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Are Clarisonic Brushes Good For Your Skin?

What You Need to Know About Skin-Cleansing Brushes

Still stumped on your face-cleansing brush? Allure got down to the nitty gritty of these do-it-all skin care tools.

I know I'm a little late to the game, but I finally started using a facial cleansing brush a few weeks ago. I'd heard my co-workers and friends rave about them for years, about how glowy their skin looked and how smooth it felt, so I couldn't wait to use one. I thought my skin would look Jennifer Aniston flawless after using it once. What I got, though, was the total opposite: My face broke out — badly.

Aside from a few zits every now and then (which I could probably attribute to my slight affection for chocolate), I've luckily never had a serious acne problem. But after a few days of using the brush with my everyday cleanser (Philosophy Purity Face Wash), my face was spackled in pimples. I freaked out big time. According to dermatologist Jason Emer, this is totally normal. Get Emer's tips and tricks when you keep reading.

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"At the beginning, your skin might flare, probably within the first two weeks," he said. "The dead skin cells that are being sloughed off plug up your pores. But as your skin gets used to it, your pores become more open, and there will be fewer dead skin cells to exfoliate, so you'll be less likely to have breakouts."

He was right: After about a week-and-a-half, my skin cleared up. I've been using the brush for over a month now, and my skin looks . . . OK, maybe not as perfect as Jennifer Aniston's, but it's the best it's looked in a very long time. After all the tears shed over the breakouts (I never said I wasn't overdramatic), it was definitely worth it. As are the long-term benefits: "Normal skin turnover has a one-month cycle, but you want that skin to turn over faster," Emer said. "A face brush allows the dead skin cells to exfoliate quicker and from that produce more collagen, and gradually, [you] get tighter skin. Plus, it removes any oil or debris that's plugging pores and allows medication to penetrate skin better."

Here are a few of his tricks for cleansing-brush rookies:
— Start using a face wash with acne treatments such as a salicylic or glycolic acid before you use your brush for the first time as a preventative measure.
— Ease the brush into your routine. Try using it once or twice a week at first, and slowly build up your use. Normal skin types can potentially use it every day, while those with more sensitive complexions should stick with once or twice a week. The most common breakout spots? Your temples, cheekbones, and chin, "since they have a lot of gland activity" (read: more oil) and thinner skin, Emer said.
— Follow up your cleansing with any topical medications you may use, then with moisturizer and SPF.

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rocksit rocksit 1 year

After hearing so much about all of the clarisonic products, i decided to give it a go. I have combination, acne prone skin and was somewhat concerned that this would be to harsh but it's not! i absolutely love it. it is so easy to use and take one minute for my skin to feel cleaner than ever! I was advised not to use the clarisonic where my skin was already broken out so i have steered clear of my chin area, but the rest of my face feels absolutely incredible. after one day of usage,i got so many compliments on how great my skin looked. i definitely recommend this product! ( You can try Pleasingcare.com sonic cleansing brush, the same as clarisonic but better cost )

galepfyffer galepfyffer 2 years
I used to have a clarisonic which I kept for about 4-5 months, but I got rid of it because it broke me off horribly. I know many people have great experience with them, and I got it because everyone was raving about it, but it was one of the worst mistakes I ever did. What a waste of money, and I can say that it took all in all about 1 year for my skin to go completely back to normal. I would use it everyday, and then every 2 days, and I have oily skin and I used the delicate brush head. It made me badly break out on my chin area, when I got deep cystic acne. Now that I've stopped for more than a year my skin is much better. I can't say that the clarisonic will have a bad effect on you, but if your skin gets irritated like mine, don't make my mistake and keep using the brush. Take a break instead.
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