7 At-Home Microdermabrasion Kits That'll Make Skin Glow, According to an Expert

As much as we hate to admit it, our skin's troubles can sometimes get the best of us. Sure, we have other things on our minds—our careers, our love lives, our friends, our Netflix queue—but as soon as we break out, those blemishes can often conflict with those more pressing thoughts. Enter the at-home microdermabrasion kit, one of the latest trends to help keep our skin clear and our minds at ease.

"I love when patients are proactive and complement in-office treatments with at-home maintenance treatments," says Beverly Hills dermatologist Jennifer Herrmann, an MD at MFC Dermatology. "At-home microdermabrasion is a perfect tool that helps keep skin glowing by gently lifting dead, dull skin cells from the outermost skin layer. By removing this layer, microdermabrasion also allows topicals to penetrate more deeply and increase their efficacy."

Home-based microdermabrasion, which Herrmann recommends should be done once to twice a week, can help topical products better penetrate skin while providing a coveted glow. However, she also advises to not get too addicted to that post-kit sheen. "Although the glow that's achieved after removing the outer layer of dead skin cells can be addicting, it's important not to overdo it," Herrmann notes. "Too many weekly uses can leave skin raw, red, and more susceptible to allergens. Remember to use a good moisturizer after treatments, too, to help keep skin protected."

Since at-home microdermabrasion can be new territory for most people, we asked Herrmann to recommend her favorite kits so that you can try this trend out for yourself. She adds that it's best to consult a dermatologist with your pick before using it and to remember to pair this routine with a regular office visit.

"Home devices typically polish and buff the skin using a stream of fine crystals or a diamond tip, and some systems may also have suction to vacuum loose skin cells from the face—but they penetrate very shallowly in comparison to in-office tools. Plus, some at-home kits have reusable tips, which if not cleaned well can introduce bacteria into the skin" she says. "In-office tools have more power and can penetrate more deeply, if desired, and their tips are also sterilized to maximize safety."

Read on to get her list of the seven best at-home microdermabrasion kits to try, and consider using one ASAP to keep those surprise blemishes at bay.