April 30, 2012

Home Microdermabrasion Review

A while back ago, I was contacted by a wonderfully sweet representative for a home microdermabrasion kit.
She offered a free kit for me to try in exchange for my review.
I have had both a wonderful and a terrible experience with this product, so let's get to it...

First, let me tell you about the product.
PMD came with everything pictured below:

I can't tell you enough how simple it is to use!
I will tell you, though; the woman on the front of the box is using the body disc- which the directions clearly state not to use on your face. Following the directions is extremely important... don't copy the model, mmmkay?

According to their website:

Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive form of exfoliation and mild skin resurfacing that removes the dead skin cells from the Stratum Corneum, the outer most lay of the skin. The Stratum Corneum is the layer of the skin affected by fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, acne, and scaring. The concentrated microdermabrasion treatment exfoliates this skin layer to break apart these common imperfections. This then triggers the body’s healing mechanisms, causing the removed dead skin cells to be rapidly replaced with healthy, new ones.

I have read so many reviews claiming that this was the best product ever invented.
I couldn't wait to try it!

I loaned it to someone in my family before trying it myself. She said she loved it and had wonderful results. She had it for about five weeks, so I'm thinking maybe it gets better with use, because this is what happened when I used it last night:

Let me start off by saying that I had no redness as I was using it.
There was no discomfort or irritation.
I followed the directions properly and felt absolutely fine while doing the procedure.
And even afterwards, my nose and forehead felt amazing.
The lines in my forehead looked minimized after just one use- I was feeling really confident about my results.
And then the pain set in.
I used a mild toner like suggested afterwards, and couldn't follow the next step of applying a moisturizer because my skin felt like it was on fire.
I have small abrasions on my cheeks, and both cheeks are extremely raw and swollen.
I didn't go over my cheeks more than I did my forehead- I'm thinking maybe that skin is just super sensitive on me... not sure.
All I know is I am currently slathered in Neosporin + Pain Relief and if I wasn't pregnant, I would be applying intense burn cream.
I know that everyone's skin is different; I just really didn't expect this result.
Maybe I'll love my healed results in a week or more?
I do love my forehead.
(First time I've ever typed that sentence!)

So yeah, mixed review... someone near and dear to my heart used my exact same device and swears by it, my forehead and nose got fantastic results, and my cheeks make me look like a burn victim.

The worst part is that tomorrow night, I have an important PTA dinner to attend.
Oh yeah, and Sunday is my maternity photo session.
Super duper sad face, yo.

I read another blog that had similar results to mine, and she said, "I look forward to spending the day trying to explain why my face looks like I took a nosedive on the pavement. (Any ideas for a good cover story? Like, I ran into a burning building to save some puppies? Or I was pushed into an electric sanding machine while doing volunteer work building children’s Christmas toys?)"

Personally, I'm going with the puppy story.

Happy Monday.


  1. holy crap!!! that's awful honey, i'm so sorry. i've been looking for a similar product.. i'm kinda (k, a lot) scared now. i hope the redness heals quickly for you!

  2. Yikes! That looks painful! I think I will avoid this product.

  3. oh dear...i do hope you feel better soon! No one (especially a pregnant woman!) needs to be that uncomfortable. I hope the irritation settles quickly.

  4. Oh! I'm so sorry! That doesn't look like it feels good. :(

  5. Oh no!! I like the saving puppies story though... you should stick with that one. Sorry hun!

  6. Owww!! That looks so incredibly painful. I hope it heals up before your photoshoot!

  7. Oh no, that looks super painful! Hoping it clears up quickly for you!

    And I'd go with the puppy story too! = )

  8. Oh man! Grab some Aquaphor, that will help soothe it! After I do an intense chemical peel on somebody that's what I have them put on. It is very calming and won't be irritating. Also, keep sunscreen on that fresh skin! Ouch! I love your blog, by the way. :-)

  9. My sister is an esthetician...sometimes irritation is normal for 24-48 hours and then the results after are phenomenal :) I hope it gets better before your meeting!

  10. Oh my word! I feel for you and the pregnancy photo shoot this weekend, hope you are healed up! Maybe you could get in touch with the photographer, bet they'd be a bit understanding in re-scheduling :)

  11. Oh, man, that sucks! I was actually looking into some sort of microdermabrasion. Maybe not now? Hope you feel better soon!

  12. Get some Vitamin E (the expensive one, not the Dl one) gel caps. Stick a pin in one end and squeeze the vitamin E oil into your hand and rub it all over your face - especially where it's the worst. Do this 3 or 4 or 5 times a day for a few days and see if it will help your skin heal quickly. Good luck!


  13. Aww, i'm so sorry this happened to you!
    I will say that doing different things with your skin while pregnant can be risky.
    Since getting pregnant, my skin has reacted really weird to changes in my skin care products.
    Maybe that has something to do with it?
    Either way, I hope you feel better quickly, especially before the photos!

  14. Ouch, ouch, ouch!! Oh gosh that looks painful! I pray you'll heal up quickly!! xoxo

  15. I cringe every time I see this picture of your poor cheeks! :(

  16. OH wow... that looks so painful!!! Hoping it gets better ASAP!

  17. Oh no!!! So sorry this happened! Hope it heals soon!

  18. Kimmie! You poor thing!!!! That photo looks beyond painful. I know you said you can't use burn cream because you're pregnant, but have you tried Aloe? I always use it for burns and it's an absolute miracle worker. I hope this heals up soon!

  19. So sorry hun Im an esthetician, your skin is probably more sensitive because your pregnant. With that being said I DONT TRUST at home treatments for micro or peels it needs to be professionally done. Use Noni from epicuren, or aloe, or aquaphor as other poster mentioned I hope it calms down soon! Good luck to you congratulations on baby!! Love your blog

  20. That looks like it hurts. That is 1 of the reasons I'm afraid to try these. I have sensitive skin.

  21. Great review! I have gotten laser hair removal, but haven't had the cash to go in to get extra body parts zapped. I have tried the no-no to miscellaneous results, so possibly this is what I'm looking for. Thank you for sharing these details. More power to you and to your site microdermabrasion.