My Experience with the PMD

imageFor the longest time, I’d heard so many great things about the PMD Personal Microderm System ($159). When I found a killer coupon code back in the spring, I jumped. I ordered a device for my Mom for Mother’s Day at 50% off, then added one for myself. With the coupon, I also got two free sets of face and body discs ($15 each). But upon arrival, the device sat in my bathroom cabinet; I didn’t use it because I was scared I’d scrape all my skin off. I recently worked it into my skincare routine and wanted to share my experience.

The PMD is a powered device that allows you to perform clinical-level microdermabrasions on yourself at home. (I can’t attest to this, as I’ve never had a microdermabrasion treatment from a dermatologist.) The kit comes with the PMD device; a power plug; a series of color-coded exfoliation discs for face and body that increase in coarseness; two plastic device caps that fit the face and body discs; and an instructional DVD. The PMD works by rotating the exfoliation disc when powered on, then suctioning your skin into the hole in the plastic cap to make contact with the spinning exfoliating disc. It sloughs off dead skin cells as you move it in long, even strokes across your skin, exposing a fresh layer of radiant skin.PMD kit

If this sounds a little intense, it is. (Can you see why I was scared to use it?!) Using the PMD isn’t painful, but I feel it afterward.

More details after the jump.

I’ll start with the face discs. I began by using the PMD once a week, and still stick to that schedule. My skin is sensitive, so it really can’t handle more than that. It does not hurt to use this device; all I feel when I’m using it is the suction. When I’m through, my skin feels like it does after an intense exfoliation: tingly and a little tender. It also appears a little red.

I was expecting instant fantastic results. That didn’t happen. But over time, I did notice my skin looked a little less dull. I really started to notice a difference when I stopped using the device regularly; my skin wasn’t as smooth and soft, and just didn’t look as good. That’s when I knew it was working. Using this regularly helps my skincare products absorb better and ultimately perform better. I noticed that my skin seems a lot more hydrated without using any additional products or changing my skincare regimen in any way.

PMD body discThe body discs (pictured above) made a difference much faster. I have keratosis pilaris (aka “chicken skin”), a common skin condition that results in acne-like bumps on the body. I get it mainly on my thighs. I hate it so much, and it’s made me so self-conscious. I read online that using the PMD can help with this, which is partly why I ordered it. After a few treatments, this really did provide some relief. The bumps are less prevalent, appear less frequently, and my skin just generally looks better. Since the skin on my body can obviously handle a little more than my face, I use this twice a week on my body.

A word of caution: this definitely takes some getting used to. It’s crucial to follow the instructions and start with the training discs, then work your way up in intensity. The first time I used the blue (sensitive) discs, I thought it would be no big deal, but my skin was a little tingly and red. Do not pass over the same swath of skin more than once with the device; I’ve learned the hard way that it does cause minor red spots.PMDIf you’re considering investing in this device, I recommend it. It’s not an absolute necessity, as it is expensive, but I experienced notable improvement in my skin. If you are already seeing a dermatologist/specialist for microdermabrasion treatments, this could potentially save you a lot of money in the long run, as the treatments average $100-$200 per session.

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