What is DermaSuction?

By HighYa Staff
Published on: Dec 11, 2017

The DermaSuction is a facial care vacuum designed to pull out and remove impurities from the skin. It claims to painlessly remove blackheads and unclog pores without any squeezing whatsoever due to its focused-suction design.

Three different power settings are provided, letting you choose the one that feels most comfortable on your skin. All of the various attachment heads are washable, allowing for easy cleanup once you’ve completed your treatment.

The DermaSuction is wireless, including an internal battery that can be charged with the included charging cable. We tried reaching out to customer service to learn more, but after speaking with several agents, it was clear that they were not aware of this product’s existence.

So, now we know what the device is but how does it actually work?

How DermaSuction Works

The DermaSuction comes with three attachments that are designed for different uses. The main tip is used for facial blackhead removal, while the larger probe is described as being for areas like the arms, chest, and legs. Finally, there is a sonic tip, which the manufacturer claims is ideal for reducing the appearance of fine lines on the face. We aren’t given any additional info on this function, nor did customer service have any insight into it when we called.

To use the main functionality, it looks as though you only need to run the device along your facial area, specifically targeting blackheads and impurities along the way. The commercial illustrates the product sucking out and removing these unsightly elements with ease, but is that really how it works in practice?

Will the DermaSuction Really “Suck the Yuck Out of Your Pores”?

Based purely on the product’s commercial, it would appear that the product is truly able to remove these impurities from your skin, but the reality of the situation, as usual, may be a bit more complicated.

Though it’s clear that the DermaSuction is removing something from the skin, it turns out that it may not be the real impurities within your blackheads. Speaking to metro.co.uk, facialist and aesthetician Andy Millward says that when it comes to pore vacuums, “The majority of what is being removed are actually sebaceous filaments.”

These filaments are needed by the skin for protection against the elements, and he made it clear that removing them would just cause your body to replace them. He also stated that this can actually do damage to the pores over time.

Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, takes a slightly different approach, saying that while these sorts of products can work as described, they are “most effective if the blocked pores were pre-loosened with products like salicylic or glycolic acid or physical exfoliation like microdermabrasion.”

He also goes on to warn against potential dangers to the skin, however, stating that “While the devices are safe to use, applying too much suction to the skin can lead to skin bruising and inflammation.”

Dr. Sandra Lee, aka the famous Dr. Pimple Popper, has similar concerns about the power some of these devices exert:

"I think if the suction is too high, it's like giving yourself a hickey. You can get bruises from it," she explained, "It's called telangiectasia when you have superficial blood vessels that dilate because you have too much suction or too much pressure on the surface of the skin." The worst part? These can be permanent, requiring a laser treatment in order to get rid of them.

Obviously, the DermaSuction itself has three different power modes, potentially alleviating some of the concern over excessive force being applied to the skin, but with lower suction may come less effective results.

In fact, even with full-powered suction, Zeichner warns that pore vacuums like DermaSuction may not be effective at eliminating the type of blackheads most people tend to focus on; the deep, visible ones: “They provide modest benefits for true blackheads, since these are caused by deeply rooted oil clogs in the pore.”

DermaSuction Pricing & Return Policy

As of this writing, DermaSuction was only available directly off of its main website online. It is currently sold in two main packages:

  • Single Offer: One DermaSuction, Extra Tips, Charger, and Travel Case - $39.99 + Free S&H
  • Double Offer: Two DermaSuctions, Extra Tips, Chargers, and Travel Cases - $39.99 + Free S&H + $19.99 Fee

In the terms and conditions spelled out on the checkout page, we’re told that each order is covered by a 30-day money back guarantee, less shipping & handling fees (which are free in this case). You will, however, be responsible for paying return shipping on the order should you choose to return it.

Purchasing a Product Like DermaSuction

It looks as though a viral video kicked off the initial pore vacuum craze, so it didn’t surprise us to find many different products available online that offer similar functionality to the DermaSuction.

Certain products, like the Comedo Suction Microdermabrasion Machine, were more expensive, running about $59.99, while others, like the Imbeang Blackhead Vacuum, could be had for as little as $12. Some devices have additional tips, while others offer just one. A few claim to improve circulation, while most stick to blackhead removal.

Despite these differences, we didn’t encounter any pore vacuums during our research that were immune to the criticisms and shortcomings discussed above, from a design standpoint, at least. On Amazon, we also noticed that many products featured droves of reviews that were 100 percent 5-star rated.

Ultimately, if you still decide to give a pore vacuum a try, despite what experts are saying, finding the right product may come down to choosing one that is within your price range, has some positive (and real) reviews, and includes the features you are looking for (multiple power settings, additional attachments, battery life, etc).

The Bottom Line: Our Thoughts on the DermaSuction

Now that we know much more about the DermaSuction (and pore vacuums in general), can the product in question truly be expected to remove impurities from your skin effectively? In short, yes and no.

While it certainly seems as though the product may be able to remove looser bits of dirt and gunk from your pores, we learned that true blackheads are lodged deep into the skin, where the suction required to pull them out would be too damaging to the pores themselves to be a worthwhile option.

As for a viable alternative, there may be nothing like your own hands in most cases. Doctor Sandra Lee detailed her recommendation, saying that "I would wrap a little tissue paper around each finger because it helps provide traction. Make sure your nails are short too. And just try to squeeze and change directions. Squeeze from a different angle and if they don't come out all the way, they might not be able to come out all the way. It's knowing when to stop, knowing when to say, okay that's enough!"

When you try out the DermaSuction, just be sure to keep the 30-day return policy in mind. If you find that it doesn’t provide what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to return it, as long as you don’t mind paying a bit to ship it back in the process.

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7 Consumer Reviews for DermaSuction

Average Consumer Rating: 1.0
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5 star: 0 4 star: 0 3 star: 0 2 star: 0 1 star:  7
Bottom Line: 0% would recommend it to a friend
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  • DermaSuction

    • Van Nuys, CA,
    • Sep 17, 2018
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    This is such a waste of money. I was so excited to get mine, as soon as it came in the mail I had to try it.

    A total waste of money!

    And when I tried to return it, I got the runaround. This is the WORST product I’ve ever used!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Please, if you love yourself DO NOT buy this!

    • Illinois,
    • Sep 12, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this product at our local drugstore yesterday morning and was very excited when I got home because I thought that at long last, I would be able to get rid of my blackheads on my face, especially around the nose area. I even forgot to buy two AA batteries which were not included in the box. And today after I cleansed my skin to prepare for my self-treatment, I used DermaSuction for the first time. But alas! I was horrified of myself 3-5 minutes later when I looked in the mirror after doing my own self-treatment. My pretty face was left with 14 deep red to very dark maroon bruises and hickeys! I don’t know what to do with my face right now because my skin feels so sore with lots of dark reddish brown blotches or hickeys that look so awful and so embarrassing that I don’t think I’d go to work tonight with this kind of skin condition! I just hope that these would go away so soon after I wake up tonight and also hoping that I could cover these new kind of skin blemishes with a concealer.

    I am taking photographs of my face as proof of damages left on my skin.

    I am returning this product where I bought it. If these blemishes don’t go away in a couple of days, I will sue the company who manufactured this product for damages to my skin and false advertising! This is so terrible and totally unacceptable, OMG!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 25 people found this review helpful

    Bruises your face

    • Midway, KY,
    • Sep 8, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    My 17-year-old daughter who has beautiful skin with an occasional blemish was excited to use this. She read that it helps remove dead skin and prevent blemishes. She used it one time. It left red round bruises all over her face. It looks terrible and she said it is painful. Do not buy this product! When I called customer service before buying it, they told me it was manufactured in the US. It is not. The box clearly says made in China. This company is dishonest and their product is not gentle.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 17 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Junk, my vac would do better

    • Tennessee,
    • Sep 7, 2018
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    It doesn't work, a waste of money. It took forever to get here and if you leave it there too long you get a hickey, lol. Don't buy. I tried it and my kids tried it and they got soft skin, and all it did is leave sick lines.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 24 out 25 people found this review helpful

    Seriously!

    • Kentucky,
    • Sep 2, 2018
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    I bought this hoping to rid of my blackheads my husband always seems to find. I did what was instructed and even on the lowest setting, my face looks like someone beat me. My face is now very tender to touch, and makeup is not covering it completely. I would highly reconsider unless you have blackheads on your back and you don't care to hurt. I had to rate, but zero stars is what I'd really rate.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 25 out 26 people found this review helpful

    DermaSuction no

    • Minnesota,
    • Sep 2, 2018
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    DO NOT order this! It's awful. It doesn't suck anything. It hardly has any suction at all. I was so looking forward to receiving this product and I am extremely disappointed! For the price you pay, you'd think it would do something, but nope. It looks like a good quality piece, but with hardly any suction it's worthless. And I ordered two. But if I return it, I have to pay the postage and go through the trouble of wrapping it and taking them to the post office. How SAD that this company will get their sales and be able to boast about them because it's hardly worth it to go through all that to return it. Yes...I was SCAMMED, in my opinion. Keep your hard-earned money; this is NOT worth it!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 105 out 105 people found this review helpful

    Worthless! Do not buy this!

    • Littleton, CO,
    • Aug 17, 2018
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    First of all, from the time I ordered the product it took over three weeks to receive. I fully read the instructions before using. I opened my pores before using. I never went over the same area twice. It didn't pull anything out of my skin really at all, yet it left red splotches all over with bruising, especially on my chin! This is embarrassing and totally misleading. They are making a ton of money for a crappy cheap product! All I can say is, what a shame and do not buy this!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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