Hello, friends! Let’s talk about breakouts for a second.
Do you get them? I do at least once a month, usually around my chin and jawline, and though I admit to occasionally picking and making them so much worse than they would typically be, I can’t help myself. The best option for me is to destroy pimples forever!
For months, I would scour the internet for proof that the Clarisonic, a popular and somewhat pricy tool for cleaning your face, was truly effective and the answer to my blackhead destroying fantasies. Every night before bed, I indulged in my blackhead squeezing routine and stared in awe at the gunk that hangs out in my pores when I look closely enough. No amount of Biore strips, scrubs, masks, and face-washing could get it all out.
I finally decided to give in and see what this Clarisonic business was. I planned on sharing my experience here with you guys but wanted to give it several weeks before I praised it or complained about it, especially since I have read that your face needs time to break out one more time before it gets used to the brushing motion.
The first time I used it, my face felt smoother, but as expected there wasn’t too much of a difference other than a feeling of cleanliness. Now, three weeks later and with daily use, here’s what I’ve experienced:
- Cleaner pores
- Smaller pores
- Smoother face
- Dewy skin
This is not to say that every single pore has been cleaned out and that I don’t have a single blackhead. I think it’ll take more time before I can boast that result, but I will say that those hard-to-see ones on my cheeks, which are hard to get out, have decreased astronomically. It seems the motion of the brush helps push them out and eventually gets rid of them, while also boosting circulation and creating that fresh, dewy look. At least that’s how it works in my mind.
I’ve been using the Clarisonic Mia 2, which I bought at Sephora for fear of the fakes that I’ve been warned about on Amazon. It came with a ‘sensitive’ brush head, a small bottle of Clarisonic brand cleanser, a magnetic charger, and a carrying case. The cost was $149, and so far, worth it!
As far the initial “breakout” that I had read about, it didn’t happen immediately. In fact, I felt like I saw results fairly quickly, but I did have a small breakout around my chin this past weekend and I’m not sure if it had anything to do with the Clarisonic. I did get rid of it quite fast though, and that may have had to do with the fact that I’ve been cleaning my face so well.
Between the hot summer, the NYC humidity and bus fumes, and the generally dusty nature of my surroundings, I just knew my face was not getting the cleaning it needed. A scrub and facial cleanser can only do so much, and it wasn’t doing enough for me.
Now, I see my moisturizer and my BB cream absorbing the way it should, and there’s never any cakiness. It feels like the dirty outer layer of my face has been removed! Yay!
Now, tell me if you have any questions! The more I use my Clarisonic, the more I learn about it and the way it works, so I’m happy to help if you’re considering the investment.