Many people have started to explore the benefits of microdermabrasion devices. I started using this treatment at the recommendation of my doctor a while back and have loved it ever since. When I initially started my treatments, there were not too many at home devices to use and it ran me around $100 dollars each time I would go in for treatment at a doctor’s office. While I found it worth it for the benefits it gave my skin it was just not affordable to continue going to a professional to get treatment. I have tested and tried many at home machines. Some of them have lived up to my expectations and some have fallen flat. I will briefly discuss the different kinds of machines you can consider buying if you are serious about starting treatments at home.
Benefits of At Home Microdermabrasion Machines
Microdermabrasion treatments can help people that suffer from steady breakouts of acne. It can help people with acne by helping them clear out their clogged pores. The treatments have also helped with pulling oils and blackheads from the skin to help create a clearer complexion.
While the at home treatments are not typically as strong as the professional machines some people have found that light scarring has been faded after they have used this device. Fading of scars does take dedication and repeated treatments. Many people choose to use a microdermabrasion kit along with their typical beauty routine. This has allowed them to clear up their acne and help their skin look vibrant and new. People have liked these treatments because their skin not only appears to look better (like with make-up that hides blemishes), but feels better too.
Variations of Microdermabrasion Machines
The best part about microdermabrasion machines currently is that they have had a recent boom in popularity. As a result, the price of these machines is now very reasonable. This popularity boom has also allowed more companies to explore their own versions of this treatment and has produced many more options for the consumer to choose from. There are two systems that you can choose from. There are the diamond tipped machines, and exfoliating crystal machines. Personally, I prefer the quality of diamond tipped machines and that is what I will mainly focus on.
Diamond Tip Machines
If you are someone that is already dedicated to microdermabrasion treatments I would recommend this type of machine. Anyone that can put out a little extra cash would benefit from using this type of machine as well, whether you are new to dermabrasion or not. They can help with blemishes and light scarring. These machines are etched with diamond tips. The diamond tips can give you a stronger dermabrasion. While these systems do cost more initially you can save money on the refills. The diamond tips typically do not need to be replaced so you can use them for longer than their cheaper counterpart.
Exfoliating Crystal Machines
These machines can be a great way to get started in microdermabrasion treatments. They are typically cheaper than the diamond tipped machines. If you are unsure if you are going to stay committed to doing these treatments yourself, you may want to invest in this type of machine. The reason this machines can be cheaper is that they use different types of exfoliating crystals. Typically, the crystals used are made of Aluminum Oxide. The exfoliating crystals are not able to give you as strong of a dermabrasion as the diamond tips. They typically last for a few treatments and then you will need to buy replacements. One last benefit of this type of machine is that they are usually smaller and more portable so you can carry them with you or bring them traveling.
The New Spa Portable Diamond Microdermabrasion Kit
This device has come to me with glowing recommendations. I have spoken with a professional who used this device in their own beauty spa temporarily until they could upgrade to a professional device, though this product’s quality rivals professional ones. The part about this machine that they liked the most is that it is not too expensive in comparison to some of the machines on the market. It will last very long due to its diamond tip technology. This unit can be purchased for around $200 and will yield great results.
Brilliance Microdermabrasion Skin Care System
This is another option for a microdermabrasion device. This device can be bought for around $250. It uses the diamond tips to give you a microdermabrasion treatment. The consumer reviews of this system are mixed. Some people have been able to use this system and they have described their results as one like an experience they would get professionally.
While there have been praises for this machine, there have been many complaints about this device as well. Any given review either praises its effectiveness and comfort or its ceasing of function. A major complaint about this device is the service the parent company provides to you. This machine differs from other diamond tip machines in the fact you do need to replace their tips around every 10 uses. This frequency of replacing tips is not normally seen with this type of machine. This will add to your costs of maintaining this device.
Something that can impede your experience with this machine is that many people have reported the suction device does not last very long. Many people have seen the device become defective in less than 2 months after buying it. The worst part about this break down is that the refund period for this device is only 30 days. This means many people have been stuck with a broken machine and a sad pocket book. Contacting the company about refunds is comparable to pulling teeth. They are not receptive to the reviews of their customer and they seem to go out of their way to take as long as possible to get back to you. Sometimes you can get a refund for the device, but after the work it takes to get one many people are left more than frustrated. The company’s refund system is difficult, long, and potentially not worth the hassle.
With these opinions in mind I find that this machine is not worth trying. It is good that some people have been able to find this machine helpful with their treatments, but it is not the machine for me. There are other products available on the market that have been proven to have more dependability at a cheaper price.
When you start using these treatments in a professional setting you may love the results, but not the price they come at. Using an at home treatment can save you tons in cash. You have to view the at home machine as paying for itself very quickly because after the initial investment for it, you no longer have to pay a professional an exorbitant fee every time you seek treatment. One aspect of a home treatment system to remember is that they are not going to be as strong in terms of suction as those of a professional. While this can be a slight annoyance as your results may not be quite as good as a professional treatment, this is for your safety. These machines are made for the everyday person to be able to use safely and comfortably in their home. The New Spa machine has a suction power of 16inHg of vacuum suction while a professional model may have suction up to 25inHg.
While this may seem discouraging, people typically see fantastic results by using the home systems. If you are looking to treat scars that are very severe you may see limited results from these machines. A professional treatment might be a better choice until you have seen significant decrease in the amount of scarring. You can purchase the professional machines that have stronger suction power, but I would be sure to learn how to use these safely before you invest. You should also note that the most serious scarring is generally out of the capabilities of microdermabrasion’s healing power.
When choosing whether to start using these treatments it may be best to first consult a doctor. Use your doctor to refer you to a professional that can try the microdermabrasion treatments on your skin to see how you react. If you have any skin conditions already it is always best to ask your doctor if it is safe for you to start home treatments. If you choose to start home treatments without asking your doctor you could risk irritating your skin, making it inflamed, or causing serious complications. If you notice any problems with using home treatments immediately consult a doctor.
Conclusion on Microdermabrasion
Overall, I have found that the diamond tipped machines can provide a much more powerful treatment than that of the exfoliating crystals. These machines will save you money by avoiding going to the doctor for professional treatments, and through avoiding the cost of replacement heads. However, I would recommend trying professional treatments first and consulting with your doctor before you invest in a microdermabrasion device. Seeking the advice of a medical professional is always a safe bet when seeking a new type of treatment. Between the two devices that I discussed, I believe that the New Spa kit is the better option. It has been built to a high standard of quality and has provided more consistent results to its users. It can also be purchased for less and does not require as much upkeep.