Trophy Skin Home Microdermabrasion review MiniMD & MicrodermMD

Trophy Skin MiniMD microdermabrasion Laura G
Trophy Skin MiniMD microdermabrasion

5.0

This is probably the missing step in your skincare routine. The Trophy Skin tools are safe for all skin tones, ages and types (including sensitive skin). Refreshes skin on your face, neck and chest for smooth, bright, healthy, hydrated skin & reduced wrinkles. A simple, low-effort, affordable home device with serious results.

Smooth, clear & fresh skin

👍 For all skin colours and types (even sensitive), the missing & essential step in your skincare

Visible effects: Softens fine lines and wrinkles, fades dark spots, shrinks pores, reduces scarring, brighter & smoother skin, a youthful glow.

Effort
Takes 5 to 10 mins just 2 or 3 times per week. For ongoing use.

Ease of use
Simple, easy to follow, x2 suction levels. Use a clean filter each session, diamond tips last 6 months to 1 year. Quick and very more-ish satisfaction seeing dead skin gunk in the filter!

Results
Immediate smooth skin. Boosts cell turnover, collagen & elastin build gradually refreshing and brightening. Healthier skin faded wrinkles & pigmentation over a month or so.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Easy to use & low weekly effort
  • Durable & intuitive
  • Options for different budgets
  • Immediate smooth, glowing results
  • Clinically proven

Cons

  • Over-zealous use means after-session products can sting!
  • Ongoing cost of tips & filters (but it’s small)
  • MiniMD has a short power cable

There are 2 FDA-registered microdermabrasion models to choose from Trophy Skin ranging from £99 to £219 / $99 to $299. Use them on your face, neck and chest to reduce visible photo-damage and ageing effects.

Trophy skin MiniMD & MicrodermMD Microdermabrasion

MiniMD price from £80 to £99

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MicrodermMD price £219

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Various shots of features explained and critiqued in this Trophy Skin MiniMD microdermabrasion review
Clinically proven home microdermabrasion from Trophy skin. This is the most affordable choice MiniMD.

What is it?

The MiniMD is a compact, home version of diamond peel exfoliation (microdermabrasion facials) available in day spas and medical aesthetic centres to use on face, neck and chest.

Slide the exfoliating diamond tip across your skin and the rough dead outer layers get sucked away into the hole!

Slide the end across your skin. The diamond tip exfoliates rough, dead skin and the vacuum sucks away the debris. Use in an upward or outward direction all around your face, increasing or decreasing the suction levels depending on area. Treatment takes 5 to 10 minutes.

The MiniMD:

  • Smooths rough & bumpy skin, leathery skin, congested skin
  • Removes top skin layers so your skincare products more easily absorb
  • Make-up applies easily and stays put for longer
  • Gradually reduces pigmentation with ongoing use

The suction also stimulates your skin’s blood flow, boosting energy so it rebuilds strong collagen and elastin. And removing the top skin layers not only reveals fresh skin, but it also promotes the growth of healthy new cells to replace it. Both actions give healthier, smooth skin and a beautiful afterglow. Skin is rejuvenated and looks younger.

Trophy Skin Microderm devices are safe for all skin types, including most sensitive. However, if you have sensitive skin, use a lower setting and / or use it less often.

Clinical study

The Trophyskin Microderm products are clinically proven safe and effective for home use. They don’t need FDA-clearance because of the type of device they are.

Trophy Skin share details of the clinical study on their website. The study tested and recorded results for reducing facial wrinkles and redness of 22 female patients aged 35 to 55. They used the device at home 2 to 3 times per week for 6 weeks.

To measure effects, the study took and compared high definition photos of subjects faces at the start, 3 & 6 weeks. The subjects also completed a questionnaire to capture subjective feedback.

An independent surgeon assessed the photos. To avoid any bias, it was a blind study too. This means the surgeon didn’t know the details of the treatment. They merely measured and assessed what they saw. They used 3 clinical scales:

  1. Oral Commissure Severity Scale (lip fullness, mouth lines & wrinkles)
  2. Modified Glogau Scale (MGS) (categorises wrinkle severity)
  3. 6-Point Erythema Scale (for skin redness)

The results

The study shares a significant 75% of subjects saw a reduction in fine lines, wrinkle depth and tone/breadth around the mouth (using the oral commissure severity scale).

Using the high definition photos, they assessed other wrinkles against the Modified Glogau Scale. All subjects saw at least a 1-point improvement. The biggest wrinkle reduction in all areas was for those with moderate wrinkles to start with.

Other significant improvements were solar lentigines (sun damaged skin), hyperpigmentation (darker skin), forehead/peri-oral/nasolabial wrinkles, redness on neck, chest & face (erythema), and diffuse telangiectasia (spider veins).

Trophy Skin shares the percentage % of subjects with at least a 2-point improvement after 6 weeks of use:

Bar chart showing percentage of subjects that saw at least a 2 point improvement: 90% sun spots (solar lentigines)
85% dark patches (hyperpigmentation)
100% diffuse redness on face, neck, chest (erythema)
100% spider veins (telangiectasia)
85% cheek / nose lines (nasolabial wrinkles)
85% cross feet and eye wrinkles (periorbital wrinkles)
75% forehead wrinkles
80% neck, chest, wrinkles
  • 90% sun spots (solar lentigines)
  • 85% dark patches (hyperpigmentation)
  • 100% diffuse redness on face, neck, chest (erythema)
  • 100% spider veins (telangiectasia)
  • 85% cheek / nose lines (nasolabial wrinkles)
  • 85% crow’s feet and eye wrinkles (periorbital wrinkles)
  • 75% forehead wrinkles
  • 80% neck, chest, wrinkles

Thoughts on the study

The percentages above sound impressive. They are based on subjects who saw a 2-point improvement on the various scales. However, the data I’m missing here is the scale itself. What does a point improvement look like, let alone 2! I guess it depends where you start on the scale too. The study implies you’ll see noticeable results but it’s hard to visualise.

However, what is reassuring is those with visible ‘moderate’ wrinkles see more significant results.

I like the Before vs After photos on the Trophy Skin website. I suppose they are some of the best results from the study, but they do give a visual idea of what is possible. I’m not sure how many points improvement they show but it’s impressive nonetheless.

All in all, the microderm devices seem a simple way to get clearer, smoother skin that behaves and looks younger.

First impressions

Neat & attractive rose-gold box of the MiniMD from Trophy Skin.
The packaging is neat, feminine and attractive, in a rose and rose gold box with all the key info
Sliding the shiny rose-gold insert box out from the cover
There’s a shiny rose gold insert box inside that slides out
Inside the device, power cable, filters and manual are secured in a plastic moulded bed

Being picky, the plastic insert is thin and makes scratchy sounds, and the surrounding cardboard is maybe a tad flimsy to withstand regular storage needs. It’s not as robust a box as you get with other brands – but hey, sturdy packaging is really a nice to have and not a deal-breaker here.

Small MiniMD device, 30-pack of wool filters, power cable (with US plug), user guide (and welcome note from Trophy Skin not pictured).
The contents of the box: MiniMD device, pack of wool filters, power cable (with US plug), user guide and welcome note from Trophy Skin.

What’s in the box:

  • Trophy Skin MiniMD device
  • Medium diamond tip
  • 30-pack of filters
  • Power adapter
  • User manual

It’s all very nicely done and well presented. A super first impression.

Remove the protective white cap from the applicator of the MiniMD to see the exfoliating diamond tip underneath.
Remove the protective white cap to see the exfoliating diamond tip underneath.
Hello dinky little MiniMD

The MiniMD is dinky! It’s just 17cm tall and just under 4 cm wide at the broadest middle point. A classy, smooth-white, long and round applicator with shimmery dusk gold and shiny rose gold controls and accents. The diamond exfoliator tip stands to attention at the gently pointed top.

I just can’t wait to see what crap this thing sucks off my face!

Before you start

First, read the user guide

Start by reading the user manual. It’s a good introduction and shows you how to operate the MiniMD. It also lists a few reasons you shouldn’t use the MiniMD or microdermabrasion in general.

Don’t use the microdermabrasion devices if you have:

  • Lesions, warts, or recent herpes outbreak
  • Sunburn or sun sores
  • Active rosacea
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Skin cancer
  • Vascular lesions
  • Any open wounds, sores, or cuts
  • Are taking oral blood thinners (anti-coagulants)

It also tells you to do a skin sensitivity test on the inside of your forearm. The skin there is more delicate and a good indicator to show if you’ll be sensitive to the exfoliation on your face.

I found this test difficult because you must pull the skin taut as you glide the exfoliator tip over your arm. To do this, I need an extra hand. As I don’t have one, I just tried without and found the whole sensation rather squeaky and tickly! I didn’t get very far, but my skin seemed fine with what I did manage.

Next, find a comfortable place to sit, beside a plug and in front of a mirror. A handheld mirror requires one of your hands and you’ll need both for this baby, so find an alternative. Wash and dry your face. Then, crack on!  

TIP: Always microderm on freshly washed and dry skin. Don’t wash and wait a bit because your natural skin oils reduce the effect of the micro-exfoliation. They’ll be far less evidence on the used filter!

What’s it like?

The MiniMD is very simple to operate and easy to handle. Pull off the tip and pop in a new wool filter before every treatment. It takes a bit of practise to get the correct angle and motion as you work across your face. But it’s so incredibly satisfying and effective.

Gently pull off the diamond tip applicator
close up changing the wool filter after removing the diamond tip. Use a new wool filter befoere every use.
Before every use, place a fresh small round black wool filter over the fine gauze and replace the diamond tip applicator.

Mains-power operation

The lightweight 145cm power cable fits snug at the bottom of the MiniMD wand.
Power cable fits snug and is lightweight. You must be close to a socket or use and extension cable.

The MiniMD is mains-powered. The power cable is ok. It’s 145 cm long and quite thin to match the lightweight device. I’d prefer a slightly longer cable because you must be close to a power socket and a mirror. I sit next to a socket on the floor with a small pedestal mirror to work with. You may need an extension cable if you’re working with a fixed mirror that’s too far from a socket.

The MiniMD works worldwide on multi-voltage. It comes with a US plug built into the mains cable and a separate UK socket adaptor.

Design, operation & routine

Simple, one-button control on the MiniMD, for 2 suction levels you'll feel as you slide the diamond tip over your skin.
Press the power button to start suction level one, and again for level 2. Feel it through the hole in the diamond tip!

The MiniMD is small and lightweight (138g). There’s a single button to operate it. Press to power on at suction level 1 and the bottom blue light illuminates. Press it again to level 2 and the top blue light illuminates. Press it again to power off.

It’s very easy to handle and manoeuvre. A little low pitch whirring starts up inside and sounds a bit more earnest on suction level 2. Do each side of your face in turn.

photo of the user guide open at the how to use page with diagram of how to move the MiniMD around your face.
How to use the MiniMD from the user guide

Start on the right forehead. With your free hand pull your skin taut and place the tip squarely against your skin until the suction takes. Slide the tip in small, smooth motions to the outside of your forehead. It’s easy to get the hang of.

Continue across your nose and cheeks, down your outer cheeks and around your mouth. Then across your upper lip and chin. Take care around your eyes and lips and make use of the lower suction level where skin feels thinner, more delicate or loose.

Repeat on the other side. Don’t do the same bit of skin more than 3 times in a session. Trophy Skin say treatment takes just 5minutes. For me, it’s up to 10 minutes depending on how thorough I am.

You may also treat your neck and chest area too. I do occasionally, and also my hands.

Afterwards, apply your skincare products. They’ll have an easier job absorbing in. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen SPF 30+ before you go about your day!

How does it feel?

I like the sensation. There’s no pain. The diamond tip is scratchy across your skin but in a very fine way.

The 2 suction levels are gentle but create a firm seal with your skin. Level 2 is significantly more powerful and so effective. Level 1 is good for your first go, and for sensitive or delicate areas around your eyes, mouth and on the neck.

Sometimes it’s tricky to position on the centre of my forehead for the suction to take. And it makes small squeaky noises on my neck (and tickles)😊. However, it’s important not to press the tip too hard against your skin.

The tip works on all my nose apart from the bridge and tip (it’s quite pointy). It’s also a bit fiddly around my hairline where my small wispy baby hairs interfere with the suction. I persevere here though because I have some small but visible sunspots I’d like to see less of.

The suction makes your skin turn pinky-red, but this doesn’t last very long. If it does, or if you’ve any irritation, rest your skin until it fades. Also, reduce how often you use it and / or the suction level. And don’t do too many passes over your skin.

Product just sinks into my skin afterwards. It can sting a little if you’ve overdone it in any areas. And touch your skin afterwards and it feels fresh and moist, beautifully soft and smooth. It gets softer after each session and feels like silk.

Oh. Lushness.

But what I really love both admiring and feeling horrified at the filter once you’re done!

2 MiniMD wool tips caked in white, dusty face gunk - gross yet satisfying.
Face gunk, meet everyone. Everyone, meet my face gunk!

There’s an impressive amount of face gunk. Who knew I was so flaky? It’s so incredibly satisfying and more-ish. I love you can plainly see what’s exfoliated away.

What results to expect?

Results are far superior to using any exfoliation or microdermabrasion scrub. Plus, there’s no environmental impact on our oceans with those nasty micro-beads.

You can feel and see it actually works.

You can feel the difference from the first session. But it’s gentle. Apprehensive at first, I thought maybe it’d be too much for my skin to do more than 1 per week. I was wrong and I now do 2 sessions per week (as that’s easy to fit in).

And you can see the work it does after each session. If you start on the lower suction level it’s not so obvious. But on the higher suction level – oh boy. I see more gunk the more frequently I use it. I guess my skin had a kick-up the bum and is churning out more skin cells now!

After 3 months, my complexion is baby-smooth, clear and even. I’ve no bumps or blemishes as I had before. Post-session, my skin drinks in my Vitamin C cream and serums (which can sting if you overdo the microderming!) Make-up glides on, but I don’t need as much anymore because I look fresh-faced.

Maybe my forehead lines have reduced a bit, but it’s difficult to tell because they weren’t too bad to start with. I’m looking forward to using this over the Winter months when I really suffer from very dry, rough skin.

You get a 60-day money-back guarantee from CurrentBody.com. This is long enough to try it and fall in love with it.

Tips & filters

There is the ongoing cost of replacement filters and diamond tips to consider too. I get annoyed at the crazy costs of fancy replacement gels with other home beauty devices. Especially seen as much cheaper basic alternatives are available. However, with the Trophy Skin devices, I think the replacement tips and filters are good value. And of course 100% necessary!

close up of a smallblack wool filter and the standard diamond tip applicator. Replacements are decent value and last up to 1 year.
100-pack replacement filters £12, shiny new diamond tip £25.

A 100-pack of replacement wool filters costs £12. Replacement diamond tips cost £25 each. And there are a few to choose from.

The MiniMD comes with the standard diamond tip. There’s also a fine, body and precision diamond tip for around eyes, lips and nose. As well as a pore extraction and infusion tip.

Tips last between 6 months to 1 year, which I think is good. And you’ll get best results if you clean it regularly. The MicrodermMD comes with a cleaning brush, the MiniMD doesn’t. Trophy Skin explain on the website you’ll get best results if you clean the tips in an ultrasonic bath cleaner. This uses water and ultrasound waves to gently vibrate-off dirt and debris. You can also use it to clean jewellery. Buy ultrasonic cleaner from Amazon here.

For one year of use, microderming twice a week, you’ll need at least 1x 100-pack of filters. And let’s assume you need 2 tips. So:

  • 1 x 100-pack wool filters @ £12
  • 2 x tips @ £25
  • 1-year total cost is £62

That’s not bad at all, especially compared to other skincare devices with expensive gels. It’s a manageable and worthy investment for smooth, glowsome results.

Should I buy it?

The Trophy Skin MiniMD is compact and affordable, but give results you can immediately see (gunk!) and feel. Awesomevalue.
Love the gunk.

If you’re a teenager or in your early twenties, you’ve no need for this. Your skin needs little help to be healthy.

But from around 30 onwards or at the first sign of fine lines, I think it’s a simple, quick and affordable, skin health-boosting option. It makes a difference immediately and effects gradually build too. So, absolutely. It’s a super and affordable investment.

This has been the missing step in my skincare routine for around a decade I reckon. If you’re choosing your first home skincare technology I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Plus, it’s highly addictive, in a very good way.

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