A few months ago, a reader sent me an e-mail asking if my Clarisonic ever gave me acne. My knee jerk reaction was to say no. But then, a few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how to clean and care for your Clarisonic, and someone left this message in the comments:
After months on the fence I broke down & bought the Pro but returned it weeks later (thanks to Sephora’s generous return policy) after getting horrible breakouts all over my face. I’m proof that a different brush head certainly makes a difference. Convinced by my aesthetician to give it another go, right now I’m using the Mia with the acne brush head, and it’s made a world of difference. I love, love, love my Mia and even though the body brush was great on the Pro I’m loving the fact that I can travel with the Mia and it fits better in my puny hand.
I couldn’t shake the feeling that maybe I was overlooking something. Maybe I was using the wrong brush head and it was contributing to my acne? Figuring that I had nothing to lose, I bought an acne brush head and a bottle of Clarisonic’s acne face wash.
It’s worth mentioning that over the past month, I have been a prisoner of one of the worst breakouts of my life. It was so atrocious that nothing–not facials, not tanning, not laser light therapy–could break it.
I started using the soap and brush head the first day they arrived. I’ve used them religiously twice-a-day, every day since. Within a week, my breakout was mostly healed. Now, two weeks later, my skin is the best that it has been in at least a year.
The brush head is softer and more plush than even the delicate brush head. The manufacturer says that the brush head was designed “to flush pores with an ultra-gentle cleansing action that’s perfect for sensitive and compromised skin.” The soap has 2% salicylic acid but isn’t drying. I’ve never been able to use an acne soap for more than two days before it made my skin more parched than the Mojave. But this one works without drying.
Sephora sells a new Mia kit designed for acne sufferers. It contains a Mia, an acne brush head and a 12-week supply of the soap for $169.
As I mentioned, I was suffering through a terrible, unbreakable breakout that started to heal not long after I started using this product. The soap and brush head are the only thing in my regimen that I changed. So I am very confident that this is what made the difference.
I have long loved my Clarisonic (15% off the Mia at Skinstore with code TREND15). I didn’t think it was possible to love it more, but now that I have the right brush head for my skin type and the right soap, I am enamored all over again. It’s blissful.