A Guide to Doing Microdermabrasion at Home

life hacks

| LAST UPDATE 01/11/2022

By Zoe Browning
skincare routine, tips
mandymadd via Instagram

In 2022, we're prioritizing skincare over makeup because a clean base is key to feeling our best. But sometimes, we need more than just acids and serums to get that skin glow; and that's where lasers, chemical peels, and light therapy come in. Luckily there's an easier (and more affordable) way to get the same effects of these treatments at home!

"Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment that takes off the outer layers of dead skin to improve your skin's texture, pore size, and pigmentation," explained Morgan Rabach, MD, dermatologist and co-founder of LM Medical in NYC. The treatment is a holy grail for skincare gurus when they want to reveal a new layer of skin. Getting it done by professionals is a great option, but for those on a budget, the procedure could be done at home with less intense devices.

microdermabrasion facial treatment skincare
MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images / Contributor via Getty Images
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

So, how do you know if your skin is suitable for microdermabrasion? Orit Markowitz, a New York City-based, board-certified dermatologist and OptiSkin founder, explained, "While mild at-home microdermabrasion is technically safe on all skin types, the darker the skin type, the higher the risk of potential side effects like discoloration." Those who suffer from active acne, rosacea, eczema, or atopic dermatitis should steer clear from this treatment.

Before going ahead with the treatment, begin with a cleansed, fresh face by using either a gentle face wash or micellar water. Next, take the device and opt for the lowest setting, especially for beginners. "If you start out too aggressively, it can result in acne, bruising, or irritated skin," explained dermatologist Dr. Madfes. Starting off too strong can cause pores to increase in size, and, obviously, no one wants that! And don't forget that the small abrasions act as an exfoliant, so the skin becomes more sensitive. To avoid any sun damage, use SPF, and steer clear from direct sunlight at least a week before and after completing the treatment at home. When the old skin is removed, new skin cells must rejuvenate. To boost the skin's healing post-treatment, generously apply a thick moisturizer to the face. It's best to not over-exfoliate and only do the treatment once a month. It's also important to remove other harsh chemicals like retinals and acids from your routine.

Ready to try it yourself? Check out some great at-home microdermabrasion devices on Amazon.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below