With the recent push by Clarisonic to promote their sonic brush as treatment for rosacea, I thought it might be interesting to see some reviews of users of the Clarisonic Skin Care System by rosacea sufferers. Although it is expensive, it does seem to be working quite well and so far no-one is reporting that it has irritated their skin. This is a bit of a surprise to me, that it is seemingly so well tolerated.
If you try it, please do let us know what you think. Leave a comment at the end of this post.
Yvette on Tue 10 Apr 2007 said,
I bought the Clarisonic brush about a week or two ago. I was nervous to use it at first because I did see conflicting notes about whether it’s okay for Rosacea. On the Clarisonic website it does have some pic’s for those with Rosacea and mild acne and that it’s okay to use. However, in the brochure that comes with the Clarisonic, it stated, if you have a skin condition (which Rosacea and acne are especially named) ask your health care professional before use.
I asked my Derm’s office (P.A.) and she hadn’t heard of it. Even my aesthetician hadn’t heard of it. Both my Derm. and aesthetician said to be cautious and don’t be over zealous with it. The brush comes with a sensitive brush and a normal skin brush. It says you can use twice a day. I’ve used only once a day, mainly in the morning, and it does seem to do a better job cleansing my skin versus by hand. The sensitive brush is very soft and doesn’t irritate. If I have a pimple (one with fluid) I avoid brushing. I wouldn’t recommend at all if you have active acne or pustular bumps; if pimples somehow pop while using the brush the germs will get on the brush and you can carry them to other areas of the face and more acne could result. Overall, my face is MUCH softer and cleaner after use. After I clean my face with the Clarisonic, I give my face several splashes of water. I rinse the brush in hot water each time and deep clean (in antibacterial soap) every few days. Over the past week, the texture of my skin has improved and my pores are cleaner. I don’t have any increased redness or irritation. My makeup goes on better and lasts longer too.
I just want to add the sensitive brush is very soft and when used it feels like a soft plushy towel is cleaning your face. Previously, I washed using my hands, but found sometimes my face wasn’t really clean. The brush bristles move in circular oscillating motions to work “with your skin” versus pulling it. The slight bumps (probably clogged pores) I had on my jaw line a few weeks ago are nearly gone. My face is definitely smoother and I have less bumps and clogged pores. I still get a few breakouts on my chin and try to avoid using the Clarisonic on this area until healed. When using, I use a very gentle non-soap cleanser (MD Forte non soap cleanser or Christine Chin sulfate free Ultra Calming Gel cleanser).
rosesarered on Sat 14 Apr 2007 said,
At any rate, it continues to seem to improve my skin pretty dramatically. I’ll say just briefly what my own skin is like, in the hopes that that might help others considering Clarisonic decide whether it’d be right for them. I have dry, dry skin with tiny flakes on my cheeks and nose. I have enlarged pores on my cheeks, and some permanent redness, accompanied by occasional flushes. In the past, my skin has responded favourably to exfoliants like Pond’s Purely Polished when VERY gently, carefully, and infrequently applied. My skin’s response to the exfoliant was one of the things that made me optimistic about Clarisonic, which seemed like a much gentler and chemical-free way to accomplish the same ends.
az21300 said on Fri 25 May 2007
I have been using the clarisonic brush for about a month and a half now. its amazing. it comes with a sensitive brush and and normal brush. i have now worked my way up to the normal brush and my skin is loving it. I use it twice a day with a CVS version of cetaphil. i find that my skin is about 2X’s as smooth as it was prior. it obviously hasn’t cured my rosacea but has helped a lot…
sprtmrg said on 24 Feb 2007,
I’ve tried it and found it to be very helpful. A spa I went to recommended it to me. At first I was not interested because I thought it would be too harsh for my sensitive skin. They had a whole box of of the delicate (blue) brush heads that they had gotten from the rep. They let me use their system with a new brush head to try it out and see if I liked it. My skin felt baby soft and smooth afterward.
I purchased the system in November for $150. They gave me a free blue brush head. The system comes with both white and gray but the blue is the most delicate. When you buy the system you also get a free one year subscription to Health magazine and a coupon good for two free brush heads, plus a coupon for a buy one get one brush head. I called the company and asked if I could get the blue and they said okay. The brush heads are $25 each full price. My skin type is oily with large pores and I tend to get a little bit of seb derm. I also get what seems like little bits of sand stuck inside my pores (chicken skin). This works miracles for that. My skin is softer and smoother and I’ve been using it since November. The seb derm is also gone and the machine has never made me turn red. Many things do but not the Clarisonic. The difference in the skin is like the difference between brushing your teeth or using one of those electric toothbrush systems (I use the Braun).
During this time I’ve been undergoing laser genesis treatments. If your doctor’s office has one you might be able to get a good deal. I hear Nordstrom sells the machines too and they have a very good return policy. I would think anyone with oily skin could give this a try but maybe those with very dry skin might need to be more careful. I’m not in any way affiliated with Clarisonic or get any type of benefit for promoting their product. I’ve tried so many things out there and this really seems to work for me. I hope this can help someone else too.
[Update] Clarisonic have now released the Clarisonic Mia, a cheaper less-frills version of the Clarisonic Skincare System.
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