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Clarisonic Making Your Skin Worse? Here's Why (and How to Fix It)

The Clarisonic is, arguably, the first beauty tool (other than the Sonicare Toothbrush) that feels like an absolute necessity. I've personally owned one for almost seven years now, and although we have had our ups and downs, I can say that it's back to being a part of my daily regimen.

Admittedly, I stopped using my Clarisonic last year for a variety of reasons. I felt like it was too aggressive for my skin and that I didn't need to exfoliate as often as I had been; my skin was turning ruddy to the point that a dermatologist thought I had rosacea. Cutting out the everyday exfoliating made a huge difference, but I felt like I didn't have the glow I used to.

That said, I visited the Clarisonic factory in Seattle this year and met with Dr. Robb, the man behind the device, who provided me with a slew of facts that blew my mind. Most importantly? The Clarisonic is not an exfoliating device! Yes, it's a brush, so it's easy to associate it as one, but it's not meant to exfoliate the skin. Just like the Sonicare Toothbrush deeply cleans your teeth, the brush is meant to deeply clean your skin. Next, I was using an aggressive exfoliating face wash, which was totally unnecessary for the brush. And I was also going HAM with the device, using it morning and evening. Once I changed the face wash I used with my Clarisonic (along with how much I was applying to the brush head) as well as wetting the brush thoroughly, I noticed a drastic improvement in my skin! Also, the brush head matters. I was using the normal brush head, but it was too aggressive for me. Switching to the Luxe Cashmere Cleanse option really did wonders for my skin.

Check out 10 mistakes you're making with your Clarisonic, and let me know in the comments any tips or tricks you have.

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Image Source: POPSUGAR Studios / Kirbie Johnson
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