One reason I was reluctant to use Clarisonic was “the purge.” According to many users, their skin got worse before it got better. It’s referred to as the purge – the idea being your Clarisonic causes you to go through any present breakouts more quickly. It brings impurities to the surface, but you were going to get those pimples anyway. Supposedly this stage lasts 1-2 weeks, which is short enough to endure. I’d love to be an anomaly, but as you can see, I’ve been breaking out. It’s nothing out of hand, so maybe it’s a sign it’s working? Either that or the Clarisonic folks have successfully brainwashed me.
Here’s the details: I’ve been using the Clarisonic once a day, rather than 2x a day recommended. Twice a day seems excessive, and if it’s main purpose is effectively removing makeup, I only need to do that once a day. My skin feels much smoother after each use, and I definitely notice that my skin does a better job absorbing serum and moisturizer. Redness has been holding steady.
Unless the purging stage lasts three weeks or more, I think I’ll continue with this experiment. The breaking out hasn’t been too bad, and the smoother skin means makeup glides along much easier. All the better to cover up the pimples with … [Big Bad Wolf voice]