A recent New York Times article talks about the increasing popularity of electronic devices to cleanse the skin. According to the article, skin-cleansing devices made up 40% of the at-home skin tools market. Clarisonic is the big market leader, but more and more big name beauty brands–such as Neutrogena and Olay–entering the game. Many Clarisonic devotees just simply wouldn’t wash their faces without their Clarisonic. With all of the competition, it’s important to know the differences between these high-tech skin cleansing devices, especially when your skin is acne-prone.
When you suffer from inflamed acne lesions, the last thing you want to do is irritate your skin even further. Many of the less expensive skin cleansing devices do not rotate as many times as the Clarisonic does. The more rotations the brush does, the less irritating it will be to your skin. With the Clarisonic, the bristles on the head rotate 300 times a minute. That should be the gold standard for every brush you use.
We’ve explained why exfoliating the skin is a major benefit to those with acne. Exfoliation helps speed skin cell turnover and helps your acne topical medications get absorbed better into the skin. The Clarisonic brush acts as a mechanical exfoliator for the skin, so not only are you giving your skin a deep cleanse, you’re also giving your acne medications an easier surface for them to penetrate.