantly. Additionally, the wand features a built-in magnifying and Auto Mode is ideal for microderm beginners.
The upside to the machine requiring a power source is that you get a consistent output and, therefore, the best results. Plus, you never have to worry about it dying on you, which is also a plus.
Now if all of that still isn’t enough for you, consider investing in the precision tip for hard to reach, deep exfoliation, or the large diamond tip, for all over body exfoliation.
The only thing keeping this microderm machine out of our top spot is the price. At $299, this is easily the most expensive product on our list.
However, do keep in mind that a onetime payment of $299 for professional grade microdermabrasion is far more cost effective than 6 to 10 visits to an esthetician at $80 to $200 a pop. Additionally, the $299 covers a 3 year warranty, which is always an added bonus. Plus, replacement filters will only run you about $15 for 100 filters, which is also pretty cost effective compared to other products on our list.
Combines patented spinning disk technology with perfectly calibrated vacuum suction to reveal smoother, brighter, more youthful looking skin and significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes. Oh…and did we mention it comes in a variety of adorable colors? Bonus!
Some reviewers complain that the product comes with instructions on the machine, but no explanation of how microderm works and why it’s beneficial. But then again, you already know that (hint, hint – see above), so not a deal breaker! Also, make sure we wait a full week in between uses, some reviewers report red marks and scabbing if used more frequently.
As with all of the at-home microderm products on our list, you will want to cleanse and dry skin thoroughly before use. Additionally, before trying it on our face, practice with the PMD on your arm or leg before using on your face. When you’re ready, pull the skin on your face time to help the device glide smoothly. Continually move the device quickly across your skin in an upward motion until you’ve covered your entire face.
Following the treatment, be sure to apply toner and moisturizer and wash the cap and filter after each use. By removing the barrier of dead skin cells, new cell growth is stimulated to reveal smoother, brighter, youthful skin.
If you still have questions on the use of this tool, check out PMD’s how-to video.
Comes with two classic interchangeable caps, one for face and one for body, plus six patented exfoliating discs embedded with aluminum oxide crystals to exfoliate dead, dull cells from the skins surface. Discs range from ultra-sensitive to mid-intensity (three for face and three for body).
In addition to the exfoliating discs that are included, the suction strength of the PMD is perfectly calibrated to increase circulation and start skins natural healing process. Doing so will in turn boosts collagen and elastin, leaving skin firm, fresh, and radiant.
Unfortunately, however, the PMD only has the one vacuum setting, making it pretty basic in terms of features. But, are you really surprised based on the price point?
Snag this bad boy for around $159 on Amazon right now ($20 off the MSRP). That’s still a tad more expensive than other at home microderm machines, but keep in mind this machine has a few more features than the average.