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.