Monday, 23 March 2015

Cheat Sheet - Why I don't like 'battery operated cleansing brushes'

Well if ever there was a gentle way of saying the word that you're all saying in your head now, that was my attempt. Assuming we all know the type of thing I'm talking about, I'll carry on.

I have recently been asked a lot more frequently about said cleansing brushes, usually by newcomers to this site who may have missed previous posts and/or comments.

Why don't I like them?

  • Because your skin is delicate, it does not need a sandblaster to cleanse it, you have two hands, use them.
    (As I've said previously, if you are not fully able-bodied, obviously do whatever you have to do - ignore this.)
  • Because they are capable of basically destroying your acid mantle.
    That skin 'purging'? It's not purging, it's inflamed. It's shouting at you, begging you to stop whatever it is you're doing to it. Stop it. If you were using a moisturiser that broke your face out into acne you'd be horrified, utterly horrified. And you would, in all likelihood, stop using it immediately. And return it. Especially if that cream cost you upwards of £150. But don't worry! In the case of 'purging', they have a brilliant idea! Buy another head! You must just need something a bit more delicate. Note how they've made it your fault. Your problem. And the solution? Spend more money. It's genius if you think about it. 
  • Acne. The fact that these are aimed at people with acne is enough to make me scream blue murder. 'Hey you know what's great for acne? Using a power brush to really make sure the skin is as sore as possible! Brilliant! Let's do that.'
    No. Please do not.
  • Lack of training when the item is sold. You can buy the most famous version of this online. Just get it delivered to you with no human contact from a trained pro advising you how to use it. Which leads to..
  • People using them incorrectly. This is without doubt the 'tool' that is used incorrectly by the majority of people that discuss it with me. 
  • The dirty head. How many of you wash the brush head properly? Don't tell me 'it dries out and therefore the bacteria dies'. Imagine using the same flannel for 2 weeks and never washing it. You can by all means let it 'dry out' between uses if that image makes you feel better, but imagine it. Filth.
  • The cleansers that the original version of these are sold with are 100% horrific. Horrific. I cannot stress enough how much these should be avoided. I promise you the thought behind this was 'How can we make more money?' Oh, I know! Let's make our own product! We'll say that they're the only thing people should use with them. OMG that's genius!'.
    This was not a decision made for the benefit of your skin. I promise you. A foaming, SLS-laden soap, with a rotating (oscillating - whatever) power-blaster?? In some cases with grit? REALLY? It's like they sat together around a table and said 'What could we possibly make that could irritate the skin more than say, oh I don't know, a Brillo pad and Fairy liquid?'.

Why are they so popular?
Numerous reasons:
  • Because of the timer system, in some cases it will be the first time that some people have thoroughly cleansed their face. If you massaged your skin with your hands for a full minute and removed a cleansing balm with a flannel after years of splashing off regular milks/gels your skin would feel the same way.
  • If you've never used flannels and acid toners these brushes will without doubt exfoliate your skin. The first time you use it you will feel like your skin can 'breathe' properly. That's nothing you can't get with product and hands and without sanding your face.
  • Marketing. AKA Keeping Up With the Jones'. Your mate has one, it's all over the press, you WANT it. Oh LOOK A PINK ONE! *man voice* OH LOOK! A black one!
  • And why is is all over the press? Because they make money. BIG BIG BIG money for the companies that sell them. Not just the brands, the retailers. If you go into a store and someone tries to sell you this, I promise you they are trying to make their target for the day. They may not have even asked you what skin type you have before they've said 'Oh you know what YOU need?!'
BUT: you don't have to listen to me, I know some of you swear by them. Good for you. As I always say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And don't stop something you love using on my accord.
If however, you have one sitting in your cupboard that you shelved because it didn't agree with your skin, dig it out. Use it on your feet. Or your bum. Lovely.


Personally, I think in years to come we will see an increase in broken capillaries, stubborn 'bumps' that don't come to a head and rosacea and I don't think they will be unrelated to the use of these 'brushes'. On that note, if you do suffer from eczema, acne or rosacea, for the love of ALL THAT IS SANITY you have no business blasting your face to kingdom come with these things. No matter what any sales person says.







Addition: in the name of full disclosure, I have held giveaways on the blog for similar 'cleansing brushes' in the past. This was over 3 years ago, well before they became the money-making-trend/craze that they are now. I've deleted those posts and it won't happen again. Sorry all.

109 comments:

  1. I'm so glad I never bought one - I always thought they looked like giant electric toothbrushes, and a giant electric toothbrush on your face.....yeesh.

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  2. This is great!! I noticed you said about the acid mantle - mine is completely SCREWED after years of acne meds and recently a murad salicylic cleanser :(:( even shea butter has caused nothing but break outs! is there anything I can do to heal without getting more acne? Thank you! xx

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    1. I would suggest checking out her "cheat sheet" for acne on the right side of her website. It gives great tips about how to deal with active acne, and also suggests not using shea butter because it could clog your pores.

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    2. Thanks so much! Have no idea where to start at this point with products so will have a good look :)

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    3. Watch the videos Caroline did with Sam Bunting. Dr Bunting suggests bringing your regime down to something very simple with products such as those from La Roche Posay. Hoepefully if you do that for a few weeks your skin will level out a bit and you can see what's really going on with it once all the irritation is gone. Also I must say that shea butter make me break out like crazy (I have combo blemish prone skin). I can get away with certain things, but only if it's listed a fair way down the ingredients list. Anyway, watch the Sam Bunting vids. Good luck . x

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    4. Sadly every la roche posay moisturiser I have tried has broken me out. I will definitely watch the Sam Bunting videos though and strip everything back to basics until it is healed! Thanks so much for your reply I appreciate it :) problem skin is a nightmare its so good to have these blogs and everyones advice available!! xx

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    5. I know this may sound absurd and totally crazy but I bought a clarisonic 3 times. The first time was because everyone said how great it was. I broke out and my skin almost bled. They said all the same things you said about the softer heads and different cleansers blah blah blah. It got so bad I returned it.Second time I bought it because 4 extremely popular youtubers told me how great it was and that I should let it purge my skin for a month and that they couldn't live without theirs. It got so bad I returned it. then being totally stupid I heard my favorite youtuber say to buy it again and try her cleanser type and to just let my skin break out and then it would get glowing results. My skin started bleeding and that's using it every second day for half the time they recommend. It took a month to heal my skin. I cannot imagine what this does to peoples skin and how it will tear it down and eventually show signs of aging as a result over the years. I use a regular wash cloth and it exfoliates my skin amazingly well an it glows. Really! My skin glows with using the washcloth and soap. I also use oil after cleansing and it works better than any anti aging product I've tried (and I'm an obsessive beauty junkie to the core) so you can imagine all the products I have that just sit there. (oh my poor wallet) but I've learned my lesson with my skin and how to treat it gently and yet get results. Thanks for this great article.

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    6. I'm no pro, but remove anything from your routine that contains Shea Butter or petrolum, especially if you have acné!My skin has gotten soooo much better since I removed those from my routine!

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  3. Well you have helped me make my mind up about not wanting one. To be fair one big company did tell me that because of my Roseacea flare ups, it would not be a good idea to purchase, though another big named company said it would be fine, hence my fence sitting (see tweet).... half the pointers you make I had never considered and not taken into account though x

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  4. Thank you for this post. I assumed this was your opinion based on the fact you've never suggested one of these items. Although now I'm a bit tempted to go get one to use on my bum "because Caroline Hirons told me to".

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  5. And the Angels sing "Hallelujah" well said now to direct all my friends to your site once again so you can tell em straight and I won't have to grab them by the shoulders shaking and shouting just stop it! Love your advice and you just a little bit more!

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  6. Last Saturday I was in Sephora and a rep girl approached me to ask if I was familiar with the C. cleansing brush. I looked at her, took a long breath and told her as nicely as I could that "yes, I'm familiar but I'm not a fan". The countless posts I've read by Italian bloggers are full of "yes I notice a lot of purging" and it takes everything not to leave angry rants and comments. Why don't they get it? I wouldn't go near those brushes even if they paid me, but I have a great teacher ;)

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  7. Yup: Broken capillaries. One very very unhappy girl. Wish I`d read this first... see what happened to me x http://www.beautyandthegoss.com/?p=615

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  8. I used mine with a famous hot cloth cleanser that you're not a fan of either, when said cleanser first started bringing me out in spots. I thought it would help, instead it took me a year to get my skin back under control.

    That said, I have been contemplating using it for body exfoliation, so I'll give that a go.

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  9. what about Foreo Luna?

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    1. I'd also be interested to hear your opinion on this.

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    2. Me too! I'd also like to hear your opinion, Caroline!

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    3. Me too. Or any cleansing brushes that use the soft silicone bits rather than bristles. Also, are non electrical brushes ok? There's a new one from The Body Shop that's very, very soft and feels very gentle on the skin, nothing like the bristles on a Clarisonic or similar. It feels more like a soft make-up brush. Doesn't seem to irritate my skin at all whereas the Clarisonic did (obviously I don't use that anymore.)

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    4. Oh yes, so would I. I have a Foreo Luna.

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    5. I've had my Foreo Luna since Christmas and I use it every other night as part of a second cleanse (I use a muslin cloth otherwise). The 'cycle' lasts one minute which felt too short at first, and it obviously depends on the cleanser you're using with it and your routine as a whole, but my skin has definitely improved. Very keen to hear Mrs H's thoughts on this. - Francesca

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    6. I would love to hear your opinion too. I've had a Foreo Luna for half a year now. It hasn't completely prevented occasional pimples caused by hormones or unhealthy diet splurges. But it has prevented any cystic acne. I haven't had 1 since :)

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    7. I would also be interested to hear your opinion, Caroline! I bought the Foreo Luna Mini when Cult Beauty had a discount promo ... and have been too scared to use it so far, which is a stupid waste of money if ever there was one. If I move it gently without scrubbing and just rely on its sonic action, would it be gentle enough? I do love my sonic toothbrush ... Lindsay

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    8. I'm waiting for your opinion too, that would be great if you can answer :)

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    9. Would love to hear your opinion on the foreo too!

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  10. I have Rosacea and do not use said brushes I do however use a cleanser that requires removal with a cloth which in turn gives a slight exfoliation although it's aimed to be a very gentle cream cleanser I am experiencing a slight purge on my Rosacea cheek 3 weeks after using products do you think the same will stand regarding the acid mantle therefore making my Rosacea worse? I also alternate with Kate Somerville Goat milk again has the lactic acid in so slight exfoliation, am I killing my skin? X

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  11. Perfection. I think I'll go use my PINK one and give myself a pedicure!

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  12. Well lets just say i'm feeling stupid shelling out around £120 for one last year! My skin isn't great in the first place and when they were plastered all over youtube last year i thought i could invest in a good skincare tool.
    It's safe to say i'm probably going to be using it on my feet like you suggested from now on...

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  13. You rock Lady Hirons. You rock!!!

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  14. what about battery operated SILICONE brushes?

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  15. I almost bought one! Instead of Clarisonic, I just thought I would get a cheaper one just to try if it's something my skin agrees with. So I got Olay. It worked great at the beginning because like you said, I didn't use acids or exfoliators before. But slowly, it stopped working for me and I stopped using it every day. Now I use it whenever my skin is peeling (because of retinoids or whatever). SO glad I didn't splash out on something I didn't need. But seriously, what's up with these bloggers who didn't stop raving about them? I trusted bloggers because unlike magazines, they were *supposed* to be honest. But they are also after the same thing as the magazines now: money. Grrrr.

    Thanks, Caroline. Love your blog and advice. Now I am fixing my mother's highly pigmented skin and my own.

    Anceeta.com

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  16. Thanks for this! It has made my mind up not for my eczema prone face

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  17. Caroline, I'm just curious, do you personally use retinoids? If so, which one?

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  18. Always been sceptical of these but I'll stick to your advice Caroline, U've never steered me wrong :) x

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  19. I very much agree with this post! I'd prefer to use my money on a fabulous cleanser instead.

    Emily x
    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  20. 100% agree.

    I received one (thank god I didn't pay) 2 years ago and thought it was great for a while then went back to flannel and cream cleanser after my mother in law treated me to a new posh cleanser and suddenly my skin was better.
    I now realise that of course it was amazing the first time I used that battery powered thing, I had a 4 month old and had barely had time to pee let alone cleanse my face properly so anything I used on my face would have been the second coming of Jesus, I couldve wiped my face with cabbage and it would've been an improvement on before! Never wipes though even before I read your blog.
    I stopped using it a couple of weeks later when my daughter wasn't waking every 75 mins through the night for a feed and I could re establish a cream and flannel regime and I didn't make the connection with stopping use and the irritation on my face going away til now.

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    1. "Wiped my face with a cabbage" XD XD XD Sorry I'm just picturing it!!

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  21. I bought one for Christmas and I've only used it for like 1 week because I found it didn't really do anything to improve my skin. At least now I know what to do with it.

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  22. Wow, I truly feel like throwing up now... Eeewwwww

    Must say that in spite of my life-long obsession with skin care I was never tempted or even considered one of these.

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    1. I am with you 100 percent! Ewwww is right!

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  23. Hi Caroline! This is the first I've heard of an acid mantle. I've done some research online and it's all talking about ph suitable cleansers - but cleansers don't advertise their ph on the packaging! Have you any advice on gauging the ph of a cleanser based on its ingredients?

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    1. Ingredients don't tell one anything. I bought a ph pencil to test cleansers with. I have also had mostly good luck writing the companies and asking them. The ones that tell me it is "proprietary information" are deleted from my shopping list on the basis of stupidity alone.

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    2. Brilliant thanks!

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    3. FWIW, finding and using cleansers with a low ph has made the second best positive impact on my complexion (lifetime use of retin-a and sunscreen being the first). It was jawdropping how instantaneous terrific my skin looked and spots disappeared. It breaks my heart to see salespeople pushing ph-killers on unsuspecting teenagers. And of all the dermatologists I've seen, NOT ONE ever mentioned the ph and lipid barrier. They just prescribed medication.

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    4. Can you recommend some low ph cleansers?

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  24. They ware to pricy for me and nothing wrong with using your hands. ;)

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  25. Bought one a few years ago. And just to show what an idiot I was in pre-Hirons days, I decided to start using a mineral oil based cleanser at the same time. It took six months for my skin to settle down, and I'm now researching lasers to help my residual scarring because it's just not getting any better.

    It infuriates me when I see sales people pushing these things, particularly on teenagers with the odd few spots. I've actually interrupted them a few times to suggest do their research before buying.

    On the plus side, my desperation to sort my skin out led me to this blog so something good came out of it!

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  26. I bought mine when it first came out and it really did do wonders for my acne-ridden skin, however, I will say it was more likely because of regular exfoliation and quitting the harsh dermatologist-prescribed stuff. I used my brush religiously until I found this blog about a year ago. I bust the brush out every once in a while and am always disappointed with it now because it leaves my face red and rough on the cheeks even with the most sensitive brush. I figure I got 6 good years out of it, so it definitely paid for itself, but now I will stick to the flannels and lovely massage :)

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  28. I've had one since October... I feel like tossing it now!

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  29. I bought a clarisonic a few years ago, used it on/off for about 2 months and it has been sitting in a drawer ever since. I thought I was doing the right thing, went through the purge, and when my normally sensitive skin went a haywire stopped using it and went back to regular double cleanse/flannel it calmed down and went back eventually to its pretty clear self. Never again!
    thebeautybloss.com

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  30. I bought one a few years ago thinking my skin needed it I didn't have acne but do have fragile/fine skin the SA advised it would be excellent for me plus beauty blogs were all recommending a Clarisonic. I couldn't use the brush it comes with so purchased the delicate but even with this I wasn't happy but thought it must clean better than me! Even worse I cleansed then used the brush! I set it aside months ago thinking I would use it occasionally (mainly as it cost so much) I haven't gone back to using it as I much prefer to cleanse.
    Going to forget the cost as my skin is far too fine to damage with a brush no matter how delicate the head plus I used it correctly without pressure etc my feet might see it occasionally!
    Balm and face cloth works, Caroline is right!

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  31. I never use any brush for my face yet my skin becoming thinner by day. I dont know, mybe bcoz I really like to massage my cleansing oil. It usually take 10minutes. Really nees to cut this habit out

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  32. i have had mine shelved since you converted my to a flannel devotee many months ago. i do think now, however, it is begging to come out and be used on my bum!

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  33. Thank you for writing this post! Your the only skincare blog I trust anymore.

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  34. Praise Jeebus!! I have resisted buying one and this post solidified that feeling to never ever purchase such a device. . I was always curious though because I thought it was recommended by dermatologists (correct me if I am wrong), and I wondered what all the fuss was about....thank you for clearing that up Ms Hirons!

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  35. Thanks for the refreshing 'tell it as it is' attitude Caroline! We have been brain washed by adverts and youtube beauty gurus who swear by it and overtime a person can and will be influenced by it all. It's really time to just step back and realise not everything expensive and hyped up is always the right thing for the skin.

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  36. Wayne Goss make a video saying hey you know those sarah chapman cleansing mitts for £12? Use it for the same amount of time and you get the same "deep clean." I have taken the famous cleansing brushs timing system and found it quite good (the 10 for cheeks, 10 nose, 20 forehead thing.)

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  37. I bought one a few years ago when I suffered from acne. It made my skin so so much worse so now I just use it on my chest, arms and legs. Um yep does an awesome job exfoliating my legs before shaving haha! :) Laura

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  38. I have to say I have one and i did like it when I started using but i think its way too harsh on skin to use it everyday..forget using it twice a day! Probably once a week is enough...but I have to agree..I find double cleansing using wash cloth as good as that electronic brush..infact better than that minus the harshness!

    I bought the Clarins Extra Comfort Cleansing cream right after you had mentioned more than a year back and I am HOOKED! I bought couple of backups right after that since they have discontinued it...I wish they would give some SERIOUS thought to bring it back...its one of the best cleansing cream I have ever used...nothing and makes my skin soft as that one!

    Do you know any other cleansing cream with similar properties? which can be used as second cleanse?
    Big Fan..Thank you!

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  39. I was contemplating one about a year ago, then did more reading. Obviously I don't know for sure, but I strongly think my skin would be one of the types to 'purge', and after reading about the trouble Wayne Goss had I decided not to, he was my clincher! Then I discovered you and my skin has never been better. I really agree a good massage with a balm cleanser and a flannel is the best thing. And the double cleanse if wearing makeup. When I was a teenager I used something similar but it was a manual one and my skin didn't break out but it had all these tiny micro bumps that were irritaed and took a week or so to go away. I think this is what would happen if I used one, although alot worse, due to it being battery operated!

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  40. Well done for not using the C word once ;-)
    I was a fan for a while and saw good results in my own skin but I was the type of person to watch the QVC demonstrations and use it correctly. That said however as solo as the Foreo Luna came out I switched to that. I think it's far superior and solves most of the problems you've outlined here with cleansing brushes.

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  41. Wow, what a fab post!! This is why we love you Lady H!
    I've been tempted to buy one of these in the past, but somehow couldn't justify the price and I'm so glad I didn't - they sound awful! And now I've really got into the double cleanse and EH balm, I don't feel like I need one - although my laundry bin is very rapidly filling up with slightly damp flannels!
    I've also (after I read that I need retinol now I'm over 40!) been to Space NK and purchased the Strivectin Retinol Night cream on the advice of a very nice man who said he knows you and was extremely helpful after I mentioned your name - it's amazing how much less BS I get from staff once they know that once they know that I read your blog!! Thank you!!

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  42. If I used one of those machines with the products they recommend on my floor it would ruin it! My face feels raw just reading your blog. Even if their skin can tolerate it now, I think users will pay a big price later.

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  43. Thank you!! THANK YOU.
    I purchased one of these last year and it RUINED my skin after the first use. It went red, burned, and stayed scabby and dry for around a month. I would never touch one again. Ever.
    Fingers and flannels - best way!

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  44. Hm, after some tweaks (most delicate brush head, not using it twice a day...) mine works fine for me and has replaced my twice weekly physical exfoliators.
    But you make me have second thoughts. Once again.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  45. Ooh I hadn't thought to use it as a foot 'scrub', good thinking!

    I splurged and got the 'famous one' about 18 months ago. Used it for about 3 months or so? Haven't since. Agh, I know , I know, what a waste of money but in all honesty, I realised everything you mentioned in this post. It was purchased about two years after they first started getting mentioned on beauty blogs but I was never convinced by them. Then one trip to London to the Selfridges beauty hall and then boom, just as I was looking at them out of curiosity, a salesman started demonstrating it on the back of my hand (I had also lightly fake tanned at the time) and my hand was super soft and clean. The rest is history.

    I did say I wouldn't buy any cleanser that came with it because I knew a foaming gel based cleanser would STRIP my skin, has anyone ever heard a glowing review about one of the products' cleansers? Me neither.

    It's true about not cleaning it - I use a clean flannel every single day as I have oily/combination, hormonal, acne prone skin therefore I ain't wiping more bacteria over my face!
    They're grim, in all honesty, they were quite scary to use, especially for the length of time suggested and quite frankly, it did fudge-all for my skin.

    She's So Lucy

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  46. To be fair to you, when you ran the competitions you weren't exactly singing their praises; from what I remember you said on the *C word* post that you didn't think they were great but some readers really liked them so you were offering the competition. Good of you to mention for full disclosure but I hardly think you're being hypocritical. ps you're the best #fangirl

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  47. would love to hear your recommendations on how to get your skin back in shape after using one of these brushes. I used it for a round a year and ultimately developed really dry skin with rosacea and cystic-like acne (not sure if it's related or whether I just developed adult acne -- never had acne before). Still trying to get it under control and it's been years!

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    1. Sounds similar to what happened to me; it took most of 2014 to fix my skin. What really helped for me was stripping my routine right down. I used Cetaphil cleanser and argan oil to moisturise, and treated spots with Effaclar duo. That's it and it worked. It wasn't an overnight miracle but my skin looks much better now and I've been able to introduce other products like acid toners and hydraluron.

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  48. Hi Caroline! How do you feel about something like the Foreo Luna. Go or no go?
    Thank you!

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    1. Oops, I asked this below...scrolling through comments on a tablet is tough!

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  49. Does the same apply for a fairly recent rubber vibrating cleansing tool?

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  50. I tried one from QVC uk years ago, and returned it within a couple of weeks. I wrote a review explaining how I felt this was a potentialy harmful gimmick at a ridiculous price. By the look of the responses to my review, few felt the same and those brushes became viral... Clearly the marketing people did their job well...
    I hope more people read your post! Xx

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  51. Thankfully I've never been the slightest bit interested in them. Unfortunately, my current obsession is stockpiling cleansers. At least my face is thanking me, even though my wallet isnt:)

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    1. I just had to comment that I first read it as "shoplifting" not "stockpiling". I was quite intrigued to read on, hahaha

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  52. Your Dr. Bunting recommends using one.

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    1. She's hardly 'mine'. And I know. We disagree about it. Over lunch.

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    2. I know she's not...sorry. I was just saying it because after watching the videos of the two of you together I watched a lot more of hers, as she is very charismatic. And there's one where she explains how to clean your face properly. She says, do not double-cleanse and do use one of those brushes.
      I just wonder, manual face brushes have been around forever, and I remember my mother getting me one when I was a teenager and started having issues with acne. I felt as if it improved the situation somewhat. Does you no no to face brushes only apply to the electric ones?

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  53. I've stopped using Clarisonic and have switched to Lait U with a flannel and P50 plus Paula's Choice 2% BHA. But after 2 weeks of inceasingly smooth skin, now there are inflamed red patches and cystic acne. It's also that time of month: could the inflammation and cystic acne be just because of that, and if so, shouldn't the Lait U, P50 and 2% BHA have prevented them?

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  54. Yes, I feel vindicated. In the best possible way. What gets my goat, how do these companies convince folks this is good for you? How? Is there science behind, or just seriously mind boggling spin?

    Geetha
    Singapore

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  55. Oh dear, I love my Clarisonic bought back in 2009, use delicate head. Use three times a week, and I clean my head with hot water and baking soda. I don't use any other exfoliators (sp), I have mild roseaca so cannot use BHA or any other acid based stuff, even enzymes break me out. I just use Elemis Sensitive Skin Wash with mine.

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    1. Love mine too. I use that same brush head and clean it much the same way as you do, in a pan of boiling water for several minutes. I took my time building up its use from twice a week to every night and only for an evening cleanse. I treated it like a new exfoliant product and I guess that is how I came to enjoy it. People are often too eager with new products and over zealous which I think leads to many of the breakouts. The idea you have to 'purge' is horrifying! I also use a cleansing jelly and washcloth nightly along with the Radical Skincare acid toner pads 3 x a week with great results.

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  56. I always have to walk away when I hear the Sephora girls recommending the C to unsuspecting shoppers who seems to be drinking the C Kool-Aid. It takes everything in me not to interject and try to steer them away.

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  57. I have the Mia 2 one and use it a couple of times a week. Have to use with a non drying cleanser (I use RMK or Astalift) and not apply ANY pressure - just let the brush glide over the skin. Used this way I find it improves the texture of my skin and is great for using as part of an at home "facial" (followed by masks x 2 etc). I think everyday would be too much and twice a day is ludicrous - just how much dead skin can you produce in 12 hours! But as a booster a few times a week ( in the same way you would use a mask ) I think they are good. I do also use flannels and balm / cream cleansers as well :) I tend to use my clarisonic Monday morning to wake my face up!

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  58. I've had my c brush since late November last year, I've not had any issues at all. I use it about 5 times a week as my second cleanse with cerave hydrating cleanser, I am careful not to press hard on my skin. I do sterilize it, but admittedly not as often as I should. I do think that for some people that had problems with it hadn't used it properly ie twice a day, harsh foaming cleanser and pressing too hard.

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  59. What is your opinion on the Personal MicroDerm (my PMD)?
    Similar issues?

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  60. I had one of those "brushes that must not be named" and it KILLED my face. So I did what anyone who spent $$ on something would do and bought the "sensitive" brush and wash. Bad idea. My face hated me. I have spent the last year feeling guilty for having an expensive tool collecting dust in my cabinet. I never thought about using it on my feet! That is a great idea! Now I have an expensive foot brush, but at least I can use it for something. Thank you for taking my guilt away! :)

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    1. The Delicate Brush is the gentlest one of the standard brushes; I use it every evening with a gentle cleanser (not theirs!) but I did work up to every night by starting just twice a week, then adding in another evening each week so it did take patience and a light hand. It would tickle my feet lol.

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  61. Hi. I like my C. device. :) I agree that it's not good for people with acne. Not a good idea to use it then. But if blackheads are your only problem with skin and nothing else works, you can give it a try. Not twice a day. Not every day. Not with C. cleanser (wich is bad). Most of the c. flaws you've mentioned is relevant to wrong usage of the device. You're not supposed to use it to remove make-up, you're not supposed to push it hard against your skin (if you barely touch your skin with the device, it IS gentle) and you're supposed to clean it after every use and thorougly every week (remove the brush and so on).
    I like your blog. My biggest issue is that it's hard for me to find the products you use in my country (or the prices are incredibly high).
    Sorry for all the mistakes, I try very hard to write properly, but I'm not an english native speaker.
    Greetings from Poland. ;)
    S.

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  62. Love your passion Caroline! Personally I like my Clarisonic, it seems to do only good things for my face and actually calms any spots that I do get (I have hot cloth cleansed for years before getting the Clarisonic so am not a newby to proper cleansing).

    For anybody out there who has one and it disagreed with their face - do use the body brush attachment and indeed use it on your bum!!! And the rest of your body. I had never used mine with the body brush until recently and it immediately sorted out a stubborn patch of hideous dry and flaky skin that I'd had on my elbow all winter. Big thumbs up for the body brush from me.

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  64. My face eventually became a horrid mess when I was using one, but my feet? Man, my feet love that thing.

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  65. I was seriously thinking about getting one of these until hubby spotted me looking at them and said "that would be great for cleaning mud out of the fiddly bits on my Land Rover". That was quite enough to put me off! I'll be sticking to my nice funky purple facecloths thank you very much (and no, he didn't get one for the truck either).

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  66. Thanks to your advices my skin has improved a lot, seriously, so I think i'm gonna follow this one too. By the way, what's your opinion about konjac sponges?

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  67. I'm on a mobile so I cannot check if this has already been asked - do you have an opinion on the Foreo by Luna? I know it is a battery operated face thing but it isn't really a brush and is silicone? I just think it is an interesting product, don't know anyone who really owns one (though I did splurge on their silicone toothbrush and my forever troubled gums are doing much better with this over a regular toothbrush!

    x
    Sara

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  68. Hi Caroline, I'm also super curious to hear your thoughts on the Foreo Luna, I keep eying them up.

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  69. I bought the C at Sephora years ago. I started noticing red marks almost right away. Brought it back and Sephora cheerfully took it back. Love Sephora! My exfoliation is done with a baby washcloth very gently after oil cleansing and BR P50 without Phenol, a big love thanks to you and Into the Gloss.

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  70. Caroline Hirons...I officially LOVE YOU. I unofficially loved you before but now it's official. Thank you for this post. I have been screaming the same thing from the rooftops for years and everyone looks at me like I am clearly demented. Washcloth...like my Nana used (she had skin like velvet) and gentle cleanser...until your face is clean. I feel vindicated...and I'm off to wash my face. Clinique balm, Weleda creamy cleanser, washcloth. Thank you.

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  71. Thanks for this, I was considering getting one. I am a bit of a Clinique product junkie and I was considering until I read this, it does make completely sense that they would be harsh on the skin. I've gone for the Take the day off cleansing balm instead ( after your recommendation on here) as I've never used a balm before and to use my good old fashioned hands!

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  72. While I do agree the Clarisonic is a germ trap and a money sucking waste of time ( I've owned one for six years and I have used it maybe a dozen times) The Foreo Luna is great. It's hygienic (unlike the clarisonic and I dare say muslin cloths) allows one to actually form a regimine and it just works better.

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  73. Found your site recently, love it, though not the damage to wallet!
    Recently dug out my spinning brush, and it does wonders for my bum and fake tan removal, and the boyfriend loves it for a backscratch!

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  74. Thank you once again for clearing everything up!

    If I want facts, not marketed opinions, I just come here for the answers. You are the best Caroline!

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  75. So, maybe someone can help me out. I stopped using mine because of what I read here. After a week, I started getting acne under the skin. I went back to using my C and they're going away. Can anyone tell me what that's about?

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  76. I have been trying to figure out what has been causing these tiny "bumps" on my face for years now! I've self-diagnosed myself them as milia, and one esthetician mentioned this to me a few years ago when it was less severe. Honestly, I never even considered the idea it could my device that begins with "C". Now that I think aboutit, these bumps started forming right around the time I receieved this as a Christmas gift in 2012! I first noticed them on my neck (barely use this on) in March 2013. Within about one year I began to notice I had developed very oily skin, whereas I was always previously dry. I've read some sources that suggest it's a result of over-cleansing & stripping my "natural" face oil. Now the milia(?) are mainly on my cheeks. I'm going to experiment and shelf the device for at least six months and see how it goes in conjunction with your milia "prescriptions". I'm new here--discovered you through a YTer whom recommends you highly! Any feedback would by much appreciated!

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