Monday, April 23, 2012

Product Review: Clarisonic Mia

Two months ago, I invested in a Clarisonic Mia cleansing brush.  I researched the product a lot before making the purchase, and I decided it was worth a try.  I purchased it from Sephora, and felt safer doing it that way given their great return policy.  I ended up keeping the brush, and use it once or twice daily.

Here are Clarisonic's stated benefits (from their website):

  • Removes 6X more makeup than manual cleansing
  • Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother
  • Cleansing helps products work more effectively
  • Gentle enough to use twice a day
  • Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
  • Minimizes the appearance of visible pores 

 Here are some Before and Afters (all images from

The medical community is somewhat divided on the product, with some dermatologists swearing by them, and others a little bit more leery.  I did a brief literature search and did not come up with all that much supporting or opposing the brush.  Clarisonic has a few published studies on their website, which I reviewed.  All of the studies showed positive results; however, the "results" were the patients' perception of their skin.  In other words, almost everyone in all the listed clinical trials felt like their skin texture/color/firmness/etc. was improved, but there were no objective measures listed.  I would find it difficult to recommend this to patients without having objective evidence.

With that being said...from a personal standpoint, I love mine:
  • It is kind of "fun" to use, and it makes me not dread washing my face at night.
  • I do feel that my skin is cleaner after using it.
  • It is gentle and not at all abrasive on the skin.
  • I have seen a slight decrease in the overall redness of my skin.
I do not think the Clarisonic is essential to any acne, anti-aging, eczema, or rosacea management system by any means.  For acne or anti-aging, I think that money is better spent on a tube of Retin-A.  However, if you have some spare birthday or spending money, I think the Clarisonic is a good supplement to a skin care regimen.

I would love to hear what everyone else thinks about this product.


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