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.