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Ok, since you’re here, I’m guessing your mind is already made up about home microdermabrasion -- if not, maybe you need a little nudge and to re-read this article to help make up your mind (but let’s be real, it’s an easy choice to make!)
When it comes to PMD, you literally cannot Google “at home microdermabrasion” without coming across a product from them - that’s how well-known they are in the home microdermabrasion scene. PMD = microdermabrasion. For real. PMD stands for “Personal Micro Derm” and they have a range of effective, but really similar devices to choose from - if you need some help picking which one is right for you, keep on reading!
How Do PMD Devices Work?
All of these devices use PMD’s unique microdermabrasion technology -- that is, it’s unique amongst the take-home crowd. Of basically every single hand-held device out there, PMD microdermabrasion is the only system that I’ve come across focusing on an actual spinning tip plus suction. In comparison, a lot of the other ones designed for home use on the market rely on the friction of the diamond tip being pulled across your skin, plus suction to actually exfoliate your skin.
All of the PMD personal microderm devices use a patented spinning disc technology to buff away dead skin, leaving skin rejuvenated and glowing. Unlike other at home microderm systems, PMD chooses to use crystal tips over diamonds. I know what you’re thinking - aren’t diamonds like, the professional standard for microdermabrasion?
The reality is, crystals are used just as commonly as diamonds when it comes to microdermabrasion. They are second only to diamonds in terms of hardness - which makes them pretty comparable to diamond tips. What makes PMD microderm system different is that they've taken the idea of an old school, traditional, esthetician's office style of crystal microdermabrasion (basically spraying crystals on your skin to exfoliate) and captured it in a handheld device.
This means that you don’t have to deal with airborne crystals flying everywhere - it’s mess free! Plus, the different crystal tips allow for ultimate customizability for all skin types and all skin concerns - you can even use specially designed tips on your body for glowing, gorgeous skin all over.
While the PMD machines are all really similar, they’re definitely not all made equal. I’ve got two top picks here, plus two devices that I would pass on - read on to find out which one is which!
PMD: The Picks
The Classic device is PMD's first offering in the at-home microdermabrasion device market. It has one speed but ultimately makes up for that by being totally customizable with PMD’s huge range of tips for face and body.
What comes in the box with the classic are their original Classic Caps, which help the device to suction away all the gunk and excess skin that you’re exfoliating away. This device also fits the Smooth Glide Caps, which are supposed to make exfoliating just that little bit easier - another way to tailor the complete skincare experience to you.
A small thing to note - the PMD Plus comes with the Smooth Glide Caps, but that’s literally the only upgraded feature of this PMD machine. You could probably buy the Classic, then buy the Smooth Glide Caps and be a savvy shopper, nudge nudge, wink wink.
The PMD Pro is the only PMD device that has an actual feature change - that is, an additional speed setting. In comparison to the rest of the devices, the new speed setting is a ‘gentle' setting, while the original setting is just called standard speed. Having a gentler speed setting, plus using the specially developed exfoliating heads opens up a whole new world for sensitive skin peeps that want to get into microdermabrasion.
I guess it is kind of debatable if a gentler speed is worth an $80 price hike when that’s the only change to the device, but I think being able to treat your skin gently and effectively is totally worth it.
On the other hand, there are two devices from PMD that I don’t think are worth it - and are frankly, just marketing when it gets down to it. Let’s take a look!
PMD: The Passes
1. PMD Plus
This PMD microdermabrasion kit is exactly the same as the Classic, except for the fact that it comes with PMD’s newer Smooth Glide Caps to make microdermabrasion even easier. To be fair, a lot of people praise how easy it is to use with these caps, but there’s a catch. It’s $60 more expensive than the Classic on Amazon (srsly, if you want a PMD, Amazon has the best prices). Looking at the differences between the devices (psst: there are none), I honestly don’t think that this is worth the price jump for some caps that also fit on the Classic. You’re basically paying more for the same device!Seriously - the devices themselves are literally exactly the same - so like I mentioned, just get the Classic and if you’re so inclined, get the Smooth Glide Caps separately. You can get a pair of Face + Body caps for half of the price difference between the PMD Classic and PMD Plus on Amazon! It pays to shop smart, am I right?
2. PMD for Men
Okay, guys - let’s get one thing straight. Skincare isn’t inherently gendered, and it's sure as hell not worth paying an extra $50+ just for a product labeled "MAN".
When you look at the features of this device, it’s literally the same as the microderm PMD Classic. So PMD has pulled the same strategy here as with the Plus - it comes with the Smooth Glide Caps, plus it comes in a super-masculine two-toned black and grey colorway. TBH, I think it would be alright if it was priced around the same as the Classic (since it’s basically a PMD Classic in a different colorway), but it’s quite a big jump from the Classic pricing.I can hear you saying “But wait! Don’t men have thicker facial skin than women?” Yes, that’s true - men tend to have thicker skin, and are on average, oilier too. But that’s where the customizable tips come into play - thicker, oilier skin can tolerate a coarser tip, and that’s where it actually counts to make this product right for men’s skin.
But Which One Is The Best of All?
When you step back and look at the whole line, you can’t deny that they’re all really, really similar -- it’s hard to pick one when there are literally such minor differences. If you’re given one as a gift, I don’t think you would be disappointed with any of them, but when it comes to spending your hard-earned cash, there’s one that sticks out to me: the PMD Classic.
When it comes to microdermabrasion, PMD Classic is one of the best simple, no-frills models out there. The OG model just makes the most sense to me -- it's the most affordable device, and you're not paying for the privilege of it coming with the Smooth Glide Caps, they're something that you can upgrade to if you need. Ultimately, the huge range of customizable tips makes the Classic adaptable to all skin types for the perfect microdermabrasion session at home.
Here’s to better skin days ahead with microdermabrasion!
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About the author Stephanie Morin
NYC-based beauty and skin care blogger, Stephanie delivers a healthy dose of practical beauty tips coupled with medical insight for some serious skin care inspiration!