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What Is the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System?

Learn about the Clarisonic skin cleanse system for acne from dermatologist Cybele Fishman, MD in this Howcast skin care video.


Clarisonic is a hand-held brush that's meant to be used with any cleanser to clean your face. The company says that you can remove ore dirt and oil because of the 300 movements per second or sonic frequency that the brush moves in.

I'm not sure how I feel about the Clarisonic. Part of me thinks it's kind of a gimmick. I also worry about patients who overwash their faces and I do think that removing too much sebum can lead to dry, irritated skin. And when you remove too much oils, the skin can look wrinkled or crepey.

Now, if a patient comes in and he's using Clarisonic and loves it, I don't tell them to not use it, but I don't recommend my patients go out and buy it. I think using a mild cleanser with your hands works perfectly fine. And at $120, I would rather my patients use that money for a better skin care regimen or go buy a pair of shoes.

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