VIDEO: Dermabrasion with the Clarisonic

VIDEO: Watch this video from MahoganyCurls to demonstrate how the Clarisonic gently exfoliates.

It’s quite important to remove dead skin from the top layer of skin, but it’s also important to choose the right tools to protect your skin from aggressive abrasion. Dermabrasion brushes like the Clarisonic offer gentle scrubbing, but the expense might not be for everyone.

Sweat it off

Something I’ve noticed about people who take their fitness seriously, combined with a healthy skin care regimen, is that they tend to have bright smooth skin that looks pure from the inside out. That’s because nothing beats topical exfoliation like regular sweat. Sweating helps to remove cellular debris, which means that you’re cleansing at a level deeper than any topical tool can. When you begin to increase your sweat output, you may find that your skin reacts by breaking out. This is completely normal and occurs as part of the body’s detoxification process. Just make sure that you remember to regularly cleanse your skin to avoid or minimize breakouts. Drugstore acne products and higher-end products can help with this.

What Not to Use

No matter how you choose to regularly exfoliate, it’s always best to stay away from abrasive products, especially those containing harsh grains, i.e. apricots. Products that use really gritty materials can sometimes cause microscopic tears in the skin, that only become visible over time. Instead, choose products with round beads, like Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub (85/100), to gently encourage dead skin off the surface. Here’s more information on gentle exfoliants.

Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System

Clarisonic Mia Skin Care System

Exfoliating with The Clarisonic

Est. Price : $125 (Starting)
Viewpoints Score: 92/100

The Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System has made waves across the internet as one of the best tools for facial exfoliation. As a daily skin brush, it features one speed, and claims to be suitable for every skin type. The benefit of using the Clarisonic is that it creates a clean base which allows for the topical products that follow to absorb better into the skin.

The brush does not spin, but rather it oscillates. This feature allows the Clarisonic to gently clear your skin of impurities without the abrasion associated with spinning brushes.

Let’s find out why so many people are raving about this gentle tool.

The Glow:

“When I don’t use it, my face does not get clean. At least the clean that I am used to now! …Bottom line, my skin has a glow that it’s never had, and it’s never looked better. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s worth every penny if you care about your skin. Once you use it, you will be hooked, too.” mitzi458, Reviewer since 2011

Improved Skin Texture:

“I was very skeptical as to claims that this rotating brush could improve skin texture and reduce pore size. I’m a 60 year old woman and had tried so many things to reduce the size of the pores on my nose and cheeks. But after a month of using this brush, I have noticed a visible reduction in the size of the pores on my nose and face, as well as a diminishing of fine lines around my mouth. It is pricey, especially for someone who’s retired and on a fixed income, but it’s well worth it.” delincolon, Reviewer since 2011

The system also comes with its own skin cleansing products, however many who rave about the brush recommend using your own products:

“Use with a creamy skin cleanser, not soap, so that it’s not drying to the skin. I use it with either Pond’s skin cleanser or cold cream, or with Body Shop’s Vitamin E creamy skin cleanser.” delincolon, Reviewer since 2011

You will have to continue to replace the brush heads every 3 months, which can rack up the cost. However, since the goal with any sort of dermabrasion is to remove dead skin cells while minimizing damage to healthy skin cells, this high quality brush can help acheive that.

Jennifer Oseitutu Jennifer Oseitutu (12 Posts)

Jennifer Oseitutu is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago where she undertook studies in both Biological Sciences and Sociology. She has traveled abroad to Beijing, China and Accra, Ghana, taking note of the beauty culture in these areas. In addition, she wrote her senior thesis on skin bleaching in Ghana. Overall, she enjoys providing skin care information that goes beyond the cookie-cutter tips you find in magazines.


  • Angela Clark

    Thanks for your post, Jennifer. I was enthralled at the demonstration about the Clairsonic Skin Care System, including not only make-up removal, as well as dirt. I am a student overtly concerned with the devastating effects of the atmosphere on my delicate skin. Smog, pollution, exhausts, all have devastating effects on your skin. The city is “zits city,” the ambience is murder on you skin. My only caution is not to use the product too often. Most stress the “made in U.S.A.” label, concerning supporting warring nations. Also, I’d hope that there aren’t any “fly away” parts to purchase. Monies are tight and people do not have the revenue to burn.

    • JennieO

      Hi Angela! Thanks for your comment. Yes, the Clarisonic does seem like an all-in-one exfoliation system, removing make-up & excess oil. It might be best to start by using it 1x every other day, then increasing the frequency as you see how well your skin tolerates the Clarisonic (but probably no more than 2x per day). Be sure to come back and let us know how well it works for you!