Deep Pore Daily Cleanser
Clarisonic didn’t break any new ground with their Deep Pore Daily Cleanser. What promises to be gentle and “deep cleaning” is actually just a decent but flawed water-soluble cleanser for oily to combination skin, handicapped by an excessive amount of fragrant ingredients and amount of product for the price. See More Info for the details on why fragrance is such a problem in skin care.
Oddly, Clarisonic chose to highlight the lack of sulfates in this formula (which is erroneous, as there isn’t any research demonstrating sulfates as inherently harsh or bad), but then loaded the Deep Pore Daily Cleanser with multiple potent irritants, from added perfume to peppermint and a variety of citrus extracts. Given the long-established research showing such ingredients to be a problem for skin, it’s a mystery move by Clarisonic.
No matter their reasoning, what’s good about this cleanser is easily replaced by dozens of better options that cost less. See our top recommendations from other brands in Best Cleansers.
Note: Despite the “paraben free” label, there isn’t anything wrong with parabens as preservatives in cosmetics. They have a substantial, decades-long (and global) safety record for use in both food and cosmetics. For more information on parabens in cosmetics, see our article on the topic.
Irritation from Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
- Non-drying cleansing agents.
- Expensive for the amount of product.
- Excessively fragranced.
- Contains multiple irritants, from peppermint to several forms of citrus extract.
- Cannot deep clean skin as promised.
This invigorating paraben and sulfate free gel cleanser is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of pores as it deeply cleans without stripping or drying the skin.
The brush head of the Clarisonic (and all of the various iterations, such as the Mia) vibrates at exceptionally high speeds (300 oscillations, or back-and-forth movements, every second). The design and timing of this the movement is unique to the brand, unlike spinning, oscillating head models. Why does this matter? A spinning brush head, such as those you can find on many brands selling similar tools, has a greater risk of causing irritation to skin. The question is, is the Clarisonic worth its cost? Does the expense mean you'll get significantly cleaner skin? Is Oprah Winfrey on to something by naming this device one of her favorite things? Read our reviews to find out!
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