Clarisonic for Acne-Prone Skin: Q&A

Clarisonic for Acne-Prone Skin

Ever since I wrote my tips on how to deal with acne, I see the same question coming over and over again, “Can I use Clarisonic if I have acne-prone skin?” Having a reoccurring acne problem that keeps coming back over and over again, I’ll put it straight out there that you can totally use a Clarisonic device if you have a similar skin type. The trick here is to know how to use it the right way. That’s exactly what we’ll be talking about in this post.

Can Clarisonic help acne?

First and foremost, I think that it’s a total misconception that you should avoid using Clarisonic if you have a breakout. Acne-prone skin requires cleansing as much (and, perhaps, even more!) than any other skin type so I don’t see why you should be avoiding your cleansing brush.

The only exception would be an active (aka open with fluid coming out) zit – but that’s not a problem, right? Because we all know that picking your face will spread bacteria all over your face. But if it happens, I just avoid that tiny area of an active breakout and use my Clarisonic Mia all over my face as usual.

Does Clarisonic cause breakouts?

It’s not in my experience that Clarisonic causes acne. Generally speaking, acne is caused by your internal processes as opposed to bacteria. But it’s possible to develop a skin reaction if you don’t clean your brush well. In other words, it’s always the best to stay hygienic and use your Clarisonic brush responsibly.

Can you use a Clarisonic every day?

Absolutely! If you have very sensitive skin, I’d recommend switching to the softer head. But in my experience, Clarisonic is safe to use even if you are doing it twice per day.

What’s the best cleanser to use with Clarisonic?

What I recommend reconsidering when it comes to using Clarisonic for acne-prone skin is the type of cleanser you use. If your skin reacts good on it, consider a cleanser that contains a small percentage of Salicylic Acid. That ingredient is a gold standard for treating acne as it helps to unclog pores to resolve and prevent blackheads and pimples development.

As I already mentioned a million times on my blog, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser is my favorite product to use with my Clarisonic brush. It contains 2% Salicylic Acid and makes your skin squeaky clean. It’s also super gentle so you can actually remove eye makeup with it and it will not cause irritation.

Which Clarisonic head is best for acne?

Honestly speaking, I’ve been using the sensitive brush for years and it works totally fine! Little did I know that Clarisonic actually offers an Acne-Cleansing brush head that is suitable for sensitive, acne-prone skin. This brush head is specifically designed to address the needs of breakouts prone skin and I must say that it really worked for my skin!

How do you deep clean a Clarisonic head?

One piece of advice to keep in mind, especially if you have acne-prone skin, is that you have to wash your Clarisonic head weekly and replace them every three months. Think about it as of your toothbrush – you want to avoid product build-up and ensure that the brush works in the most efficient way possible.

Don’t be lazy and take care of your Clarisonic device by washing it together with a brush once a week (warm soapy water is ideal). Stock up on Clarisonic heads so you always backup when the time comes to replace it.

I hope this post answered some of your questions related to using Clarisonic for acne-prone skin. But I’d be delighted to answer any additional questions in the comments area below. Feel free to ask!

How do you deep clean a Clarisonic head?


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