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Home Microdermabrasion Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

The Best Home Microdermabrasion

Want the benefits of professional microdermabrasion at home, such as full exfoliation of dead skin cells, brighter glowing skin, smoother appearance, and less acne? Now it is affordable with several quality home systems.

Home Microdermabrasion has come a long way. Early products tended to be nothing more than deep exfoliating scrubs, which were fine for good basic exfoliation, but could not get the same results as in-office microdermabasion. Then came the exfoliating brushes and sonic cleansing systems that work rather well at achieving deep exfoliation and skin resurfacing at affordable prices. Now there are new crystal and vacuum systems that work on the same principles as professional machines and can achieve results similar to the expensive office procedures but at a fraction of the cost.

Below, we review our top picks of each type of system.  Each home microdermabrasion review is based on our own tester’s experiences or, when not personally tested, on extensive research into consumer home microdermabrasion reviews.

The Best Home Microdermabrasion Kits With Results Comparable to Professional Procedures

The Personal MicrodermPersonal Microderm Our Top Recommendation:The Personal Microderm is a compact hand held system that uses  different levels of exfoliating disks for a customized treatment. Vacuum pressure pulls and removes dead skin cells, allowing for excellent skin smoothing. Because of its small size, ease of use, and lower price than comparable systems, it is our top recommendation for most people.Pros:

  • Best price at $179
  • Small portable device
  • Includes tips for sensitive skin
  • Easy to use
  • Effective
  • Recommended by our tester


  • Covers small surface area at once, making treatments slightly more time consuming
  • Replaceable tips seem to wear out more quickly

Read our tester’s review: Personal Microderm Review

Buy the Personal Microderm

Nu Brilliance Home Microdermabrasion
Nu Brilliance Home Microdermabrasion
A  dual-action microdermabrasion kit that uses real diamond peel tips for exfoliation with vacuum. The system includes two grades of tips for a more customized experience.  While the Nu Brilliance might be slightly more effective, and we like that it has an excellent filter system,  it is not our top recommendation simply because of its price. The other two products provide cheaper options with only a small loss in effectiveness.Pros:

  • Use of diamond tips provides the potential for deeper exfoliation and skin smoothing than the other systems
  • Numerous excellent user reviews that report good results
  • Good filter system to reduce dust
  • Physician approved.


  • More expensive at $250
  • A bit bulkier
  • Slightly more difficult to use-reviews mention need to get the angle just right

Buy the Nu Brilliance

Crystalift At Home Microdermabrasion
Crystalift Microdermabrasion SystemThe Crystalift Resurfacing System uses the same crystal and vacuum technology as professional treatments. The Dual-action treatment uses both crystal resurfacing and vacuum-lift to smooth skin in less than 10 minutes.  We like the quickness of use of this system and that it includes an instructional DVD, but the product is rather bulky.Pros:

  • Uses the same crystal and vacuum technology as professional systems
  • A bit quicker to use than other systems
  • Includes full instructional DVD
  • Generally good user reviews


  • Mid-range price at $200
  • Bulky

Buy the Crystalift

The Best Sonic and Vibrating Exfoliation Systems

Sonic cleansing systems use sonic vibration combined with a brush to deep clean the skin. When used with an exfoliating scrub, effects similar to microdermabrasion can be achieved. Several of these systems also include special pads for that use. Sonic and vibration skin systems lack a vacuum to lift and remove dead skin cells, making them inferior products to the vacuum based systems. However, they still do a fairly nice job at exfoliation and, for the budget conscious, can be a good alternative to a vacuum system.

Below are our top four sonic skincare or vibrating exfoliating recommendations.

Skinsonic Our top recommendation:the Skinsonic is a more affordable version of the popular Clarisonic. This sonic skincare system comes with cleansing brushes for regular and sensitive skin, and pads for exfoliation, hydration, and massage. Use with any microderm scrub.Pros:

  • Great price at $49
  • Multiple attachments
  • Easy to use
  • Effective


  • Lacks a rotating center for the brush
  • Battery operated

Read our tester’s review: Skinsonic Review

Buy the Skinsonic

Clarisonic Mia
Clarisonic MiaThe Clarisonic is a wildly popular sonic skin cleansing system. The basic Clarisonic Mia is cheaper than a vacuum device, but pricier than other systems. The bonus, however, is the addition of a rotating center to the cleansing brush.   The device also gets great reviews.Pros:

  • Rotating center of brush for excellent cleansing
  • Easy to Use
  • Effective
  • Numerous glowing user reviews
  • Rechargeable


  • More expensive at $149
  • Lacks  multiple attachments

Buy the Clarisonic Mia

Von Berg Microdermabrasion Set
Von Berg MicrodermabrasionThe Von Berg set uses a vibrating brush for cleansing and includes special pads for exfoliation. The nice thing about this particular set is that it comes with a microderm scrub and moisturizer. The kit is also attractive, making it a good gift. However, few reviews are available.Pros:

  • Great Price at  $50
  • Multiple attachments
  • Easy to Use
  • Includes Creams


  • User reviews are unavailable
  • Battery operated

Buy the Von Berg Microderm Set

DDF Revolve Micro SystemDDF revolveThe DDF Revolve is a vibrating exfoliation system that comes with  a self warming polishing crystal cream. Unlike older vibrating systems, the DDF Revolve transmits up to 400 rotations per minute. The kit also includes a brush head for deep cleansing.Pros:

  • High Rotations per minute
  • Comes With Excellent Cream
  • Generally good reviews
  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight


  • Battery operated
  • A bit pricey at $95

Buy the DDF Revolve

The Best Facial Scrubs For Use With Your System

The sonic skin care systems and vibrating systems require use of a microdermabrasion scrub. There are numerous products on the market and most are pretty effective.  Our two favorites are as follows:

Bioelements Pumice Peel: This microdermabrasion cream treatment contains pumice crystals, emollients, ginseng extract, and antioxidants. It is a great manual exfoliant that also works well with sonic devices.

Clinicians Complex Microdermabrasion Cream: Another good scrub that is specifically recommended for acne prone skin.

Regardless of the device used, be sure to follow your treatments with your favorite light moisturizer and sunscreen!