Like many a beauty gals, I had been eyeing up the Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush for quite some time. If you’re not familiar with it, the Clarisonic is a facial scrubbing brush that uses sonic speed vibrations to cleanse skin. Unlike cheaper cleansing brushes (I’m looking at you, Olay), this one does not oscillate, meaning that it will not pull at or tug on skin (which could lead to wrinkles).
Hundreds of reviews online support the effectiveness of this product, and there’s no denying that it works. But for me, it did something really unexpected – it helped me break a terrible habit.
I pick at my skin.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m a compulsive picker. Every night since I was about 12, I would wash my face, pat dry, and lean in for inspection. Every pore was scrutinized. If it was cloudy, I picked. Blackheads, picked. Not-fully-formed-cysts, picked. If I perceived a blemish, I would press at my skin, nails digging in until I either broke the skin, removed the offender, or caused the skin to break below the surface. EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT.
In all honesty, I didn’t even have “bad” skin. If I could keep my hands off my face, I would probably only have an occasional blemish. Instead, I constantly had micro scars, hyper pigmentation, and acne caused by touching my face. I covered my skin in heavy foundation, which led to more clogged pores (which I picked at, naturally).
It’s not that I didn’t try to stop. I forced myself to research all the harm I was doing to my skin. I washed my face in the dark. I set goals to not pick. I wrote a note on the mirror. Nothing worked.
Then I got a Clarisonic.
I told myself that if I spent the money on a Clarisonic, then I had to start taking care of my skin. My rationale was that the Clarisonic would keep my skin cleaner, so I would not need to manually extract clogged pores. It seemed like a pretty solid plan.
The first time I used my Clarisonic, I washed with the device, dried my face, and leaned into the mirror.
I saw a tremendous difference in the surface quality of my skin. The Clarisonic had gently scrubbed away all the debris in my pores. The looked smaller, lighter, and cleaner. My oily skin had been in desperate need of a deep clean.
That was the first night I had nothing to pick at.
As anyone trying to break a habit knows, getting started is the hardest part. Once I got past a few days without picking, the compulsion started to go away. Now, after a few months, my skin is finally starting to heal. The hyper pigmentation is starting to fade, I’m less red, and I have far fewer breakouts. I still have an occasional blackhead, but after using my Clarisonic, they can be gently removed with a tissue wrapped finger. For the first time since 5th grade, I feel like I almost have “good skin” (not just good makeup).
I’m not saying that the Clarisonic will solve all your skin care (and mental health) woes, but I can say your skin will look smoother, cleaner, and more radiant. What’s not to love about that?