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Ultrasonic skin blades and skin scrubbers

Reviewed by Marta October 16, 2012 27 Comments
I was so intrigued by Daniel’s mention of an ultrasonic “skin blade” (see comments on my microcurrent devices post) that I just had to find out more. It turns out that (in the US anyway) these devices are more usually called skin scrubbers or skin spatulas. Although these appellations are hardly poetic, they don’t have the Sweeney Todd connotations of Daniel’s skin blade. Anyway, blade, scrubber or spatula, what are they?

In some ways, these devices are like the Clarisonic Brush – but without the brush.  By which I mean, they all use "sonic" frequencies that create vibrations that are supposed to help loosen and remove oil, dirt, and cellular debris from pores. The blade or spatula is a stainless steel blade that oscillates (as does the Clarisonic Brush head) and glides over the skin. A flat side can be moved over a cream or serum to help it penetrate.

A company called Bellaire makes the Skin Spatula (the HS-3003) for salons and an at-home device called Ezzi-Peel Ultrasound Portable Cordless Skin Spatula ($249.95), which has been FDA approved. There are several other models on the market, including the SY-088 Ultrasound Spatula ($189.95).

The new Pore-Fector from Bliss ($230) is essentially a device in the skin scrubber genre and, in Bliss parlance, it uses "sonic vibrations" to cleanse the skin. This being Bliss, the Pore-Fector gadget also comes with a couple of unpleasant looking potions. The Detoxifying Facial Toner is an especially lethal concoction of phenoxyethanol, parabens, unidentified fragrance, limonene and chlorhexidine digluconate. How ironic to take debris and dirt off the skin, only to put toxins in.

I am a big fan of Clarisonic and its brush and am curious as to how these blades or scrubbers compare. If anyone else has ever tried them and, better still, have stacked them up against Clarisonic, please let us know.

Ingredients in Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Phenoxyethanol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Malachite Extract, Methylparaben, Limonene, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Sorbitol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Blue 1 (CI 42090)

Ingredients in Bliss Steep Clean 15-Minute Facial Mask:

Glycerin, Water, Coco-Glucoside, Coconut Alcohol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Park Ii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Zinc Gluconate, Protease, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Subtilisin, Zanthoxylum Alatum Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Salicylic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Oleyl Alcohol, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, BHT Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).
  • June 26, 2016

    by Nancy S.

    Thanks again Marta, I really love all the info I get from you. I've been using the
    Sonic face scrubber in my skin care business since 2000! All my clients show
    The great results. I only use distilled water to cleanse and a pure collagen elastin
    Ampoules for an infusion treatments. Never use on sore open skin.
    Nancy S. Gray/Future Face Skin Care Center.

  • December 8, 2012

    by Julie

    Hello,
    FYI, I've been getting this ultrasonics facials. This device is way better and much more than just a brush to clean your skin. One time my skin was really out of whack, I got white heads all over my forehead. I purchased a coupon from Groupon for hot stone facial. I went there with the hope that the warm stone would relax my face and reduces my white heads. The aesthetician told me the hot stone facial will only makes my face break out more because of the heat. She suggested the ultrasonic facial. which cost an extra $60. I decided to try it and loved the result. It removed my white heads gently, though it gave a funny tingling feeling. She actually showed it to me after one or two sweeps the gross white heads on the spatula and then continued to finish the work. The next day, all of my white heads are totally GONE. No side effects, no redness whatsoever. The process was really gentle and easy on the skin too, no pain, no nothing! My forehead was clear the next day and stayed clear since then. I'm hook and I've been getting my facial once a month now.

  • September 17, 2012

    by Marsha

    I meant to say above that I remember the man saying that the table top pro has the 24,000 per second but don't remember what the Ezzi-Peel has.

  • September 17, 2012

    by Marsha

    Ideally, it would be great to have the 30,000 vps per second as well as sic pzt ceramic crystals in the unit. I called the manufacturer of Bellaire. they make Ezzi -peel for $238. and a pro table top model for $600. the pro model has 6 crystals. Ezzi-Peel has 4 crystals but only delivers 24,000 vps per second.,

  • September 11, 2012

    by Marsha

    I'm trying to find out how many crystals are in the Rejuvena. I found out that in the Bellaire which is ezzi-peel there are four crystals. In the ezi-peel it also has ionic currents. Positive and negative ones. It also has it in their pro table top version which is allot more expensive. Their corded spatula has no ionic currents. Can anyone please find out how many crystals are in the Rejuvena? I called the company in Hawaii and the owner os out for a month and no one there knows anything at all about their own products. It was so frustrating to try to communicate with them.

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