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Product Review: Personal Microderm System at

Posted Sep 30 2010 12:00am
I was given the opportunity to try the Personal Microderm System , a product sold on for a microdermabrasion system at home . This item is used to help with skin problems like changes in skin texture, repairing sun damage to skin, removing skin buildup, and helping to maintain healthy, even toned skin with regular use.

The system includes a personal microderm device, exfoliating discs (blue for sensitive skin, green for rougher skin), 1 standard US electric cord, 1 facial cap, 1 body cap, 1 reusable filter, and an instructional CD and pamphlet. The discs use aluminum oxide crystals to smooth away dead skin, to reveal younger looking skin that is able to absorb serums and lotions with more ease.

Price: $177.20

Availability: online at

Packaging: everything arrives in a paper box, with the individual items housed in foam for added protection during shipping. The system is easy to assemble out of the box - simply insert the filter on top of the microderm system, attach the desired exfoliating disc, screw on the coordinating cap, and lock the cord into the bottom of the system before plugging it into a wall socket.

Directions: Definitely watch the instructional DVD included with the package - it shows you exactly how to use the system on your face. It's recommended to use the Personal Microderm System once every 5-7 days, to allow the skin to rejuvenate in between treatments. For fully effective results, there are three recommended sequences to use the system. In the first sequence, the system should be used weekly for 10-12 weeks; the second sequence uses the system twice a month for 2-3 months, and the final sequence only requires using the system once a month for general maintenance. Each disc should be replaced after 2-3 treatments, as the aluminum oxide crystals will wear down and become less effective at exfoliating the dead skin (i.e., stratum corneum) on your face and/or body.

Once you have chosen the proper exfoliating disc and attached it - along with the filter and coordinating cap - to the top of the personal microderm, connect the cord to the unit and turn it 1/4 of a turn until it clicks into place. Make sure your skin is clean and dry - a good time to use the system is after a shower or bath, or after you've removed your makeup for the day.

Use your fingers to create a smooth surface to move the system across your skin. For example, use your index and middle fingers to stretch the skin on your cheek taut before using the system on your face. Switch on the power - the system will make a loud vibrating sound - and slowly move the the disc across the smooth skin surface you just created. You'll feel a sucking feeling, which is just the system's vacuum pulling the dead skin cells into the cap. If your skin turns pink quickly, you may want to switch to the blue discs, designated for sensitive skin. You may also see white flaky skin where the disc was - this is normal, and literally is the dead skin being lifted off your face. Be sure NOT to use the system around the sensitive skin around the eye area - do not go higher than your cheekbone, or lower than your eyebrow; all other areas of the face can be exfoliated safely.

After you have used the system, turn off the system and rinse your face with water to remove any dead skin left on your face from the treatment and pat dry. Use a gentle toner to neutralize the pH of your skin, and apply serum and/or moisturizer. The skin will be more sensitive to the sun for 3-4 days following each treatment, so be sure to wear sunblock to avoid any additional sun damage.

To clean the unit, simply unplug the cord and unscrew the cap. Remove the exfoliating disc and filter, and run the filter under water and air dry. The cap can also be rinsed with water to remove any dead skin.

My Thoughts: To be completely honest, I had my doubts about using a home microdermabrasion system. It's supposed to be comparable to professional microdermabrasion treatments that can run anywhere between $50-$200+ at a salon or spa, and even more if you go to a dermatology office. The last time I had a spa treatment was when I was in my early 20s on a trip the Philippines, which did wonders for my skin, but since then I've just used high and low end exfoliating scrubs on my own, and have only recently gone to a dermatologist for more serious skin concerns.

I was also wary of using what looked like a harsh product on my sensitive skin because I'd been told by my dermatologist that the acne I had on my jawline was caused by excessive exfoliation; I've just now started to get the scarring under control, and I didn't want to start using something that might cause more damage than good to my skin.

After using the Personal Microderm System for a month, I am really impressed with the product - my skin feels smoother and recent acne scars seem to be going away faster than they normally would. The first time I tried using the system I wasn't sure how harsh it would be on my skin, so I didn't really see any effects from using it. The second time was better, since I knew that the (blue) disc was suitable for my skin; my skin felt really smooth after I rinsed my face and I didn't feel like I had to use as much moisturizer afterwards. My skin did turn a little pink after running the disc across my face, but the redness was only temporary, and I never broke out as a result of using the system.

I'm really looking forward to using the system again, now that I've returned from a week away at the beach - after so many hours of soaking up the sun and wearing sunscreen, my skin is in need of a little TLC :)

Effectively exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal softer skin, even for sensitive skin types
Affordable system can save hundreds of dollars compared to professional microdermabrasion treatments with the same overall effect
Easy to use, clean, and store in your home

May not be affordable to everyone
Body treatments will require more frequent replacements, depending on the size of the treatment area

Overall: If you are new to using microdermabrasion systems or if you're looking for an effective microdermabrasion system, I'd definitely recommend purchasing the Personal Microderm System. Even if you get regular microdermabrasion treatments, I think purchasing this system would be a great way to keep up with treatments and save yourself some money at the same time.

Please note that I also received samples of the M2 Skin Refinish serum and Skin Recovery Moisturizer (not pictured), which were meant to be used after treatments. The samples were not used post-treatment during this 1-month trial period, as I had just changed my skincare routine and wanted to avoid using/changing too many products to my skin so quickly to prevent any reactions and/or breakouts.

If you've made it to the bottom of this entry - thank you for reading everything! For a limited time, is offering a site-wide 20% off coupon which is applicable to almost every product. The coupon expires tomorrow, October 1! If you can't place an order for your own Personal Microderm System before tomorrow, they have also offered a coupon code for my readers that is good until December 31, 2010. I believe this specific code is only good for purchasing the Personal Microderm System.

Site Wide Code: MAKEOVER20 (expires October 1, 2010)
Personal Microderm System Code: PMD15OFF

Disclaimer: The product(s) mentioned in this post were received at no cost to the writer and did not influence the opinion(s) above. No other compensation was received for reviewing the product(s) listed in this post. The links above are not affiliate links and I will not be compensated if you click them.
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