this bar does not break me out, nor does it seem to magically clear up acne. its a basic bar that sometimes feels "hot" (no other way to describe it) when i leave it on for too long so maybe not for those with very sensitive skin. it minimizes my pores immediately after use, but since it does not leave skin moist (but not nearly as drying as most washes or bars ive used) it seems to contribute to oil production. all in all my skin seems a little more red with continued use of this, but also fairly clearer. its hard to know what i think of this bar but right now with my very picky skin, ive used up almost the whole bar and i would repurchase. the smell is only strong the first few uses, and its not very offensive and does not linger very long at all. i'll eventually update this.
I used this product once, years ago, when I was a teenager. I think I literally used it once and ended up switching to something different (my mom used to buy tons of cleansers and things on sale and stock them in my bathroom). Anyway, I ran out of my Aveeno Clear Skin bar; my local Walgreens doesn't sell the Aveeno bar, so I decided to try this. Oh lordy. Terrible with a capital "T." I didn't change my routine whatsoever but, with only two uses, my skin broke out HORRIBLY. I woke up with several cyst-type bumps and a few small pimples scattered across my face. Today I had my husband stop by Walmart and grab two bars of my Aveeno. This Neutrogena bar is going in the trash -- where it belongs!
All in all:
The smell is unpleasant, but I could deal with it. It took a few hours for the smell to dissipate, which was lame. It also stinks up the entire bathroom. Bah humbug.
My skin felt ridiculously tight, itchy, and red afterward.
I felt like my skin had been covered in very fine layer of wax ... which wasn't pleasant.
Because it was so drying, my skin was actually more oily than before!
It didn't clean my skin at all. For sh*ts and giggles this evening (to see how well it would work compared to Aveeno), I painted mine, my daughter's, and my husband's faces with black face paint and then attempted to remove as I normally would with the bar. This bar didn't do jack squat. You could literally see the black paint stuck in our pores. Now, from experience I know that the plain old Aveeno bar removes all traces of Universal's face paint, but since I changed the variables (used my own paint this time) I washed with Aveeno -- removed everything. You couldn't tell that any of us had ever had our faces painted.
Recommendation? I guess it works for some people, but it didn't work for me. I didn't like ANYTHING about this cleansing bar. Thumbs down.
the first time i used this i steped out of the shower and my skin felt really clean and soft, the next day i woke up and my whole face looked like it was peeling off! i chanced using it one more time and my skin just ended up looking very red and peely. lets just say this stuff belongs in a garbage rather than on your face.
It stung my eyes, which is always a minus.
Additionally, it made my skin feel stripped after a few uses, so this is not a repeat buy for me.
At least I don't think it broke me out :( Have some break outs but I think that's hormonal monthly stuff.
I don't know how people with oily skin use this, because it's so drying, I feel like people would have increased oil production.
This is a great soap for oily or acne-prone skin. After you wash your face with it, your skin feels squeaky clean, but slightly dry, so make sure you have a good moisturizer. It doesn't have a weird smell, unlike the Original formula. I only wish that it would last longer, because it only lasts a few weeks. It's helped my acne go away. Love it! :)
It cleanses my face well. However, it dries it to a point wherein peeling occurs. Thus, I will find a cleanser that does not over dry my face.
I love this cleanser. It seems like all my local drugstore stopped stocking my H.G. cleanser (Purpose bar), and I was desperate to find something else when I picked this up. I've been using it for a months now, at night after removing my sunscreen and makeup with Albolene and I really like it. It gets my skin clean w/o over-drying it, and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. My only complaint about it is that a bar doesn't last that long, and you have to keep it someplace where it won't get wet until you use it because it will melt.
I really like this product, I have moderate acne and I wash my face 2times a day with it, I have 2 say it does dry out my skin. But if feels really clean afterwards. I think it gets rid of a few breakouts. It really helps with oily skin.
EDIT: It made my skin extremely dry, which in turn broke me out after a couple months of regular use.
When I first came to the U.S., my skin was breaking out so badly, I didn't know what to do with it. I was depressed. Fortunately, my mom decided to buy this bar of soap out of the blue. When I used it, I can already tell it was going to work.
My skin immediately felt cleaner and residue-free. After a few weeks of use, my skin is virtually clear (although I still get acne in that time of the month).
Yes it is cheap. But not good on my skin it leaves a film after you wash your face not a clean feel and feels like your streching your skin. I have to use a scrub after this so I can have that clean feeling and get rid of that film that's left on my skin. On the bright side it did not brake me out or dry my skin. I will use it up but wont buy again.