The Dermapower system is the next at-home kit I'll try as soon as I finish the Dermanew set I'm using right now. Unfortunately, none of my friends has tried Dermapower yet which is why this review is based only on consumer reviews and beauty articles I've read in the last 3 years. As soon as I have first hand experience with this system, I will update this page with my feedback.
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One of the reasons why I want to try the Dermapower kit soon is the fact that it is different from most at home microderm abrasion kits out there. The Dermapower Skin Renewal System uses a battery-operated hand-held device similar to the ones used in dermatology clinics and beauty spas; it has no micro crystals cream, sponges, cream applicators, or before and after skin care products.
The system is available only on the site of the company that designed it. For $150 you receive the Microdermabrader Unit (with rechargeable built-in battery), a rechargeable electrical base, a 8-unit pack of disposable disks and filters, and a CD with operating instructions.
The microdermabrasion unit abrades the skin with the attached corundum disk, at the same time sucking away exfoliated cells through the nozzle of the device into a disposable filter. Because the abrading unit is very similar to a professional micro dermabrasion device, I was very curious to find out how Dermapower is to be used.
When I first read about this system, I have to admit I was a bit concerned with the ergonomics of such a complicated device, but then, after reading several consumer reviews, I understood that using the Dermapower micro derm abrasion unit is not as difficult as it sounds. This is what you have to do:
The skin on the neck should be treated with vertical moves only, while on acne or wrinkle prone areas you can run the device several times. If you have sensitive skin, you can buy a special pack of Sensitive Disks. The treatment should not be performed more than once a week for 8 consecutive weeks, with maintenance sessions once every 2-3 months.
I believe the main reason why Dermapower is not very popular -- despite its effectiveness -- is its usage difficulty. The idea of rubbing off dead skin cells with the help of a micro crystal cream is more comfortable than the thought of exfoliating a thin layer of skin with an abrasive corundum disk.
However, most consumers who bought and used the kit are very happy with their results. According to hundreds of reviews, the skin is left smooth and more even in tone and texture after the first use.
After the first 3 uses with the Dermapower microderm abrasion unit, fine wrinkles and superficial scars become less visible, pores are smaller and the skin gains a healthy glow. Another thing happy consumers like to mention in their reviews is the lack of side effects (since no cosmetic product is involved in the exfoliation process, the risk of irritations or dryness is considerably lower).
On the other hand, many people seem unhappy about the fact that the Dermapower microabrasion treatment lasts almost an hour for the face and 20 minutes for the neck. Price and harshness are two of the most popular drawbacks of this kit, while quick, long-lasting results are the most praised benefit.
Bottom line, the Dermapower microdermabrasion unit is an effective, yet expensive and difficult to use at home product.
Next, the most popular microdermabrasion kits compared.
A: Yes, doctors can perform microdermoabrasion if they have been specifically trained for it and can prove it with a diploma or certification.
A: Microdermabrasian works by sandblasting the outermost skin layer but cannot abrade deeper skin layers where tattooed skin cells are which is why it cannot be used for tattoo removal. Removing tattoos requires laser or surgical procedures which are invasive enough to reach pigmented skin cells.
A: Age spots can be made less visible or even removed entirely through several micro dermal abrasion treatments - the flow of crystals exfoliates the top layer of the skin and evens out irregular skin pigmentation.
A: Spa microderm abrasion machine is appropriate for all skin colors (including Asian skin ) because this procedure sandblasts only the outermost skin layer which is made of dead skin cells. There's no damage to live tissue which could cause scarring or severe irritation. The exfoliation process involved in specialist microdermal abrasions helps the skin renew itself quicker and more effectively.
A: Microderm abrasions pulverizes away the dead skin layer (the outermost layer) in order to even out skin texture and reduce superficial burn scars. More severe burn scarring requires more invasive non-surgical techniques, like deep chemical peels or laser skin rejuvenation.
A: Microderma is not recommended if you've had chemical peeling (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, TCA, Jessner or any other kind of peel) in the last 14 days because the two exfoliating procedures combined are too aggressive and might affect your skin's ability to recover. This applies to personal creams and salon treatment.
A: Best results are obtained after 6 to 12 professional sessions (depending on your expectations and severity of the skin imperfections), respectively one month of use for a at-home microderma product.
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