Clarisonic Mia....I think its nothing more than a fancy rip off. I have normal skin with small pores and very minor acne. I use Benzamycin( benzoyl peroxide and erithromycin) at night for any blemishes. I wanted pimples underneath skin gone (on forehead and some on cheeks) and for blackheads because those are my favorite to pick. I don't take the time to exfoliate so I thought the Mia would be perfect for that purpose. I made a visit to Clarisonic's site a few times before ordering. Originally, I was planning on getting the Clarisonic Classic b/c it has a charging cradle but I ended up going with the Mia. Not to mention I couldn't justify spending $195 on one product. Upon arrival, I followed the directions to a T. I wet my face to begin, then applied cleanser ( I use Mary Kay). Afterwards, I usually wipe my face down with a warm washcloth to make sure all residue is gone. Bottom line: Not impressed, skin has stayed the same. Knock on wood, I haven't seen any out of this world breakouts so that's a plus or I would absolutely be returning it. The "sonic" part is such b.s. Its just a gimmick to make you think your skin is getting cleaner. All it does is vibrate and make noise. After first use, I looked at the brush head and its stained from removing my foundation. It makes it look dirty. I wish Clarisonic could have made a stain resistant brush head.
The Mia is $175CAD, ridiculously expensive compared to in the US, I used my SDM points so paid half the price but would gladly buy this product again. I purchased the white color that comes with the sensitive skin brush.
my skin:36 years old, asian, sensitive, acne prone, clogged pores, red scars from cystic acne, pox marks from cystic acne, hormonal breakouts, whiteheads, oily by midmorning, needs blotting throughout the day, freckles from the sun, not alot of wrinkles, sallow looking.
how I use the Mia: in the evening I always use an oil cleanser b/c that's the only thing I've found that removes sunscreen effectively, I've started using the Mia the way most people suggest, once a day, felt that my skin is so oily that it could probably tolerate the increase to 2x a day, so after using it 4 days in the PM I switched to using it 2x a day, sometimes I get overzealous & use longer than 1 minute:p I'll go for an extra 20-30seconds.
what I've noticed:purging definately happened during week one, cystic pimples came to head alot faster but the red scarring also lightened alot quicker, skin is alot tighter tooking, pores are definately smaller around the nose/cheek area, skin is lighter/brighter/fresh looking, with continued use skin is starting to flake a little bit which is surprising b/c I thought the device is supposed to take care of the flaking but perhaps its drying out my skin b/c I've also noticed my skin is tighter/drier after washing, less "drenched in oil" look throughout the day, still noticing blackheads on my nose although the pores filled w/ blackheads are noticably smaller, also still noticing clogged pores beside my nose/beside the cheek area.
note: you're probably not supposed to do this....but b/c I found I could not get the brush close enough to the sides of the nose/cheek area where most of the clogging is occuring...I popped the middle brush out & just used the middle brush, I found this is working well for me b/c now I can concentrate on the bridge, nose, sides of nose/cheek area where the bigger brush would not reach.
plans: I'm going to continue using this for a month then might try the deep cleansing or acne brush.
Love Love Love this product dont think I can ever cleanse without using this brush ever again.
Love this! I only use it 3-4 times per week and I only ever use the delicate or acne brush heads to avoid over-exfoliation. I also use the MIA on my upper back to prevent breakouts and deal with any dry skin, and it works fabulously. I bought the plain old original Mia because beeping timers, variable scrub settings and other frills were unnecessary- I just want straightforward cleaning. To sanitize the brush head I soak the brush head in a shallow dish of hydrogen peroxide (bristle side down) every so often. I purchased my Mia from Skinstore during one of their 20% off sales, and am very happy with the purchase overall. When/if this Mia dies, I will definitely repurchase another.
I have combination, prone-to-breakout skin. Scars takes a long time to heal on their own, and generally, my skin needs help sloughing away dead surface skin. I would recommend this brush to everyone to get a truly deep clean.
I was first intrigued when I switched to a sonic toothbrush and I noticed how much cleaner my mouth was after brushing. I knew that the same technology would be great for my skin and I wasn't disappointed. What's great about having this tool is that you can thoroughly clean your skin without the need for abrasive cleansers or lots of massaging. The brush just makes it so quick and easy. Just use any basic cleanser, and run the brush around your face in circular motions for the allotted time and its as simple as that.
I don't get as many pimples as I used to and when I do they are small and go away a lot quicker than before. They don't get inflamed or irritated. I don't even wear foundation anymore because of the improvement in my skin.
I use this once a day at night to make sure I get all makeup and dirt off my face. The brush is gentle and you can use it in the shower. Its a pleasure to use - like getting a mini facial everytime. I've used facial brushes in the past, and I don't think the results are comparable. There is just no way you can achieve the same results by hand. Most of us will probably have those nights when we are too lazy to do a thorough wash by hand (i.e. with a brush), but the Clarisonic makes it so easy there are no excuses for skipping a wash. Highly recommended.
The Clarisonic Mia 2 is working wonders on my skin! I used to get random dry, flaky patches on my face, but since I've used the Mia, my face is baby bottom smooth and bright! I have noticed a glow to my face that was never there before I started using the Mia. I cannot say enough good things about this product and how it has improved my skin so much... and i've only been using it for a month! I can only imagine it keeps getting better.
I've had my black/grey Mia for about a month and a half now and I can't imagine going back to just using my hands ( or a washcloth) to wash my face.
The price has held me back from the purchase for a while but I decided to bite the bullet because I literally haven't spoken to another Clarisonic owner that wasn't satisfied with theirs. The thing I hated was that you are supposed to charge it for 24 hours when you first get it- it feels like a kid waiting for christmas- freakin' forever! Also, the grey Mia is considered the novelty one and you can't really see the LED light on it so I got a little confused, but when you disconnect the charger it will pulse a certain number of times to notify you that it is indeed fully charged. In this month and a half I've had it, I have only had to charge it twice!
The first time I used it I wasn't really that impressed, to be honest. Your face washes don't really foam up much so at first it didn't feel like it was really doing anything. HOWEVER, I loved using it because it was fun (call me a dork) and I figured I'll probably see results later on.
I've been blessed with generally good skin, minus a few small zits on my forehead and the occasional one on my chin. The cleanser I decided to use with my new Mia was the Philosophy purity cleanser- I had it before years ago and wasn't really that into it, it broke me out a bit. Why I decided to try it again with the Mia- I'm not sure. It is the only cleanser I've been using with my Mia and my skin has never looked better! ALL my zits cleared up and my complexion looks AMAZING. What I find the most amazing- Ive been using the Purity cleanser and the results are totally different than when i used the Purity cleanser without the Mia. Usually with any breakout I have I have to use a salycic acid cleanser and face cream, since the Mia I haven't even used a face cream after washing it at all and my skin looks phenomenal. I honestly did not expect the results to be this amazing..but they are.
I, too, now feel like I can't ever live without my Mia. I highly recommend trying it!
I feel like my review of the Mia is somewhat convoluted because I purchased it for my acne-prone skin with a dry/oily t-zone and in my search for information (hell, for reassurance to drop $100 on a face brush) it led to a radical skin care regimen overhaul. I got a prescription for retin-a and started using that a couple of weeks after I started the Mia, and I fixed my dry skin issue with a Calming Zinc bar (seborrheic dermatitis).
But, I had just purchased this brush! You bet that I was going to use it anyways, and I have, for the past 6 months.
I never tried the cleanser, so I cannot remark on that.
My Mia came with the sensitive brush head, and I still found it to be too stiff and harsh. So I switched to the Acne brush head right away. I do not have a lot of inflamed acne, mostly comedonal, but it will get red and angry if I pick at it. I found the Acne brush to be much more gentle on my skin. For the first week, I only used the Mia every third day. Initially, I got 5 cystic pimples on my forehead and 1 along my jaw. I am not prone to cystic acne, so I do believe this to be related to the Mia. I powered through and they went away faily quickly with minimal PIH. The one on my jaw was not so lucky however. I picked at that one badly, and then tried to avoid the wound with the brush. But I quickly gave up on that, and it was not painful to go over the scab with the brush. And although it looked really grotesque (!) after, it healed a lot faster than I think it would have had I not used the brush.
Since I am using so many harsh chemicals on my face, I only use the Mia every other night, to minimize over-exfoliation. My skin barrier was feeling pretty taut. I have been doing this for the past 4 months or so. I have only used it with non-foaming cleansers (Paula's choice - Skin Recovery, Moisture Boost and Resist (it feels heavenly with this one!) and then Glycolix Elite 10% AHA (I use it with the Mia for some oomph, and it works)). It should be noted that I wear very minimal make up and I do not like a squeaky clean feeling.
I like the brush, I feel pampered when I use it and like it does do a good job cleansing my face. I do not think it's essential to a skin care routine though. Since I own it, I will keep using it.
To the people that are concerned about spreading bacteria:
*The brush can be cleaned by soaking it in a diluted hydrogen peroxide
*Two brushes can be alternated to allow drying time between uses
*Make up brush cleaner can be sprayed on the brush heads before use
*Wash the brush with anti-bacterial soap directly before use
I am not personally stressed about it, but it seems to be a common issue. Brush heads can be purchased at Sephora, including the Acne one, which seems to be harder to find.
Another thing about the brush that I'm not sure has been stated, if you hold the brush head with the tips of your fingers on the outer rim of the brush (touching the bristles) and apply gentle pressure with the thumbs on the opposing side focusing on the center circle, that part will pop out leaving two separate pieces. You can take the circle middle part and snap it on to the Mia and use it as a smaller and more concentrated brush. To put it back together, line the outer ring and middle together and apply gentle pressure until you hear/feel a light snap.
Regarding price, it's an INVESTMENT. Money up front with long-term return.
I'm going to try and review this by saying things that i think people haven't already said as, before i bought mine i had a lot of questions that i couldn't find answers for in the reviews (although the reviews helped a lot with many of my queeries!)
So to start, I bought mine from SpaceNK, 2 months ago. My main concern is breakouts and acne scarring. Now i read about the purging phase, however my skin had cleared up totally prior to buying this and i convinced myself it wouldn't happen to me as i beleived my skin to be in great condition. I WAS WRONG! So wrong. I broke out a lot, i was devostated as i hadn't been breaking out in so long and it cost so much, even though i knew about the purging phase i was still crushed as, i looked ghastly. It lasted for about 2 weeks and it went away as quickly as it came.
My second question was, would this work with a cleansing balm? YES! I use the bobbi brown extra balm rinse and they go hand in hand for a lovely hydrating yet deep cleanse. The pores on my t zone have visibly shrunk and my breakouts are less frequent and my skin just feels much cleaner than before.
I use mine once a day, at night rather, in the shower so my pores are open. I'd recommend personally using this once a day or less if you have normal-dry skin, if oily then twice a day. I'd also recomment doing this at night rather than morning as exfoliating in the morning makes your skin more susceptible to the sun and the harmful rays which expose you to ageing risks as well as skin cancer in more severe cases, unless you use SPF daily which i know many people don't in the UK.
Overall, this has helped with my breakouts, its cleared my skin somewhat and shrank my pores, is it worth £120? if you have it to spend or can get it as a birthday or xmas gift then yes, if not and you're planning a big splurge i think you should consider it and do your research as everyone's skin is so different, but also be aware they have a 90 day returns policy if you dont see results :-) I'm glad i got mine cause it will last forever and it is a great tool to have! Good luck and i hope people find this somewhat helpful. x