|I was talked into the Aria. The basic version is just fine.|
I don't know if this is a case of something being over-hyped, or if I'm just an exception, but after seven months of use, I haven't noticed any significant changes in my skin. My main concerns when I first bought the Clarisonic were my hormonal cystic acne and large and clogged pores. I didn't expect it to do anything for internal-based acne (and it didn't), but I was hoping it would refine my skin's texture as so many reviews had promised.
My chin in particular was uneven and bumpy with blocked pores, so that's the area I've been paying the most attention to for the past seven months. I've been using the Clarisonic every other day (my dermatologist talked me out of using it every night), and after a few months, my chin looked better. It was smoother and less bumpy, but even now, there are still some clogged pores. The only other significant change has been some shrinkage in the (formerly massive) pores on and around my nose. They're still a little bit bigger than I would like, but they're less noticeable than they used to be.
Obviously, then, it worked on me to a certain extent, but I can't help but feel disappointed with the results. I shelled out all that cash for a cleansing device that would completely change my skin, and not just unclog and minimize pores--not when I have several masks and peels that can do the same thing.
Most people who have the Clarisonic are addicted to the extent that their skin reacts badly if they don't use it. I went almost a month without using mine, and really didn't notice any change as I was supplementing my skincare routine with facial peels and masks. I also didn't experience any sort of purging period when I first started to use the Clarisonic, so maybe that was a sign that I wouldn't see such results from it?
All in all, the Clarisonic isn't worth the money to me. I still use it (it'd be a total waste of money not to), but am definitely disappointed in the paltry results I get compared to everything I'd heard about it. Part of my disappointment may have to do with it being over-hyped, but not necessarily, as there are some serious Clarisonic lovers out there.
I'm just not one of them.
If you're Team Clarisonic or Team It Doesn't Quite Work For Me, leave a comment telling me your experiences with the cleansing device!
I've got a long Unfinished Business post coming up on Wednesday--look forward to tons of product reviews!