I have not been shy about sharing my thoughts about the Clarisonic brush. While some people love the results they get with their skin, others find that the brush is damaging their face and don’t understand why. Case in point: I recently had a client who had tried a new product for her face from a line known to be gentle and it resulted in a horrible skin reaction. She said, “I used just one product from the line and it made my skin all red, rashy and irritated. It was awful and the product said it was specifically made for sensitive skin!” Her skin didn’t look particularly sensitive to me so I asked for more details about what the product was and how she used it so that I could better understand her skin before choosing her true skin type.
Come to find out, the product was a facial scrub, a cream with little exfoliating beads in it. She had applied it directly to the Clarisonic brush and massaged it all over her face. The rash occurred because she received double the exfoliation, which is more than most skin types can handle. Her skin isn’t sensitive it’s that the combination of the two was simply way too aggressive for any type of skin.
What most people don’t understand is that Clarisonic, or all rotating brushes for that matter, market themselves as cleansing brushes. However, they are essentially exfoliating tools. The action that occurs when the bristles are oscillating over the face is that of an exfoliant. The bristles physically lift off dry skin cells, removing dirt and makeup in the process. To then add a facial scrub directly to the brush and use both on the face will no doubt cause irritation and redness since too many skin cells are being removed in the process.
Don’t make the mistake of using a facial scrub along with the brush. It’s simply too much and even if you don’t notice a negative reaction, you will be disrupting your skin’s moisture barrier and cause dryness and invisible inflammation over time—which will never result in healthy, balanced skin.
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