12 Apr

Beauty Review: The Truth About Sonic Cleansing

As I mentioned on Tuesday, we have two lovely new bloggers joining the {blending beautiful} family and today we’re joined by Chelsea.  Chelsea is a Texas girl whose wandering spirit brought her to San Francisco where she works in the beauty industry and as a freelance writer.  In her spare time, you’ll find her pinning away on Pinterest, exploring new places and cuisines in San Francisco, or dreaming about her next trip abroad.

Check out her beauty review of the Clarisonic:

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Clarisonic— a handy beauty tool from the creators of the Sonicare toothbrush. It deep cleans pore by digging out dirt and grime, reduces pore size and fine lines, and helps control oil and dry patches. Sounds like a miracle tool, right?

It is – but only if you know how to properly use it.

I get a lot of questions about this device and I thought I’d clear them up (no pun intended!) right here, right now.


True or False: The Clarisonic will make me break out.

Both. The bad news is that you may. The good news is that you may not.

The Clarisonic website does not disclose this, but I can tell you from personal experience and talking to my store’s Clarisonic rep that purging is, in fact, a potential side effect. This means you may see an increase in breakouts while your skin rids itself from everything that is stuck down in your pores.

How to deal: I consulted a dermatologist and the Clarisonic rep about this. Both said to stop using the Clarisonic on acne-prone areas if you continue to breakout there. Clarisonic’s website warns not to use it over open wounds (i.e. popped pimples) and take it from me: just give your skin a breather if it goes a bit crazy! Once your skin calms down, you can start again – but do so sparingly. Which brings me to my next point.

The Clarisonic gives the best results when I use it every time I cleanse.

Not so fast, there. Trust me, if you use a Clarisonic you will see how good it feels on your skin. I got so obsessed with it that I thought the more I did it, the better my skin would be. Big mistake.

Since you are using a tool that’s foreign to your delicate skin, do your skin a favor and ease into it. Use it every other day or even just a couple times a week. Gauge how your skin reacts and if you’re okay, slowly increase your use of it.

I can use my Clarisonic an extra minute to feel super clean.

Wrong! Each time you use your Clarisonic it lasts for a minute. Don’t press the power button again for a second go-round. The first minute is enough to do the job; otherwise the Clarisonic people would have made it last longer!

The Clarisonic exfoliates my skin so I won’t ever need to use an exfoliator.

Not true, sister! It deep cleanses. Exfoliate one to three times a week, but make sure to use it with your hands and not your Clarisonic.

I really do think the Clarisonic is a great tool, but I disagree with those who say it is for everybody. All of us have different skin and different lifestyle factors that affect our reaction to certain products. You just have to find what works best for you.

Check out the official website here.

Have you had any success stories with your Clarisonic? Complaints? Suggestions? Share them in the comments!

{ posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 }


Comments: {2}

  • Sarah writes:

    Thanks this was really helpful. I have been considering getting one of these, but wasn’t sure that it would help my skin. I have try tons of things; everything from natural to medication and in between, but I haven’t tried this. It is good to get some now how and hear that it actually works well for people (if used properly of course). Thanks!

  • Sheena writes:

    Wow! This article was so insightful! I currently have a clarisonic and found out things that I never knew about it! Thanks!!

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