Back in March, I ponied up for a Clarisonic Mia on Carrie’s recommendation. Carrie is very smart with her money, so if she said a $150 face-cleaning gadget actually worked, I was inclined to believe her. The Mia is a little rotating brush attached to a handset. You turn it on, pass it gently across your forehead, T-zone, cheeks, upper lip, chin, and below-the-chin area for one minute to remove residue, dirt, and makeup. (Eye makeup is removed separately. Scrubby brush on eyelids = ouch.)
Although my experiences with the oil cleansing method were mainly positive, my skin remained a bit splotchy and I still dealt with the occasional breakout. So I nabbed a Mia on sale and dove right in.
AND I actually remembered to take some “before” photos! Here I am, completely makeup-free, before I began using the Mia back in March. As you can see, my cystic acne is under control, but I’ve got some chinstrap zits going on. And I’m a bit blotchy.
I didn’t want to abandon the oils, so I’ve been using the Mia only at night and with my oil blend as my cleanser. Since the brush head looks really ookey after I’m done with it, I clean it after each use. The instructions say to clean the brush head after a week of use, but I wear very minimal makeup and mine is discolored and loaded with residue after one use, so I just clean the thing. I don’t want to grind old makeup back into my skin each night.
It’s recommended that you purchase a new brush head every three months, and I’ve just ordered one so I’m yet to swap out and see if the system has some renewed efficacy with a fresh brush. But for now, here’s what I look like after three months of use.
As you can see, I’ve still got a few zits. That doesn’t surprise me in the least since my acne is triggered by hormones, stress, food, and countless other factors so no single product is going to cure it. But I’ll tell you this: The pimples I do get heal MUCH faster than the ones I got pre-Mia. It would typically take about 10 days for full healing before I started using this device. Now most pimples are gone within three days. A huge improvement. I also feel like my skin is a bit less splotchy and sensitive, and a bit softer to the touch.
I certainly plan to continue using it myself. I don’t feel like it has been a transformative purchase or that all my skin worries are over now that it has become a part of my cleansing routine. But it has improved my complexion in some important and beneficial ways so I’ll stick to it.
Would I recommend this product to others? Well, most of the ads I’ve seen appear to over-promise, claiming that regular use will bring younger-looking, healthier, gorgeous skin. I’m sure the Mia will do that for some folks, especially those who aren’t acne-prone and who haven’t been doing any regular deep cleansing before. And it’s certainly possible that the system would be more effective if I used a traditional cleanser instead of my oil blend.* I like it and will keep using it and would recommend it to folks who feel like regular cleansing and occasional exfoliation aren’t doing the trick to remove makeup and residue thoroughly. The Clarisonic Mia is good at evening tone and removing face gunk, that’s for certain. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who is seeking an actual cure for acne, or who hopes to completely transform her skin with just this one product.
Who else has tried a Clairsonic cleansing system? Anyone had truly miraculous results? How long have you been using yours? Anyone had minimal or negative results using a Clarisonic Mia or other Clairsonic cleanser? How about the knockoffs – I know Oil of Olay sells one in drug stores. I’d love to hear about your own experiences!
*Everything I’ve read in user reviews says NOT to use the cleanser that comes free with the Mia. The system is supposed to work using any cleanser, so if you’ve got one you love, just keep using it.
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