Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can make your skin look and feel younger in many ways. It’s mostly an intense exfoliation procedure that scrubs away the imperfections in your outermost layer of skin to:
- Reduce the appearance of blackheads and age spots
- Decrease stretch marks
- Reduce wrinkles and expression lines
- Shrink Pores
- Address acne and acne scars
- Boost collagen production
Microdermabrasion treatments are not that expensive, as far as cosmetic procedures go, but on average you can expect to pay near $150 per treatment. Doesn’t sound like much, but those costs can add up if you want to include microdermabrasion as a regular part of your skincare routine. In fact, it’s not uncommon to have a treatment each month. This could add up to as much as $1,800 every year!
The costs of maintaining a regular microdermabrasion routine are a massive factor in why lots of people choose to purchase a home Microderm machine instead. For a fraction of the cost (and the hassle!), you can conduct your very own Microderm treatments from the comfort of your home, rather than visiting a dermatologist or a spa, to achieve very similar results.
What kind of difference can you expect between a salon, spa, and home kit?
Dermatologist treatments typically use machines with greater suctioning power so that they can get deeper into your skin. This, as well as the cost of service, is a big part of what drives up the cost of a professional treatment. Appointments are often scheduled at 1-2 month intervals.
Salon treatments also tend to be more potent than at-home therapies. However, if you want to try a salon treatment, be sure to ask about their sterilization & sanitation practices, as there is no guarantee that they sanitize their wands to the same medical standards as a dermatologist’s office.
At-home treatments can be used either in place of professional procedures or merely to increase the time required in between visits. Home Microderm machines tend to be less powerful but can produce similar results when used weekly.
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Best Home Microderm Machines
NuBrilliance Microdermabrasion Skin Care System
Your machine will come with an instructional DVD so that you can be confident that you are using it correctly. You also can adjust the suction levels to whatever you are most comfortable with and do whatever works best for you, which gives you an additional level of control over the whole process and your results.
You can expect to put in some effort to maintain the quality of the tips by checking that skin cells do not become trapped in the tip after use, but this is probably not as much work as it sounds; just change the want filters after every other use and make sure to clear out the very tip of the wand every few applications, and you’ll be good to go!
Pros and Cons
- Comes with instructional DVD
- Wand can yield multiple levels of suction
- Safe for sensitive skin
- Pleasant cooling feeling and minty smell.
- Wand tips can get clogged and may require regular maintenance to maintain suction.
Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System
Rather than relying on expensive diamond particles it vacuum systems to produce results, each puff contains several milk ingredients that purify your skin while massaging away imperfections and dead skin cells. Your skin will instantly look and feel brighter and smoother, and the gentle vibration from the machine will feel like you’re getting a mini face massage.
The Neutrogena Microderm system is unlike most of the other product on this list in that it’s probably not a salon-quality product. This is a pretty typically trade off with drugstore-brand products; you’re paying significantly less for the product, but your results won’t be as dramatic. However, if you have pretty healthy skin and don’t need an intense treatment, then you can’t beat the experience for the price of this system!
Pros and Cons
- Can’t beat the price for a home Microderm
- Quick and easy to use, and gentle enough to use daily
- Does not deliver salon-quality results
- No suction to manage dead skin cells as they are exfoliated away
Trophy Skin MicrodermMD Microdermabrasion System
The system’s display gives you illustrations that clearly show you where, and for how long to use the wand throughout your five minute pampering session to get the most out of every treatment, so you’ll never have to wonder whether you’re doing it right, and a 5x magnifying mirror so you can really see the improvement in your complexion.
Some users wish that the Trophy Skin system yielded more “salon quality” results, so if you’ve already been getting professional Microderm treatments or have more severe complexion issues to overcome then this machine may be too gentle for you. But if you have pretty healthy skin and are new to the Microderm scene then give this device a shot! The manufacturer is so sure that you’ll love it that they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with your experience.
Pros and Cons
- Fantastic customer service with three-year warranty
- “Auto mode” takes all the guesswork out of each use
- Not all users rate their experience as salon worthy.
NEW SPA Home Microdermabrasion Kit
The NEW SPA system, however, comes in a cute silver case that makes it super easy to transport and to store! If you’re an organization pro, or already have a bunch of products and baskets taking up space inside your bathroom cabinets, then you’ll appreciate the simplicity of this product.
Another cool feature of the NEW SPA system is that it comes with replacement O-rings. These are the components most likely to lead to a loss of suction when they need to be replaced, so having extras on hand is a huge bonus. Most other machines come with extra tips and filters (and this one does too!), but the majority of even those tools would require you to purchase O-rings separately. It’s super convenient to buy everything in one shot!
Pros and Cons
- Comes in an attractive silver carrying case for secure storage
- FDA listed
- Comes with replacement O-rings
- If you don’t like it, shipping costs to return are $20 or more
Juvederm ® Microderm GLO Microdermabrasion System
This FDA-registered device uses Juvederm's ® patented Diamond Safe3D technology to deliver salon-quality results for all skin types, promoting the growth of new skin cells and stimulating blood flow and collagen production in the process.
This product does only come with one diamond head, so you’ll need to purchase more if you want to extend the use of the product. But the varied levels of suction, as well as the easy-to-use instructional display, make it a very functional machine for first-time microderm users.
Customers also report that the system is easy to clean and that replacing filters is very low-hassle. And the machine is small enough to store in a drawer, or a suitcase if you want to bring it with you when you travel!
Pros and Cons
- Adjustable suction levels
- Small, handheld device is easy to use and store
- Only comes with one diamond head
Kendal Professional Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine
The wands on this Kendal machine use sterile diamond heads to exfoliate your uppermost skin layers, as well as a vacuum to clear away your exfoliated skin as you go.
The device comes with two stainless steel handles and nine tips of varied sizes and coarseness so that you can customize each treatment to the individual needs of the various areas of your complexion. The kit comes with 360 cotton filters and two oil filtersfor the vacuum hose as well.
If you have any issues with your machine, Kendal offers a one year warranty on parts and usability as well as lifetime parts maintenance support. A few customers experienced some trouble with maintaining suction (which most agree is more than adequate) but were able to correct it by replacing silicon rings or filters in the wand.
The machine itself is a little too bulky to store on the countertop, but if you have a small extra space below your counter to store this professional-grade device then it’s worth checking out!
Pros and Cons
- Compatible with wands from other systems, if you have a favorite brand
- Visible difference in acne and sun spots when used once per week
- Too large to store easily on countertop
Kingdom Cares Facial Skin Scrubber
The Kingdom Cares Facial Skin Scrubber is a little different than the other products on this list; it doesn’t have a suction function, so it won’t physically pull blackheads and debris from your skin.
Instead, it utilizes ion leading-out technology to soften your skin, loosen dirt, and promote nutrient absorption. The microdermabrasion function exfoliates the surface, and gentle vibration stimulates blood flow to firm and tightens your skin and pores.
Unlike other microdermabrasion products, this one will discharge toxins accumulated deep beneath the skin’s surface and restore your skin’s elasticity. You can use this product with a skin cleanser to amplify the active ingredients in your skin care products or on its own to take advantage of the benefits of the ion technology.
Either way, this unique addition to your skincare routine will help you to be on your way to a brighter, more youthful complexion!
Pros and Cons
- Uses ion leading-out technology to remove dirt & oils
- Curved cleansing tip designed to reach all your nooks and crannies
- No suction functions
Kingdom Beauty Pore Vacuum Microdermabrasion Blackheads Removal
You sacrifice some perks for the lower cost – for example, you have to swap out the wand heads to change the suction power of the machine rather than merely being able to adjust the settings – but these tradeoffs are related mainly to convenience rather than functionality.
As the name suggests, the Kingdom Beauty system is primarily designed to clear out your pores and remove blackheads. Some of the tips are specially sized to give you the suction you need to clear your blackheads out without having to manually pop them out (which, as we all know, is terrible for your skin long-term).
You will maximize your results by steaming your face or using a hot towel to open up your pores before applying. Users loved watching their pores clear out right before their eyes, and noted that this cute little device provides more than enough suction to get the job done.
Pros and Cons
- Ergonomic, sleek, user-friendly design
- USB rechargeable with three-hour battery life for smooth travel
- Must replace wand heads to modify suction power rather than merely adjusting settings
ZENY 3 in 1 Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine
Plus, unlike some other machines, you could purchase, your purchase will include three wands, nine diamond tips, two packs of cotton filters, and all the other supplies you’ll need to get started.
One of our favorite aspects of this machine is that it has three distinct functions. The Microderm service, of course, removes dirt and dead skin by exfoliating your outermost skin layer, and vacuum therapy remove debris from your pores. The spray function is unique among most products you can purchase for at-home use.
After each Microderm and vacuum treatment, you can use the spray function to help close pores and soothe your skin. This helps to reduce post-treatment discomfort as well as redness or irritation.
Pros and Cons
- Super professional appearance
- Three distinct functions: microdermabrasion, vacuum therapy, and spray
- Won’t store quickly on an open counter space
Ready to try out your home microdermabrasion product?
Keep in mind these pro tips about the benefits of home microderm systems:
Home Microderm machines can cost at least as much as one salon treatment. If you’re not sure whether you’ll stick with Microderm therapies, you should try one through a professional first to make sure the therapy reacts well with your skin and gives you the results you’re looking for.
Many systems incorporate a wand that uses suction to clear away dead skin cells as they are exfoliated so that you may experience some tenderness or light bruising after your first use.
Systems with suction wands will make less mess and more efficiently remove blackheads, but they do require a bit of maintenance to ensure that they continue to function as designed.
Microdermabrasion treatments improve the look and feel of your skin, but are not a permanent solution; you’ll have to continue use over time (though perhaps at a decreased frequency) to maintain your results.
No matter which product from this list you ultimately select, you’re sure to join the ranks of satisfied customers leaving rave reviews!