Since I hit my 40s I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in my skin tone and texture and I’ll be honest, it’s really kind of freaking me out. ¬†I was pretty lucky in high school because I never really had any problems with acne, just the occasional monthly zit, but now it’s a whole different story.¬†My skin has become more sensitive as I’ve gotten older and a¬†couple years before my 40th birthday I started to notice some red spots on my cheeks and I began having breakouts in that area. ¬†The dermatologist told me that I have a mild case of Rosacea and that I can probably look forward to it getting worse as I get older.
I asked about chemical peels and was told that they weren’t recommended for rosacea patients, thank goodness because they range from $150 to $300 per session for a light peel and may take several sessions to see results. ¬†The doctor did tell me that laser treatments or microdermabrasion could be helpful, but those things weren’t in the budget either so I’ve let it go for the last few years. Now I’m ready to fight back!
I was both excited and nervous to try out this PMD personal microdermabrasion device. Excited to see if it made any noticeable difference in my skin, and nervous because it’s a powerful tool and I sure didn’t want to mess up!
Microdermabrasion works by exfoliating the top layer of skin and removing the dead skin cells to reveal younger looking skin underneath and help reduce fine lines and blotches. The PMD device comes with different tips for sensitive and for regular skin, plus different sizes for different parts of the body, and it comes with a test tip so you can practice with the device. I really like that the PMD works like a vacuum at the tip to help break up oil and dirt and unclog pores because it also helps to guide and keep the tip steady.
For best results start with clean skin, practice with the test tip, then go over your face once with the appropriate tip. Place your hand on your face to keep the skin taut while you slowly move from one section to the next. ¬†Finish by using your favorite moisturizer or anti-aging cream. Once you’ve exfoliated with the PMD your skin products will be more easily absorbed. You should also be careful to use sunscreen and not go sunbathing for a couple days after using the PMD.
I’ve used the PMD personal microdermabrasion device three times over the past month and I’m very happy with the results so far. You can no longer see the lines on my forehead in this after picture and the bumps on my cheeks are much less noticeable. The red spots on my cheeks are still there but I do think that they’re slightly less noticeable, which is actually thrilling to me since I didn’t expect them to change at all.
You can purchase a PMD for $179, which I feel is a good investment. An exfoliating facial in a salon costs between $50 and $75 (before tip!) and you have to keep making appointments to go back! I love being able to perform my own microdermabrasion at home whenever I get a spare minute, it is SO much cheaper than going to the salon or back to the dermatologist, and I’m loving the results.
Disclosure – I was provided with a PMD personal microdermabrasion device for the purpose of facilitating this review. I have received no other compensation and all thoughts and comments are my own.