Clarisonic • Mia2 • Misc Beauty Tools
|Would buy this product again.||81%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I received the Clarisonic Mia 2 for christmas and used it for a month. I stopped using it because it broke me out quite a bit. My skin felt softer, but looked rough and bad.
I used it once a day on the low setting with the gentle brush head, but it still irritated my skin. I'm using a buf puf sponge right now and love it!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
After using this for 6 weeks, I can see how my skin has reacted to this product. First of all the price has made me refrain from buying this product ($175 + tax CAD!!!), but once bought I have had no regrets even though I have had a few issues with what it has done leading up to now.
My skin is combination with eczema. My biggest problem is bumpy blackheads on my forehead and on my inner cheeks. My skin was so congested and looked horrible under makeup. I'll have an occasional pimple but I stress the word "occasional". I have enlarged pores because I am oily. I also get dry, flaky patches due to my eczema.
I started using this the third week of December. The first week I felt it only smoothed the surface, but no addressing the blackheads. The second week, things stayed the same. The third week, my skin was much more smooth and I noticed my products being better absorbed. But with the smoothness came some dry patches.. Very stubborn patches! Moisturizer wouldn't rid of them, and the clarisonic did nothing for them. I realize now that it was eczema.
The fourth week I had given up hope that this woul do nothing for me. I'd given up nearly $200 for this to do nothing except give me some dry patches!! Yet I continued to use it since I couldn't bare to lose out on that money. I decided to get radical one night and extract my blackheads on my face. Every single one I could find since I noticed the clarisonic opening up my pores. The blackheads came out very easy.
The fifth week, my skin has stayed clear from when I extracted. My skin is smooth, more even toned, pores are clear, no more blackheads, and my makeup looks beautiful. I actually enjoy looking at myself in the mirror now and not cringing when people look at my face up close. Without makeup I feel confident.
This is the sixth week and everything is still going good. My skin has never looked better and all I had to do is wait 6 weeks for results. Thank god I never gave up. To address the dry patches I went to my doctor and he told me it was eczema. He gave me a cream and that has taken care if it. Baby soft, smooth skin free of flakes. In addition to clearing my pores, I also use Murad T-zone pore refining gel. Without the clarisonic this gel has done nothing for my skin. Now it's blackhead free and this duo together prevents blackheads and clogged pores.
I wash my face with Olay sensitive foaming face wash. Apply the Murad gel, then apply my moisturizer which is Nivea Soft face body hands. My skin is mostly oily with attacks of eczema every now and then. This combo is perfect for me! Also, I did not purge and I use the sensitive brush head. I wash my clarisonic every week with an anti bacteria hand soap. I only use the brush at night after removing my makeup with a makeup remover wipe.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I researched this product extensively before purchasing and reading so many excellent reviews eventually encouraged me to go for it. I'm adding my own review because despite really wanting this to work my experience was incredibly disappointing.
Just to give a little bit of background, I have combination skin which is prone to the occasional breakout (usually just a couple of spots once a month) but is generally in pretty good condition with no major issues or sensitivities. I purchased the Mia2 just hoping to generally improve the radiance of my skin and 'perk it up a bit' because the winter weather was leaving it looking a bit tired.
I used the 'sensitive' head which was supplied with the brush once a day in the evening with my standard REN mayblossom cleanser. For the first 2-3 days my skin looked radiant, my products sank in right away and I didn't get a single blemish. However, it all went down hill from there and soon after I developed around half a dozen very deep, red and painful spots on my cheeks and chin where I had not previously had issues. In addition I developed a sort of rash on my forehead with lots of tiny little bumps that never came to the surface but looked terrible even under make up. I had read about the 'purging phase' so I wasn't put off and continued using it in hope that it would be over soon and then the amazing skin stage would start.
Unfortunately this never happened, I developed more of these deep, painful spots and eventually gave up using the product after about 4 weeks. Within a couple of days my skin began to calm down and the angry spots stopped appearing so I'm pretty certain that the Clarisonic was the cause. After a month I still have the marks and I imagine it will be another month or 2 before they fade. I returned the Mia2 under the 90 day guarantee so at least I got a refund.
So I suppose while this product works for many people it seems that it's not for everyone and perhaps if you have good skin in the first place it might not be worth it. The guarantee certainly takes the risk out of splurging on the product not working out but frankly for what it's done to my skin and the distress it's caused I wish I hadn't bothered.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I don't understand why people are writing reviews for the Clarisonic after only using it a handful of times. You shouldn't be reviewing this product until AT LEAST a month's worth of use.
I have pretty nice skin that I'm always complimented on. My skin is normal to ever-so-slightly dry, but i still get breakouts here and there. I'm 35 and people ALWAYS think I'm in my early 20's. I work in the beauty industry, so I definitely have easy across to some of the best of the best. I take very good care of my skin and didn't ever really think I NEEDED the clarisonic. But being the skincare junkie that I am, I finally decided to take the plunge.
Afraid of the "sensitive" brush, I dropped an extra $25 to buy the "delicate" brush.
Right off the bat, I used this every night. For the first 2 or 3 nights, I was in heaven. My skin was smooth and glowing, my serums and creams absorbed in instantly.
Then I started getting flaky. Really dry and flaky. The sales rep for the brand told me to keep using it. And then the purging started about a week in. I kept using it. I kept purging. I got a couple of large blemishes that left marks (it's now about 8 weeks later, marks are still there).
So now I'm about 10-14 days in and I'm super flaky, extremely dry, and breaking out. I'm using very rich moisturizers to compensate for the dryness - whilst worried about breaking out from the richness of my creams that i normally only used occasionally at night and oils (yes oils! I was literally using Argan Oil as a serum, then my rich moisturizer, and then MORE Argan Oil).
The breakouts minimized but never really went away. The extreme dryness continued. Someone suggested I use it twice a day...it only made my skin more dry!
Suddenly I developed a rash/patch of extremely dry/angry/pink/flaky on my nasolabial fold between my nose and mouth - on both sides. A couple days later I developed these same patches just under my mouth on each side of my chin.
I tried everything to heal it - more moisturizer / no moisturizer / oil cleansing / oil moisturizing / toning with ACV / doing GA peels / leaving it alone...nothing made it better!
My husband kept telling me it was the Clarisonic and I kept ignoring him. Until finally one night when I fell asleep with my makeup on (gasp! I know!) and the next morning my face actually LOOKED BETTER than if I had washed it!
I skipped the clarisonic for a few days and my skin (everything but the rashy areas) got a little better and less drier. Whenever I used the clarisonic again, my skin got dry and irritated and the patches on my skin flared up.
Additionally I now have pinkish veining on the apples of my cheeks - much like a very mild form of rosacea, it even has a slightly dry texture to it. This is also brand new and coincides with the use of the clarisonic.
I haven't used it for a few weeks now and my skin has gotten much better. I finally went to see my Dr and he said the clarisonic gave me "Perioral Dermatitis", which is something that can't be cured. I could potentially have these scabby pink patches on my skin for months and months or even forever - at times looking better than at other times.
Imagine this happening to you... The Clarisonic has more or less left me permanently disfigured. I am a make up artist and skin care salesperson - how am I supposed to sell skincare and make up with these patches on my face?!?
And to answer your questions - the clarisonic was the ONLY new thing I'd introduced to my skincare line, I've never had other skin issues, I have no allergies, I don't have any auto-immune issues etc etc etc.
The clarisonic is absolutely, undeniably, without question responsible for these AWFUL changes to my skin.
BUYER BEWARE!!! It may work for some, but it may not work for you...and even worse, it can change your skin - possibly forever!!!!
Learn from me, if it ain't broke... Stick with the cleansing routine you currently have.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I received my lavender Mia2 for Christmas and I am in love! I have taken care of my skin fairly well prior to using this and my skin wasn't terribly bad as far as breakouts are concerned. Primarily, I was looking to even my skin tone, reduce my pores, and deep clean my pores more so than any way I've ever done in the past. I've always removed my makeup before bedtime with a washcloth, extracted as needed (on my nose mostly), and exfoliated with various scrubs and/or tools, such as the olay pro x. I still think the pro x is a wonderful tool, however it doesn't oscillate like the clarisonic does. My bf loves the pro x so I passed it on to him.
Fortunately I have not experienced a "purging phase" in the time that I've used it, which is not quite a full month yet. I believe if I were to have a horrendous break out, it would have already started by now and I would have at least noticed odd pimples in unusual areas. Not so thus far and I believe its due to the care I have taken for my skin prior. Perhaps it's different for everyone's skin, but I feel lucky either way.
If anything my skin is much better than before. My pores are actually smaller and I notice less clogged pores, even the ones under the skin on my cheeks where I believe make up/residue might pile up. Not to mention the smoothness I've noticed as well! My moisturizers and make up seem to be performing better than ever. Even my foundation appears to stay on longer and look more skin-like.
I use the sensitive brush head. Before cleansing, I remove eye make up and all that I can with a MU remover wipe, then wet my face and cleanse with my neutrogena naturals cleanser. Sometimes I have gone two minutes because I want to, though that's only once a week I may do that as not to over do it. I don't recommend sensitive skin individuals to do that.
I look forward to using this each night. I love the color, the feel of it in my hand, even the gel cleanser that comes with it. I only use that cleanser on days when I've not worn any make up and have none to remove. It's expensive so I only use it sparingly. I love it so much and I'd recommend it to everyone. My skin is on its way to looking fabulous already.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
I'm not sure about how I feel about this quite yet. I have been using if for almost three weeks. At first I was using it with purity from philosophy. I had never used purity before and I got the worst break out ever after using it with the clarisonic only after two times. I thought it was the purging stage and continued to use it. The acne got so bad and in places I haven't ever had acne before, I figured it was the purity. I stopped using purity and used the sample size cleanser that came with the clarisonic. My acne cleared up a little. But then at two weeks, it started getting really bad. I have huge painful pimples all over my forehead. I have white heads beside my nose. I have never ever had that before. This is probably the purging stage right now. I use my clarisonic twice every single day. I think that is also the problem. I am going to cut back to only nights and see what that does.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
UPDATE 2/11/14: It's been 4 weeks since I've used the Mia2. I've had some nasty cystic acne, red and painful, along my jawline. It might have been because I tried using the Purity by Philosophy foaming cleanser a couple times and each time I got huge red pimples. I have since switched back to Aveeno. I'mrandomly getting little zits & whiteheads near my nose and mouth, but not cystic acne (which wasn't characteristic of my skin before the Philosophy cleanser). My forehead looks awesome and I only got a couple little zits there. Its been clear and smooth ever since. The exfoliation is still awesome and my face still feels and looks very clean after using. The Mia helped reduce that "surprise" zit faster if used once a day, however, it hasn't yet eliminated my breakouts. So far, I am happy with the results, I feel like my cheeks and forehead have improved, but the area around my mouth, chin, and nose are still breaking out (like they always do!). I will keep using the Mia to see if it keeps improving.
1/10/14: I just got this yesterday and have only used it 2x, but so far I am pleased. I can't say anything about it's long term effects yet, but am happy with the immediate results. It doesn't give you that tingling clean feeling, but it does make my skin feel extra clean. I use an Aveeno foaming cleanser and I like the results. My skin looks polished and the pores seem smaller. I always wipe my makeup off first with a soothing wipe. It seems to do the job. Also, some of my dry flaky skin is disappearing, which is fabulous! I don't have cystic acne, but I am acne prone due to hormones, usually around the nose, mouth and chin. It seems to be clearing up the tiny bumps on my chin and forehead, as well. I use the sensitive brush head on low speed. I have heard numerous times that it can cause breakouts when you first use it. I have yet to see that, but its only been a couple days. After cleaning I usually apply a small amount of toner and then deep moisturizer. I like the results so far. My fiance says my skin is super soft. That's a plus. It is a bit pricey brand new, but can be a good investment. I bought mine brand new on ebay for $80. I'll be back to update to share some long term effects.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Excellent gadget. Does what it claims. It feels soft but effective on the skin, it functions smoothly, even when magnetically snapping it to the charger... ah... butter!
The cleanser that accompanied this product was good but I will not be repurchasing it due to price. I have used this with Cetaphil and was not impressed. I am currently using this with Dove Bar Soap (that's right!) and it does an amazing job!
Is this overpriced? Probably. I would say a fair price point would be $80 for a Mia2 + charger. If you appreciate the feel and function of luxury items, you will be impressed. If you just want to get the job done ASAP, use a wash rag.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I'm so happy with my clarisonic Mia 2, it is a fantastic product and well worth the money. I have been using it for about 2 months and see a huge improvement in my skin but even after a week of use I noticed a difference. It has improved the texture of my skin, reduced pores and gotten rid of blackheads. Makeup goes on beautifully now and skin is radient, no flaking. I use it with lancome crème confort
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I was very hesitant to spend 200 bux!! to buy a clarisonic set. I am very happy I made the purchase so far. People around me have started noticing that my skin looks so much healthier and nicer only after a week. I really think, it depends on your skin type and the type of problems you may have with your skin. I did not have any deep issue with my skin. I had big pores due to oily skin, so this product was a miracle for my skin. I did have a very light break outs only the first two times that I used the product, but it went away very quickly.