PMD, The Personal Microderm


Image Credit: Dermstore.Com

Not all of us are blessed with amazing skin and those who are, I'm extremely envious! There are so many products out in the market today, it's difficult to find what really works. I have a love-hate relationship with my skin. Some days, it behaves extremely well, and on other days, it just wants to pick a fight with me. My skin doesn't like it when I try new products or gadgets, so when I find something that works, I tend to stick to it. My main problems: occasional breakouts, acne scarring and uneven skin tone. I have slightly sensitive, combination/oily skin. I've gotten the pleasure to try out the PMD (which I'm sure most of you have heard of) for the past month and a half, so read on and see how well (or not) it worked for me.


BRAND/PRODUCT: PMD / Personal Microderm
PURCHASE AT: PersonalMicroderm.Com
PROS: Easy To Use, More Even Tone, Smoother Texture, Less Spots, Brighter Skin
CONS: Tightness, Itchiness, Irritation, Uncomfortable Feeling to the Skin
CLAIMS: To minimize the look of pores, blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles.

What is Microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is the process of resurfacing the top layer of the skin (stratum corneum) to a precise depth by the combination exfoliation/vacuum process. By removing these dead skin cells and stimulating blood flow, the deeper dermal level is stimulated to produce collagen and fibroblasts, giving the skin a more supple elastic appearance. Those living cells deep within the skin tissue are stimulated to produce and compensate for the loss of part of the protective layer of the skin. The result is fresher, healthier, rejuvenated skin with enhanced surface quality. - PMD

What You Get:
A Personal Microderm
6 Exfoliating Discs (2 green [regular skin] 6 blue [sensitive skin])
1 Electric Cord (the white box)
2 Caps (1 body 1 facial)
1 Reusable Filter
Instructional CD

The PMD is light, easy to hold and use. The discs (available in red-coarse, green-regular/medium, blue-sensitive[recommend]) have these "crystals" which is grit aluminum oxide coating. Its supposed to help exfoliate off the dead skin to reveal smoother, brighter looking skin. You can use this anywhere you feel needs extra attention - like your face, elbows, hands, feet, pretty much anywhere you have age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Its also said to work well with surface scars. It is advised that you watch the instructional video. Now, when I first received this, I was lazy and just skimmed through it. BAD MISTAKE. Don't underestimate this bad boy. This is what can happen if you don't follow the directions carefully. I wanted to save time and decided to use the bigger disc on my cheeks. The suction on this is very strong, and the grit on these babies are pretty coarse - even the ones made for sensitive skin.
Please, NEVER use the big discs on your face! Let me tell you, those suckers hurt. It stung really bad and luckily for me, didn't leave behind a horrible scar. After this incident, I didn't touch the PMD for a while. I was scared that even if I used the smaller disc, I would still cut my skin. After 2 1/2 weeks I decided to pick it up again. This time, used correctly, I got some pleasant results. I stuck with only using the PMD on one side of the face to show you the difference between each side. I use the PMD about once every 1-2 weeks depending. I've found the trick to using this is to glide the machine in a light and quick fluid motion. I don't recommend leaving this on one area for too long or going over the same area twice.

You can see that the right side of my face is much brighter, smoother and more even. The scars around my mouth area were also fading nicely as well. I'm hoping with a few more uses, it will fade completely. I've also noticed that I wasn't breaking out or getting any spots on the side that I was using the PMD. With my untreated side, I still had the occasional breakout, and it took much longer for my scars to fade. As with pores, the only visible pores I have is just around my nose area (inner cheeks). I didn't see a difference so far, but I do think that I'd probably have to use it more to see results. I don't really have any fine lines or winkles on my face, so I can't actually say that it has improved anything in that area.

Upon first use, my skin had a reaction. It became extremely irritated. After using the PMD (blue disc), I applied my moisturizer as normal. Suddenly, my skin starting to feel like it was burning off. Every few seconds I would get this horrible, throbbing, stinging sensation. This went on for about five minutes. It was pretty bad. But after two-three uses, it seemed my skin was getting used to it and wasn't getting irritated anymore. So if like me, and you have even the slightest sensitive skin, I highly suggest to test a small area first to see how your skin will react. Just to be on the safe side.

I was able to get the boyfriend (whose skin is tougher than mines) to use this. I wanted to see if he would get any type of reactions like I did. He was able to test this about three times. He has sensitive, combination/dry skin. His skin suffers from redness and flakiness on the cheeks. He didn't experience any type of irritation what-so-ever. No tightness, itchiness or any uncomfortable feeling. He even said that it tickled a little (WEIRD MUCH?). Since using the PMD, his skin no longer flakes and has a much smoother texture now. He still gets the occasional redness on his cheeks, but not as bad as before. This is actually surprising as I've been getting him to test tons of skin care products and so far this is the only one he's been constantly positive about. I've never seen him so interested with anything with regards to skin care before, so this was a shocker. The PMD definitely has his approval.

Price wise, I don't think the price-point is too high, considering all you would have to do after is to simply replace the discs. Replacement discs will run you around 15USD for a set of six, which is not bad at all. I've only used one disc so far and its still good for a few more uses. How often you change the discs depends on how often you use the PMD. You can purchase this on the PMD site but I've also seen this at SkinCareRX, Amazon and Dermstore for the same price.

Do I recommend the PMD? Yes, but for those with sensitive skin, PLEASE use it with caution. I really can't stress that enough.

DISCLAIMER: Items in this post was sent for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are based on my own personal experience using this product. In no way am I receiving any monetary rewards for reviewing this. For more information, please see my personal disclaimer.

Please excuse the quality of these pictures. I've recently acquired a new camera and have been messing with the settings. So I apologize for the grainy look on some of the images.


  1. wow, what a terrific, informative post!! Thank you so much for sharing, I'm really eager to try this!!

    1. Thanks Maryam! I'm glad you like the post! So far, me and my boyfriend are still enjoying this and I think you'll enjoy using it as well.

  2. amazing review! wow, loving the comparison pics. i NEED this in my life! it would help my skin so much, love that it faded scars

    1. Thank you! I find that after using this and keeping up with it with a gentle facial scrub helps fade scars much faster. Let me know if you do try it!

  3. Hello! I just used this product and have super sensitive skin as well & now my face is super red just like the cuts you have. What did you do to make it heal and how long did it take?

    1. Hi there!

      Did you use the PMD on an area too long and do you have cuts like mine?

      I used Neosporin (morning & night) to help with the cuts. I made sure to add more than usual before I go to bed. If you're applying moisturizer, make sure its fragrance-free or it might sting. Hope this helps!

  4. Hi! The results look amazing! How many treatments did it take to clear your cheeks (the picture above)??

  5. OMG!!!!!! You r my saver !!!! i was googling about red dots after using PMD for so long. I almost cried because i had the same thing, i got cutted on my face. I didnt realize until i finished my whole face and it was soooooo bad i have 3 strips of cutting . I just wanna cry !!!!!! HOW LONG DID YOUR SKIN GET BACK TO NORMAL AFTER THE CUTTING? I REALLY REALLY WANT TO KNOW !!!! I am so worried now !

    1. Hello dear,
      I'm sorry for the late reply! With my scars, it took about a month and a half. But it took two months for my face to completely heal from the cuts. I applied Neosporin on my cuts every night and on days I stayed home, I applied Neosporin as well.

  6. how long did those scars fade?

    1. Hello! About a month and a half. (:

  7. Are there results for the left side?

  8. Hi! I know this is a year later..when I googled for pmd scars yours came up. I watched many videos on before I used it.. I Just used it last night for the first time but with the training disc. I ended up scarring my face just like yours but I also have 2 strips of scars :(!! I stretched my skin while passing it but im not sure what I am doing wrong. Im scared to try the actual disc. Please advice. thank you for this informative post.

  9. Can you use the PMD on areas where you have active breakouts?