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DermaWand Review

is a Solution for:
Fine Lines, Large Pores, Wrinkles
Reviewed by Marta January 15, 2014 10 Comments




Bad smell and uncomfortable sensation
The discomfort of this treatment makes it too difficult to judge effectiveness

There is a bad smell when I use my DermaWand ($289). My experience is probably not uncommon since DermaWand’s website acknowledges that there is a smell, but says that I will “recognize” it as “that fresh, clean after a rainstorm fragrance.” Actually, I don’t; it smells like singed cat fur.

I bought my DermaWand for $289 and I don’t like it one bit. It isn’t just the smell  (which, given the cat isn’t in the vicinity when I use DermaWand, makes me wonder if I am burning peach fuzz), I don’t like the sensation of using it on my skin. Oh, and it doesn’t work (for me, so far).

DermaWand is an at-home radio frequency device, sold solely — at the time of this review — by DermaWand and on Amazon. This technology is best explained by how machines in dermatologists’ offices worked in the past and how they have evolved. High frequency radiowave technology used to be best known as systems such as Thermage. These used high temperatures, were very painful and not terribly effective. New versions of this technology include the Pellevé Wrinkle Reduction System and they cause heat to build up where the skin and fat layer come together. Enough heat is required to cause a process called denaturation - collagen fibers contract and, because they believe they are undergoing a trauma, they start stimulating new collagen.

There’s a nasty zap (that always has me jumping off my seat, more due to the surprise factor than any pain) when DermaWand first comes into contact with the skin. Once in contact, the device is moved over the face in rapid circular motions. Although neither hot, nor painful, I found that the sensation to be uncomfortably prickly.

The thing is that “denaturation” takes place at 41°C — at least for the professional Pelleve treatment. I once had one of those and, trust me, the thing gets very hot. There is no way that DermaWand is operating at that temperature. This is the issue I had with Silk’N FaceFX, which has an operating temperature of 15°C to 35°C — too low for denaturation.

DermaWand promises to remove wrinkles, soften lines, reduce pores, diminish cheek puffiness and plump lips. I found DermaWand much too uncomfortable to use on my lips or anywhere near my mouth area. When DermaWand touched a zit on my forehead, I nearly jumped out of my skin. And overall, I just found it unpleasant even for the mere three minutes per session suggested.

This means that to be fair to DermaWand, I have not given it a full and fair trial over the past month or so. DermaWand recommends two three minute treatments a day. There have been few days when I managed this and I so actively disliked using DermaWand that days would go by before I could galvanize myself to give it another go.

Given no discernible results, nasty sensations and the burned cat pong, DermaWand is back in its box to stay. 

  • February 21, 2017

    by sheena

    first reviewer claim SHE PAID $289 ? is that a typo or deliberate ?
    she also admits she didn't use it according to directions.
    so what did she expect ?
    derma wand costs basically 89 to99 bucks and works when used according to directions.
    i think the FIRST REVIEW, the "lead in" is a paid shill discrediter of the item.
    289 bucks paid should give you pause to think.

  • September 15, 2016

    by Lisa

    I have had SUPERB results from the Detmawand. I look at photos from a few years ago and I look younger. I do it everyday though, as instructed. People began to compliment me on my youthfulness after a few months, so I doubly know it's working.

  • January 13, 2016

    by ann

    A friend of mine bought a Derma Wand and let me try it. There is no pain or smell at all. She has been using it off and on (doesn't always have time for twice a day) and likes it very much. I think she looks great.

  • June 17, 2015

    by Rere

    I've had my Derma Wand for over a year. I used it for a longer time in the beginning, and that seemed to make no difference. I can feel it tightening my skin, and I see the difference in the mirror. I quit using it about eight months ago and bought an LED device (believe it was Sirius (may not have spelled it right)). The LED machine was extremely uncomfortable, and did not work for me. I used the red light. It also bothered my eyes.
    I've just gone back (after six or so months) to using the Derma Wand for about five minutes a day. People have commented on my "younger looking" skin. I'm an older woman who is very active and do not look my age (exercise and lots of veggies). I can do three to five minutes a day to look younger. I feel the Derma wand is great. The zapping that others have talked about is nothing. Just lower the number when you use it around your mouth, and use it for short periods.


  • December 26, 2014

    by karen

    I received a Derma Wand for a Chrissy present 2 days ago, I have used it for 2 days, then while I was using it the "Zap" just stopped, the redish light still goes on when I it touches the skin, but no zap is happening, have I done something wrong or I could it be a fault in the machine, I would appreciate some feed back.

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