I've been using the Mia for a year now and my skin is improving, but I think other factors (homemade masks, heavy moisturizing) have helped clear my acne much more than Mia. The first six months showed no difference except that my skin wasn't torn up from the apricot scrubs I had been using. Using Mia was much gentler than those and my face felt much cleaner afterward. One strange thing about the Mia is my skin always feels painfully dry if I don't moisturize directly after using it. Oh, and also I never experienced a 'purging' period like others have mentioned but my face has always been covered in acne anyway. My skin is very dry, a little sensitive, and very acne-prone for those of you who want to compare.
If you love feeling clean, I'd recommend buying one but for clearing acne I didn't notice much of a difference.
I brought my green Mia2 (acne set) more than 6 months ago. I use it everyday at night time, mainly in the shower. I like it. However, I cannot say that it has improved my skin in relation to the acne. I don't have a lot of problem with acne, just a coin size area on my cheek that keeps poping out tiny spots. When I purchased the acne set, I thought it would help but the gel wash gave my face a horrible rush and completely dried out my skin. I hated that gel but that is not Claronic Mia 2's fault. So I had to stop using it for about 1.5 months.
Now about the clarisonics, the reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is I am not sure if it makes THAT much difference to my acne. however, 4 stars is well deserved in my opinion. it helps me to keep my face clean. really provides a fresh feeling. As I said, I use it in the shower my cleaning routin consists of using a face wash first and wash off make up and use a face cleaning bar to clear excess oil and treat the area that has acne problem then using clarisonic with the dermologica daily scrub. This is my favourite step of my cleaning, i can totally chill and let Clarisonic does the job.
Some beauty stores that I visited have told that once you use Clarisonic you don't need to use a lotion (i.e. step 2 in Clinique's 3 step system) I don't know how true that is, I feel I have a need to use a lotion to refresh the skin before apply for any cream.
Overall, it's an innovative product, has a lot of choices per brush size etc. I have only used the acne brush but I've heard the normal/regular one works better. It's easy to travel with. I love the design of the power charge. It does not cure my acne problem (even I have very mild problem) but does provide the clean finishing.
I can't believe I haven't reviewed my beloved Mia!! I've been using it for almost a year and I gotta tell u.....this has really really made a huge difference in the way my skin looks and feels! I use this every night, usually for about a minute and a half (I have the original Mia so it shuts off automatically after 1 min so I just turn it back on and use it a little longer). I suffered through a very very bad breakout after I stopped using Proactiv (decided to stop using so any chemicals and go more natural) last summer and my skin looked absolutely HORRIBLE......cystic acne + picking= the worst skin of my life!! I battled through it because I felt that it was my skin going threw 'withdrawl'.... I decided to add this to my arsenal because I had so much scarring and the texture of my skin was so rough I thought this would speed up the exfoliation process. I'm really glad a stuck with it, it took almost a year but now my skin looks 200% better, my scars have almost completely faded, I do get breakouts during that 'special' time of the month but not cystic and as long as I don't pick they usually go away in a few days. Anyways this really gets my skin squeaky, like a deep clean that I can't see but I can feel, and it's gentle at the same time, as long as you u it correctly, no need to press hard just turn it on and buff in circular motions very gently! Also, I feel like my serum and moisturizer absorbs so much better after using this!! It's really an amazing tool and it really helped reduce the scarring and improve the texture of my skin (a long with good skin care products and a healthy lifestyle of course). I paid US $120 and if it broke and I had to buy another one I would, it is THAT great! BTW, I've dropped it a couple times (I keep it in the shower because that's where I use it) and there is not a scratch on it, so it's built exceptionally well, very good quality!
This is a review for the Mia 2 after 3 months of use. Will update if anything changes.
My skin: slightly sensitive, dehydrated, VERY clog prone, combination skin (oily t-zone, normal cheeks). I used to have terrible acne but I’ve gotten rid of that by changing my diet (cut out dairy, reduced sugar & added omega 3). My skin is pretty ‘thick’- it renews very quickly and never scars. It needs a lot of exfoliation to prevent clogged pores. The skin problems I’m still battling are all in my t-zone: oiliness, large pores, blackheads and sebaceous filaments.
The main reason I bought the clarisonic is because my skin needs daily exfoliation and the products I was using for that (BHA & AHA, muslin cloth) had some drawbacks. I love BHA and AHA - they got rid of many of my ‘closed’ clogged pores/whiteheads - but I can’t use them daily. That thins out my skin too much (scars won’t heal) and it also causes a lot of flakiness, for which I then still need to manually exfoliate. The combination of chemical + manual exfoliation is too much. So I use BHA/AHA max. once in 2 weeks all over, though I use BHA more often as a spot treatment on clogged pores.
Purging: I was really afraid and a bit skeptical of this purging period a lot of people experienced and I thought it might be because of irritation. I thought only actives could cause purging and I know irritation can cause break-outs as well. So I started out by using it once a day instead of twice, just to be sure. My skin purged a little, but it’s really not as bad as it sounds and it was not due to irritation. I know what irritation break-outs look like on me: flat, raised, red, unpoppable bumps (if I do try to pop them only a clear liquid comes out). All that happened since I started using the clarisonic was that a few existing smaller impurities (whiteheads, clogged pores) that wouldn’t come to a head, now actually came to the surface as whiteheads. I could easily extract them, after which they were invisible. My skin never looked worse since I started using the clarisonic. So the purging was minor and only happened on areas where I had impurities prior to starting the clarisonic. It was very similar to the purging I experienced when I first started using BHA and AHA, which was also minor like this. The purging lasted for about 2 weeks.
After around 2 months I noticed my skin loved the clarisonic so much that I decided to try and use it twice a day. This was fine with my skin (which I didn't expect), no irritation. But after a month or so I didn't notice any improvement from just using once a day, so I went back to using it once a day. I can use it 2x a day but don't find it necessary so I don't. It's important that you don't press the clarisonic onto your skin though. That makes the sonic movements less effective and also more aggravating. I just place it onto my skin, no pressure, and make circular motions.
Results: when I used the clarisonic for the first time I didn’t notice a massive difference like some people described. My skin was soft indeed, but it’s also soft after using a muslin cloth. The difference to me was that it stayed soft for much longer. It was still soft by the next evening and that was new to me. It got softer and softer as the days progressed. Now I do feel that my skin is softer than it has ever been. I also do really feel like my products absorb better/faster because of this product.
As for my blackheads: it did not clear them overnight. The first couple of times I still noticed the blackheads sticking out of my pores after the shower as usual, but after a couple of days I noticed this getting less and less. They were still there and just as visible, it just felt like they’d been decapitated (haha). The surface feels a lot smoother. The pores are just as big I suppose, but there is much less gunk in it so they are less apparent.
Overall, I notice my skin has become more clear as well. I just noticed that I had to wear less and less concealer on my face, up to a point I now only use it under my eyes.
Concluding I can say that his has made my skin softer than it has ever been, even compared to muslin cloth/exfoliating facewash/bha/aha, and most importantly: without any flakiness. It also makes my products absorb better.
So the clarisonic did what I bought it for. It replaced my other exfoliants and my skin is now softer than it has ever been - without flakiness! My make-up goes on much smoother and my skin glows. I only use BHA and AHA every once in a while now (and skip the clarisonic for a day if I do). I do still use BHA as my go to spot treatment, but there isn’t much to spot treat anymore.
I just like to emphasize that the change didn't happen overnight for me. It was a very gradual process. So if you don't see results right away, give it some time.
In the end I am very happy with this purchase and I won’t go a day without it. If I’m traveling, this comes with me. I can’t speak for any other skin types than my own, but I would recommend it if you have skin similar to mine. If I lost this I would repurchase it in a hearbeat.
The first time I used my Clarisonic I was kinda skeptical because I couldn't shake the gimmicky feeling I had about it, but then I looked in the mirror and actually said "wow" out loud. My face just looked so bright and pristine! I used to have problems with flakes and clogged pores, but not anymore. Products really do sink in better too. If I skip using my Mia a couple of days, I notice the difference in my skin's texture. I'd say if you're obsessed with skincare (like me! lol ) you should really go ahead and get this.
I have only been using this for the last 5 days, so I may update this review later. But since I saw results in such a short amount of time, I thought that should be known! My skin was dry, and I kept getting acne in certain areas of my face. It came up in February and it had not gone away after 7 months! I had it! I had read of the clarisonic before but always heard it was $200. I saw the Mia brush for only $97 on Amazon and thought that was a reasonable price (comparable to a Sonicare or Oral B electric toothbrush). I didn't think it would work as well as the reviews. I have had redness on my cheeks for 10 years or more, so I thought it was roscacia and would never go away. It is starting to disappear after just a few days. After using the brush for two days my skin became much more flaky on my cheeks and nose (normally I have a dry nose, but this made it more flaky). I had used it twice in one day per reviews, but if you have dry skin do not do this. I started using it once a day the last few days and my skin is now soft and redness is much less. The acne on the areas that was there for 7 months are feeling smooth and it just looks like slightly red dots. To me, that is awesome. I thought it would make pores on my forehead and around my nose smaller, but those appear to be more noticeable. As time goes on, I think those things will improve. I rated a four just based on the results of the redness disappearing, my acne going from bumpy and hard to soft and smooth, and from my makeup/moisturizer sinking into my face better than it ever has in the past. So far I am impressed, but I will update if there are any changes.
I really do hate to rain on everyone's parade but god, the clarisonic really just ruined my skin for the time being. I stopped using it a couple of days ago and I'm already seeing improvement.
For a bit of background information, I never had 'bad' skin. It was always pretty clear, maybe some dark residual acne marks from a brief period of cystic spots I had (thanks to a birth control pill I really didn't get a long with) and some visible pores. Recently I was even started to like how I looked without makeup!
Enter the Clarisonic. The first week of use I was in awe - such an amazing product, I said! And it was true, I glowed after I used it and it didn't seem all that rough and my skin was looking better than ever. However, after this week I began to get really deep, large spots - one would appear as the other one was dying down and there was just nothing I could do about them. I told myself this was just the 'purging' period, that it would be worth it, so I stuck with it for another month. While I don't get anymore large spots (fingers crossed) the general condition of my skin has really declined. I'm more oily, more red, and more dry (despite the fact I moisturize well and with an extremely good product) despite changing nothing about my skincare routine except for the addition of the Clarisonic.
Keep in mind, I wasn't overusing it. At first I did it the full minute, morning and night, and once the breakouts started I gradually scaled back until I was only using it about twenty seconds in the morning and twenty seconds at night (that's when the breakouts stopped) but once the condition of my skin failed to improve I just quit altogether.
Honestly, I know the Clairsonic is good for some people, but I would advise you that if you like your skin, DON'T try to improve upon a good thing just because the machine is new and expensive and kind of cool. I'd say only use it if you genuinely think that your skin NEEDS such deep cleansing. If it's just an interesting accessory you're trying out, don't bother.
I LOVE THE CLARISONIC ! I been using it for about 3 months now !! & its so amazing how it leaves your skin so soft !!! Takes off all my makeup, Clears your skin, & keeps away acne and blackheads. Only downfall about it , is the fact that it can dry out your skin. So make sure you moisturize after you use your Clarisonic. Another tip : when using the Clarisonic make sure you go over your skin gently, it can cause broken capillaries. Because the Clarisonic is a little bit rough. But Overall its GREAT ! I recommend this to anybody !!
I have had this product since March of this year. I never experienced a purge, but I was exfoliating constantly before I started using my Mia. I began using it far too much when I first got it, twice a day, and it broke my chin out into cysts. I pulled back my usage to once a day and my breakouts eventually cleared up. Another issue arose from improper usage. I would use it too quickly across my cheeks and I now have broken capillaries across my jawline. It will cost about 100 bucks to fix, which is a pain. Learn from my experience, use this tool gently! Especially on delicate skin. I got on birth control at the same time as I got my clairsonic, so I think it was the pill that is responsible for clearing my adult acne. Overall the Mia is great for removing makeup and brightening up my skin, but sometimes it seems like more trouble than its worth.
Bought the Mia2 from Sephora on July 2nd. Was told by the sales lady about the initial purge that MAY happen. I explained the fact that at 43, I am still breaking out every once and a while....and I was worried how bad the purge might be.
She said 'it might happen' but to stick with it because once it was over, my skin would be fantastic!!
The first 3 days my skin felt great (using it once daily at night) very clean and it took all my makeup off ! Loved it...and then...BOOM!
My face started to break out in tiny little oil pimples. Not white heads, but oil filled pockets that started to spread. By the end of the week I counted over 25 oil filled pockets and cysts. I didn't know what to do, I didn't want to leave the house, and had to use twice the amount of makeup I would normally put on to cover everything up.
Thank goodness I was on holidays at the time because I didn't want to go anywhere or see anyone. I felt like I was 15 again.
I read up on Clarisonic and other people's initial purges. I took their advice to use it
every other day...then every three days...then went down to once a week.
Each time I used it, my face produced immediate oil pockets of never ending oil.
I finally stopped using it after 6 weeks of hell. Should I have stuck with it longer?
I felt so bad about how I looked I just couldn't do it!!
In one week of not using it, all my 30 pimples have stopped producing oil...there are some red marks, and lots of scars and scabs. Each day my face improves, and I feel a little better about going to work. Packing on tons of makeup during +35 weather was not my idea of fun with my oily skin. Yes, my holidays kinda sucked because I was so self conscious .... but live and learn I guess.
I really wanted this to work for me because all my friends who own one have glowing beautiful skin. Returned it today ... Sephora gave me a full refund since Clarisonics have a 90 day return policy.