How to Do an At-Home Dermabrasion

Most at-home dermabrasion kits feature a couple of products.
Most at-home dermabrasion kits feature a couple of products. (Image: Slawomir Rodak at

Dermabrasion, also known as microdermabrasion, is a skin treatment typically performed in a dermatologist's office. Small crystals are massaged onto the skin to remove the top layer of cells, which can result in clearer skin and fewer fine lines and wrinkles. Professional microdermabrasion treatments can be expensive, so skin-care manufacturers have introduced at-home dermabrasion kits that typically run $25 to $30 each. Most kits include the microdermabrasion crystals and a post-treatment moisturizer, and some include a battery-operated wand that massages the crystals into your skin. At-home dermabrasion kits are easy to use and can help clear up your skin problems without expensive treatments.

Things You'll Need

  • At-home dermabrasion kit
  • Gentle facial wash
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen with at least a SPF 15

Purchase an at-home microdermabrasion kit from a drugstore. Choose one whose ingredients and price appeal to you.

Wash your face with a gentle facial cleanser and remove any makeup. Gently pat your skin dry with a towel, but leave your skin damp.

Dispense a small amount of the microdermabrasion crystals -- about the size of a quarter -- onto your fingertips. Gently rub the product into your face with small, circular strokes. Apply the product to your entire face, up to your hairline. Continue gently massaging your face for one to two minutes, or as instructed in the product packaging.

Attach a pad to the microdermabrasion wand, if your kit includes one, and use the device instead of massaging the crystals by hand. Turn on the wand, gently place the pad against your face and rub it in circular motions for one to two minutes.

Rinse your face with cool water. Gently pat dry with a towel.

Dispense a quarter-sized amount of the post-treatment moisturizer onto your fingers and apply it to your entire face. Massage the cream into your skin until it is absorbed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use your at-home dermabrasion kit as often as three times per week. Avoid using it on consecutive days. Use the kit only once a week if your skin is sensitive.
  • Microdermabrasion can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn, so always apply a sunscreen with at least a 15 SPF when you leave the house.
  • At-home dermabrasion kits may cause your skin to tingle or look pink after treatment. If your skin becomes excessively red or irritated, stop using the kit and speak to your dermatologist. Do not use a dermabrasion kit more than three times per week.

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