Microdermabrasion was one of the top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in 2011 and 2012.

Microdermabrasion At-Home Kits

Microdermabrasion at-home kits have become a popular alternative to professional treatment for those who want smoother, younger looking skin without the hassle of scheduling appointments or paying the higher prices associated with professional microdermabrasion treatment.

With the initial lower costs and the convenience of having treatments in the comfort and privacy of your home, it is easy to see why at home microdermabrasion kits have become so popular.

But are they effective and worth the money?

Home Kit Components

Microdermabrasion kits for home use are available in a variety of forms, from simple-to-use handheld devices to small portable box units, that can vary in method, ingredients, cost, and ease of use.

Microdermabrasion at-home kits usually contain two basic components:

  • Exfoliating product (crystals or diamond tipped wand)
  • Applicator (buffing or vibrating tool, or suction device)

To perform a microdermabrasion treatment, the exfoliating crystals (in the form of an abrasive cream or scrub that is spread onto the skin, or on pre-dosed buffs) are scrubbed over the skin with the assistance of a handheld applicator (motorized buffing brush or vibrating tool specially designed for skin care) to scrape off the top layer of dead skin cells.

The creams used in these kits may contain aluminum oxide crystals, which is the same main active component used in professional microdermabrasion treatment, although they may vary in the concentration, application, and other cream ingredients.

Some at-home systems use a diamond tipped wand, rather than exfoliating crystals and a rotating pad, to exfoliate the skin and a vacuum motor to suction out the sebum and dead skin cells from the pores.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion can reduce or remove fine wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation.

Are they effective?

Microdermabrasion treatment with at-home kits can result in noticeable improvements to the skin, but the results are usually less intense than those seen with professional treatment.

Most of the at-home kits are weaker than professional machines and do not have a vacuum (or if they do, it is a weaker one). Many of the applicators simply vibrate and scrub the outer layer of skin with the cream or crystals and do not remove sebum and dead skin cells from the pores.

Professional microdermabrasion is able to produce more effective skin resurfacing results because of its power and vacuum, which allows for a greater amount of skin abrasion and a more efficient removal of sebum and dead skin cells via suction power.

Are they safe?

At-home microdermabrasion kits are generally considered safe, but there are some issues to consider regarding outcomes, including improper use, overuse, and product sensitivity.

Improper use (not following directions properly) and overuse (exceeding the recommended treatment guidelines) can both lead to damaged skin, such as broken capillaries and pitting of the skin. Product sensitivity may cause an allergic reaction, so it is beneficial to always spot-test the product on a small area of skin before doing a facial treatment, to make sure it does not cause excessive redness, irritation, or allergic outbreak.

Are they worth the money?

Deciding whether at-home microdermabrasion kits are worth the money is a matter of personal opinion. Although they are not likely to provide the same skin resurfacing results as professional treatments, they can still be a beneficial part of your facial care routine.

If you read customer reviews of various products on consumer websites, you will get a wide range of opinions. Some people are very happy with the results and feel it was money well spent, while others are unhappy with the product and feel it was a waste of money.

Only you can decide whether an at-home treatment is worth it to you based on your own skin care needs, budget priorities, and time schedule, but it will help to read what others are saying about a specific product to help you learn more about the choices before you make a random decision.


Microdermabrasion Cloths & Home Remedy Options

Microdermabrasion cloths are another skin exfoliation option for at-home use. The cloths are made of tightly woven microfibers that abrade the skin and remove surface cells without crystals, chemicals, or machines.

The microdermabrasion cloths can be thought of as high-tech washcloths for washing your face. To use, you simply wash your face with the cloth and your favorite facial cleanser.

The cloths are generally reusable but should be washed between uses in order to disinfect the cloth and keep them from harboring harmful bacteria.

If you are looking for other skin exfoliation options that use natural products and don't require fancy tools or equipment, you can try using a loofah or Buf Puf, a homemade white sugar rub, sea salt rubs, epsom salt scrubs, or beach sand.

Things to Consider

Microdermabrasion at-home kits can boost your face washing routine and reveal smoother, softer, more vibrant looking skin. Many people have been happy with the results of at-home microdermabrasion kits and so may you.

Advantages of At-Home Microdermabrasion Kits

  • Lower initial cost savings
  • Treatments done in the privacy and comfort of home

Disadvantages of At-Home Microdermabrasion Kits

  • Less intense results than can be achieved with a professional treatment
  • Some products can cause excessive redness, irritation, damage, or allergic reaction

To get optimal results, it may take some experimenting with several products to find the one that works best for your skin and to develop a proficient technique. To choose a product, you may find it helpful to read customer reviews on websites that sell beauty products to see which products have received favorable reviews from other users.

If you give it a try, you may find that at-home microdermabrasion works for you, or you may decide that you want to try a professional treatment to compare results. Some people decide to use both at-home products and professional treatment to extend the amount of time needed between appointments.

If you are looking into microdermabrasion home treatment, review the advantages and disadvantages to see if it is right for you.


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Microdermabrasion for Acne Scars

Microdermabrasion for AcneMicrodermabrasion can be used to smooth the skin and improve the appearance of mild acne scars, but will have minimal effect on recontouring more severe acne scarring. Acne scars are often more than 100 microns deep and microdermabrasion removes about 5-10 microns of the skin. Popular skin resurfacing options for treating deeper acne scarring include laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, and chemical peels.