Why I’m Telling Everyone With Sensitive Skin to Try This Under-the-Radar Cleansing Brush

No shade to cleansing brushes, but after testing several on the market over the years and seeing limited — if any — benefit to my complexion, I promptly decided they weren’t for me. Washcloths became my new go-to for exfoliating, which is a step I do daily, as I have a rare condition, called Netherton Syndrome, that causes my skin to turnover at an accelerated rate. My new mode of exfoliation was going well, or so I thought, until two months ago when the Zoe Qyksonic landed in my lap and singlehandedly changed my exfoliating game. Allow me to explain.

What is the Zoe Qyksonic and what makes it unique?

For those of you unfamiliar with the Zoe, it’s a three-in-one sonic cleansing, massaging, and product application device made with medical-grade, antimicrobial silicone bristles. A few features that make it unique (i.e. different from its competitors): Its bristles pulsate an impressive 6,000 times per minute for maximum effectiveness, it can be used up to 300 times (!) without needing to be charged, and it boasts an impressive 15 adjustable massage settings so that you can control the intensity and easily cater the experience to your specific skin-care needs. For example, because my complexion is on the sensitive side, I generally make sure my Zoe’s massage level is on a lower setting as not to further exacerbate my fragile skin. (And it never does.)

What also sets the Zoe apart is its innovative shape: a petal-like silhouette with a slightly pointed tip that makes it easier to cleanse the awkward nooks and cranny areas, like the corners of your eyes and around your nose and ears. It’s also advertised as suitable for all skin types, which is a somewhat lofty claim, sure, but considering I have an incredibly finicky, easily-irritated complexion and haven’t had a problem, I think it’s probably safe to say that claim is legit. (Don’t forget: You should always consult your dermatologist before trying the Zoe or any other cleansing device.)

My own experience

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When I tested the Zoe — and this is going to sound like a weird analogy, but bear with me here — it felt a lot like kissing a longtime crush for the first time and wanting to do it over and over again. In other words, it was such a delightful experience that it made me want to use it All. The. Time. After just one use, I knew the Zoe would become my new go-to exfoliating product, which is saying a lot considering I hadn’t touched a sonic-cleansing brush in years. In regards to how I actually use it, I simply switch on the device, adjust its setting to one I prefer, and then gently cleanse my skin using upward circular motions. You can use any cleanser of your choice with the Zoe, but lately my go-to has been the iS Clinical Cleansing Complex (a recommendation from Los Angeles-based aesthetician Shani Darden).

After just one use of the cleansing brush with the aforementioned face wash, I was marveled at how soft and supple my skin felt, and noted that it looked decidedly calmer than the day before when I’d used my washcloth. Curious as to why this could be, I tapped New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, who told me sonic devices are able to offer a deeper level of cleansing (similar to that of a manual scrub) to smooth and brighten the skin, minus the irritation. “Sonic devices help enhance cleansing by more fully removing dirt, oil, and particulate matter from the skin,” he added.

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