- Date: 06-Jul-2015
- By: Natasha Renée Hayes
- Comments: 2
Clarisonic Reviews - Acne
For a quick review of what you really want to know:
Does it work? Yes
Does it irritate? No.
Is it better than other brushes and worth the extra money? Yes.
I love my Clarisonic!
...now on to a more detailed review.
Clarisonic Exfoliation and Acne
I've always been a fan of exfoliation - scrubs, peels, etc. I love the clean feeling and smooth surface of my skin after a good scrub (even if it's just from my towel when I'm drying off). For most of my life, I have struggled with acne - which means that sometimes my skin thanks me for a good scrub and sometimes it screams at me as it gets inflamed. It's not easy to balance good exfoliation with low irritation, but Clarisonic does it perfectly!
I'll admit, when you're used to a more aggressive scrub, the first couple of uses of the Clarisonic can feel like it's not quite doing the job. Give it a few times, however, and you'll be feeling like someone just did a buff 'n shine on your face.
After using the Clarisonic Cleansing System for a while, here are some things I noticed:
- Smoother skin
- Smaller pores
- Less redness and irritation
- Skin tightening
- Healthier glow
- Less breakouts of acne
Before I invested in my Clarisonic, I wanted to be sure that I would actually use the brush every day and not quickly give up the ritual to skip back to my previous exfoliation methods. So, I started with a much cheaper, simple electronic Olay Pro-X Cleansing Brush. I stayed dedicated to using it, and it worked fine, but I wasn't getting the same results that everyone who used a Clarisonic swore to. Deciding that I would stay consistent, and very interested in achieving the results others talked about, I invested in the Clarisonic.
First, I must tell you that they are truly two different products. Though the Olay Pro-X Cleansing Brush works well for basic exfoliation, the Clarisonic Cleansing System uses ultrasonic cleansing (like the Sonicare toothbrush used for deep cleaning your teeth), which utilizes sound vibration to gently and deeply clean pores. Sonication (the mechanism used in ultrasonic cleansing) is used for delicate processes like cleaning jewelry and extracting microfossils from rock (which obviously requires thorough yet gentle care). As this method is obviously prized for it's ability to deeply clean while remaining gentle, it makes perfect sense to apply its uses to skin care. So, where the ultrasonic cleansing of the Clarisonic gently oscillates at 300 times per second, the Olay Pro-X simply spins the brush in a circle (which wears out the brush quickly and can cause irritation).
Clarisonic Video: How It Works
Here's a video with a lot of great information about how it works, how to use it, and some medical opinions about it. The video is a bit older and doesn't show the more convenient and updated Clarisonic models available, but the overall information is the same, and it's the most thorough video that I've found.
- Men interested in how it helps prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs, check the video out at 2:29.
- To understand the specifics of ultrasonic cleansing, check the video out at 2:52.
Clarisonic for Skin Tightening
Ultrasonic devices are also used for skin tightening (we'll explore this in another post). Though I'm sure its not as drastic as what I would see from a unit specifically designed for skin tightening, I have personally seen my skin getting tighter just from using my Clarisonic.
Where Can I Buy a Clarisonic?
Amazon is a great place to get both the newest and past Clarisonic models. Check these out!
What About You?
Have you had any experience with the Clarisonic or similar products? Did you think it was worth it?