DermaSuction Review: Is It Legit or Hype?

By HighYa Research Team
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 and 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).

Our Bottom Line on 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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Average Consumer Rating: 1.6
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5 star: 2 4 star: 3 3 star: 0 2 star: 1 1 star:  25
Bottom Line: 13% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 22 out 29 people found this review helpful

    It works for me

    • Arizona,
    • Oct 4, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have used the DermaSuction for a couple of weeks now. I use it on the high setting with the exfoliant tip first and follow up with the small hole tip also on the high setting. My skin feels so soft and smooth. I never felt as if I could use enough scrub or masks to get this result. This product has done it for me. My face is as smooth as it is when I leave the esthetician's facial.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 20 out 28 people found this review helpful

    Love it

    I bought mine at Walmart. And I love it, it works great. The picture on here is not what the actually DermaSuction looks like, it has a big silver button with two speeds. Sounds like most people here bought the knockoff of it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 28 people found this review helpful

    Works great - but don't leave it in one spot too long

    • Algonquin, IL,
    • Nov 16, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    My parents bought this for me on a whim because I was complaining about blackheads. At first, I was highly skeptical as the DermaSuction seems super gimmicky, but it totally works! The first time I used it was in the middle of the day without anything done to my skin beforehand. The instructions say to be careful and not leave it in one spot for too long, but I thought "what's the worst that can happen" and jumped right into it. I used the highest suction, left it in place for a few seconds, and went over the same areas multiple times (like the box said NOT to do...) and ended up with hickeys on my face. Bad times.

    After a few days, the bruising from my stupidity was gone, and I decided to try it again. After taking a hot shower to open up my pores, I followed the instructions (not leaving it in one spot longer than 1-2 seconds) and got quite a bit of nasty sebaceous oil and gunk out of my skin! It did leave my skin slightly red for about 10 minutes following the suction, but that went away and my skin was back to normal.

    It does take a few uses until you get noticeable results, but as long as you follow the instructions it actually works!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Really works!

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Jan 24, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I use it daily at night after a hot shower and it gets out some of my "gunk." My face is red after but it hasn’t bruised like some people complain. I use only the oval tool (comes with four total) at the highest setting and I never stop moving it around my chin, nose, and between my eyebrows. I’m pretty sure it prevents acne too, but I don’t get too many breakouts to know either way. I do see that in the morning when I put on my face lotion that I don’t have the black head bumpiness that I used too. It won’t let me upload pics, but I will try to on Amazon. I didn’t give it a five-star review because I feel like it could suck harder and I wish it was easier to clean. I’m 31 and got one for my teenage sister.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Ear injury to my ear...I'm required to see plastic ear surgeon to correct.

    • Arizona,
    • Jul 1, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    WARNING: I tried this product on my ears, on the outsides of my ears, and it detached my flesh from the cartilage...Acura hematoma...which is known as cauliflower ear...you know the same thing that boxers and fighters get from repetitive injuries to their ears!

    Well, I'm just here to advise people, absolutely do no use this on your ears. The product works well on my boyfriend who has oily skin. I don't recommend it for normal or dry skin and DO NOT USE ON EARS! I wasn't sure how to rate it because it does work well on some people.

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

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    DermaSuction

    • Kingston,
    • Mar 10, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this rubbish, had no idea how to change the suction cups. Also, the one I used was already on. The DermaSuction sucked so hard that it left red marks like scaling marks. Not impressed at all, a waste of money. What you view on television is not what happens.

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

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  • 132 out 132 people found this review helpful

    Worthless! Do not buy this!

    • Littleton, CO,
    • Aug 17, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    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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  • 51 out 52 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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  • 53 out 55 people found this review helpful

    Seriously!

    • Kentucky,
    • Sep 2, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    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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  • 44 out 44 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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  • 61 out 63 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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