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
Must-Reads & How-Tos
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
Read more in my What I’m Using on My Skin Right Now archive
Skincare Product Reviews
You can read skincare products I’ve reviewed here.