Facial Cleansing Brushes That Won't Irritate Your Skin

September 11, 2021

Deeper Daily Cleansing

Daily cleansing is a crucial part of our skincare routine as most of the chemicals and lotions we put on our skin get trapped in the pores causing active acne breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads and other unwanted skin problems. When there is built up layer of debris on the skin surface, our skincare products cannot penetrate deep into the skin resulting in less than optimal performance.


Using bare hands can only cleanse the top layer of the skin and cannot cleanse the skin and pores at a deeper level where all the chemicals and dirt are trapped.


If you've always felt too intimated and confused to add a facial cleansing brush to your skin care routine (like, how—and why—do you even use one?!), you’ve officially come to the right place. Surprisingly, facial cleansing brushes are actually pretty simple: All you do is grab your favorite cleanser, dampen your brush, and move it over your face in small, circular motions. The result? Skin that’s cleaner, softer, and ready for the rest of your product lineup.


But since they aren’t great for all skin types  (more on that in a bit), it’s important to figure out if you’re the right candidate before you give a cleansing device a try. Ahead, two derms weigh in on everything you should know, including who they’re best for, how often to use them, and more. And, bc I love you, I even rounded up the 15 best devices on the market rn if/when you decide to try one.

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Are facial cleansing brushes good for your skin?

Even though they're known for their ability to deeply clean and gently exfoliate, facial cleansing brushes are unfortunately too harsh for folks with acne, eczema, rosacea, or sensitive skin, says dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor at Yale University. That doesn't mean they're completely off the table though. If you have relatively "normal" skin and you follow the directions to a T, facial cleansing brushes can be a nice occasional addition to your routine (especially if you opt for a model with all the bells and whistles, like facial massaging and various exfoliating modes).

But before giving any brush a try, it's always a good idea to chat with your dermatologist and do a patch test on your cheek and jawline to make sure it's safe for your skin type and skin concerns. Any burning, itching, redness, or irritation afterward (or even the next day)? It might not be wise to try on the rest of your face.

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Can I use a facial cleansing brush every day?

If you’re new to world of facial cleansing brushes, it’s best to slowly ease them into your routine (think: one or two times a week max, until you get a feel for how your skin reacts). One thing to keep in mind? Dermatologist Gary Goldenberg, MD, says regardless of your frequency, you'll want to wash your brush every time you use it—no exceptions. "A lot of times these types of brushes can harbor bacteria and even exacerbate acne," he says. So don't forget to really rinse it off, k? And if that sounds like something you'll absolutely never do...then, again, maybe these aren't the go-to tool for you.

Now, let’s get to what you really came here for. Keep reading for the 15 best facial cleansing brushes of all damn time.

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