I’m sure by now you’ve seen the PMD Microderm device that allows you to safely and effectively perform at-home microdermabrasion treatments all over social media. I’ve been using it for a month and I thought I’d share with you my results.
When I was a young teenager I would religiously exfoliate every week. Somehow over the years, this self-care routine fell to the wayside, and I have noticed a drastic difference in how much older my skin looked. This is especially true with the hard water in the coastal southeast. Microdermabrasion is the solution to this problem.
What is the PMD Microderm?
The Personal Microderm is an at-home skincare tool that provides the same brilliant results as professional, in-office microdermabrasion treatments. The exfoliation happens via a spinning disc embedded with aluminum oxide crystals (just like at the doctor’s office) that buffs away dead, dull cells from the surface of the skin.
The device vacuum suctions away the exfoliated skin cells, while increasing circulation and triggering the the skin’s natural healing process. This is what makes your skin produce collagen and elastin to help firm the skin. It comes with a power cord that ensures you have even and constant microdermabrasion.
The PMD Personal Microderm comes with discs of various coarseness and two different widths, along with their respective caps. The narrow discs are for your face, and the wide discs are for your body.
Hint: your décolletage ages faster than your face, so be sure to take care of your neck + chest.
Weekly treatments help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, but more importantly for me, it also helps reduce the appearance of large pores, and the hyperpigmentation from acne! PMD promises results after just one session, with cumulative effects over the course of 8 to 12 weeks.
How to Use the PMD Personal Microderm
- Thoroughly cleanse and dry skin.
- Begin with the white training disc. Practice on your armor leg before using on your face. Pull the skin taut with your free hand to allow the Personal Microderm smoothly glide over the skin. (Remember, the device has a vacuum suction to remove dead skin, so it’s important to hold your skin taut).
- Move the Personal Microderm in an upward motion across your skin. Do not hover on any spots and move quickly. (Your skin will temporarily redden due to the suction, but not to worry. This is what prompts your skin to produce collagen).
- Immediately after treatment, wash and dry your skin. Apply a calming toner and recovery moisturizer, or PMD collagen mask.
- Clean the cap and filter after use with alcohol or antibacterial soap and set aside to dry.
I started out with the white disc for my first treatment. Even though it was only meant for very sensitive skin, I immediately felt and saw a difference in the texture of my skin. For the next two weeks, I used the blue disc meant for sensitive skin since I use a variety of products throughout the week, including retinol.
Since I use an acne mask on Sunday evenings, and Monday nights I typically use retinol, I used the PMD Microderm on Wednesday nights. It’s important not to use harsh chemicals, such as peels or other dermabrasion exfoliants, the day before or after microdermabrasion. (Please speak to your dermatologist before incorporating the PMD Microderm if you are using Retin-A.)
My Microdermabrasion Results
Aside from sharpening and adjusting for lighting, these photos of my skin are not retouched. I haven’t blurred any imperfections, blemishes or fine lines. These are my results after one treatment with the white training (ultra sensitive) disc, one with the grey (very sensitive) disc, two treatments with the blue (sensitive) disc, and one treatment with the green (moderate) disc.
Each week I would increase the coarseness of the discs to see how my skin tolerated microdermabrasion. There were some weeks where my hormonal acne would flare up that I abstained from using the PMD Personal Microderm out of precaution. I didn’t want to risk spreading bacteria to areas that were not broken out.
It’s a bit hard to see the difference in these pictures, but my skin is much softer, my pores are less prominent, and old acne scars are finally fading. My hormonal acne will always affect my skin’s current appearance, but since moving up to the green disc I see clearer skin with each use. I will probably order the orange discs in addition to more green discs since these past 5 weeks gave me a good idea how my skin tolerizes microdermabrasion. In addition, I can see a clear difference to my lips from using the PMD Kiss lip plumping device as well.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from using the PMD microdermabrasion device. I didn’t see much of a difference the first three weeks I used the device, but I did notice that my night-time skincare products seemed to absorb better into my skin.
By the fourth week, I felt like my skin was ready to start using the green disc. This is the disc that gave me the most immediate, visible results. After using the collagen mask, and applying my night serum, my skin was absolutely glowing the next few days!
When I applied my makeup, I noticed I needed less of it, and the little foundation I did use applied flawlessly. I feel like my skincare products are penetrating deeper into the skin, increasing their efficacy.
Would I purchase the PMD Personal Microderm device for myself? Absolutely! I’ve asked friends who have received microdermabrasion sessions at the dermatology office and they’ve paid $100+ per session. The PMD device costs $150-$200 depending on the model you choose, so it basically pays for itself after two uses.
The only downside to the PMD device is that you can only use the aluminum oxide discs 2x-3x before they need to be replaced. Still, this is a minor inconvenience compared to driving to an office for treatment. The replacement discs cost only $20 and they will last several months. The convenience of doing these treatments at home is worth it.
I have never had an in-office microdermabrasion session, so I can’t speak for how this compares to a session with a salon or dermatology appointment. However, I will say that each time I use the PMD device, my skin looks better and better.
Will you try the PMD Personal Microderm?
P.S. If you’re curious about the PMD KISS lip plumping device, check out my results in this post.