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#41 juicy788

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 12:39 PM

Sorry it's so long..wanted to be thorough so it might have something useful for others!

I've been using the Clarisonic (maybe about 4-6 times now) about every other day or every 3rd day because I have very sensitive skin (similar to rosacea but without the blood vessels, haven't asked doctor yet). I haven't used the enclosed cleansers becaues of all the horrible reviews, and don't want to risk it.

I use the sensitive brush on the lowest speed at 1 minute timer to put the least amount of impact to my skin. Once my skin adapts to the system more, I might change to the faster setting and gentle brush. And maybe I'll do 2 minutes without a timer so I can concentrate on the areas I want.

After use, your face does feel cleaner. As far as oil production or breakouts, I did experience a little purging, but at a minimal scale. I have combo dry/oily skin, but it wasn't that much more than what I already produce.

Dryness-I am experiencing more dryness on my cheeks (which is where I have the dryness problem). I'm not sure if it's the Clarisonic because I started putting spot treatments and such because of the purging. I used the Murad spot treatment. Murad is too strong for me, but I had it from before.

I heard it works better when your pores are open, so I tried steaming my face first then using the brush. I had LOTS of oil production and pimples, purging was happening pretty fast and a lot. I didn't get alarmed much because I was expecting this. If anything, the breakout will die out, and it'll mean my face will be cleaner than before.

If you don't really want to experience the purging like I did, I suggest not steaming. Personally, I am testing the purging method. I want to see if purging will get all the nasty gunk to surface, and decrease in breakouts as the weeks pass and eventually have no breakouts. Hopefully, a month or two will do the trick.

SPOT TREATMENT: I recently got a sample from Sephora-DDF Sulfur Theraputic Mask. It's a 10% sulfur clay mask which you can put all over your face for 10-15 min, or use as spot treatment. IT WORKS WONDERS. I used it after the Clarisonic to see if the spot treatment method will work. IT IS BETTER THAN THE MURAD SPOT TREATMENT. Murad, and other spot treatments, tend to dry you skin waay too much. I can't use it for too long unless I want my skin to peel! The DDF brought down the bump to almost nothing without over-drying it. My breakouts minimized soo much after just 1 application. HIGHLY recommend.

All in All-Clarisonic does clean your skin really well. I believe my pores have gotten cleaner (can't really see the black stuff as much). Can't tell if the pores got smaller yet. You may or may not experience purging, which will die down after the first/second week.

QUESTION: If you read in the instructions, it says to avoid areas where u have open lesions. Even the closed ones in case the brush pops it open because the bacteria will get on the brush and spread to the rest of the face. Should you clean your brush is alcohol if you do accidentally brush the pimple? How do you keep the brush clean? I just rinse with water...

Edited by juicy788, 24 June 2010 - 12:40 PM.


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Posted 27 June 2010 - 09:08 PM

no go for me, everyone. Sorry to be debbie downer. I gave it three months. Just messed up my skin. I couldn't even accept it was the clarisonic at first because everyone else had such good experiences with it! But it just ended up giving me acne in areas I have never even gotten acne on in my life. I was using the Mia, with the sensitive brush, for 1 minute at a time, usually once a day. Waste of money for me... sad.gif

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 11:06 AM

sopher-they do tell you to avoid areas that are open or might open from acne because the bacteria will get into the brush and spread throughout the face. maybe that's what happened with you?



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Posted 01 July 2010 - 12:58 PM

the thing is, when I started using it, I didn't have open acne sores. Clogged pores, yes, but no actual pimples. I think it just didn't work for my skin. Probably, for many people it helps. You don't know until you try.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 09:18 AM

QUOTE (sopher @ Jul 1 2010, 11:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
the thing is, when I started using it, I didn't have open acne sores. Clogged pores, yes, but no actual pimples. I think it just didn't work for my skin. Probably, for many people it helps. You don't know until you try.


Yea, I used the clarisonic for nearly 7 months. the first 3 months were amazing, because it got rid of my whiteheads, but then at the beginning of month 4, i got cysts on the side of my face, when i never even had visible pores there before! i kno there are a lot of factors influencing this change in my facial health, but when i stopped using clarisonic 2 months ago, my skin has improved so much since then. of course, ive had chemical peels, and started dkr since then, but even before i did all these things and the only change i made was to stop using the clarisonic, my blackheads were gone nd my pores shrank.... i kno, VERY weird seeing as the clarisonic is actually supposed to do the opposite of what it did to my skin.

i concluded after my clarisonic experience that the problem was that i was using my clarisonic very abrasively on my face even during the times i was breaking out in cysts like crazy. to all those who r thinking of using the clarisonic: if your skin is super sensitive, or if you have moderate to severe acne, you should think twice about purchasing it. i think this product may be more fit for mild acne people and those looking to get rid of wrinkles or for a cleaner face.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 05:09 PM

Just wanted to put my 0.02 in. I do have both the Clarisonic and the Clarisonic Mia and I ADORE both of them. They are very gentle and have made my skin look MUCH better. I totally disagree with What Paula Be...(cant remember how to spell her last name sorry) wrote regarding the device. It is NOT just like cleaning with a washcloth. It is far more gentle and the results are incredible. The MIa is 75 cheaper than the regular and the only differences are it has only one speed, is smaller and more travel friendly, does not have the diff timers. It beeps and shuts off at one minute. I would recommend it over the regular one simply because it is cheaper. The other one I have is the Plus which has a brush head for your body and a diff speed. Any choice you make you cant go wrong they are worth every single penny. I got my mia during the 50.00 a purchase of 200.00 or more at Spalook.com and dont regret it. Again the Mia is the way to go if you want to save a bundle and you really dont miss any of the other features.

LET ME SAY THIS THOUGH Use a cleansing oil to remove your makeup first. It is so gross to have all that makeup all over your face while you cleanse. So if you dont use a cleansing oil I def recommend starting. My fave is DHC. Its cheap and helps with breakouts and removes EVERYTHING. I use that first then I use my cleanser and my blackheads were all but a memory. I cant recommend this thing enough. But even more than that I rec a cleansing oil for makeup removal. DHC, Fancl, Clinique take the day off Balm(not and oil but does the same thing with no breaking out), MAC has one that I like but I forget the name. Those are my faves. I have NEVER had a single break out from any cleansing oil but those are the cheaper ones.

Hope that helps someone.
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 12:29 PM

QUOTE (ayla @ Dec 7 2007, 10:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A washcloth used to be my HG - but it's just irritating now. I have a theory on the oil - maybe it's not really 'more' oil, it's just that there is no dead skin blocking it's path out. eusa_eh.gif


Definitely agree. Washcloths are good and they're cheap, but they have to be scrubbed hard on your face in order to get similar results. I know scrubbing exacerbates acne...I know this from experience.

I got the PRO version at my dermatologist's office--they didn't overcharge, the pro brush was about $187, and usually the price is $195. My lotion doesn't just sit all greasy on top of my face now--I actually have to slather on more throughout the day so my face won't be as dry. I am also using tretinoin (Retin A).

I wear makeup and this definitely is worth the investment for anyone who wears makeup or sunscreens that are hard to come off.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 07:42 PM

My mom bought a Clarisonic about a year and a half ago, and I was insanely jealous of her! She never used it though because her skin has no problems, so she gave it to me eusa_dance.gif . I started using it around the same time I started using Retin-A and Doxycycline, and that combination totally made my skin the clearest it's been since I was a small child (FYI, I'm 18). I started off with the sensitive brush head, and worked my up to the normal brush head. I use the Clarisonic morning and night, and at night, I remove my makeup with makeup remover wipes and then use the Cetaphil gentle cleanser with the Clarisonic. I find that products are definitely much more effective and are absorbed better by my skin, like my Cerave moisturizer in the morning and my Retin-A at night.

I used to get those big, painful, nasty underground pimples, and I haven't had one (I used to get a new one like once a week) in over a year, although that's probably to do with the Doxycycline. The Clarisonic has helped completely fade my hyperpigmentation, which used to be allover my face as a result of my cystic acne. My blackheads are also cleared, but I still have large-ish pores, something my mom has too. My Clarisonic definitely plays a huge role in keeping my skin clear; I went on vacation for two weeks and forgot to bring it and my pores on my nose and forehead are all clogged again, even though I followed the rest of my regimen (Retin-A, Doxycyline, etc). My pores are starting to clear again now that I'm back home and cleaning with my brush.

I definitely recommend this, although keep in mind that my skin had no actual open sores or pimples or anything. All I ever had were the big underground pimples that took forever to surface, and when they finally did, they would just fade in a nice dark hyperpigmentation scar. Other than that, it was just clogged pores/black heads in my t-zone. This is fantastic for clearing out pores, smoothing out the skin, helping products absorb better, and removing every bit of dirt and make up at night that traditional cleansing won't remove. FYI I have combo-oily skin. I don't really see too much of an effect on my oiliness in my t-zone, but keep in mind that I live in California and it's been like 100 degrees every other day this summer.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 07:49 PM

I really wanted a brush that actually rotated,but I keep seeing Clarisonic get more and more popular...

Does it really do a good job of exfoliating even though it's only vibration?

Do the bristles get bent out of shape easily?

Does the internal motor lose it's power after a while? I know with machanical toothbrushes you have to keep buying entirely new systems because even through battery changes the motor doesn't have the "oomph" anymore.The slightest pressure stops the motor.

I wouldn't mind paying for it if it was nice and durable.My Conair rotating brush's bristles started getting out of shape after a couple of uses.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 08:03 PM

QUOTE (OmegaisJaded @ Aug 22 2010, 05:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I really wanted a brush that actually rotated,but I keep seeing Clarisonic get more and more popular...

Does it really do a good job of exfoliating even though it's only vibration?

Do the bristles get bent out of shape easily?

Does the internal motor lose it's power after a while? I know with machanical toothbrushes you have to keep buying entirely new systems because even through battery changes the motor doesn't have the "oomph" anymore.The slightest pressure stops the motor.

I wouldn't mind paying for it if it was nice and durable.My Conair rotating brush's bristles started getting out of shape after a couple of uses.


I think it does a fantastic job at exfoliating! Even though I have oily skin, I used to have dry flakes as well, but those cleared up after about two weeks. My skin was actually a little more flaky for several days just because my skin that never got exfoliated was finally turning over. The bristles are quite durable too! A few bristles on the outer edge of the brush are a little bent right now, but I've had my brush for about 9 months even though you're actually supposed to buy a new one every 3-4 months. I've been using my Clarisonic for almost a year, but my mom had it for about 4 months before me, and I see no decrease in it's power at all. It's still just as effective as when I started using it. I know it's quite expensive, I don't know if I would have purchased myself- my mom did. But if I lost the one I have now, and I knew how well it's cleared up my skin, I would (grudgingly) purchase a new one in a heartbeat.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:51 AM

QUOTE (OmegaisJaded @ Aug 22 2010, 09:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Does it really do a good job of exfoliating even though it's only vibration?

Do the bristles get bent out of shape easily?

Does the internal motor lose it's power after a while? I know with machanical toothbrushes you have to keep buying entirely new systems because even through battery changes the motor doesn't have the "oomph" anymore.The slightest pressure stops the motor.


1. I think it ends up doing a mild exfoliation. It does definitely clear my pores of makeup and cleans the top layer of skin nicely. What I believe happens is, the middle part of the brush loosens the stuff in your pores/top layer of your skin and the outer part of the brush clears it away. My skin is usually oily but with this it's more on the "normal" side...it lets your lotions and serums sink in the way they should!!!

2. The bristles stay nicely put. Keep in mind that the brush doesn't work like it's supposed to if you press it down hard into your skin. It seems intuitive to press it down, but don't do it! The bristles are soft but sturdy...and it can last for 3-6 months!

3. I'm not sure, but the warranty is for two years. Keep in mind that if you buy it from unauthorized sellers like amazon, Clarisonic probably won't honor that. I bought mine from my dermatologist's office and it was cheaper than the retail price and it was the PRO version.


I've had mine for two weeks and it's great! You have to ease your skin into it, otherwise your skin kind of goes into shock.

Edited by themintyness, 25 August 2010 - 10:52 AM.


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Posted 25 August 2010 - 10:54 AM

QUOTE (mlle.nathalie @ Aug 22 2010, 10:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think it does a fantastic job at exfoliating! Even though I have oily skin, I used to have dry flakes as well, but those cleared up after about two weeks. My skin was actually a little more flaky for several days just because my skin that never got exfoliated was finally turning over.


I had the same experience, too!

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 10:48 AM

hey guys. i know the clairisonic gets good reviews. but has anyone seen or tried the DDF revolve 400x brush? its like the clairisonic but cheaper. and OmegaisJaded: it also has a rotating head.

well i ordered it online and if its anything like clairisonic then it will be amazing

i do use differin so i was a little worried about using it while on a retinoid but it looks like a lot of people do with no problems.

any input?

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 12:54 PM

I was wondering how the clarsonic works on dry skin,
i have combo skin and some dry areas (i think its because of proactiv).
and also alot of clogged pores. i just want to know how if it will work well with my skin.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 02:07 PM

im getting something similar to the clairisonic tomorrow and i have combo skin too so ill let u know.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 02:18 PM

I have the sun labs one. Is the clarisonic so much better? the sun labs one is much cheaper. One difference I know is that the clarisonic oscillates and the sun labs one swirls.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 03:05 PM

how does everyone clean their clarisonic? I have the mia and have used it for a week and am wondering what to do

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 03:25 PM

QUOTE (HildeM @ Aug 29 2010, 02:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have the sun labs one. Is the clarisonic so much better? the sun labs one is much cheaper. One difference I know is that the clarisonic oscillates and the sun labs one swirls.


I thought the clarisonic only vibrated...then someone said it could rotate...

I'm so confused!

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 10:22 PM

QUOTE (OmegaisJaded @ Aug 29 2010, 01:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (HildeM @ Aug 29 2010, 02:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have the sun labs one. Is the clarisonic so much better? the sun labs one is much cheaper. One difference I know is that the clarisonic oscillates and the sun labs one swirls.


I thought the clarisonic only vibrated...then someone said it could rotate...

I'm so confused!


I got this from the Clarisonic website "The Clarisonic oscillates 10 degrees in either direction working at 300 movements per second. This movement toggles your pores to remove the dirt and oil manual cleansing can not reach. The oscillation is so fast it looks like a blur or vibration." That's exactly what my brush does.

@wicky I don't do anything special to clean the brush head, I just use a cleanser to clean the bristles and the plastic areas around the bristles so it doesn't get all gunky.

@MangoLove Well I have oily skin so I'm not sure how your dry skin would react, but it would probably get much drier and flakier right at the beginning (like mine did, but not too much) because you're shedding way more old surface skin cells than usual. I would use the sensitive brush and use a super good moisturizer. With the Clarisonic, products absorb sooooo much better, so maybe that would help your skin if a moisturizer was being absorbed better. The brush is expensive, so I would check the return policy just in case your skin can't handle it.

@X3Kell3X I use prescription Retin-A aka tretinoin and this combination of skin care works brilliantly for me, so I wouldn't be worried. Talk to the dermatologist who prescribed you the Differin though to be sure. I think it would absorb much better therefore work more effective.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 08:01 AM

i just got it. i used the deep cleansing brush and it left my skin VERY soft. but red....but it faded the next day so im only gunna use it once or twice a day. plus i start accutane again soon