After a lot of research, online and “offline”, for the ideal at home microdermabrasion machine, I realized that the abundance of manufacturers and products range have made it almost impossible to come up with a realistic list of choice. The worst part being the unavailability, after a while, of some models even if they were popular (Go figure!).
I’ve chosen these 10 at home microdermabrasion machines based on their ranking as bestsellers and NOT as their star rankings.
So I’ve come up with this list which should cover your needs if you are seeking for your first personal microdermabrasion unit or just want to replace your old one. I hope all those models I have reviewed will remain on the market for most of 2017 as they are the top 10 bestsellers. Enjoy!
These home microdermabrasion machines have an combined editor rating of 4.05. Note although that some lowest ratings are due to the online unavailability of some of the products.
Also at the end of this page you will find some in-depth explanations about most of the concerns that people may have regarding microdermabrasion.
A Quick Look at our Selection of the Top Home Microdermabrasion Machines
"Updated November 19th, 2017"
- Microderm GLO Diamond Microdermabrasion System by Nuvéderm
- PMD Personal Microderm System
- Portable Home Diamond Microdermabrasion Device by Aostyle
- Silk’n Revit Microderm Device
- Trophy Skin Rejuvaderm MD Microdermabrasion System
- Zeny 3 in 1 Diamond Microdermabrasion Dermabrasion Machine
- Trophy Skin MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion Device
- Kendal Diamond Microdermabrasion Dermabrasion Machine for Facial Skin Care Bm01
- Kendal 3 in 1 Diamond Microdermabrasion Dermabrasion Machine w/ Vacuum & Spray BM02
- Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine by Appolus
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Microderm GLO Diamond Microdermabrasion System by Nuvéderm
The Microderm GLO Diamond Microdermabrasion System by Nuvéderm was released early 2016 and gathered right away a majority of 5 stars.
Most positive reviews refer to the fairly strong suction power, the ease of use and the fast results.
Also a feature that made unanimity is that it is a real portable microdermabrasion unit with no cable hanging and with a battery that lasts very long.
Another positive aspect of this home microdermabrasion machine is that the manufacturer, Nuvéderm Biomedical Technology, first priority is customer satisfaction and they will replace with no delay any malfunctioning device.
Some customers were also please with the results when using the Microderm GLO Diamond Microdermabrasion System on other parts of the body like neck, arms and hands.
When it comes to negative reviews, apart from the usual non realistic and without argumentation “doesn’t work” or “don’t buy”, some customer would prefer if it came with an extra diamond tip for the same price (can be bought extra).
Should You Buy the Microderm GLO Diamond Microdermabrasion System by Nuvéderm?
This device offers diamond exfoliation and uses smooth suction technology. Nuvéderm Biomedical Technology was founded by members of the American Academy of Dermatology and looks like very prone to satisfy all their customers with a no question asked return policy but also with an effective and quick response customer care service.
When it comes to the origin of the Microderm GLO Diamond Microdermabrasion System, the manufacturer likes to be transparent and declares that the device is designed in California, components manufactured in China, Japan, and USA, assembled and Packaged in Illinois and materials printed in Wisconsin. How much clearer can this be (not like most of their competitors who try to hide their 100% Chinese origin).
One small grey zone though, Nuvéderm Biomedical Technology claims that their microdermabrasion system is FDA approved but it can’t be found in the database.
Giving the fact that the diamond tip is engineered for salon-quality results and that it offers an auto mode with timer that will guide you through on-screen directions I would be tempted to classify the Nuvéderm Microderm GLO Diamond Microdermabrasion System as my favorite.
If you decide to buy the Microderm GLO Diamond Microdermabrasion System by Nuvéderm don't forget to fill in the online registration within 30 days of purchase to benefit for the 1 year warranty. Warranty registration here.
PMD Personal Microderm System
Being a more popular and well known microdermabrasion device, the PMD Personal Microderm System has gathered a mixed opinion from its users. Favorable reviews seem to take a 70% of the votes for 30% of negative reviews.
The most positive statement from people who bought this unit was regarding the spectacular results they had on their skin. Some even compared it to professional results.
Also most of the positive reviews issue a warning when it comes to its use and frequency of use.
Most customers emphasize the fact that a proper and thorough study of the instruction manual and video is necessary before the first use in order to avoid damages to your skin.
For the negative reviews many customers have reported the suction to stop after a few sessions.
As for the warranty, there is a 30 days return policy and 1 year limited warranty but there have been some rumors stating that warranty or return policy is not valid when bought out of the regular channels.
Should You Buy the PMD Personal Microderm System?
After reading many positive, negative and in between reactions of customers, I noticed that several warnings have been raised as to the use of the PMD Personal Microderm System.
It seems that, in many cases, the session's results have left the skin of users with marks and red lines. Maybe this is why PMD issued a training video, a printed detailed user's manual and an on-site how-to page on how to use their device and provides a training pad, which by the way works like a normal pad, so don't do the training and after that a normal session.
Bottom line I would say that if you can have the patience to go through all the training (and stick to it) and not to start to exfoliate your face as soon as you will receive the box then this machine may have all the expected results of a professional spa microdermabrasion treatment.?
How to Use PMD Personal Microderm System - Video
Aostyle: Portable Home Diamond Microdermabrasion Device
Nothing really impressive found on the positive reviews side (50%), the usual "Works well", "Easy to use" and "Great skin". The critical reviews are mostly focused on the missing parts, usually diamond tips, and the hard to understand user manual which is written in bad English.
Should You Buy the Portable Home Diamond Microdermabrasion Device by Aostyle?
I must say I have been left quite confused after doing my research for this product. On one hand Aostyle claims to have been featured in VOGUE, MARIE CLAIRE and INSTYLE and on the other I cannot find any other information on this product except from Amazon, it seems they don't even have a proper website.
And based on some testimonials of buyers it also seems to be a Chinese manufactured unit. Even if the price is cheap, I will not recommend this product as they could have done a much better marketing promotion to avoid this ambiguous feeling of "something is fishy about this product".
How to Use Portable Home Diamond Microdermabrasion Device by Aostyle - Video
Silk’n: Revit Microderm Device
Positive reviews will report a similar quality as a professional spa session and there is even one user that claims that the Silk'n Revit Microderm Device had even better results just after a salon microdermabrasion.
Apart from the amazing results on their skin, positive reviewers also mention the practical and ease of use of this unit.
For the negative reviews, except some broken units that are covered by the warranty, there was a misconception aspect from some users who thought that this device could vacuum blackheads and blame a poor suction. In fact the manufacturer stipulated that this device is not meant to be used on blackheads and that there is a specific unit that would work better on acne.
Some also complained of the price of filters (10USD for 30 filters) but some other users simply washed them after every use and never had a problem.
Should You Buy the Silk’n Revit Microderm Device?
Having had many reviews, the Silk'n Revit Microderm Device remains a solid value when it comes to handheld portable microdermabrasion machine. I must say I was impressed by both the site of the company and their customer support department which seems to be listening to their customer's needs.
There are no hidden aspects in the way to use this unit; everything is clear and precise as there is abundant information available.
I think I would place the Silk'n Revit Microderm in my top choices as it fulfills all the needs an at home microdermabrasion machine should have.
How to Use Silk'n Revit Microderm Device - Video
Trophy Skin: Rejuvaderm MD Microdermabrasion System
With almost 80% of positive reviews, the remaining 20% of negative reviews don’t really harm this microdermabrasion system as most of the bad critics are really not objective or report bad to no results after a few sessions.
Of course for the price some users would have preferred to have the other diamond tips included in the price. And again like most other portable microdermabrasion machines, the issue of not being battery operated has been once more emphasized or at least being equipped with a longer power cord.
For the positive reviewers, some are thrilled by noticing much smother skin just after the first two treatments, but most customers see results within a few weeks like the manufacturer is also reporting.
Should You Buy the Trophy Skin Rejuvaderm MD Microdermabrasion System?
The first impression you get when you are reviewing the Trophy Skin Rejuvaderm MD Microdermabrasion System is that whatever negative aspect has been reported Trophy Skin, a Texas based manufacturer, makes every efforts to provide an objective argument or explanation in order to leave their customers satisfied.
We will have to remember that this device has been designed for a gentle use on your skin which allows 1 to 3 sessions per week compared to professional machines that may be more powerful with increased risks factors for your sensitive skins.
You will see great results on your skin assuming that you will have the patience to use this unit for a few weeks.
Besides the fact that the 3-in-1 Rejuvaderm MD unit does come with only one diamond tip of medium coarseness, the pore extraction tip and the infusion tip are a plus.
Note that for the pore extraction tip to extract effectively oil, sebum, and buildup inside the pores (blackheads and whiteheads) it is recommended to have a steamy bath before the suction.
My overall opinion for this product is that it is a valuable at home microdermabrasion kit that lives up to its promises. It can be used more often due to less harsh exfoliation than other similar units and at the same time shows a reliable design responsible for a very low percentage of failure. I would also put this one on top of my list.
How to Use Trophy Skin Rejuvaderm MD Microdermabrasion System - Video
Zeny: 3 in 1 Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine
Let’s start with the negative reviews where there is predominance the user manual lacks instructions for assembling the Zeny 3 in 1 Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine different parts. It is a fact that the manual that comes with the shipment is more focused on how to perform a professional microderm session than to assemble the different machine components. Many users have found videos on YouTube that would clarify the missing information (you can also view it on this page).
Another negative aspect raised my reviewers was the ambiguity about the voltage of this device to be adapted to other countries outside the US (is it 110v as well as 240V?). The truth is that I got confused myself as the pictures shows a 110V power supply and the manufacturer claims it is adapted for international use.
There were some reports on poor suction and diamond tips quality but there mostly based on an inadequate use of the system. Some also reported that some o-rings were missing but they were already installed on the wands.
One last critical review referred poor results on active acne, but people who know what microdermabrasion can do know that it can have results on acne scars but this kind of exfoliation is not recommended on active acne.
A lot of the positive reviews were made by professional estheticians and that says it all. There were numerous testimonials praising the ease of installation and use and the improvement on the skin after only a few sessions.
Good suction and visible improvement on stretch marks were also reported a few times.?
Should You Buy the Zeny 3 in 1 Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine?
The Zeny 3in1 is in the category of professional microdermabrasion system, maybe that’s why so many estheticians were giving their positive reviews on it.
The poor instructions on how to use or assemble this kit being one of the most serious cons, I believe that, nowadays, it is very easy to find enough information on the internet and especially in Youtube when it comes to beauty products.
I believe this is one of the last true “desktop” complete microdermabrasion kits on the market that offers professional exfoliation therapy, vacuum therapy and has a spraying function and can be used as an at home machine due to its size and ease of use. And of course it cannot really be compared to the new generation of handheld portable microdermabrasion units which offers only one function and just a few diamond tips.
I would subsequently classify the Zeny 3 in 1 Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine as a keeper not only for the obvious good results it offers but also because I can anticipate by stating that this device will remain timeless. Plus its price has become very competitive even if the manufacturer has stated that price change depends on market fluctuation and inventory condition.
How to Use Zeny 3 in 1 Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine - Video
Trophy Skin: MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion Device
Two types of complaints (I couldn’t find any other) are repeated by negative reviewers. The first one is the insufficient or not adapted suction power. This critic is mainly based on the included tip that is not so adapted for certain bony or irregular surfaces of the skin where it cannot lay perfectly on such parts. It is obvious that the solution for this problem will be to use more adapted tips (I will talk about this later on!).
The second negative aspect reported by customers was that the Trophy Skin MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion Device does not offer fast enough results. It is evident for people who are more familiar with microdermabrasion that some treatments on hyper-pigmentation or acne scars need to be carried out on a substantially longer period of time in order to see concrete visible results.
On the other hand it can be understandable to think that these new easy to use handheld microdermabrasion devices can have instant results whatever the motivation for using them because there have been a lot of misinterpreted promotions or reviews.
The majority of the reviews that I could find around this product was positive ones and was focused on: the high level of suction the amazing results even after a few treatments the optimum penetration of lotions and moisturizing creams after treatment the money saved from spas and beauty salons great customer support service (some faulty devices have been quickly replaced at no cost, except shipping cost maybe)
Should You Buy the Trophy Skin MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion Device?
First thing I want to say is that Trophy Skin has made huge efforts to be close to their customers and provide all the information necessary (manuals, videos, phone support) to help them have the best experience using their products, they even have a troubleshooting section. And I cannot say the same for other manufacturers.
The Trophy Skin MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion unit is the “smallest” of the Trophy Skin family, smallest in size, in included parts and in price (“Big benefits in a little package” as they say on the package).
So it is evident that you are going here with “you get what you pay for” but nevertheless this handheld device can perform, for most cases, as well as more sophisticated and more equipped at home microdermabrasion machine.
It is also clear that if you want more adapted treatment, like working thoroughly in some other areas of your face or even other parts of your body, you will have to buy the necessary and adapted parts that are designed for those specific purposes.
For this reason I would recommend this product for first time users (but not only!) just to get the hang of it as you will be amazed by the results as it is delivered and also because you can easily get other more adapted diamond tips and other adapters as you go on with your microdermabrasion treatments.
Plus whatever will happen to this unit, customer support seems to be very helpful and eager to have every customer satisfied.
How to Use Trophy Skin MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion Device - Video
Kendal: Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine Bm01
Satisfied customers mainly praise the ease of use, the results on their skin, the durability of the components and a great customer service.
You would also read positive reviews for the BM01 Kendal Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine regarding its multipurpose use. Happy users have reported using it with great success on face, legs, feet, arms, neck and chest.
Unhappy customers are mostly blaming the instructions that are difficult to understand as written in bad English and the poor suction power.
Should You Buy the Kendal Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine for Facial Skin Care HB-BM01?
We must remember here that this device is one of the oldest on the microdermabrasion market. We can still find some reviews dated back in 2012 and it is obvious that this device has had its share of success.
As many other Chinese manufactured product, the instruction manual is usually what lacks in reliability and can causes confusions among users. Even though the detailed chart on the diamond tips box, describing where each one is to be used for, how to use them correctly still remains a challenge for some.
A typical case would be customers reporting poor suction while using the wrong tip on the wrong area.
Apart the fact that some units came out of the box with a faulty vacuum motor, which, by the way, in most cases have been replaced free of charge by the manufacturer, the poor suction issues were sometimes the result of the use of the wrong tip size and coarseness on the wrong part of the face or body.
We can’t deny the fact that this unit has left many highly satisfied users all these years and it looks like the quality of the components has a lot to do with it. As for any diamond tips, proper cleaning after use remains the key of such durability.
If you are not looking for a more “handheld” and compact microdermabrasion unit, but a device that can rejuvenate and refines your skin on different areas of your body, still being portable and with an affordable price, then I would strongly suggest you consider the Kendal HB-BM01 Diamond Microdermabrasion machine.
Kendal Diamond Microdermabrasion Dermabrasion Machine Bm01 - User Manual
Click Here to view the Kendal Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine Bm01 Instruction Manual (refer to pages 11 to 13 of the manual)
Kendal: 3 in 1 Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine BM02
As for the previous unit, this one is also a Kendal manufactured by Shining Image, China based, with basically the same longstanding presence on the market.
Bad reviews report not being able to use some of the components, like the spraying bottles, due to improper instructions on how to assemble them.
The good reviews, apart from the good results on the skin, the ease of use, the great value for the price and the helpful customer support, this machine is also highly acclaimed for the misting function that supplies constant spraying and offers a nice cooling effect to the skin after the exfoliation and the vacuuming.
Should You Buy the Kendal SI-BM02 Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine with Vacuum & Spray?
This unit has it all, diamond exfoliation, vacuuming and spraying. No wonder the manufacturer promotes it as a must-have equipment for professionals as well as for home use.
Even if this unit is pretty easy to use, it might be more adapted for more advanced users as it offers many options beyond the classic microdermabrasion exfoliation.
Some might be intimidated by the bad reputation due to improper or not understandable instructions, but, nowadays, the Internet can be a valuable source of information regarding the proper use of this device.
People who would buy the Kendal SI-BM02 Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine with Vacuum & Spray would probably not be needing any other skin treatment device for a long time.
How to Use Kendal 3 in 1 Diamond Microdermabrasion Dermabrasion Machine BM02 - Video
Click Here to view the Kendal Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine Bm01 Instruction Manual (refer to pages 11 to 13 of the manual)
Appolus Diamond Microdermabrasion Device Kit
Considering the fact that this unit is pretty recent and has only 18 reviews at the time of writing, this device has gathered some impressive positive testimonials. This section will have to be updated when this product will be available again and more reviews will be written.
Should You Buy the Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine by Appolus?
Here is a typical aspect of what I was referring before on the availability of some microdermabrasion machines. As of the writing of this review, this device is already unavailable.
Is it because it is of a brand new technology, filter free and battery operated and it has become more popular than expected by the manufacturer? Or is it one more an ephemera product?
Apart from this interrogations, this diamond at-home microdermabrasion machine can be considered as revolutionary as it does not use filters, is battery operated and is waterproof.
I personally can’t say if these new features can be of any interest for a skin exfoliation device but I’m sure some future users would find them useful.
To finalize, I would restrain my recommendation on buying the Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine by Appolus until this device receives more reviews and provides a more stable availability on the market.
Portable Home Personal Diamond Microdermabrasion Device by SunTen
Even if it looks like the Portable Home Personal Diamond Microdermabrasion Device by SunTen is a new unit on the market, customer’s reviews are very positive. You frequently hear about how effective this device works on your skin leaving it bright, glowy and clear. Some customers have even reported positive results after a week of use.
A general feeling of satisfaction comes from customers who bought this unit especially due to its low price which does not make it less worth than the professional expensive machines.
As some customers reported that they didn’t receive their purchase yet and some were asking how to use it, there might be some issues with delivery and instructions manual.
Should You Buy the Portable Home Personal Diamond Microdermabrasion Device by SunTen?
Based on the positive results of customers, the features offered and a great price, the Portable Home Personal Diamond Microdermabrasion Device by SunTen can easily become your choice number one when it comes to at home microdermabrasion machine.
This specific skin care market offers more and more microdermabrasion machines which are portable and easy to use and this one has nothing to feel neglected, it has everything.
Microdermabrasion: What is it?
Microdermabrasion is an advanced and safe exfoliation technique that will remove skin dead cells and restore radiance of the complexion.
Among the available microdermabrasion machines or kits, there are two main categories we must differentiate:
- diamond tips
- or crystals
Diamond microdermabrasion is a safe and non-invasive procedure for mechanical exfoliation of the skin. Microdermabrasion smoothes deeply and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin while promoting the micro-circulation through heads of real laser-cut diamonds and sucks the dead skin cells to facilitate the renewal of the epidermis.
The diamond head gently exfoliates the top layer of the skin to smooth the surface while controlled suction stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. The combination of suction and pressure helps to make the skin uniform and allows you to customize treatments, depending on the type of skin.
In the case of microdermabrasion machine with crystals, micro-particles (micro crystals) are projected on the skin and subsequently aspirated with the dead skin cells through the machine itself.
Both practices rejuvenate the skin, especially by erasing wrinkles and fine lines and is most often performed on the face, neck and hands.
Microdermabrasion: what happens during and after a treatment?
The session is not painful, the only effect felt by people who have tested is a feeling of warmth like during a massage.
Following the session, the skin may peel slightly, it is completely normal, no worries therefore, it is not an allergy or a skin reaction following treatment.
Know that after having a microdermabrasion therapy, you should not be exposed to the sun for at least 3 days and you don’t want to use any scrub or peeling.
In other words, leave your skin alone!
Microdermabrasion: Who can do it?
Microdermabrasion is ideal for people:
- who wish to erase the effects of aging on their face and thus refresh their complexion
- which have sunspots due to the sun
- who have oily skin, enlarged pores, and mild acne
- who have acne scars
- who have stretch marks on the neckline
Microdermabrasion is generally reserved for normal skin who suffer from imperfections, whether related to sun, sebum excess, or to stretch marks and scars.
Although a microdermabrasion treatment is much softer than a peel, which makes it useful for many types of skin, especially for black skin that tends to be easily weakened.
The home kits are often criticized by dermatologists who believe that the results are minimal compared to those from the care of professionals.
This kind of statement is understandable as dermatologists and estheticians have lost a great deal of clients since the market has been flooded with at-home microdermabrasion machines.
What are the benefits of microdermabrasion for your skin?
- The main benefit of microdermabrasion is that it removes dead skin cells accumulated deep under the skin. Microdermabrasion is a deep exfoliation of the skin. That’s why it eliminates impurities, dead cells and accumulated dirt on the skin due to makeup and external factors, such as pollution.
- Because it exfoliates the skin, microdermabrasion can improve the appearance of facial pores. Not taking good care of your skin or not removing your makeup dilates the pores of your skin and blackheads as well as redness may appear. With microdermabrasion you can forget all the above risks as it will remove the surface layers of the skin and regenerates it.
- One other very important benefit of microdermabrasion is that it stimulates blood flow, which gives you a well-nourished skin. The skin becomes more beautiful, softer, younger, brighter and healthier. When the skin is “sanded”, it is reborn, like new, thus delaying the signs of aging.
- Reducing puffiness and edema is another of the benefits of microdermabrasion. This technique allows the skin to be hydrated and the blood to flow better. The skin is thus unobstructed, unlike what happens when you don’t take good care of your skin and don’t exfoliate your face regularly and correctly.
- Microdermabrasion is a treatment that has no side effects. After a microdermabrasion session, your skin may be a little red because of exfoliation, but it is not an allergic reaction. The treatment can therefore be performed without risk of causing irritation, rashes or skin lesions.
- Another benefit of microdermabrasion is that it is an outpatient treatment, which therefore does not require hospitalization. Microdermabrasion is painless, but a rubbing sensation may sometimes appear.
- Finally, perhaps one of the best benefits of Microdermabrasion is that the results are immediate. After a treatment, the skin is immediately softer, brighter, more beautiful and healthy and after two days, the effects of the session are even more surprising.
What should I do after a microdermabrasion treatment?
Microdermabrasion is a rather gentle, non-painful technique that does not require local anesthesia.
After a deeper microdermabrasion, there may be slight tingling or even a slight sensitivity. It is sometimes accompanied by a minor swelling for a few days.
The treated surface is more sensitive and delicate after the treatment, so avoid exfoliating or irritating creams (eg vitamin A) the following days.
Wash the treated area gently with mild soap.
Do not expose treated surfaces to the sun for a few days, and preferably use sunscreen.
The presence of side effects is rather exceptional since it is a soft technique.
However, certain cutaneous conditions requiring a more in-depth intervention can cause small superficial crusts. They will fall after a few days, just be careful not to tear them off.
It is normal and desirable to observe fine desquamation (shedding or pealing of the outermost layer of the skin), then you will just have to sufficiently moisturize your skin.
Several microdermabrasion sessions are usually necessary, depending on the condition of the skin surface to be treated.
But it is suggested to wait at least 6 to 7 days between two microdermabrasion sessions.