Last Updated on 1st September 2020 by Sarah Sarsby

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Today’s blog post is all about my experience of having microdermabrasion done for the first time. How did it make my skin feel? Are the results noticeable? Is it worth having done?

Groupon had this wicked deal on for a microdermabrasion session locally that had been reduced from £65 to £19 and I felt like it would be wrong not to take that opportunity up. I’ve never had a skincare treatment done before but microdermabrasion has always piqued my curiosity, so, I decided to get it done.

On A Woman’s Confidence, I usually write skincare product reviews or share skincare tips, but I thought talking about my microdermabrasion experience would be something a bit different. Plus, it might offer some deeper insight into the treatment for those of you who are wondering whether to get it done.

This blog post breaks down what microdermabrasion is, my expectations, what the treatment felt like, how my skin looked and felt afterwards, and whether I’d have it done again.

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What is microdermabrasion?

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Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that uses fine crystals and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells.


The procedure acts as a deep exfoliation and is meant to: leave your skin softer, smoother and younger-looking, help reduce fine lines, unclog pores and help with pigmentation issues.

My expectations

To be honest, I wouldn’t say I have any major skin concerns, so I just wanted to go in for a bit of a pamper and come out on the other side with softer and smoother skin. Unclogged pores and any blackhead removal would be a bonus.

Microdermabrasion sounded really satisfying to me and I love exfoliating products. For instance, the Lush Cosmetics Don’t Look at Me Fresh Face Maks is my fave face mask of all time, which provides a refreshing exfoliation to the skin.

So, I was looking forward to the deepest exfoliation of my life.

What the treatment felt like

The treatment felt different from what I was expecting. I was expecting it to feel like dead skin was being scraped off my face but, instead, the treatment felt more like a suction device on my skin.

It also found the experience more comfortable than I expected. The tool was only ever on my face for about a second or two. I guess you could describe it as a gritty facial massage and it was oddly satisfying.

It definitely didn’t feel invasive or painful, so there’s nothing to worry about there.

Microdermabrasion results

Here’s how my skin looked before the microdermabrasion:

My skin before the microdermabrasion treatment

I think my skin looks more blemished and blotchier here than it normally does? But, I thought it would be pretty awful to touch up a photo where I’m doing a comparison of my skin before and after the treatment so, alas, here is my bare skin.

As you can see, my skin isn’t particularly ‘problematic’. I have a bit of texture and apparently some blemishes, but nothing major.

Here’s how my skin looked straight after my microdermabrasion:

My skin straight after the microdermabrasion

I don’t think my skin really looked any different after the treatment. Maybe a little bit brighter and more even? But I’m talking very slightly. I also don’t think it did anything for my blackheads or my pores.

However, my skin felt so soft and smooth. Completely renewed. And the thought that all my dead skin cells had been removed was so satisfying. I honestly couldn’t stop touching my skin afterwards.

Here’s my skin a few days after the microdermabrasion:

My skin a few days after the microdermabrasion

I guess my skin looks better here when you look at the photo comparisons but I genuinely don’t think the microdermabrasion has improved the look of my skin. My skin is usually clear and my skin tone normally looks like how it does in the above photo.

It’s been a week since I’ve had microdermabrasion done and my skin does still feel very smooth. It’s not as amazing as it felt when I first had the treatment done but it undoubtedly worked in making my skin softer and smoother.

A quick summary of my experience would be: the treatment didn’t really make any difference to the appearance of my skin but it definitely improved the feeling of my skin. And it was very satisfying to have done.

Would I have it done again?

Yes, I would. Microdermabrasion isn’t ground-breaking or anything but I loved how my skin felt afterwards. It’s worth having done if you want softer and smoother skin.

Have you ever had microdermabrasion done? If you haven’t, is it something you’d consider? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the treatment