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Myth-busting Sonic Cleansing Brushes


If you’re looking to up your skincare game, you’ve probably considered (and maybe even purchased) a sonic cleansing brush. A sonic cleansing brush is a handheld device with a bristle head that moves continuously using sonic vibrations. These tools are a personal favorite of mine for their ability to pull debris and oil away from your skin. The constant pressure and timer features make facial cleansing a more effective procedure than the sleepy sudsing we sometimes resort to late at night or in the early morning. The benefits of an effective cleanse are priceless, ranging from smaller pores to better skincare absorption. But while sonic cleansing brushes are now incredibly popular, there is still a lot of misinformation circulating about these tools. Read on for the facts you need to know.

TRUE: They clean your skin better

Sonic cleansing brushes remove six times more makeup, dirt, and oil than just cleansing with your hands. When combined with an effective cleanser, sonic brushes get deep into pores so you’ll need fewer extractions during your next facial.

FALSE: They are harsh on sensitive skin

I’ve seen this myth circulating all over the internet. While I understand that some people have experienced sensitivity with sonic cleansing brushes, the fault is typically with the user rather than the tool. These tools were designed to be operated without additional pressure. If you are pressing the brush into the skin, you’re doing it wrong! Instead, you need to gently glide the brush across the surface of the skin, adding little to no extra pressure. Used correctly, the brush should never feel abrasive.

TRUE: They decrease breakouts and pore congestion

I’ve seen it with my own eyes—regularly using a sonic cleansing brush has dramatically improved pore congestion for some of my oiliest clients. Because these brushes rid the face of more dirt, oil, and makeup than cleansing with your hands alone, they are excellent at preventing blackheads and blemishes from forming. However, they also help loosen existing congestion with the power of sonic vibrations, minimizing existing blackheads and whiteheads.

FALSE: You shouldn’t use them every day

I’ve seen a lot of advice online saying you shouldn’t use your cleansing brush every day. It’s like having one of those sonic toothbrushes; would you recommend using it just once a week and then a standard toothbrush for the other days? Nope! This tool cleans your face so much better than your hands, so it’s worth using every time you cleanse your skin. All you need to do is make sure you’re using it correctly, and you’ll be just fine. 

TRUE: Your skin might get worse before it gets better

This is another phenomenon I can personally confirm. If you have a lot of deep-seated congestion, you might temporarily experience more breakouts when you start using the brush. As the brush loosens existing congestion, the skin needs to purge it from your pores. You should see breakouts clearing within a few weeks after you start using the brush. So don’t give up using it, it’s actually doing the job you need to pull out that congestion!

Are you a sonic brush user? Have a question I didn’t answer? Comment below with your experience!