What’s So Great About the Clarisonic?

Best Clarisonic Skin Cleansing SystemRecently our Office Manager, Kara, Sarah (one our fabulous Aestheticians!), and I had the special privilege to attend a professional Clarisonic training led by their Sales Manager, Tadra Aakre, and Senior Product Electrical Engineer, David Gunderson.

We learned so much valuable information in this training that will help us in our practice, as well as help us teach you how to use your Clarisonic to its full potential.


Some of my favorite highlights of the training included:

Learning how the Clarisonic is engineered.

The Clarisonic is “intelligent” which means your Clarisonic customizes your skin cleaning.

  • Their Product Engineer informed us that every Clarisonic is made up of several microcomputers that control everything from the motor to the battery. 
  • The Clarisonic even contains a computer that can measure the difference in inertia placed upon it by each style of brush head.  This basically means that your Clarisonic can tell the difference between a delicate skin brush head, a deep pore cleansing brush head, and a body brush head – and will act accordingly.
  • He also informed us that their company is continuously and vigorously testing their products for maximum efficacy, safety, and efficiency so Clarisonic technology keeps getting better and better.

The Clarisonic brush heads are advanced and unique

Tadra Aakre, one of Clarisonic’s extremely knowledgeable Sales Managers, taught us a great deal about the differences in the various brush heads, as well as how to properly care for your Clarisonic. Some things we learned were:

  • Clarisonic now carries a new Acne Cleansing brush head that is extra gentle on active breakouts.  Its ultra-plush, velvety bristles are gradated to clean deep within the pores, while still providing a very gentle cleansing action.
  • One of their newer additions, the Deep Pore Cleansing brush head, is designed for oilier, thicker skin with enlarged pores.  This brush head oscillates in different directions to remove excess oil and debris from the pores and works great on hard to reach areas.

It is important to replace your brush head every 3 months. Also, once a week, you should gently clean it with soap and water to keep it working at its peak performance.  In addition to cleaning your brush head, it is also important to clean the base (where the brush head connects) with gentle soap and water to help prevent build up of debris in the area.

You may be asking, what really makes the Clarisonic different from other skin cleansing brushes on the market? 

In addition to the differences I already mentioned, there are several distinctions between the Clarisonic skin cleansing brushes and other brands, including:

  • Other skin brushes rotate in a circular motion, a technology that has been around since the 1960’s.
  • The Clarisonic actually oscillates with a “proprietary counter-oscillating action that works with the skin’s natural elasticity.”
  • By working with your skin, the Clarisonic can clean your pores at a deeper level without causing friction to your skin.  Continual rotation in the same motion can cause friction and possibly lead to permanent damage to the skin.
  • The Clarisonic’s patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second gives it the power to clean your skin 6 times better than manual cleansing. 
  • The Clarisonic helps with increased skin product absorption.  In Clarisonic’s clinical studies, it was found that the skin absorbs up to 61% more vitamin C after using the Clarisonic than with manual cleansing.  If the Clarisonic helps the skin absorb treatment products more effectively, it may lead to helping correct and prevent a variety of skin concerns.

Here, in our treatment room, we use the Clarisonic to begin all of our facial and back treatments for optimum results.  If you are interested in learning more about the Clarisonic, we offer complimentary Clarisonic consultations that include a demonstration of the product.  Just call our front desk at (707) 829-5778 to set up a consultation.

David, Sarah, Kara, Tadra, MaLinda at the Clarisonic Training Session

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Best facials in santa rosaMaLinda, Medical Aesthetician

My passion is helping people look and feel beautiful. I have over nine years of experience in the skincare and cosmetics industry; having worked as a makeup artist, as a makeup and skin care product specialist for a high-end department store, and as an aesthetician.

I have a bachelor’s degree in English and history, but I found my true calling in the world of skincare. I’ve been a licensed aesthetician since 2007. I love helping my clients achieve healthy, beautiful skin and teaching them how to get the results they’re looking for on a daily basis.  Everyone is beautiful with unique attributes that make them special. Finding and highlighting these attributes in a person is my passion – and it’s what I love about my career.

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9 Responses to “What’s So Great About the Clarisonic?”

  1. Dana Gray April 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Hi Dr. Bailey, I am a big believer in the Claisonic system. I ended up buying the Mia model because of its size- but in a previous post you stated that the Mia doesn’t work as well as the larger models. would you please explain why that is so? Did I buy the wrong one? Thanks for a wonderful, clinically based and credible source for skincare.
    Dana Gray

  2. Livia April 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm #


    I think this is a very useful post from all the Clarisonic related ones I’ve read.
    I get a lot of tinny whiteheads on my jaw-line and I can’t seem to get read of them unless I have a facial. Can the cleansing action of a Clarisonic be compared with an actual extraction?
    Can I get better and faster results with Clarisonic rather than with just any other cleanser?

  3. Cynthia Bailey MD April 10, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Livia, The Clarisonic is not the same as a comedone extractor (both of which I love)! Used everyday though I find that the Clarisonic diminishes blackheads, clogged pores and milia in my patients. It’s the best way to deeply clean skin and that’s one of the skin care steps I target when I’m crafting a skin care regimen for these problems.

  4. Cynthia Bailey MD April 10, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Hi Dana,
    It’s just my observation and I’m keeping my eyes open so that hopefully I can refine that comment in the future. In general, the Mia is good, but the Pro and Plus have more settings and some skin needs these stronger settings. Also the Pro or Plus have the body skin settings and fit the body brush. Clarisonic body skin treatment is a great way to get smooth skin there too. Bottom line is that the Mia is perfectly fine for people who just need the normal speed setting so it may be just the right Clarisonic for your skin.

  5. Stephanie April 12, 2012 at 10:57 am #


    I don’t have wrinkles yet (knock on wood), but I start freaking out over tiny fine lines or muscle movement lines on my forehead. I use Retin-A at night.

    One thing for sure: I am definitely asking for a Mother’s day Clarisonic cleansing system gift from your office!

    Is there any benefit of using a system to apply/massage cream/serum onto the facial skin that has fine lines?

    What are your thoughts on home use LED photofacial therapy?


  6. Jon April 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I have lived with acne for the last five or six years. I have never heard of this device before. How long has it been around and how much do they cost? Thanks for response.

  7. Cynthia Bailey MD April 14, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Hello Jon,
    They have been around for a number of years. See my web page for more info on cost and details to purchase the Clarisonic online http://www.drbaileyskincare.com/clarisonic-plus-sonic-skin-cleansing-system.shtml

  8. Cynthia Bailey MD April 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Hello Stephanie,
    There is the Clarisonic Opel Sonic Skin Infusion System for applying therapeutic serums to the face. MaLinda just used it on me during my facial this week and I really liked the immediate improved texture of my skin. We’re just starting to sell them in the office and it will be awhile before I can get it onto the web site. You can call the office and come in for a facial to test both it and the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System if you live near us.
    Regarding LED systems, it’s in interesting idea but I haven’t seen ‘wow’ results. Some people like them though.
    Cheers, Cynthia Bailey MD


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