Try these DIY microdermabrasion products—from scrubs to fancy devices—when you want to amp up your exfoliation game from the comfort of home.

By Melanie Rud Chadwick
November 12, 2019
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If you haven't yet hopped aboard the microdermabrasion train, you probably should ASAP. The ultra-popular, in-office treatment is exfoliation at its finest—an intense version of skin sloughing that effectively removes dead cells from the surface of your skin, leaving it smoother and more even.

During the procedure, an esthetician or dermatologist uses either a hand-held wand with a gritty, diamond-coated tip to buff off dead skin or one that blasts ultra-fine crystal particles onto the skin, both resulting in a similar smoothing effect. In the grand scheme of skincare procedures, microdermabrasion is one of the fastest, easiest, and most cost-effective things you can do—but you don't necessarily need to leave home to reap the same benefits.

For those who prefer to take the DIY route, there are a plethora of at-home microdermabrasion products and tools which deliver similar results. Granted, they're not going to be as intense as what you'd get in-office, but for cost-saving purposes—as a fast fix between treatments, or if you just don't want to leave the house—they're a great way to go. (Related: 10 Facial Exfoliators That Will Completely Transform Your Skin)

Check out the nine best at-home microdermabrasion options, according to the pros.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator

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One of the cult-classic products from this dermatologist-created line, this scrub touts professional-grade aluminum oxide crystals that buff off dead skin, while exfoliating lactic acid further helps soften and brighten your complexion.

Clarisonic Mia Smart Anti-Aging and Cleansing Skincare Device

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While it may not technically be called a microdermabrasion tool, this device is recommended by dermatologist Nava Greenfield, M.D., of the Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City because it's gentle enough for those with sensitive skin to use daily. It effectively cleanses and exfoliates, and the latest model also has the added benefit of separate attachments that can be used for massage or to blend in makeup.

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub

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Dermatologists repeatedly rave about this brand, thanks to its powerful ingredients and wallet-friendly prices. This scrub is no exception, combining a blend of fine crystals and sea salt to exfoliate and remove dry skin and even out discoloration. (Related: The 11 Best Anti-Aging Serums, According to Dermatologists)

Neutrogena Microdermabrasion Starter Kit

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This drugstore pick—which also happens to be the least expensive of the bunch—comes with disposable puffs that are pre-dosed with itty-bitty exfoliating crystals. It also delivers micro-vibrations that further help speed up cell turnover (yay, anti-aging!), which is always a good thing.

Rodan + Fields Micro-Dermabrasion Paste

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A granular combo of both salt and sugar get the job done in this multitasker, which works equally well on face or body. Use it on dry skin for the most intense effect, or on slightly damp skin for a gentler scrub. FYI though, skip it if your skin is super sensitive, since it could cause irritation.

Neova Serious Reveal Exfoliator

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Serious indeed. Dr. Greenfield is a fan of this exfoliator, since it features glycolic acid and vitamin C to dissolve dead skin, boost collagen production, and protect you from environmental stressors. Plus, it's safe for all skin types, thanks to the gentle, uniform-sized exfoliating crystals. Reach for it two to three times a week when you're in need of a glow-up. (Related: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Rid of Blackheads)

PMD Personal Microderm Pro

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While it might be a splurge, this system delivers effects closest to what you'd get from an in-office microdermabrasion treatment. Not only does the hand-held device exfoliate (using a small, spinning crystal disc), but it also boasts the same vacuum suction technology as the pro versions do, improving skin tone and helping to unclog pores, too.

Mary Kay TimeWise Microdermabrasion Refine

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Sensitive skin types will appreciate that this formula is fragrance-free and clinically tested for irritancy and allergy. With a creamy texture, it feels pleasantly hydrating, though still effectively exfoliates with aluminum oxide, an ingredient often used by dermatologists for crystal microdermabrasion.

Krasr Comedo Suction Microdermabrasion Machine

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This devices comes with various sizes of tips make it easy to target even the hard-to-reach areas of your face. Some tips work to exfoliate, while others act as blackhead removers, helping to free your pores of lingering dirt, oil, and grime. (Related: The 11 Best Blackhead Removers, According to a Skin Expert)

DRMTLGY Anti-Aging Microdermabrasion Scrub

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This scrub combines physical and chemical exfoliants–pumice granules and glycolic acid–for a formula that clears away dead skin cells. Bonus: It's an oil-free and cruelty-free product and it just so happens to be the least expensive of the bunch.

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