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A Clarisonic is a battery-powered cleansing device for your skin that can help remove traces of dirt, oil, and makeup. You can use the Clarisonic every time you wash your face, or save it for when you feel the need for a deep clean. By taking care of your Clarisonic and washing it regularly, you can keep it in working order for years to come.[1]

Method 1
Method 1 of 3:
Cleansing Your Skin

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    Charge your Clarisonic for 24 hours before your first use. Plug the USB cable into the handle of the Clarisonic, then put the other end into a computer or a wall socket. Wait until the LED light in the handle turns green, which means that your device is fully charged.[2]
    • Once you charge your Clarisonic, it should last for 20 to 30 uses before you have to charge it again.
    • When the light on your Clarisonic flashes red, that means the battery is low. If you hear beeps and pulses, that means the battery is empty.
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    Take off your makeup with makeup remover. The Clarisonic brush is too harsh for the sensitive, thin skin around your eyes, and it isn’t great for taking off a full face of makeup. Use a makeup remover on a cotton swab to take off any makeup you’re wearing before you start cleansing your skin.[3]
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    Wet your face and the brush head, then dab cleanser onto your skin. Bend over the sink and splash some warm water all over your face and the head of the brush so the cleanser you use can suds up. You can use a Clarisonic cleanser or a mild face cleanser that you already have. Rub a liberal amount of it onto your cheeks, nose, and forehead in a circular motion with your hands.[4]
    • Try to use a cleanser made for your skin type. For example, if you have dry skin, pick up a moisturizing cleanser. Or, if you are prone to acne, grab a cleanser that won’t clog your pores.

    Tip: Make sure the cleanser is non-abrasive, meaning it doesn’t have any exfoliating particles in it. The Clarisonic will exfoliate your skin enough, so you don’t need additional exfoliants.

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    Turn the brush on and select the speed you’d like. Hit the gray ON/OFF button on the handle of the Clarisonic. If your model has multiple speeds, you can choose whichever one feels best. Start on low speed and work your way up if you feel like it isn’t cleansing your skin enough.[5]
    • Most Clarisonic models have 2 speeds: Low and Normal.
    • If the brush makes your skin red or irritated, turn the speed down.
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    Spend 20 seconds cleansing your forehead in a circular motion. Try not to press into your skin or dig into your face with the brush head. Instead, hold the Clarisonic lightly against your skin so that it just touches, and move it in a circular motion along your forehead.[6]
    • If you push the brush head into your skin, it won't work as well and can cause irritation.
    • Don’t worry about keeping track of time—the Clarisonic will beep when you need to move to the next area of your face.
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    Use the brush for 20 seconds on your nose and chin. Hold the brush flush against your skin and move it in a circular motion. Spend 20 seconds on your nose and 20 seconds on your chin to remove dirt and oil.[7]
    • This is also called your T-zone, and it usually secretes the most oil throughout the day.
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    Cleanse each cheek for 10 seconds at a time. Keeping your brush in a circular motion, move it to your cheeks and spend 10 seconds on each side. Your cheeks don’t secrete as much oil as the rest of your face, so they don’t need as much time.[8]
    • The Clarisonic will beep to let you know when to move from cheek to cheek.
    • When 60 seconds is up, the Clarisonic will automatically turn itself off.
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    Rinse your skin with warm water and moisturize. Now, you can wash off all the cleanser from your face. Pat your skin dry with a towel and then moisturize your face or follow the rest of your skincare routine.[9]
    • If you have dry or sensitive skin, it's especially important to apply moisturizer after you wash your face to prevent it from drying out.
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    Use the Clarisonic once or twice per day. The Clarisonic is a mild enough brush that you can use it to wash your face every time you need to. If you notice that your skin is irritated or breaking out more, switch to using the Clarisonic once a day instead.[10]
    • If you start breaking out right after using the Clarisonic, it may just be your skin purging itself, or getting rid of oil and pus that was already there. Stick with it for a few weeks to see if your skin clears up.[11]
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Method 2
Method 2 of 3:
Cleaning and Storing the Clarisonic

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    Rinse the brush head every time you use it. To avoid a buildup of soap and oil on your brush, give it a quick rinse under warm water after every use. You can also rinse down the handle if any soap ran down during your cleanse.[12]
    • If you forget to rinse your Clarisonic, that’s okay. Just make sure to thoroughly rinse it before you use it next time.
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    Dry the brush head against a towel after every use. Before you store your Clarisonic, rub it against a towel for 5 to 10 seconds. Then, leave it in a place where it can air dry, like out on your counter.[13]
    • If you don’t dry your Clarisonic, it could develop mold or mildew.
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    Remove the brush head and wash it once a week.[14] Push down on the brush head and twist it counter-clockwise to take it off the handle. Run it under warm water and use soap to scrub the bristles and rid them of buildup or residue.[15]
    • Giving your Clarisonic a deep clean will help remove buildup so your brush cleanses your skin instead of making it dirtier.
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    Wash the handle with soapy water once a week.[16] While your brush head is off the handle, run it under warm water and use soap to wash it off. You don’t need to worry about getting water into the charging port, because the Clarisonic handle is waterproof.[17]
    • Reconnect the handle and the brush head by pushing the brush onto the handle and turning it clockwise.

    Warning: Never submerge the charger in water. If it gets dirty, just wipe it with a damp cloth and dry it off.

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    Keep the Clarisonic in a cool, dry place. The Clarisonic is an electronic, so try to keep it away from moisture and water.[18] Make sure it’s out of the direct sunlight so it doesn’t get too hot.[19]
    • Try putting your Clarisonic in a towel closet or kitchen pantry.
    • Although your bathroom may be a convenient place to keep the Clarisonic, it’s a little too humid because of the steam from showers and baths.
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Method 3
Method 3 of 3:
Replacing the Brush Head

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    Replace your brush head every 3 months to avoid soap buildup.[20] The brush heads will eventually get a buildup of soap residue and oil that can’t be washed away. To keep your Clarisonic in the best shape, try to attach a new brush head every 3 months.[21]
    • If you don’t use your Clarisonic every day, you can replace the brush head less frequently.
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    Push and twist the brush head counter-clockwise. Hold the handle firmly in one hand and use the other hand to push down on the brush head. Turn it counter-clockwise until the brush head pops loose.[22]
    • If you’ve been cleaning your brush head once a week, you can just do the same motion to pull the brush head off the handle.
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    Pull the brush head away from the handle. Once the brush head is loose, you can pull it away from the handle. Throw away the old brush head and grab your new one as a replacement.[23]
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    Push and twist the new brush head clockwise onto the handle. Holding the handle firmly in one hand, push the new brush head onto the top and turn it clockwise. Make sure it locks into place and doesn't feel loose.[24]
    • You can purchase new Clarisonic brush heads online or from a beauty supply store.

    Tip: Be sure to purchase a brush head made for your model of Clarisonic. If you get the wrong one, it may not fit.

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    My device is new. Does the brush rotate or simply pulse when operating properly?
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    Your Clarisonic should just pulse, not rotate. You can mimic a rotation by using circular movements when you cleanse your skin.
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    Can I use a Clarisonic to remove makeup on my skin that is not on or around my eyes?
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    Don't use it to remove makeup, because it will push your makeup farther into your pores and will give you breakouts. Instead, use a makeup wipe to get everything off, then use the Clarisonic.
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      • Be gentle with the Clarisonic as you rub it on your skin to avoid irritation.
      • If you’re having trouble, call the Clarisonic customer service line at 0800 028 6874 or 1-888-525-2747.



      Things You’ll Need

      Cleansing Your Skin

      • Clarisonic handle and brush head
      • Clarisonic charger
      • Mild face cleanser
      • Towel

      Cleaning and Storing the Clarisonic

      • Soap
      • Towel

      Replacing the Brush Head

      • New Clarisonic brush head
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      This article was co-authored by Joanna Kula and by wikiHow staff writer, Hannah Madden. Joanna Kula is a Licensed Esthetician, Owner and Founder of Skin Devotee Facial Studio in Philadelphia. With over 10 years of experience in skincare, Joanna specializes in transformative facial treatments to help clients achieve a lifetime of healthy, beautiful, and radiant skin. She is also a contributing author for the prestigious Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa magazine and has been featured in a number of magazines including InStyle. This article has been viewed 13,165 times.
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      Before using your Clarisonic, make sure to charge it for at least 24 hours. Once it’s charged, prep your skin by removing any makeup from your face and wetting your skin with warm water. Then, add a generous amount of facial cleanser to the Clarisonic brush head or directly to your face. To clean your face, gently move the Clarisonic over your skin in small, circular motions, focusing on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Scroll down to learn how to clean and care for your Clarisonic!

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