Yup, I Still Use My Clarisonic + Other Skincare Things You Should Know…


We’ve established that while the Clarisonic is not some magic wand that instantly makes dark spots or wrinkles vanish, it IS however a tool that can get your skin six times cleaner than manual cleansing. That then allows your skincare products to better penetrate the skin therefore work better. I’ve blogged about the various Clarisonic models and brush heads A LOT in the past, so if you’re in the dark about them, read up here and go through all Clarisonic posts here.

So why would I need to make a declaration about still using my Clarisonic? Because I sometimes don’t use it. In fact I’ve written before (whether here or on my social accounts) that when I go without using my Clarisonic for a while (more than a month), it starts to show. After that then I’d start using it regularly again. But I’ve been wearing makeup less more often now than ever before (side effect of working from home aside from days where I’m testing makeup). When I wear makeup more often, I tend to use the Clarisonic regularly. Since I hadn’t been wearing makeup regularly, I kind of lapsed on the regular Clarisonic use going down to maybe once a week or so and sometimes not at all.

I hadn’t noticed any major differences right away in my skin after not using it for a while (which is typically how it goes down) until I went to see dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry and she asked me if I was using just my hands to wash my face…lol.

Now while this post is basically an ode to the sonic cleansing device I’ve been using and loving since 2010, the major takeaway here is mostly on making sure you’re cleansing and exfoliating effectively especially when dealing with adult acne. Another thing to take into consideration, myself included, is that even if you’re not wearing makeup regularly (or not wearing it all), things like product residue, free radicals, pollutants, etc. can also accumulate on the skin’s surface and clog the pores. You want to make sure you’re exfoliating effectively for your skin type.

If you don’t want to dish out major coins (not only do you pay for the Clarisonic device, but you also need to replace the brush heads every three months), Dr. Henry also likes the old school Buf-Puf. She likes that you can control how much pressure you’re using with the Buf-Puf and the weave on it is not so tight that it’s tearing the skin.

I’m sticking with my Clarisonic (which Dr. Henry also likes—yay for me) mainly because I’ve been given so many devices and replacement brush heads by the brand that I don’t need to buy anything else. Plus I like that the Aria I’m currently using has different speed controls and I can try the different brush heads depending on my current skincare needs. Read more about that here.

Because some of you might land on a post like this without background context on skin, I’m also including some blog posts for you to read and a video I recently filmed with Dr. Henry.

See more skincare videos on my YouTube channel here


Anti-Aging 101 for Women of Color

Adult Acne, Winter/Spring Transition

Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Masque

Dark Spots

My Dark Spot Update: Everything I Did to Treat Them

Anti-Aging 101 for Women of Color

How to Get Rid of Dark Spots

Answers to Your Questions about Dark Spots, Retinol, & More


Anti-Aging 101 for Women of Color

Sunscreen: How to Apply It + How to Avoid Flashback in Photos

Here’s 7 More Sunscreens That Won’t Make You Ashy

Here’s Two SPF Options That Also Improve Skin’s Radiance and Fight Aging

Sunscreen Balms and Sticks: Why You Need Them & Some to Try

Must-Reads & How-Tos

The Differences Between Toner vs Essence vs Serum

The Moisturizer Switch-Up: How It Can Help Your Skin and Makeup

The Double-Cleanse: How I Remove My Makeup

The Tata Harper Glow Trick I’m Loving

The Problem with Black Soap

How to Get Rid of Dark Spots

A Budget-Friendly Glycolic Peel to Combat Dull Skin

An Easy and Budget-Friendly Cleansing Process to Remove Makeup

If You Have Oily or Very Oily Skin, Here’s What NOT to Do

The Thing You Better Be Doing Before Bed or I’m Not Your Friend

Face Oils: My Faves + Yes, You Can Use Them If You Have Oily Skin

Clarisonic Guide + Which Brush Head to Use

Why I’m Obsessed with Cleansing Oils + My Take on 8 of Them

The Order to Apply Your Skincare Products

What I’m Using on My Skin Right Now

Products I’ve used during various times of the year for a number of different skincare issues

Adult Acne, Winter/Spring Transition

The Winter Edition

Loving MURAD Balancing Moisturizer for Fall

Read more in my What I’m Using on My Skin Right Now archive


Anti-Aging 101 for Women of Color

A Refresher on Eye Cream + How to Prevent Concealer from Creasing

Eye Cream: Stay Ready So You Don’t Have to Get Ready

Wrinkle Prevention Tips

On Bleaching Brows and Removing Facial Hair

Answers to Your Questions about Dark Spots, Retinol, & More

Some Things To Know If You’re a Woman of Color Considering an In-Office Procedure

Skincare Product Reviews

You can read skincare products I’ve reviewed here.



  1. ChynnaBlue
    October 30, 2017 / 11:57 am

    I usually go makeup-free and wound up keeping my Clarisonic in my shower so that I use it in the morning instead of at night. (I do use it at night on days I wear makeup.) Keeping it there helps remind me to use it. My bathroom has a ceiling vent not too far from the shower, so the brush tends to try quickly. I do replace the brush every 2 months instead of every 3, but I also stock up whenever I can buy brushes on sale, so it costs about the same as replacing every 3 months. I’m very “out of sight, out of mind,” so it’s the only way I can remember to use it.

  2. Stephanie
    November 10, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    I still use my Clarisonic. I’m going to use that thing until it dies…then I’m going to just go get another one. I use it along with a Korean skin care routine and I’m pleased with how my skin is improving.

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