My Derma Dream is a skincare brand that sells a variety of hardware devices such as microcurrent devices and red light therapy devices intended to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin quality. The brand is so confident in their products that they offer a 90-day money back guarantee on all products.
But is there legitimate research backing the technologies these devices use, or are they a waste of money? How does My Derma Dream compare to other microcurrent brands like NuFace? Is there any risk in using these devices? And how do real users describe their effects?
In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review two of My Derma Dream’s most popular products: MicroSculpt (a microcurrent device) and GlowUp FX (a red light therapy device).
We’ll share results from medical studies to give our take on whether these products are likely to be effective, and share real, unsponsored user reviews of My Derma Dream products.
My Derma Dream MicroSculpt Review
MicroSculpt is My Derma Dream’s most popular product, and is a microcurrent device. This type of device is proposed to “work out” facial muscles and deliver increased blood to the skin surface by sending electrical currents into skin.
Microcurrent devices are cleared by the FDA, and have been shown in medical research to increase blood circulation. However, we have not come across any studies suggesting microcurrent devices reduce the appearance of wrinkles or improve skin quality generally.
Although we don’t recommend this product and don’t consider it likely to be effective, we would recommend My Derma Dream MicroSculpt over NuFace because it’s cheaper ($139 vs. $209). Since there is no proof that one device works better than the other, it seems logical for consumers interested in a microcurrent device to buy the cheaper option.
There’s also a concerning NuFace cancer warning on that product’s website, while My Derma Dream has no such warning.
A popular skincare-focused YouTube channel called Doctorly, run by board-certified dermatologists, published a review of microcurrent devices and came to similar conclusions as we did:
Real, Unsponsored MicroSculpt User Reviews
Below are two TikTok videos from real MicroSculpt users documenting their experience with the device, and both include a product demonstration:
@melissagenitty My Derma Dream Micro Sculpt….. I’m what is happening?! Idk if this is actually going to give me results- follow me or come back for updates as I use this a few more times. One thing I did notice is it does need a lot of water/water based strum to work, as the strum absorbed into my skin the current got much weaker until I reapplied. #mydermadream #microsculpture #athomespatreatments #antiaging @mydermadream ♬ original sound - melissagenitty
@melindakichler hmmm... I dunno what we think? feels food tho so I'm using it! #my_dermadream #skin #skincare #skinroutine #snatched #face-lift #potentialplaceboeffect #doesitwork #Ilikeit #soidontcare #trywithme #tryitout #new ♬ original sound - Melinda Kichler
My Derma Dream GlowUp FX Review
GlowUp FX is My Derma Dream’s red light therapy product. Unlike microcurrent, there is actually some legitimate medical research suggesting that red light therapy can improve skin.
A medical trial published in the Dermatologic Surgery journal found that red light therapy reduced wrinkles around the eyes.
As we documented in our SolaWave reviews article (on another red light therapy facial device), there is also medical evidence suggesting that red light therapy can improve skin complexion, reduce skin roughness and increase collagen density when used daily.
Our issue with GlowUp FX is that there is no description of what light wavelength is used, and this is the most important qualifier for a handheld red light therapy device. Without knowing what wavelength of red light is used, it’s impossible to determine if the device is likely to be effective, because the medical studies typically document the wavelengths used.
We consider SolaWave’s facial red light therapy device (Amazon link here) to be a better option than GlowUp FX because that brand uses an effective wavelength of light (660 nm).
In the YouTube video below a popular beauty blogger named Dr. Dray who’s a dermatologist reviews the research on red light therapy to improve skin:
Questionable Health Claims on My Derma Dream Site
There are a number of questionable health claims on the My Derma Dream website that we disagree with.
The brand claims on the MicroSculpt product page that the device is effective by “draining facial lymph nodes” and that “toxins are removed.” The brand provides no proof of these claims, and this is highly unscientific.
While electrocurrent devices may stimulate lymph flow, there is no proof that these devices remove toxins, and the entire concept is illogical. Toxins do not sit right under the skin’s surface waiting to be magically removed by an electrical current device. It’s simply not how the body works.
My Derma Dream claims on their Facial Remodeling Wand product page that the device uses “thermal treatment” “for detoxification & drainage.” Again, there is no citation for this claim and this does not make logical sense.
What is being “drained?” If heat treatment is effective for skin detoxification, why is this device more effective than taking a hot shower or sauna? How much does this device increase skin temperature?
We recommend that consumers be wary of skincare brands that make bold health claims without providing any proof of those health claims. It’s a sign of a low-quality brand.
Our Anti-Aging Skincare Recommendations
There are skincare products that contain ingredients proven in clinical trials to be effective for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality generally.
Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum is our top skin cream pick because of its effective and clean formulation. It contains hyaluronic acid which was described as a "skin-rejuvenating biomedicine" in a medical review due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging. We consider this to be the most powerful topical skincare ingredient. Most importantly, this serum is entirely free of questionable additives like preservatives or fragrance.
Interested consumers can check out Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum at this link to the product page on the official brand website.
Hydraglow is our top moisturizer pick. It features bakuchiol as an active ingredient which was described in a 2014 clinical trial as "clinically proven to have anti-aging effects."
In the above-linked trial, topical bakuchiol reduced wrinkles, improved skin elasticity and firmness, and reduced photodamage (damage from UV rays). There are no questionable additive ingredients in this product.
Interested consumers can purchase Hydraglow at the secure checkout below:
The only oral supplement we recommend for skin quality improvement is Bulletproof Collagen Powder. Oral collagen supplementation was shown in a medical review published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology to improve visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration. The only ingredient in Bulletproof collagen is collagen peptides sourced from grass-fed animals. We recommend a dose of 10 grams per day.
Interested consumers can check out Bulletproof Collagen Powder at this link to the product page on the official brand website.