PMD Personal Microderm Review

What is PMD Personal Microderm? It’s an at home DIY microdermabrasion treatment. Sounds intriguing right? I thought so too.

RRP $179 (USD)

As far as professional skin treatments go, I’m a complete wanna-be (Spice Girl style, song and all). I wanna try microdermabrasion, I wanna try skin needling, I wanna try it all, I just wanna have the most beautiful skin on the planet! Sadly, time and money are usually the driving force behind my love of home & DIY treatments.

I once booked myself a microdermabrasion treatment, was promptly told by the therapist that was ‘so not in’ and was persuaded to try something else instead. The results were definitely good, but the ongoing treatments and complimentary skincare products we’re frighteningly expensive. While I couldn’t put a price on nice skin and subsequent self-esteem, my bank account would have argued otherwise. What’s a girl to do? (besides sell her liver??)

Fast forward a few years and my skin is still like the ultimate rubics cube. I’ll never figure you out, will I skin? And, I still haven’t tried microdermabrasion. Hmm. Enter PMD Personal Microderm, and my curiosity is peaking.

PMD Personal Microderm Review

Why I’m so eager to try
Lately I’ve noticed my pores are huge. Someone needs to put a hazard sign up, those babies are dangerous. One day I’ll go to air-kiss someone and they’ll fall in and disappear and I’ll be like, “hey where’d you go?”. It’s all part and parcel of ageing of course, but still a little upsetting none the less. I desperately crave my smooth-skin of yesteryear.

Inexpensive compared to professional treatments
No need to book appointments, do it when it suits you at home
Replacement disks cost still less in the long run
Visible results
With time, less treatments are needed

Risk of skin damage with improper/excessive use
Device cost may still be high for some

PMD Personal Microderm Review

First time:
I chose the training head, despite my impatient self-conscious screaming ‘Just go with the roughest disk, you big baby!’. The PMD disk buffed my skin while it sucked away the dead skin cells, which is the reason you must hold your face taut as you glide it over your skin. Basically you are exfoliating and vacuuming your skin at the same time.

You can tell when you have correct contact on your skin, as the sound of the device changes as it forms an air seal flush against it. As soon as you tilt the device incorrectly you loose contact with your skin and you will feel nothing (essentially you are just exfoliating the air at this point). You must also keep the device moving to avoid excessive abrasion to the skin. It is recommended not to pass more than twice over the same spot, I chose only to pass over my face once for this initial trial.

I was a little scared of how it might feel, but it wasn’t unbearable. I started with the sides of my nose and cheeks then moved to the areas which I felt needed more attention successively: nose cheeks/chin/forehead/rest of the face. By half way through the treatment the disk felt hot on contact with my skin. I found it a touch uncomfortable/discomforting. Luckily, passing over my entire fact was very quick, and it was over before it was too much.

Obviously, my skin was left red and tingling, but nothing distressing. I looked like I had gone for a serious run and my face was flushed. Oh, and did I mention my skin was as smooth as a baby? Soooooo smooth. I couldn’t stop touching it. It was obviously too early to see real visible results, but to the touch, my skin felt flawless. The morning after I looked very fresh and clear. The only down side I see so far is that you have to be patient with the results. Only treating your skin once every 6-7 days is a slow process, but I have no doubt it will be worth it.

PMD Personal Microderm Review

PMD Personal Microderm Review

Final verdict:
I LOVE this device. Fast forward to over a month of using it and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an inexpensive alternative to microdermabrasion. I would not recommend this to anyone looking for one quick treatment of smooth, clear skin for the price/use ratio. If you want or need microdermabrasion this is a brilliant at home option, but at the same time don’t feel that you must spend $179 to get nicer skin.

I believe you must commit yourself to purchasing the replacement disks to continue your treatments if you do chose to buy the PMD, because if your going to invest that much to buy it, you should follow through. Otherwise you just spent $179 on a exfoliator that works as long as the disks last, anywhere from a month to a couple of months. Make sense?

I am incredibly happy with the results, and I’ll continue to use it. Nothing compares to the results I have from the PMD. I have successfully turned back the clock at least five years on my large pores and skin, and for that I’m sold. My skin is fresher, smoother, and more refined than I’ve seen in a VERY long time. Possibly ever.

Oh, and as for my infamous pigmentation? It’s improved! Yes, it’s still there, but has improved more than I’ve been able to manage with any other treatments. I’d say at least a 50% real reduction on the right side, and a 80% reduction on the left. Score! fist pump

One final word before I go for those tempted to try, I must, must, must emphasise using this device properly. No matter what type of skin you have, please be careful to test your sensitivity first and follow the instructions closely. Remember, your buffing your skin with a exfoliating disk that spins at high speeds, I wouldn’t want you to damage your skin!


PMD Personal Microderm Before & After

PMD Personal Microderm before and after high definition

Tip: to calm my skin afterwards I applied an organic Rosehip oil. Ahhhh. Beautiful skin.


PMD Personal Microderm Review

Disclosure: This post contains products sent to me for consideration. This is not a sponsored or affiliated post. All views and opinions are my own.

18 Comments on PMD Personal Microderm Review With Before & After

  1. Donah D. Sweetjellybean
    December 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh this is amazing! The results look really good Kaye! I think I had this many moons ago when I went to this spa, and had this treatment. Can’t remember how it was though, but sounds very familiar. I’m using the 3D Spin Cleanser right now (which you’ve seen as our giveaway as well) and I’m also loving it.

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      December 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Donah, I agree! I’m so happy with the results, I couldn’t be happier. I was really glad to discover I had a photo of my skin (coincidently) for the perfect ‘before’ photo 🙂

      A spin cleanser sounds like a brilliant idea, I will have to check that out! xx

  2. brownponytail
    December 14, 2012 at 9:26 am (5 years ago)

    i loved your post! i’ve been to a studio for microdermabrasion twice already, and i’m in love with the treatment! after only two sessions i can already see a change in my hyperpigmentation and small scars, and my pores are finer and the skin clearer! can this product be bought online? i would love to give it a go, as each session costs 50 euros :s

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      December 14, 2012 at 11:21 am (5 years ago)

      Yes it is available online! You can buy directly from the website (it is a US site, I’m unsure if there are international versions), but my device came with an interchangeable power adaptor to suit different countries. I haven’t tried the buying process myself but I’m sure it’s very easy.

      I was told the PMD was sold here in Australia on tv, so maybe there’s something similar where you are also.

      I can totally see why microdermabrasion is so popular! I have had the same results as you, and I think wow, why have I not done this sooner? Lol.

      Good luck if you happen to try it!! xx

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      December 14, 2012 at 11:27 am (5 years ago)

      Oh, and I completely forgot to mention in the post (silly me), the device comes with a set of buffing disks, each which last up to 2 – 4 uses. Considering its recommended you use it every 7 or so days you could make one disk last a month.

      You can buy replacement disks from their website, and when you calculate the cost, I think it’s considerably less than ongoing professional treatments 😀


  3. Belinda
    July 18, 2013 at 10:22 am (4 years ago)

    Hi! I was just wondering where the product was made?

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      July 20, 2013 at 10:08 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Belinda,

      Im so sorry I don’t actually know. I dont have the packaging anymore, but you can always get in touch with their customer service to find out. Good luck! 🙂

      • Priya
        January 20, 2014 at 7:37 am (4 years ago)

        Hi I really want to buy this pmd but I don’t have credit card 🙁 only debit and they don’t take debit in any website that I have been so far 🙁 what to do I don’t really knw 🙁

      • Beautiful Kayekie
        January 21, 2014 at 4:27 am (4 years ago)

        Hi priya! I’m no financial advisor but you can try prepaid Visa cards. They are available from selected places and depending on the card you should be able to pre-load money onto it to be used. The only difference is it is not credit, it is your own money (bonus!).

        I really hope this helps. Xx

      • Priya
        January 20, 2014 at 7:39 am (4 years ago)

        And I live in Australia,Melbourne. So help me Plzz 🙁

  4. Rosa
    October 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm (4 years ago)

    are you still using it?

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      October 8, 2013 at 2:13 am (4 years ago)

      Absolutely! It’s a part of my regular routine. Now that I’ve been using it for a while, I might only use it once a month, alternating between the different exfoliation disks. I’ve noticed my skin improve tremendously, so I make the treatments very quick. I don’t feel a need to heavily use it as I don’t want to damage my skin 🙂

      • moni
        January 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm (4 years ago)

        Do u maybe know if is available in the stores too or just online?

  5. Tata
    April 1, 2014 at 11:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the review, really helpful!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      April 1, 2014 at 11:31 pm (4 years ago)

      My pleasure! I’m happy to report I am still using the PMD with brilliant results. My skin has been so clear and refreshed since using it 🙂

  6. Josephine
    August 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Kaye! I really have oily and acne prone skin, (on a maintenance for anti-acne, i’m using clindamycin toner and i also apply tretinoin cream for my face). i just recently bought this, and the first time i used it i really became red and that didnt bother me really because i know that’s the initial effect, applied calming toner then moisturized it. but the next day when i woke up, my skin really doesnt feel soft and clear at all– unlike yours 🙁 over the days i continued to apply moisturizer as it tends to became flaky, i really look so oily at the same time and my face looked so irritated i dont wanna face the mirror. I followed the precautions before using the PMD, stopped tretinoin cream and the clindamycin toner for 4-5 days before using this, but i really cant understand why it turned out like this. Now, more than a week has passed, no flaking of the skin anymore but i’m having second thoughts whether im going to use it again.. I was really hopeful that this would help me prevent further breakouts, but it turned out to be the other way. Can you help me and give me some suggestions? I dont want to think that buying this would mean such a waste of money for me. Thank you so much! 🙂

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      August 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Josephine! I’m so sorry to hear that your results so far are giving your troubles. I have no experience using Clindamycin toner or Tretinoin cream, but it is possible that these along with the PMD are giving your these results. There’s a number of things to try and trouble-shoot to see what might be going on, and the best place to start is the condition of your skin prior to starting.

      For example, if your skin is oily and acne prone (much like mine), the oiliness is not expected to clear up (as that is a different aspect of your skin), and the acne will take some time to clear, depending on the severity. If you have broken skin/bad acne, the PMD might not be a good idea because the skin is too sensitive and might spread bacteria around. But milder acne and scarring should be OK. The irritation you are seeing is fairly normal, and trust me, there have been times where I have used the PMD too harshly and have been left with severely sensitive skin. I once used it over zealously on my pigmentation it left my skin raw. It looked and felt like it had been burnt for a few weeks! They definitely say not to pass over the same spot twice for a reason. I’d guess perhaps this has been too harsh on your skin also, and it will need some time to settle and heal. Dont be surprised if you see more flaking and dryness on the areas that were sensitive, it is your skin trying to repair. It might look or feel like a sunburn, and that is because you have exfoliated the surface too hard.

      I found the PMD was definitely a long term thing, and I had to give it time (at least a month), to really work its full magic. I have quite a collection of products that I’ve been using to treat my skin, and I’ve had to alternate between them to work in the PMD as using them all together is just too much for it. If I use the PMD, I will skip all acne treatments and AHA’s for a few days. Otherwise my skin will sting and burn, ouch! All the PMD is really doing is scrubbing off the top layer of your skin, exposing the skin underneath which can make it prone to irritation. I then reverse back to using the acne treatments and AHA’s, and so on and so forth. I try not to overload my skin.

      My best advice will be, the oiliness is likely to stay (mine is still this way, sadly, a fact of life), and you should alternate use of the PMD and other treatments. Use the PMD very lightly also! I really hope this is helpful, and if you have any more questions please feel free to email me: I’d be more than happy to help!

      Wishing you all the best with your skin! xx

    • Parker from PMD
      May 13, 2015 at 6:05 pm (3 years ago)

      We are so sorry that you had a negative experience with the PMD tool. We are 100% committed to helping everyone have a positive experience and have brilliant confidence in their skin. We would be more than happy to help you out! Would you like to give us a call and we can thoroughly address your concerns? Any questions, comments, or concerns please give us a call at (888) 445 – 4532 or send us an email at 🙂 Warm regards, Parker from PMD


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