The promise of healthier, younger looking skin and the reduction of skin problems such as age spots or acne scars sounds appealing to everyone, regardless of age. But a product that you can use in your own home and at a fraction of the price of regular visits to the spa sounds too good to be true. Yet, these are the benefits associated with MicrodermMD by Trophy Skin, an at home microdermabrasion machine. At about $300, this product advertises that in just 10 minutes, a few times a week, you can get the same benefits as going to a spa where you can expect to pay upward of $100 per visit for the same caliber treatment. But does MicrodermMD work like it says it does?
What is Microdermabrasion?
To start at the beginning, what in the world is microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is a procedure in which a fine layer of skin, mostly made up of old, dead skin cells, is gently sanded off of your skin by an abrasive instrument. By removing the uneven, outer layer of skin, you promote healthy skin cells to regenerate at the surface.
And how does this help me?
As a whole, microdermabrasion can be used to help a variety of skin problems. It can improve the appearance of age spots and patches of dark skin (called hyperpigmentation). It can lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, treat acne and acne scars, and reduce the size of or eliminate large pores. Another benefit of microdermabrasion is it helps to thicken the skin’s collagen. This is a protein in your skin that makes the skin appear tight and elastic. As a child, you have plenty of collagen, but with age it begins to diminish resulting in looser skin.
MicrodermMD Product Claims:
It is a very common and regular practice at most spas or dermatologist offices to perform microdermabrasion procedures, but can be quite costly, especially if you plan on making microdermabrasion a part of your regular beauty routine. Enter the MicrodermMD home microdermabrasion machine. The easy to use machine advertises a multitude of uses that is able to eliminate several unwanted skin problems. MicrodermMD touts its ability to lessen or eliminate wrinkles and age spot discoloration. It can create smaller, less noticeable pores, make blackheads disappear, and improve acne scarring or sun-damaged skin spots and blemishes. The MicrodermMD is safe to use on the face, chest, hands and legs.
What you get:
Included with the MicrodermMD machine is the exfoliation wand, blackhead removal tip, medical grade diamond tip, and absorption tip. The diamond tip is advertised to be exactly like the professionals use. Also included is a tip cleaning brush and 100 disposable wool filters. For added convenience, the machine has a magnified mirror and comes with a durable case for traveling. With each MicrodermMD kit also comes a three year product warranty.
So how does it measure up to its competitors?
The MicrodermMD is not the first of its kind. In fact, the MicrodermMD is just the latest and greatest iteration of home microdermabrasion machines available for purchase to the public. So how does the MicrodermMD measure up?
Handheld Microdermabrasion Machines:
Of the available options, you can split at home microdermabrasion machines into two categories; those that are handheld, and those that while compact, are not. Of the handheld varieties, Trophy Skin makes two variants very similar to the MicrodermMD. Both the RejuvadermMD and the MiniMD are handheld devices with similar features to the MicrodermMD.
RejuvadermMD – This option made by Trophy Skin is moderately priced and a “middle of the road” option if you want to stick with this manufacturer. The RejuvadermMD comes with fewer consumable parts and only comes with a one year warranty as opposed to the three year warranty offered with the MicrodermMD model. Compared to the MicrodermMD model, there are fewer suction speed settings. The benefits are that this model is a handheld unit and the RejuvadermMD comes with a cheaper price too, averaging about $200.
MiniMD – The base model handheld option created by Trophy skin is the cheapest available. This comes with even fewer consumable parts and only a six month warranty. The suction has fewer speed options than even the RejuvadermMD model. The price point on this model is around $100.
Personal Microderm System (PMD) – This microdermabrasion machine is not created by Trophy Skin, but is certainly a comparable handheld model. PMD has many of the same bells and whistles and promises the same results as the Trophy Skin line of products. Users of this product are satisfied with the results, but advise that the pads don’t last long at all; limited to only 3-4 uses before they have to be replaced. Users also noted the suggested product regiment associated with the PMD can get quite costly. The cost of this handheld at home microdermabrasion machine is about $160, so it is moderately priced in comparison to other handheld options.
At Home Microdermabrasion Machines:
Probably more comparable to the MicrodermMD are other large at home microdermabrasion systems.
NuBrilliance Microdermabrasion Machine – This is one of the highest ranking at home machines by users across the board. It is rather comparable to the MicrodermMD machine, but users report greater suction on this product. The greater the suction, the more dead skin cells that are being pull away from the skin. The price point of a NuBrilliance machine is about $250.
NEW SPA – Also very similar to the MicrodermMD, NEW SPA boasts the same professional grade diamond tip. The tip has reported issues of dulling after only a few uses. (Though many users say that the dull tip does not affect the overall performance of the machine.) The price point of a NEW SPA microdermabrasion machine is around $190.
Kendal HB-SF01 Professional Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine – More powerful than other machines, users are overall very pleased with the strong vacuum on this machine creating more suction. The downside of the Kendal Microdermabrasion machine is that, at 8.3 pounds, this machine is quite heavy and bulky. While certainly not intended to be a handheld model, when compared to the MicrodermMD which can still function as a “travel size”, the Kendal Professional is much more difficult to travel with. The Kendal Professional machine is priced around $200.
Taking a look at the big picture, there are several great benefits to the MicrodermMD machine. Many people reported undoubtedly smoother, fresher, and healthier looking skin. Across the board, this machine received one of the highest ratings by users and many felt a dramatic before and after difference in the texture of their skin. While it may be a stretch to claim that the machine can remove deep wrinkles, many people had great success with removing fine lines and surface wrinkles. Additionally, the three year warranty is hard to beat. Several users have reported unprecedented customer service in both the machine itself as well as the operation of the machine by the user. If you are unsure of the MicrodermMD, Trophy Spa offers a 30-day in-home trial of the machine to test it out.
Of course everything has its downsides too, and the MicrodermMD is no different. This machine is the most expensive of all the at home microdermabrasion machines offered. Replacement parts are also costly at $50 for a replacement diamond tip. Certainly not affecting the quality of the machine, but a hindrance none the less, the tube of the machine is just a bit too short and can make maneuvering the machine cumbersome at times. A regular complaint of the MicrodermMD machine is the lack of suction, despite the claim that one of the main features is a professional vacuum suction with five speeds. While Trophy Spa likes to use this as a key selling point and one of its top features, many users feel that other at home microdermabrasion machines surpass the suction the MicrodermMD is able to create. When the effectiveness of a product is based on the suction and how well it can slough away dead skin, this can be a big downfall of the microdermabrasion machine to overlook.
So is it worth the money? It depends entirely on the user. If you would only treat yourself once in a blue moon to a microdermabrasion treatment at the spa, then stick with the spa and don’t spend the $300. If you would like to add a regular routine of microdermabrasion into your beauty regime, then the MicrodermMD home microdermabrasion machine is probably a good investment, if you have room for $300 in your budget.
Also consider your body and your skin type. While the MicrodermMD may be a great machine, it won’t work for you if your skin does not respond well to microdermabrasion treatments. If you have had success in the past with microdermabrasion treatments, this will probably work for you too. If though, you have a history of sensitive skin, microdermabrasion in general may not be the best option. It is always a good idea to consult with your dermatologist to see if microdermabrasion is a good idea for your skin.
The machine itself is comparable to other large home microdermabrasion machines, but with the three year warranty and great customer service support, the MicrodermMD seems like the best all-around option.