This review…is waaaaaaay overdue. Like nearly a year exactly overdue. Where have I been?! We’ll get to that in different posts. Instead, let’s talk about this little baby.
It’s weighty in your hand, a good heft to it, fits nicely (comfortable hold). There’re two settings on it: Delicate & Universal, tapping once on the speed button for the prior and twice for the latter. Generally, I use the latter (Universal) speed more often than not. I have oily, acne-prone skin that requires some earnest cleansing.
The device works on a timer, pausing between zone cycles. I forget the amount of time per zone but instructions suggest the following: forehead, nose+chin, cheek and cheek. For the most part, it’s helpful to allocate cleansing areas to ensure you manage to get to all portions of your face. The only issue is if you’d like to do large portions, such as the neck. The pauses are unnecessary then.
You can indeed, use the device with any face wash of your choosing. It is highly recommended to use one without any abrasives (microbeads, crushed things, etc.). This is just overload, your skin will be over-scrubbed and sensitive and/or painful afterwards. A gel will work best, a cream will also work.
For me: I hadn’t noticed any significant changes IMMEDIATELY to my skin but then again, I’m just not paying attention (especially with daily use). Instead, I notice immediately when I DON’T use it. My skin doesn’t break out terribly anymore but I do notice, I breakout sooner without the use of the Mia2. When I don’t use it, my skin seems duller, as if there’s a layer sitting on top. I also notice quite a few flakes from dry spots during pauses in use (mostly in the winter months). So overall, utilization has been rather good for keeping my skin clean and balanced.
**I have read that some people do experience a ‘purging’ period when they begin using their Clarisonic – to which they break out even more. Switch to the Delicate setting, decrease frequency of use until things clear up. Switch to a gentler cleanser if necessary. If/when things clear up, slowly resume your desired frequency of use and setting.
Would I recommend it: Yes!
Pros: Superior (topical, mechanical) cleansing + exfoliation. Versatile, you can use it with your preferred cleanser. Rechargeable. Two-speed.