Do Microdermabrasion At Home Kits Really Work?

I've said it before: home microdermabrasion systems are not as good as clinic or spa microderm abrasion but if your budget is tight, what choice do you have? The fact is at-home micro dermabrasion kits are much better than regular facials so for $25-$75 you can get some fairly good peeling while you save for a professional resurfacing procedure. I started with a spa microdermabrasion but I regularly use over the counter products for maintenance while I save for the next treatment. Having said that, I've tried Personal Microderm System as an alternative to the professional treatment and its results have definitely surprised me.

After 3 years of micro dermabrasion I've learned that choosing one of the many at-home microdermabrasion systems on the market is tricky. Even going with major brands like Neutrogena, Dermanew, L'Oreal or Youthful Essence can be somewhat of a gamble because what works for me may not work for you. Take the personal microderm kit sold by SkinCareRX which I've tried recently. I was pleased with the results but I know there are people out there who feel it didn't work that well for them.

Of the first 3 microabrasion home kits I tried, none worked without causing some irritation or breakouts. But trial and error is the only way to find which is the best microdermabrasion product for your skin and needs (I use home microabrasion for maintenance but you may want something that actually fades fine lines or scars -- which tends to be more expensive).

How Does Home Microdermabrasion Work?

The contents of a personal microdermabrasion system for home use can vary quite a bit, but most of them will have two things in common: the crystal cream and applicator (a hand-held resurfacing wand or foam applicator which massages the cream into the skin). With other products, you massage the cream with your hands instead. Basically, the crystals polish the skin and help remove dead cells, dust and hardened oil in order to unveil younger skin underneath.

Some of the more sophisticate personal microderma abrasion kits also have gels, creams and moisturizers designed to enhance the results (whether they actually work, is another matter).

Common Complaints of Personal Microdermabarasion Products

The most common complaints about at-home microderm are irritation and breakouts. While sometimes these are caused by chemical ingredients found in the cream, gel or moisturizer, other times, they're caused by the way you use the product.

At-home micro abrasion is much milder than microdermbrasion treatment performed in clinics and spas, which is why you need several sessions before you see any results. It's tempting to speed up the results by using the system more often or by abrading harder. It's just too easy to overuse the product. You may actually get a poor impression of a product that would actually work beautifully if only it were used properly.

I've also noticed that many people are not aware of the side effects or contraindications associated with microderm kits before using them. They write to me asking for help only to discover they shouldn't have used this type of product in the first place.

The cost of a home micro dermabrasion kit is $50 on average, compared to spa or clinic treatment which can cost up to $200 (and you need 10 sessions for best results). Home microabrasion only takes a few minutes. I cleanse my face, grab the microdermabrasion tool and gently massage the cream into the skin for a few minutes. I rinse it off with lukewarm water and finally, wash the applicator. I like that it's easy to make it part of my weekly routine.

Next, some of the over-the-counter microdermabrasion systems I've tried.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: At What Age Can You Start Microdermal Abrasion?

A: There is no official contraindication regarding age for micro skin abrasion patients, but it would be best to wait until you are 14 before you have it. If you have it earlier, the hormonal changes and the fact that your skin hasn't yet fully formed all of its recovering systems may affect the final outcome of the treatment.

Q: Is Micro Dermabration As Effective As Exfoliation?

A: Regular cosmetic exfoliation are too harsh to be used on the face. Microdemabrasion products use aluminum oxide, sodium bicarbonate or pearl micro crystals to gently abrade the skin without causing irritations or scarring.

Q: Can I Use Micro Dermabrasion On Your Back?

A: Self micro dermabration systems can be used on your back as long as it's especially formulated as a body microderm abrasions tool. Using a face micro skin abrasion machine on your back will not have the desired results because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your back. Doctor-performed microdermal abrasions is suitable for use on the back.

Q: Does Microabrasion Work On Face Complexion?

A: This procedure exfoliates the top layer of skin which consists of dead skin cells. Micoderm abrasion machine stimulates collagen production, essential to a beautiful face complexion and also evens out skin texture and tone.

Q: Can I Have Microderm Abrasion While Pregnant?

A: We recommend that you wait until you deliver your baby and finish the nursing period before microbrasion Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and nursing and microdermabrasion kits may cause irritation or severe scarring. This procedure is also not recommended for pregnant and nursing women because hormonal changes during this period may reduce the effectiveness of the procedure.

Q: Does Micro Abrasion Work On Uneven Pigmentation?

A: Micro skin abrasion system is effective on uneven pigmentation The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck. Several spa microdermal abrasion sessions are required to even out skin tone and get rid of irregular pigmentation.

Q: Do Dermatologists Recommend Micro Dermal Abrasion?

A: Yes, many dermatologists recommend microabrasions to patients who want to get rid of acne scars, fine lines, stretch marks, clogged and enlarged pores, age spots and dull skin.

Q: Does Micro Derma Abrasion From Ponds Work?

A: The Personal microdermation system from Ponds works for some people and doesn't work for others. There are many satisfied consumers who say that Ponds system does make their skin look younger and feel smother. However, there are some unhappy consumers who say the kit is either too aggressive, causing them skin irritations and break-outs, or not very effective in removing fine scars and wrinkles. The only way to find out if the product works for you is to try to get a free sample and test the formula on your face.

Q: Does Micro Dermabration Make A Difference For Your Skin?

A: By resurfacing the top layer of the skin, beauty salon micro dermabration does work. After a full treatment of 6-12 sessions, most people notice significant improvement in skin tone and texture. The face looks younger, feels smoother, and has fewer superficial scars, fine wrinkles, enlarged or clogged pores. More severe skin imperfections require more invasive procedures like laser or chemical peeling. Home microabrasion is also not as effective as professional microdermabrasions.

Q: Can I Use Microdermabration After Accutane (Isotretinoin)?

A: Microdermabarasion is not recommended for patients taking Accutane. This acne treatment works by reducing the amount of oil produced by the skin's sebaceous glands which reduces the skin's ability to recover after body or facial exfoliation. Having micro derm abrasion while on Accutane may cause permanent scarring. This applies to home set and doctor-performed treatment.