It Sucks the Skin Off Your Face | PMD Microdermabrasion First Impressions

Hey everyone, today we’re going to be having a little chat about the PMD at home microdermabrasion kit. This is just my first impressions and a little background on the product, a full review will be coming in a couple of weeks.  

In the interest of full disclosure, I was sent this product to review, and I was petrified of it. Those of you who are regulars here will know that skin is my thing, and I’ve always been interested in microdermabrasion. So, when the offer came to review it, I said yes instantly. Literally without thinking. And when I did start thinking, I got scared.  

If you search ‘sensitive skin’ on my blog you’ll basically see a list of every beauty post I’ve ever written. And if you read my skincare story, you’ll know that it’s an area I’ve had some issues with (for more information about my skin before the review I recommend you read that post). I was excited, caught up in a moment, then reality hit home that I’d just agreed to review a product that literally sucks dead skin off your face.  

I don’t like anything abrasive. I’m anti facial brush, anti Clarisonic and I don’t even like physical exfoliators and I’ve just agreed to use something that sucks the skin off your face. Literally.   

This was quite a while ago now. The product came, I sat looking at the box for about a week, too nervous to use it. Then I’d finally plucked up the courage to try it and got a rash, so I couldn’t use it. Rash lasted about two weeks, gave my skin a bit of time to recover and before you know it, the box has been sat there about a month without me even opening it.  

What is microdermabrasion? 

Microdermabrasion basically uses tiny crystals or diamonds and vacuum suction to buff away the top layer of your skin, removing dead skin. The idea is, your skin treats it like an injury and rushes to repair it with fresh, healthy skin. Like every exfoliator, it can make skin brighter, help with pigmentation and reduce the appearance of fine lines and reduce scarring.  

What’s the PMD? 

The PMD Microdermabrasion kit is an at home microdermabrasion device, it uses a crystal spinning disc to remove the dead skin (read: sucks skin from face).  

What’s in the box? 

The box comes with the device itself, a cap to use on your face, a cap for use on the body and several different coloured discs for different strengths of exfoliation. You also get a power cord with different adaptors for the US, UK and Europe.  There’s an instruction leaflet and an instruction DVD. As I was petrified of the product, I chose to watch the DVD. More than once.  

Instructions  

The DVD is only 9 minutes long, so it doesn’t take up too much time. It explains the basics of what microdermabrasion is for those who don’t know and explains what the different coloured discs are for. It comes with a white disc, which is the ‘training’ disc, gray discs which are for very sensitive skin and blue and green ones which are for ‘normal’ skin. There’s a longer, thinner disc, which is for the face and a wider one for the body in each of the colours other than white.  

They tell you to use upward motions, holding the skin taught and tell you to do a test patch on your arm. It also says to make sure you have freshly cleansed skin. Now, my skin is more sensitive after I cleanse it, so I opted to cleanse that morning then leave it a few hours before I tried the device.  

I’m glad I watched the DVD, it provided some useful information on how to use the product, but it didn’t exactly do a lot to calm my nerves. They tell you to not let it sit on your skin, to keep it moving at all times and that you must pull your skin taught. Obviously, this just leaves me panicking about what happens if I leave it a bit too long and I’m now stressing about it sucking all of my skin off.  

I also didn’t use my arm, I used a leg. The theory behind this was there’s snow on the ground, if this goes badly, no one will see it if it’s my leg. And a more rational theory, I have some scarring on one of my legs, so I have something to compare a before and after to, to see if anything actually improves.  

They tell you to moisturise afterwards, I didn’t do this because absolutely everything burns my skin after exfoliation. Once again, I waited an hour or so before I moisturised.  

First Attempt 

Body 

I used the gray disc on my leg at first, with the body cap and I was really pleasantly surprised when it didn’t hurt, burn or sting at all. The skin on my body isn’t as sensitive as my face, but it is still sensitive and easily irritated. It was gliding along quite smoothly and it all went well. 

Face 

Now it’s time to do my face and I’m scared again, obviously. This is my face. An electrical, skin-sucking device on my face. This was actually quite challenging. The device has a power cord rather than a battery and you need to use one hand to hold your skin taught and the other hand is holding the device. My dressing table is not near any sockets, the bathroom does not contain any sockets, the full-length mirror is also not next to any sockets. This is the part where I’m balancing a compact mirror on my kneecap in mid-air while the electrical skin-sucker is doing its thing.  

I used the white training disc on my face rather than the gray one I used on my body. Wincing, expecting pain as I glide it over my cheek, surprisingly, nothing happened. I definitely felt it more on my face than my body, but it didn’t hurt/ burn/ pull. 

Interestingly though, that was with the training disc. You can buy replacements for all of the coloured discs, but not the training disc. After using it, I was waiting to see if I had any sort of delayed reaction. I got some tingling, which is normal for any exfoliator. This tingling sensation lasted about three hours. Longer than a normal exfoliator. And that’s using the training disc.  

They say to escalate your usage depending on how well your skin handles the microdermabrasion. I can’t see my face being able to handle anything beyond the gray disc. And I’m not sure how well it will handle that one.  

Overall  

My first experience went better than I anticipated. The fear, although not totally unwarranted, was unnecessary. I am still slightly apprehensive about using the other disc. By the time you’re reading this I’ll have probably used the device twice (two weeks). They tell you to use it for at least a month to see results, so come back in a couple of weeks for my final verdict, before and after photos and see if I have any skin left.  

Well done if you made it this far, this is a long one.  

For more information about the PMD Microderm click here.

Until next time,  

Sophie 



 

This product was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

 

 

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31 Comments

  1. 22nd March 2018 / 8:04 pm

    Wow I’ve heard of these and always wondered if they work. I’ll definitely have a look because my skin really needs sorting.

  2. 22nd March 2018 / 8:05 pm

    I feel like my skin could really do with one of these, and your first impressions has made me want to try it tbh! How expensive are they normally? Great review, can’t wait to see the before and after pictures! x

    • Sophie
      Author
      22nd March 2018 / 8:08 pm

      They’re £135 in Boots! So they’re pricey! The replacement discs are £20 for about a 4 month supply so it’s probably cost effective in the long run but expensive in the beginning! Thanks for reading! x

  3. 22nd March 2018 / 8:16 pm

    Totally enjoyed this! Really can not wait for the full review and the before and after picture! Hope it’s still going well

  4. 22nd March 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Wow I’ve always wanted to try microderm, like with the blazing sun all the time at home I get a tan then I start peeling (lol that sounds funny). But ye, I peel and it it can leave a lot of dead skin on my face for a bit. I think my fears matched yours so I thought of t but never tried so thanks for sharing your honest thoughts. Hopefully I can find a kit here to try. ‍♀️

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

  5. 22nd March 2018 / 9:43 pm

    Oh yes! I’ve only had it done once or twice by a beautician and it left my skin looking very radiant. However for me the effect did not last enough to justify returning and paying a hefty amount. Maybe home device would be something I should invest in. Thanks for sharing, Iga Find me at http://www.igaberry.com

  6. 22nd March 2018 / 10:49 pm

    Ooh this was interesting to read! I think my skin is exactly like yours and I’d also think the same before using this! I’m intrigued though and definitely want to know how your skin is after using it for longer xx

  7. 23rd March 2018 / 12:11 am

    I’m excited for your next post of this product, I can’t wait to see the results!

  8. 23rd March 2018 / 5:40 am

    I have never had micro dermabrasion done on my skin so this was really informative. I would also be apprehensive about doing it myself instead of at a clinic. But looks like it’s a good product and having an at home kit would definitely save cost.

  9. 23rd March 2018 / 6:44 am

    This was an amazing blogpost, seriously. I can totally see why you were scared and you wrote it so well it kept you glued to your screen waiting to find out if it worked well for you. Haha, well done! Seems like a good device too! 🙂

  10. Huda
    23rd March 2018 / 3:33 pm

    I have been wanting to try out one of these for ages! Nothing sounds better to me than getting all that dead skin off my face haha, but I totally get your concern, I would be exactly like that! I’m glad you had a good experience, would love to see the results after you have used it for awhile! xx

  11. 23rd March 2018 / 5:04 pm

    I haven’t heard about PMD before but I like the idea of the home microdermabrasion kit! Glad you got to try it out thanks to your interest! This sounds like the perfect product to scrub off some dead skin! It’s great that you had a good experience overall. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    exquisitely.me

  12. Patrice Boothe
    23rd March 2018 / 8:07 pm

    I’ve always wanted to do this before it’s sounds interesting but I have sensitive skin also so I’ve always be afraid to get this done.

    http://www.pixieox.com

  13. 23rd March 2018 / 8:44 pm

    Ooh I’ll definitely be returning to read your final verdict, I agree these things look and sound pretty scary but also so useful and beneficial at the same time! I’d love to give one of these a try as my skin is so uneven and needs a bloody good buff, haha!
    Alice Xx

  14. 23rd March 2018 / 9:17 pm

    This sounds absolutely terrifying but also incredibly intriguing! Can’t wait to see what the result is in a few weeks!
    Jas xx

  15. 23rd March 2018 / 9:34 pm

    I think I would be scared of using it too! It does look quite intimidating and getting a rash would be the worst. I’m interested to see if this works, looking forward to reading the results Sophie! xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  16. 23rd March 2018 / 9:55 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about Microdermabrasion but I’ve never got myself around it just yet – I heard it works great for acne! Wait that’s what it does?! I thought it was more of like a massage for the face – clearly I need to learn more about it! So it basically takes away the top layer of your skin and then your skin goes to repair and then fresh healthy skin!

    Also that’s great that it comes with several adaptors! That way if you’re traveling and want to take it with you it’s no problem! I love the fact they included both an instruction paper & instruction dvd – I tend to like to read instructions but I’m more of a visual person. If I were you I’d also be watching the DVD several times, probably pausing every few seconds hahaha.

    And that’s a good point to use your leg instead of your arm! And YESS! That’s great to hear it didn’t burn or sting your skin!

    I look forward to reading in a couple of weeks how it affected your skin! I have dry skin and a bit of acne on my face, so I’m always looking for ways to make my skin routine a bit more interesting!

  17. 24th March 2018 / 3:17 am

    This was a very interesting read, I have seen this advertised and havent had the best feelings about it. Looks rather scary. I am not sure if I would buy this but your post has made me less negative.

    • Sophie
      Author
      25th March 2018 / 12:01 am

      It is scary. Especially the first time you bring it close to your face! It’s working well for me so far though! Thanks for reading x

  18. 24th March 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Can’t wait to read your next review on this. I’ve never looked at these type of products before but it sounds really good. Do you think it would get rid of my dry patches? x

    • Sophie
      Author
      25th March 2018 / 12:00 am

      It’s supposed to! I haven’t been using it long enough to say whether it’s working on mine yet but I’m hoping it does. I do think my foundation is looking slightly smoother over my drier bits though. Maybe that’s just in my head…x

  19. 25th March 2018 / 7:56 am

    This was a really excellent review. I’d love to try this, and have been wanting to for ages…but I’ve been too scared!!

  20. 25th March 2018 / 4:34 pm

    I also have sensitive skin and usually shy away from abrasives. Can’t wait to hear the results
    Dana
    Nowheretobeproject.com

  21. 25th March 2018 / 8:58 pm

    It would make me the same scared for sure! Not sure I would ever try it I think I would stick to the old school exfoliators but I really like that it comes with different adaptors haha. xx

  22. 26th March 2018 / 5:23 pm

    I have always wondered about this product! Looking forward to reading your full review, it’s probably something I would love to try but without an honest full review I’d be quite scared lol

    Perrine

  23. 28th March 2018 / 7:25 pm

    I have heard of this device and seen a few bloggers using it! I was always curious about it! good that it turned out better than expected! can’t wait to see the end result! xx corinne

  24. 28th March 2018 / 7:34 pm

    The title of this post sounds absolutely terrifying, but I’m glad it didn’t go too badly for you! I’m looking forward to seeing your verdict in a few weeks having used it more often..

  25. 28th March 2018 / 9:10 pm

    I have seen these around but didn’t know how well it’d work. I think I’d be a little nervous but if it works then that’s fantastic!

  26. 6th April 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Haha to be honest, I’d be scared too! I’ve always been a bit wary of like… electrical instruments that claim to zap your hair off or zap the elasticity back into your skin. I would be interested in trying one of these though. I bet there’s some great results if you keep it up 🙂

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