I really wanted to love my Clarisonic but I always had fear in the back of my mind because it costed me over $150 at Sephora. It's been almost 2 months now and I've been using it everyday and I can honestly say it's made my skin worse than it's ever been in my life. I started getting acne 6 months ago and before I started using this I had no acne at all on my forehead, just a few zits on my cheeks. Now, I have TONS of acne on my forehead, from white bumps to red cysts..it's horrible. I wish I could undo ever purchasing this product because now I have so many scars from the acne I've gotten from this machine.
When I first started hearing about the Clarisonic products I was VERY skeptical. A sonic toothbrush for my face, really? I had also heard about the "purging" phase and that absolutely terrified me. But I ended up getting a gift card for Christmas so I went and bought myself a charcoal colored one from Sephora (which you can only get online)
Mine is the "base" model so it just comes with the Clarisonic, the brush (normal, already attached, no extra heads), and the charger. It cost me $119 which again, seemed like a lot for something I didn't think was going to work.
I didn't want to throw my skin into using this all at once and cause my skin to freak out as it often does when new products are introduced to my skincare routine. So I used it for about a month just at night with my Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser.
The first things I noticed were, for one, that my skin felt VERY soft and smooth. I was gently exfoliating every morning before owning this and it just didn't feel the same. I also noticed how CLEAN my face felt, without feeling tight or stripped of moisture.
Since mine is the Mia, and not the Mia 2, it does not buzz to prompt you from section to section on your face, but it still stops after 60 seconds. I just estimate 20 seconds on my forehead, 20 seconds on my nose and chin, and 10 seconds on each cheek.
After about a month (when I was out of my normal morning cleanser) I began using this both morning and night. I noticed some new breakouts around my forehead and temples when I started using it morning and night, but they seemed to heal quickly and were far less deep than the ones I was used to.
It is now almost March and I have noticed over time my skin has improved quite a bit. The texture of my skin feels smoother and healthier and the dark marks are slowly fading. However, IT HAS NOT CURED MY BREAKOUT-PRONE SKIN AND I DO NOT THINK IT EVER WILL. This product is meant to deep cleanse the skin, so makeup, dirt, oils, etc. are not allowing to sit on the skin and cause problems. This is helping to lessen the amount that I do breakout, but I still continue to around my happy fun time. THIS PRODUCT WILL NOT MAGICALLY CURE YOUR ACNE OVER NIGHT. IT TAKES TIME AND PATIENCE TO SEE RESULTS.
Overall I am very happy with my Clarisonic and do suggest you purchase one if you have exhausted all other options. But I would suggest buying it somewhere like Sephora or Nordstrom since their return policies are very good.
I read a ton of reviews before getting mine, & there are some people that love Clarisonics and some that hate them. I for one love it! I use it twice a week in the shower on my face & neck, and my face feels super clean after. I have very sensitive skin so I was nervous what this would do to it, but I use the sensitive brush & love how my skin looks & feels. It really gets rid of black & white heads too! I definitely recommend trying it, & hopefully it will work for you just as well! :)
I use my clarisonic for about two weeks, maybe two weeks is no enough to give a good review but and so far I like it. First of all, after reading all these positive reviews,I expected more from this tool. Yes my skin feels cleaner after I used it but it totally dried out my skin. I have a combination skin and flakes are pretty unusual for me.
About the purging phase, yes you will probably break out, but it is really not that bad. I had a few pin size spots on my cheek but nothing big or uncoverable.
I will do an update soon :)
I think this is a very good product if you have issues with acne and/or oily skin. I have always had issues since the age of twelve with acne and oily skin. Before age twelve, my skin was like porcelain and perfect, but I had so many issues after puberty that it almost destroyed my skin. It was oily with small pores, I had cystic pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, you name it, all over my face. I finally found the Nutrasonic back in 2010 and purchased that to use on my face, which I found was pretty useful until it stopped working two years later. In comparison, the Clarisonic Mia has a much better brush and seems to be a much higher quality product. The Nutrasonic has a more bristled brush and this one is much finer. Sometimes it would seem to irritate my skin a bit but I have never had that issue with the Clarisonic. I use it up to twice daily but I think most people should probably only use it once daily up to every other day. The only reason I use mine up to twice a day is because my skin is so bad and also because I don't use any other exfoliating products. The only thing I can recommend is that you shouldn't really immerse it in water as I'm not sure how waterproof it is, also charge it daily. The only things I want to see in it is higher speeds (this product is one speed only) and also I don't like how it shuts off automatically as it takes longer than a couple of minutes to wash my entire face with it. The brushes are also very expensive at $25 each! I suppose it depends on your skin type because mine is excessively oily and still gets blackheads and the occasional pimple even after using all types of products to help my skin. I take Acnepril (2 pills, twice a day), use Lush Cosmetic's Coalface soap and Grease Lightning, use a 2% Benzoyl Peroxide product (Target generic brand for the Clean and Clear type), and I use Clean and Clear Morning Burst Moisturizer combined with the Mia and that seems to be the combo that works for me, but it took many years for me to figure out what I could do to combat the horrible acne I had. I use Neutrogena makeup and it doesn't seem to bother my skin.
I have had my Mia since 2009. I use it every other day. I love that it is gentle and has a waterproof case. It's a great way to clean, exfoliate, and relax my skin anytime of the day. Only problem I have is that it is a VERY expensive investment! If it were half the price, these would make great gifts.
I'm writing this review after using the Mia 2 for one week. I really like the timer that tells me to move to the next zone. I use it in the shower and love that it is waterproof. My skin feels incredibly soft, I don't know if its the mia or the cleanser I am using. I am using the cleanser that came with the mia 2, its a gel and quite nice. Once it is gone, I will switch to my usual cleanser which is origins frothy. My skin does feel a little dry, but seems to really feel smooth and it is a pleasure to put on moisturizer! when i do my t-zone i include my lips and what I have noticed is that my lips feel great! they are plumper and softer then before, that is really cool.
This has been a godsend. My skin is not too bad, but I always have at least several pimples, blackheads etc and overall the texture is rough and congested. Enter the Mia: After the first few uses I was absolutely floored by how much softer my skin felt as well as how much brighter and cleaner it looked. I use my Mia twice daily and I would think that as long as your skin isn't super sensitive, this would probably be fine for most people. I personally love the results I get when I use my Mia with Clinique's 3 Step System. I find that the added scrubbing power it gives to the Liquid facial soap is enough to take off even the heaviest makeup. I recommend this to anyone who wants great skin!
I am 39 with very a Oily complextion since i was a teenager. While as i am growing older the benefits of having oily skin are very minimal wrinkles or lines. I have tried many products over the years -especially your high end face washes and products. I read reviews about the Clarisonic for years but didn't want to invest in the $200 price tab it came with. I finally spurged in November 2012 and bought the MIA 2. I honestly have to say its the best product i have ever used on my face for cleaning. My face looks amazing. While i do still have oily skin its not as bad and the little white bumps from oil and makeup build up i no longer get. My face looks younger from removing the years of build up from oil and dulliness. My only regret now is that i didn't buy it sooner. Its a 10+ product.
AMAZING. This product changed my skin. I have major breakout prone skin that is starting to show the first signs of aging-sun damage, fine lines, unevenness. The Mia in combination with the clarisonic refreshing gel cleanser and occasionally the acne cleanser has helped to clear and even out my skin. It's smooth as a baby's rump. I love using the Mia too. You can just tell that it cleans your makeup and pores so well. Love love love