Selecting a Microdermabrasion Machine   Guide

Microdermabrasion is one of the most effective methods available for exfoliating your skin. Instead of lasers or chemical peels, abrasion and suction are used to strip away dead skin cells. This kind of procedure isn’t new, but has traditionally required a trip to a spa or clinic… and oh… a cool $100-$150 per visit. The landscape is changing, however, and there are a growing number of options for those wanting to perform microdermabrasion in the privacy of their own home.

Many of these options are extremely cost effective and do an amazing job. The trick, however, is understanding what really matters when evaluating the different machines and scrubs. When we attempted to purchase our own machine, we were frustrated and thoroughly confused by all the options. Between the different kinds of machines, to the different brands, it was completely unclear which options we should be considering. With that in mind, we put together this guide to provide you the information you need to make a (hopefully) better decision than we did, and give you a head start with some of our own product recommendations.

What is Microdermabrasion Anyway?

Well… microdermabrasion is really just a more aggressive form of exfoliation. Instead of using heat or chemicals to remove dead skin cells, we’re using abrasive elements to strip the outermost layer of skin called the stratum corneum (top layer of the epidermis). These old skin cells are removed and expose the newer skin layer below. Further, mild abrasions created during application trigger the bodies natural healing processes and cause the body to produce new and healthy skin cells.

The beauty of this process is how effective it is in both clearing away all that old junk and opening the pores. This in turn reduces clogging, aids in the battle against blackheads/whiteheads, helps with acne, scarring and provides a rich foundation for moisturizing of the skin. All of which rejuvenates and leads to healthier and more vibrant skin. In addition to a healthier complexion… it also can help with those deeper skin issues. It’s not quite as aggressive as dermabrasion or other treatments, but given time it can be a very effective option. Bottom line, it can be a great choice for several of the following:

  • Acne
  • Clogged Pores and Hair follicles
  • Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Dry Skin
  • Blackheads/Whiteheads
  • Pigmentation
  • Light Scarring

Advantages of Microdermabrasion at Home

But why not just go to the local spa or your friendly dermatologist? Although there’s nothing wrong with that choice, there are a few key reasons you should consider canceling your next spa appointment and putting that money toward a home microdermabrasion machine.

  • Cost: The average cost of treatment is anywhere from $100-$150 per visit. The trick here is that it typically takes more than one visit to really see the benefits of these procedures. If you go 4-6 times, this would be anywhere from $400-$900+.
  • Control: You have total control over the application. Not only does this allow us to work on more than just one area, but it gives us the ability to adjust the treatment to our level of sensitivity and need.
  • Privacy: Blemishes and skin damage are not always something we’re excited about sharing with other people. With at home microdermabrasion, we are afforded the privacy to address these sometimes embarrassing areas.

Home Microdermabrasion Options

There are a number of different options on the market for performing microdermabrasion at home. You have everything from scrubs and cloths to a variety of popular machines. We’ve put together a selection of guides, articles, and reviews to help you find the best solution for your needs.


To start, we want to cover the two most common types of machines found on the market are:

  • Crystal
  • Diamond Tip

This is one of the most confusing things to understand for the uninitiated. Many spas use crystal and it’s one of the more common treatment methods you’ll run across when doing research on the internet. To put it plainly: unless you are an aesthetician or have had experience with crystal, you’re much better off investing in a good quality diamond tipped machine. There are some viable crystal options, but many more diamond. So between this distinction and the variety of home machines on the market, it can be confusing to understand what you’re looking at and the key differences between the various machines.

So… to help you in your quest for healthier more vibrant skin, we’ve put together a guide that walks you through what to look for in a microdermabrasion machine. If you already know what you’re looking for, head over to the microdermabrasion reviews page for our take on the top machines.

Selecting a Microdermabrasion Machine   Guide