What You're Doing Wrong
Before we go into what model and brush head is the best fit, it's important to note that many people use the Clarisonic incorrectly. I asked Dr. Robb what most people found intimidating about the device, and he shed light on a common user error.
"[One of the fears is that] it irritates their skin, but if they’re doing that, they’re not using it right," he explained.
Even though I'm a superfan of the device, I had taken a break from using mine as I felt it was overexfoliating my complexion. According to Dr. Robb, too many Clarisonic fans (myself included, it seems!) don't use enough face wash. Many users limit their cleanser to just filling the tiny hole in the middle of the brush head, but you're actually supposed to apply it all over the bristles.
You also need to be sure you're using enough water! "Really wet your brush head. You need the oscillation but also the fluid force as well," said Dr. Robb.
The brush head you select makes a huge difference, too. I've since used my Clarisonic on a daily basis with the Cashmere Cleanse Luxe Face Brush ($30), and it's gentle enough that I could use it twice a day without irritating my skin.
Be aware: if you've never used the Clarisonic before, there's a good chance you could experience a breakout following the first use. Just like a good esthetician would during a facial, the device is helping your skin purge impurities and sebum. Don't let that sway you from using it! Once that detox breakout subsides, you'll see a clearer, healthier complexion.