by Tina Gray
Being selected to try this skin renewing device could not have happened at a more perfect time for me, and I am super grateful to Marta and her team for allowing me the opportunity to share my experience with the Truth in Aging community. I am in my early 40’s and just recently started using prescription Retin-A to up my skincare game. Anyone who is familiar with Retin-A knows there is an initial peeling and flaking process that you have get through before you begin to see improvement. Having a good manual exfoliation process like microdermabrasion to help the peeling and flaking along is key. Plus, it helps with the renewal process as long as the exfoliation method it isn’t too harsh.
My battle with acne started at age 11, so I’ve spent the majority of my life looking for ways to improve my skin. I have scarring from severe cystic acne, and the aging process hasn’t done me any favors in the way of skin confidence. When microdermabrasion first made headlines for helping improve acne scars, I was first in-line for in-office treatments. Professional treatments were wonderful, but my income could not support the recommended series of treatments so I experimented with at-home alternatives. Let’s just say the first few gadgets I tried had messy crystals, required extensive cleaning of parts and pieces, and provided minimal results for the effort.
Before I give you my honest assessment of this device, there is one thing you need to know about me. I have no patience. As in, zero. Zilch. Nada. If something doesn’t deliver noticeable improvement quickly, I’m on to the next thing, leaving a half-empty bag of corundum crystal in my wake. When I was young, my very southern grandma used to tell me that I didn’t have to approach everything like I was “killing snakes,” meaning: Ease up girl, and have some patience, you don’t have to do it all at once. If, for instance, product instructions called for a dime-size amount, my skewed logic would tell me to use triple that amount convinced I would get better results even faster. Knowing that little detail about me, just imagine the self-inflicted damage I could do with a microdermabrasion device? Yep, I’ve had a lot of down-time in my day for not following instructions—or, going at it like I was killing snakes.
Well, I am happy to report TIA readers that I have developed a little more patience over the years and with acne scars and anti-aging, sometimes slow and steady wins the race. Now, on to my review of the MiniMD handheld Microdermabrasion System:
First and foremost, this device is foolproof and perfect for anyone who has never tried microdermabrasion, or those with sensitive skin---trust me, you can’t mess this up! The system has 2 power levels and the real diamond tip does the work without taking off layers of skin in the process. Now don’t get me wrong, this device is powerful and the suction pulls skin into the tip for perfect amount of polishing every time. Rather than rough abrasion, the diamond peeling tip removes the outer layer of skin without tearing or damaging the surface which encourages the growth of healthy new skin cells. According to the product literature, the suction is also important for increasing blood flow to the epidermis which rebuilds collagen and elastin for younger looking skin with a rejuvenated glow.
The results are stunning after the first use, but it is gentle enough that I’ve been using the device twice a week for increased treatment of acne scars, sun damage and overall tone and clarity of my skin. With regular use you will see improvement in dark spots, lines and wrinkles. I am extremely pleased with the reduction in lines around my lips using this device along with my regular skincare. As an added bonus, I’ve been achieving better results from my skincare routine because the device removes the dull skin cells that block products from reaching the fresh new skin I want to treat. Combined with Retin-A, the MiniMD is a skincare knockout that I highly recommend.
The device is small, easy to use, and doesn’t require hours of reading or endless YouTube tutorials to get the hang of it. After the first use, you’ll be hooked! I had my mom try it and she was impressed that such a small device would be so effective. The tips can be replaced at a reasonable price, but they last for months with regular use. The size and shape of the MiniMD make it easy to use on your face, hands, neck and décolleté. The only con I can come up with after putting the device to the test is that the on-off button is located in a place that makes it easy to accidentally power down during treatment. Aside from that issue, which could easily just be my personal awkwardness, I give this device an excellent review. You couldn’t get a single treatment in-office for $99, but with this device you can achieve very effective results at-home with consistent use.