Post # 1
I have a Clarisonic Mia and I’m still within the return period and I kinda want my money back. The problem is that I can’t really say “WOW, that SUCKED” which is my usual rationale for returning stuff, but I don’t really feel that it did anything for me.
I’m 22 and I have good skin- not perfect, but good- and I’m fair and fairly sensitive. I felt that it was just as effective as my normal routine (very light pressure exfoliation with a scrubby bath glove and Ponds Luminous cleanser) and more hassle. I didn’t have any additional breakouts or other issues. But I keep seeing all these glowing reviews and wondering what I’m missing and if it would be a mistake to return it. I don’t wear foundation so I’m wondering if all the people it has worked really well for were using foundation and not getting it off all the way with their normal routine?
I used it for 6 weeks every day at night, and I’ve taken two weeks off and haven’t noticed any change. Someone please tell me I’m not crazy! I kind of feel like it’s just a glorified, well-marketed face brush. I could do a lot with that $120.
Post # 3
Oops! Can someone flag this to be moved to Beauty?
Post # 4
i think it depends on your skin type? like, i know people who have had amazing results, and they have terrible skin to begin with. but i also know people who, like you, have decent skin and see no difference. and vice versa. i think it depends on the skin type, and i think it just takes a long time to see results if you have good skin to begin with.
Post # 5
Mine made my skin SO much worse!! It was the full-size, not the Mia, so not sure if that makes a difference. I have pretty nice skin, but since I’m getting a bit older, I’m on the lookout for things to keep it that way. The Clarisonic was NOT the way to go for me, ugh. It took me WEEKS for my skin to go back to normal after I stopped using it (used it daily for about 3 months).
Post # 7
@howsweetitis: What happened? Acne? Dryness?
Post # 8
I have the Pro one and I love it. I wear a heavier foundation most days and it gets my skin clean and keeps it soft. I never really struggled with acne before I got it so I never noticed it made my skin worse. I love mine because it gets my skin clean but it doesn’t strip it too dry. One thing I did notice is that after about a month of consistent use, I no longer needed face washes geared towards oily skin. The Clairsonic didn’t dry my skin out but it seemed like it helped my face from becoming an oil slick. Some of that could also be getting older too. I’m approaching 30 and my hair and skin overall are significantly less oily than it was in my early and mid 20s. That said, if you don’t absolutely love it, return it. Olay makes a knockoff one for around 40$ that works halfway decently if you still want something to use from time to time without breaking the bank.
Post # 9
I use it on and off, but definitely if I wear foundation (which is rarely) and it totally makes a difference. At irst it was irritating my skin but then I switched to the delicate brush head and it was better.
Post # 10
I have the clarisonic pro which I started using roughly 4 months before my wedding. I was seeing an for facials because I had what I thought were enlarged pores. Turned out I had very tight pores that were clogged ‘despite my best efforts w washing and exfoliating , causing blackheads. She recommended the pro bc it has 3 speeds, and comes w body brush head and extevsion arm for reaching back.
i was hesitant at first both bc of cost and bc I was worried about fretting dryEd out. She said this would help open my pores allowing junk to escape. Initially it did cause ‘breakouts’ however this was the crap that had been stuck in my pores for who knows how long, finally escaping. not to be gross but I never could pop a pimple , now after using this I can easiwit and without much effort extract crap thst would of turned into a pimple if not removed. Long story short, keep using it or upgrade to pro. I usE My reg face wash w it (dermalogica medibac ) twice a day and I start w my makeup on.
Post # 11
I have fair, sensitive skin also, and have been using my Clarisonic for about 3 months. I don’t feel it’s doing much for my appearance, but I do like the way it feels. It’s like a gentle exfoliation every night, and my skin feels softer every night. I wear makeup 2x per week, and it is pretty amazing about getting my make up off.
Post # 12
I have heard that using Clarisonic to remove makeup is a bad idea because the makeup clogs up the brush and then you just kind of grind it into your skin/pores. Jen, did your derm recommend using it without washing makeup off first?
Post # 13
@kgirl91: I use mine to somwhat remove makeup. Before I use my Clarisonic, I remove my eye make up with eye make up remover and face makeup with my makeup removing towlettes….then after I don’t see any more make up coming off, I use the Clarisonic.
I think that even the Clarisonic tell you not to remove make up using the device. I can see why it might work against your pores if you do not remove make up prior to using the device.
I love mine so much! I got it about 3 months ago. As a teenager I had crappy skin but now I just have oily skin in the summer and dry skin in the winter lol. I use the Clarisonic twice a day (morning and evening). I’ve only noticed improvement as far as pulling out impurtities and making my skin fee soft and healthy.
EDIT: … I forgot to mention how crazy it is that even after I remove my makeup with my towlettes, after using the Clarisonic, theres still more make up being pulled out of my skin!!
Post # 14
I got the Mia from my FI for Christmas last year. I have good skin and am not very acne-prone – just the occasional white head here and there around my hairline. I noticed no change in my skin after the initial breakout calmed down. It was just another way of washing my face, and I felt no better for me than my usual face wash applied with my hands.
Another reason I will never buy one – when I tried to return it because it ceased holding a charge after two months, Clarisonic told me they would not accept the return because I did not buy it from one of their authorized retailers. (And they were somehow able to track which ones of their devices WERE sold to authorized retailers. So they are apparently selling to third parties but refusing to honor their warranty.) I got mine from Amazon and thankfully the seller facilitated a return for me, but I think it’s complete crap that they don’t stand behind their product, no matter who is selling it. At one point it came from their facility, and the fact that they refuse to stand behind their product if I didn’t buy it at their full price feels deceptive.
Post # 15
I don’t have this opinion. While I did feel it was a bit of a waste when I first bought it, I used up my pads and didn’t get around to getting new ones for about a month and saw a big difference in my skin. Since then, I’ve not went more than 2 days without using it.
The Clairsonic makes my complexion brighter, and since my skin is so sensitive I don’t break out when I use it daily. I think it also makes my skin feel softer.
Post # 16
@Minnow: OMG, yeah! I almost bought from Amazon and then saw reviews saying that the devices were fake and not authorized by Clarisonic. Apparently Amazon is not authorized by them (and I assume therefore not supplied by them- are you sure it was a real device and not a knockoff)? I bought directly from Clarisonic to make sure, and so far their service has been great- my first one didn’t charge properly, so they sent me a replacement plus a free extra brush head for my wait.
I really want to like it! Agh!