Q&A: Can teenagers use the Clarisonic?

With Christmas fast approaching, many parents will be wondering if the gifts their children have requested are right for their age. And we’re not talking about laptops, mobile phones or swegways – there’s another device that has concerned parents running to us with questions. One in particular always stands out: can teenagers use the Clarisonic?

There is no short answer to this because teenage skin concerns vary so much, but we’ll try to respond to some of your concerns to help you make an informed decision.

So, can teenagers use the Clarisonic?

Absolutely! The Clarisonic device is perfect for removing excess oil, traces of makeup, and unclogging pores. These are all things that many teens struggle with, so when used safely, the Clarisonic can be a welcome addition to any teen’s cleansing routine. If your child suffers from acne, they’ve probably already researched the Clarisonic device extensively.

However, there are a few age-specific rules they should be aware of to avoid over-cleansing, which can cause permanent damage to their skin.

1) Watch for changes

Young skin is always changing, and teens often complain of patchy dryness one minute and excess oil the next. Keep an eye on their skin to see how it reacts to the Clarisonic. If dryness occurs, consider changing the cleanser or using less frequently.

2) Limit use

The Clarisonic is very gentle on the skin and is also customisable with brush heads for a more intense scrub, or for a gentler, more luxurious cleanse. Dermatologists recommend that teens don’t overdo it with the Clarisonic device. Doubling the time spent using it won’t make you twice as clean or twice as spot-free. Overuse is the only concern parents should have, and we recommend limiting usage to 2-3 times a week in the beginning.

3) Consult with a professional if unsure

If your child wants to use the Clarisonic device for acne, it might be best to consult with their dermatologist or GP before they purchase the device. There is no denying that the Clarisonic results in clearer skin, so if their acne is caused by a buildup of oil and sebum, the Clarisonic device will help to resolve this.

4) Don’t share brush heads

It’s really important that parents don’t share brush heads with their teens, and that teens don’t share brush heads with their friends. We’ve shared some tips in the past about how to maintain your brush heads so they are effective, and more importantly, hygienic!

5) Make sure it’s authentic

Unfortunately, there are many online retailers which may look authentic but are actually selling fake Clarisonic devices. At best these devices will simply do nothing for your skin, and at worst they could cause permanent damage. Follow this advice for spotting a fake.

How to tell if your Clarisonic is a fake - the packaging

If you have any other questions about the Clarisonic for teen skin, drop us a comment below and one of the team will get back to you!

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    September 15, 2016

    What cleaner should we use with the Clarisonic Mia 2 for a teenager with acne-prone skin? Thank you.

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    November 8, 2016

    I am thinking about getting the clarisonic device MIA 2. I am 15 and have acne problems and oily skin problems. When I wear makeup I seem to get way more acne and am taking a break from face makeup. Is this a good choice of device for me?

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    December 31, 2016

    Can the clarisonic be used on a 10 year old’s skin?

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      January 4, 2017

      Clarisonic is a great sonic cleansing solution for many skin types, however for a 10 year’s skin we would recommend a gentle cleansing solution like soap and water.

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    May 31, 2017

    Can the clarisonic be used on a 13 years old’s skin?

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      October 30, 2017

      Yes, Clarisonic devices are safe to use on teenagers’ skin too.

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    Hannab Silverstein

    March 23, 2018

    I am 12. Is it okay to use Clarasonic at my age? I have sensitive and normal to combo skin.

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      March 23, 2018

      Hi Hannah,
      Yes, it’s perfectly safe to use the Clarisonic. If you have sensitive skin, we’d recommend using a super soft brush head (such as the Radiance one) and starting off by using it just 2-3 times per week.
      If you’d like to chat through your Clarisonic treatment further, our product experts would be more than happy to help you at sales@currentbody.com.

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    July 19, 2018

    Hi My daughter is 11. She has keratosis pilaris and has uneven dull, dry skin on the face. Is it safe to use Clarisonic on her? Which cleanser and machine is best on her skin. Please suggest.

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      July 20, 2018

      Hi there, thank you for getting in touch! The Clarisonic devices are perfectly safe to use on teenage skin, we would recommend the Mia 2 with the Radiance Brush Head which is super soft and gentle, but cleans right down to the pores and reveals glowing skin. As for a cleanser, we would say the Clarisonic Pore and Blemish which should help with the keratosis pilaris. If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts here.