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Clairsonic vs. Oil of Olay brush
on November 15, 2012
I have wanted a Clarisonic Mia ever since I first heard of it. I have had acne since I was a teenager and it did not clear up now that I am adult so I am always on the lookout for products that could potentially make a difference for my skin. I was hesitant to purchase the Mia in the beginning simply because of the price. This is not a cheap purchase and I wasn't convinced that the Mia was different enough from the Oil of Olay Pro X brush (which retails for more then $100 less) to justify that huge price gap between the two. I diligently researched the two products but wasn't even able to find a review online that made the Mia the clear choice. In the end I purchased the Oil of Olay brush.
I was quite happy with the Oil of Olay brush. After a few days I noticed that my skin was much smoother and I had a bit less acne. I also liked that it was battery powered and that I didn't have to fuss with a cord and plug. I found the small brush head comfortable to use and was able to easily clean the area on the side of my nose which is prone to breakouts. I was pretty happy with this product until recently when I saw an ad for the Mia in a recent issue of Lucky magazine. The thing that caught my eye was the fact that the Mia now came with a new brush specifically designed to combat acne. I was intrigued and once again tried to research the differences between the 2 brushes. As I still could not find a compelling comparative review of the 2 brushes I elected to purchase the new Mia after I saw the price drop on Amazon. Also since the produce comes with a return guarantee from the manufacturer I figured that I had nothing to lose.
After using the Mia, I can say that it is quite different from the Oil of Olay brush. The brush head is much bigger and the sensation of using the brush is quite different then the Oil of Olay brush. With the Mia I also noticed that after a few days of use that my acne got a little better. However with the Mia my skin kept getting better and better until I was just left with a acne on my nose and chin. Although the Oil of Olay brush made a difference also, the improvement in my skin eventually plateaued. I must admit that I was quite surprised at how effective the Mia was. Although I had hoped it would produce good results I was a bit surprised when it actually happened. To me, the two products are similar to comparing a spin tooth brush with a sonic toothbrush. Although, the spin toothbrush it an improvement over a regular toothbrush it never comes close to the level of clean that is produced with the sonic brush.
There is a lot of variation among the the reviews of the Mia on Amazon. For anyone who is thinking of purchasing either brush I recommend basing your decision on what type of skin you have. Since I have always had a lot of acne the Mia made a significant difference for me, likely because my skin is producing too much oil and my pores are getting clogged. If you only have a tiny bit of acne or generally have good skin then stick with the oil of olay brush as you might not see enough of a difference to make the extra investment of purchasing the Mia worthwhile.
On a final note, the acne cleanser that comes with the Mia is just fine. However, the active ingredients are the same as any other acne cleanser so I am not convinced that buying additional bottles at $40 each when one runs out is a good use of money.