At-home skin-care devices can be a great way to maintain professional beauty treatments at home.
The Dermaflash Dermapore Pore Extractor and Serum Infuser claims to assist in the removal of dirt, oil, and blackheads.
One editor put those claims to the test and was surprised by the results.
Do at-home beauty devices make you nervous, too? Welcome to the club. The idea of using a skin-care gadget is entirely new, and not exactly readily welcomed, in my skin-care routine. Between the very loud noises (which instantly transport me to one of those drab torture scenes in a movie) and the fact that they claim to do at home what many professional aestheticians have to be professionally qualified for, I'd always been too terrified to give any a try.
Then I kept seeing content creators I follow on Instagram using Dermapore ($99). They would sweep this buzzing device across their skin, leaving remnants of debris suctioned from their pores on the tip when they were done. Completely fascinated by the instant results and, honestly, in an out-of-character move, I was intrigued and decided to try it out for myself.
The Dermapore device is fairly compact and meant to be used as both a pore extractor and serum infuser. I decided to only use the extraction setting, mostly because patience is not my strong suit, and I can only imagine how long it would take me to infuse a face's worth of serum with the tiny metal tip.
The directions stated that I should keep the extraction area wet so the device could easily glide across the skin, so I made sure to splash my face with warm water first. The areas of my face that I find most congested are around my nose, particularly in the corners, so I focused there.
The design of the machine makes it easy to hold in one hand without any hassle, and the three flat sides were perfect to rest my fingers on comfortably in order to direct the machine across my face. The overall product also looked really chic and like something someone with a 46-step skin-care routine would have, so the feeling of being a part of the one percent was welcomed.
I pulled my face taut and gently glided the tip of the Dermapore over one corner of my nose. As I did this, I noticed a mist coming from the device, and after going over the same area a few times, that area of my nose became dryer as the water dried. Once I finished extracting that section, I took a look at the tip of the device, and lo and behold, there actually was some debris from my nose on it. While not fully formed blackheads, this seemed more what I would get from a deep-cleaning session at a spa - like whiteheads or oil and what was probably some leftover makeup.
Oddly satisfied, I went on to try another area of my face that is highly congested, my chin.
Following the same process, I rewet my face and pulled the skin on my chin taut. The mist from the device this time was much more noticeable than before, and it seemed like the moisture on my chin evaporated much quicker than around my nose. Surprisingly, I saw less debris on the metal tip than I did when I extracted the area around my nose. (Pro tip: I don't recommend going over the area more than two to three times to avoid irritating the skin.)
In all, the Dermapore was way less intimidating than I was expecting. I'm not sure if it's the Gen Z in me, but I loved the fact that I could see instant results from extracting an area. It seems this device is better for those small, hard-to-reach areas like the corners and bridge of your nose that build up debris, but it may require a quick face steam before tackling the larger areas like the chin or forehead where larger blackheads tend to reside.
My skin did feel noticeably smoother after using this device, so I will definitely add it to my Sunday at-home facial routine when I want to suction out the gunk sitting in my pores - sans torture, obviously - and prevent clogging in the future.