I spent a year plotting to acquire a Clarisonic Mia, the be all end all product for washing your face. Supposedly. When I first started using the Clarisonic, I was in love, however something inside me said, “Wait to do your review!” Turns out that inkling was right.
For those unfamiliar with the Clarisonic or electric face brushes, the easiest way to describe the difference between washing your face with just soap and water versus washing it with the Clarisonic is this: It’s like brushing your teeth with an electric tooth brush compared to doing it the old fashioned way. Obviously, both get the job done and you don’t really need the electric brush, but you notice the difference almost immediately.
As someone who has struggled with acne since adolescence, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is nothing I wouldn’t try to fix my skin issues, including the Clarisonic. I’ve been using Clarisonic Mia for about five weeks after receiving it as a Christmas present from my parents.
On a week-by-week basis, here’s how my experience has been:
Week 1: I noticed a huge difference in my skin right away. My skin was smoother, so much so that I kept telling my family, “Just feel how soft my skin is! Touch it!” They all agreed–it was pretty soft.
Week 2: Basically, more of the same as Week 1 except I also noticed my skin was super shiny, especially my forehead. Without foundation, I’m pretty sure my forehead would’ve been a constant sun reflector. Still, it wasn’t bad, just weird.
Week 3: I had some breakouts, but mostly just small blemishes that went away within 24 hours. I was pretty impressed that the Clarisonic was slowly getting rid of old trouble spots and keeping new ones at bay.
Week 4: Weeks 1 through 3 were almost too good to be true, which is maybe why in week 4 I shouldn’t have been so surprised that my skin blew up. I got really painful breakouts on my chin and around my mouth. Though I’ve struggled with acne for years, I couldn’t remember having a breakout this bad in a long time, if ever. I did some research and found out that the theory as to why this happens is because the Clarisonic pulls out all the dirt from deep down in your pores and thus causes you to breakout. I still have to consult my dermatologist on whether this is true, because there’s obviously dueling opinions online.
Week 5: Where I’m at right now is my skin is starting to heal from week 4. I’ve cut back to using the Clarisonic about once a day as opposed to twice a day, which is what I was doing in the first month. Everything seems to be slowly fading, but I’m still concerned about what will happen in the coming month.
It’s still too early to say whether or not I truly love the Clarisonic. Had you asked me during the first two weeks if I recommended it, I would’ve said without a doubt. However, the past two weeks have made me skeptical, but I’m still optimistic that the Clarisonic could work for me.
Have you tried the Clarisonic? What happened after week 5? Does it get better?