The PMD Microderm Device Totally Changed the Texture of My Skin

Talia Gutierrez
·5 min read

Everyone has their favorite skin-care step. For me it’s all about exfoliation, which recently led me down a rabbit hole of reviews for the PMD Microderm Device. Since the at-home tool came out nearly 20 years ago, it’s earned its spot among the skin-care hall of fame for its ability to deliver a healthier, dewier, and softer complexion.

I’ve had my fun with exfoliating superstars like Dr. Dennis Gross’s Peel Pads and Naturopathica’s Cherry Enzyme Peel to alleviate breakouts and textured skin. But a tool that basically vacuums your skin to suck away clogged pores and dead cells? It brings the joy of exfoliating to an entirely new and incredibly satisfying level.

How does the PMD Microderm Device work?

For those unfamiliar with microdermabrasion, here’s the gist: It’s a treatment that buffs out dead cells and product build-up from the outermost layer of your skin with the use of aluminum oxide crystals. Customarily it’s done by an esthetician or dermatologist, but at-home tools like the PMD Personal Microderm Device are able to mimic the results of pro treatments with extended use. The Microderm in particular uses spinning-disc technology and vacuum suction to tackle a variety of skin concerns like texture, fine lines, and blemishes—scars included.

I’ll be the first to say that acne, in its most literal sense, is not my biggest skin concern, yet texture is. So what better time than quarantine to address the tiny sebum-filled bumps populating my cheeks and the keratosis pilaris along my arms? When I opened the device’s packaging, its size initially struck me. For a microdermabrasion device comparable to in-office results, I was expecting something much, much bigger (and heavier). The Microderm is surprisingly lightweight, and its plug-in power cord is longer than my straightener’s, which makes it an easy reach for that inconveniently placed bottom corner outlet in your bathroom (we all have it). I say bathroom because over the sink is an ideal location for using this thing, since dead skin is being shed, sucked, and, sometimes, dropped—it’s a tip you’ll thank me for later.

How do you use the PMD Microderm Device?

Before I get into the good stuff (i.e., the surprisingly smooth and instantaneous results I got after a few trial runs), I urge you to read the directions for this device—carefully—and follow that up by watching the how-to video from the brand, below. Admittedly, I didn’t do either my first go-around (call it cockiness), resulting in mediocre results and an irritated skin barrier. To start, PMD recommends plugging in the white training disc and practicing the upward swaying motions along your arm or leg. This way you’ll get a (literal) feel for the suction and grainy nature of each disc, even the white practice one.

Once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s time to choose your disc intensity. There are six discs included in the Classic version of this device, which are all conveniently color-coded. Three discs are for body treatments and three are for your face—ranging from very sensitive to very intense. (If you’re looking for a more intense treatment, I’d recommend the Pro version or the newest, Elite Pro). The choice is yours, but my advice no matter the version is to start with the very sensitive and work your way up. You can always exfoliate more, but you can’t reverse any sloughing that’s been done.

After snapping in your disc of choice, screw the facial cap on, and it’s ready to go.

As the tutorial video from the brand demonstrates, pulling your skin taut will help alleviate added stress and irritation, making the vacuum less abrasive as you glide it from the center of your face out to your hairline. Doing this simple step was one I missed during my trial run, resulting in not-so-cute red lines along my face (the suction is real, people!).

It sounds just like an electric buzzer (but nothing too loud) and makes a little pop sound as you detach your skin from its suction. As satisfying as that is, it’s the dead skin that slowly populates the inner crevasses within the vacuum’s transparent cap that gave me the same gratifying feel as swiping an Alpha Beta Peel across my face.

The removable discs and the two caps are easily washable and can be used for up to three to four times before replacing. (That comes out to every month or so if you’re microderming once a week). PDM offers Replacement Disc Kits ranging in sensitivity levels for $20, which I find to be reasonable for the healthy, glowing skin they impart.

What are the results of the PMD Microderm Device?

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Right after
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Three weeks later
Three weeks later

It’s only been three weeks—meaning three treatments—since my first go at it, and my skin not only looks more vibrant but feels less textured and a whole lot softer too. I definitely recommend following up the treatments with a hydrating sheet mask, like PMD’s Recovery Collagen Sheet Mask, which helps soothe and restore post-microdermed skin.

I probably won’t shelve my favorite exfoliating masks and peels for good. I honestly just love them too much. Rather, once I get my skin to a more manageable place this device, I’ll keep it around to use in rotation for when I need the exfoliating big guns—or, you know, want the fun of vacuuming my skin.

PMD Personal Microderm Classic

$160.00, PMD

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Talia Gutierrez is the beauty assistant at Glamour, Allure, and Vogue. Follow her on Instagram @taliamichelee.

Originally Appeared on Glamour