Neutrogena is a skin care company that offers numerous products that are aimed at both the treatment and prevention of acne. The products are also very cost-effective and many of the Neutrogena acne products have been recommended by dermatologists. I have used many Neutrogena acne products and have seen results with some, but not with others. Since I have experience using different acne products within the Neutrogena line, I will provide a detailed review of each product and make a recommendation based on my personal experience.
Oil-Free Acne Wash
I actually experienced fairly clear skin while using the Oil-Free Acne Wash. It has a really light scent, which is perfect for me since I do not like cleansers with a heavy perfume or medicated smell. It contains two percent salicylic acid, which worked really well for my skin and my skin felt completely clean after I used the cleanser.
What attracted me to this cleanser was the fact that it is oil-free, and it did not leave a residue on my skin or make my skin feel oily. The only negative aspect of this cleanser is that it did dry my skin somewhat and often left my skin feeling tight after cleansing. However, this was only temporary as I always applied a moisturizer afterwards. Overall, I would recommend the Oil-Free Acne Wash for anyone with mild-to-moderate acne.
Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask
What I liked most about the Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask was that it could be used as a daily cleanser and a mask. I applied it as a mask once a week and I felt as though it did reduce the frequency of my breakouts and heal existing breakouts that were present. When used as a cleanser, I felt it was over drying and made my face flake and peel. This is due to the 3.5 percent benzoyl peroxide concentration, which was far too much for my skin.
I experienced the best results with this product when I used it as a spot treatment. When I applied it directly to a blemish, I felt it helped to heal the blemish fairly quickly, although there was some skin redness. While this cleanser does help to clear skin and prevent against future breakouts, I felt it was too harsh for anyone with sensitive skin.
Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Spot Gel
From my experience, I would not recommend the Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Spot Gel. Although this is intended to work as a spot treatment, I felt it did very little in clearing my breakouts. The only results I did achieve from using this product was dry skin that looked and felt irritated. I normally find that salicylic acid works tremendously for my skin, but this particular product did not produce any results. I also cannot validate the claim that it reduces breakouts within eight hours, as my breakouts did not reduce in size within that period of time.
Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent
Since my skin has a tendency to become oily, I tried the Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent and experienced positive results. Although it does sting slightly when it is first applied to the skin, it definitely controlled oil production and left my skin feeling fresh and cool. In addition to keeping oil and shine under control, I feel like this astringent also helps to keep pores clear and I also noticed a reduction in the frequency of my breakouts.
Even though my skin is sensitive, this product did not cause my skin to flake or peel, although I did use a daily moisturizer while using the astringent. Overall, I would definitely recommend this astringent for anyone who has oily skin and mild breakouts.
Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Night Cleansing Pads
In comparison to other Neutrogena acne products, I experienced the best results when using these cleansing pads. My skin felt very clean and refreshed after using these pads and it also effectively removed makeup. Although it does have a mild scent, I didn’t mind how it smelled once I saw how effective they were at treating my existing breakouts and preventing future blemishes.
SkinClearing Liquid Makeup
I tried this foundation because I was intrigued by a product that could treat breakouts while also covering them up. I did not find this to treat or prevent acne, as I did not see a difference in my skin while using this foundation. It may have actually made my acne worse, since I found it to be a very heavy makeup.
I also found it difficult to match my skin tone, as most of the foundations were either too light or too dark for my skin. Perhaps the only advantage of this product is that it did not make my skin oily and left a matte and shine-free finish all day. There are also many preservatives and chemicals in this foundation, which can cause irritation. I would not recommend this product as an acne treatment or as a foundation, due to my negative experience with the product.