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Reconsider gifting at-home beauty devices this holiday season

For those considering gifting a skin rejuvenation device this holiday season, at least one dermatologist is suggesting consumers reconsider.

“Most of them will not do any harm, but they usually do not do much good either,” said Dr. Amy McMichael in a press release. Dr. McMichael is the chair of the dermatology department at Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina.

Dr. McMichael recommends consumers try and verify the claims made in advertising of the device they are considering for purchase by visiting the manufacturer's website for clinical trial data, not case studies, as well as U.S. FDA approval to confirm the product's safety.

Shoppers can also find clinical trial data by visiting

While treatments conducted by professionals can be beneficial to the patient, products designed to be used at home can have negative outcomes said Dr. McMichael.

“For example, microdermabrasion can be very helpful if done by professionals who are trained in the proper way to use the device,” Dr. McMichael said. “But at-home microdermabrasion products can be more damaging than helpful depending on the amount of pressure used. They can also spread bacterial infections or viruses that cause warts, so best to avoid.”

Instead of skin rejuvenation devices, Dr. McMichael advises patients to consider using over-the-counter products such as glycolic acid, serums and retin A creams, which can be more effective, safer and less expensive than devices and tools.

Prior to purchasing a home beauty device, Dr. McMichael notes consumers should check with a dermatologist for advice on what at-home products are best for their skin.

“Do your homework before you buy and look for products with some science to back up the marketing claims,” she said.

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