Neutrogena is considered as the #1 Dermatologist recommended brand; and surprisingly, I actually never used any of their skincare products (apart from makeup remover.) Little old me right went from zero skincare products to $30-$40 range skincare when I started to realize I couldn’t just use water on my face forever. I received four products from Neutrogena to try out; these products focus on acne killing and I got excited cause….time to destroy the back acne!!
I left the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Spot Gel ($10.99)on the bathroom counter one day and my brother was like, where did you get this from, it looks like mine! He says this is a pretty good one so I was hoping he was right. It contains 2% Salicylic Acid and that it is claimed that visible results happen in four hours. The gel penetrates deep inside pores to clear the trapped dirt and rids of dead skin cells.
I have been applying this on at night to spots on my forehead line and on my chest (I have no clue how a pimple ends up on there!!) For bigger, red spots- I noticed that it was drying and dying overnight but still evidently on my skin. For small bumps, the gel did a decent job in shrinking its size.
The Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash ($9.99) contains 2% Salicylic Acid and is an alcohol free cleanser that uses Microclear technology. It deep cleanses pores and removes excess oil and surface buildup. Non medicinal ingredients include Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe) Extract and Anthemis Nobilis Flower (Chamomile) Extract.
It comes out of the bottle as a light orange gel and becomes a foamy lather when mixed with water. Overall, I haven’t noticed much change in my skin (I have only tested this for around a week and a half though.) I’m left with a clean feeling, but my cheeks do feel a bit dry after.
A good moisturizer is critical to me and the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer ($12.99) is a deliciously scented Pink Grapefruit moisturizer that has 0.5% Salicylic Acid and pink grapefruit extract. It’s very lightweight and the scent is juicy good. Some people might want a higher percentage of Salicylic Acid, but since my skin isn’t acne prone, the 0.5% is enough to maintain my skin to stay away from potential bumps and not wring my face out of moisture. For the price point and the amount you get (118mL) this is pretty amazing.
Back acne sort of became an addicting problem; everytime my hands feel a bunch of bumps at the back (I think I bundle up too much warm clothing everyday #FirstWorldProblems), I can’t stop touching them!! The fact that I can’t see them makes me more want to touch them….? The Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash Pink Grapefruit ($10.99) makes me almost want to drink it with its fruity aroma. It contains 0.5% Salicylic Acid and I seriously think I may need something stronger for my back because I haven’t felt much difference yet. Hopefully after prolonged use I’ll see improvement! Note- there are pink microbeads in the body wash. I couldn’t find it in the ingredient list but I googled it online and I couldn’t crush those pink beads either. Hopefully Neutrogena comes up with a microbead-less formula down the road!
Overall, Neutrogena products has really good value for the price and amount you are getting. I’m glad to have integrated Neutrogena into my skincare routine, such as the Rapid Clear Spot Gel and Oil-Free Ace Moisturizer. I didn’t notice any major differences from using the Body Clear Body Wash and the Oil-Free cleanser; mainly because I *think* my back has more acne than my face…actually I should be using the Oil-Free cleanser on my back! (Just had this revelation as I am writing this review. Will try it one night!)
Do you have a favourite Neutrogena product that you would recommend?
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