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Microdermabrasion: Your Guide To Using a PMD At Home

Last updated: June 2, 2022

Have you heard the buzz about Personal MicroDermabrasion (PMD)? If you are experiencing skin issues such as hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and enlarged pores, a PMD may be the solution to your skincare woes.

What is a PMD Personal Microderm?

A Personal Microderm (PMD) is a skincare tool that you can use at home to get the same results that you can expect from in-office microdermabrasion treatments that are traditionally performed by skincare professionals.

A PMD uses sics that are embedded with special aluminum oxide crystals that work to exfoliate dull, dead skin cells from the skin's surface.

When these dead skin cells are removed, youthful skin reveals itself and you can experience the growth of new skin cells.

When the top layer of dead skin cells is removed, the skincare products you use are able to penetrate up to 20 times deeper.

Who Should Use PMD?

If you are experiencing any of these issues, your skin may benefit from using a PMD at home.

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Large pores
  • Acne scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Dark spots on the skin
  • Blemishes
  • Uneven skin tone

Who Shouldn't Use PMD?

Although a PMD can help with many skin issues, there are some people who shouldn't use the PMD. Avoid using this device if any of these situations apply to you.

  • You are using chemical peels
  • Using products that contain acids such as malic acid, hydroxy acids, retinoids, lactic acid, and Retin A ingredients (wait 48 hours after using these products before using a PMD, or seven days if you have very sensitive skin)

How to Do Microdermabrasion

Below, we outline the precise steps you need to follow for using a PMD at home.

First: Insert a PMD Microderm disc.

Before you use the PMD, you need to insert a disc. There are two primary types of discs for the PMD.

  • Small disc for face and other delicate areas
  • Large disc for use on the body

Additionally, there are several different specialized disc options.

  • White disc (ultra-sensitive skin)
  • Grey disc (very sensitive skin)
  • Blue disc (sensitive skin)
  • Green disc (moderately sensitive skin)
  • Orange disc (coarse)
  • Red disc (very coarse)
  • Black disc (all over feet and body)
  • Yellow disc (intense)

To insert a disc, follow these steps.

  1. Push the PMD disc firmly down on the device's post.
  2. Twist the cap on. Be sure to firmly tighten the cap against the tool's black o-ring.
  3. Ensure that the dis is sitting just slightly below the device's plastic cap.

Steps for microdermabrasion with a PMD.

Once you have inserted a disc, follow these steps to do your personal microdermabrasion.

  1. Clean and thoroughly dry your skin.
  2. Practice on your leg or arm with the white disc before you use a PMD on your face.
  3. Pull tightly on your skin so that your device can glide smoothly over your skin.
  4. Quickly move the PMD across your skin using an upward motion.
  5. After treatment, apply toner and follow that with moisturizer.
  6. Following each use, wash the filter and cap of your PMD.

How to Do a Quick Three-Minute PMD Treatment

If you want to dive in and get started quickly with your PMD, here are the steps to follow.

  1. Begin with the white training disc.
  2. Move the PMD device across the skin quickly.
  3. Don't hover in one spot.
  4. Make just one pass per area.

Tips for Using a PMD at Home

Below, we outline some best practices to help you make the most of using a PMD at home.

1. Read directions thoroughly and carefully.

Taking time to thoroughly read the instructions that come with your device can make all the difference. You can also find videos on YouTube.

2. Anticipate the suction and noise.

Many people are surprised at the intensity of the device, but it sounds something like an electric razor.

Also, the device uses suction, so you can expect a quick and strong suction sensation.

3. Stock up on recovery masks.

Your skin may turn slightly pink when you use your device, so if you have sensitive skin, it can help if you have some recovery masks ready to use.


Below, you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about a PMD.

What do I put on my face after PMD microdermabrasion?

Before putting anything on your skin, rinse off the dead skin using water or a toner. Then, use one of the recommended recover sheet masks that will hydrate and soothe your skin.

Does the PMD get rid of blackheads?

Microdermabrasion is not the best treatment for the removal of blackheads. However, some PMD models have a blackhead cap attachment that can help with the removal of blackheads.

How often can you use PMD microdermabrasion?

The company recommends that you use PMD once a week (every seven days).

How long does each PMD microdermabrasion disc last?

Every disc will last for three or four uses. However, the size of the treatment area and the length of your treatments will determine the lifespan of a disc.

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