I LOVE this cleanser. Actually I love the whole line of Neutrogena Oil Free acne products. I tried this product out of desperation after trying Biomedic peels,microdermabrasion, the expensive Obaji and Biomedic line, and Murad. The only thing I didn't try was Proactiv because I was too impatient to wait for a mail order. I checked on Acne.org to find out what had worked for different people. The consensus was find a line with no more than 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, salicylic cid and no silicones. I searched the store shelves and browsed the labels and Neutrogena was the only thing that fit the bill. I tried this along with the On the Spot cream, and the Oil Free Moisturizer and my skin had cleared up in a week. I have been using the Neutrogena line for about 3 months now and it's incredible how gorgeous my skin looks. I no longer get blemishes and the dark marks from my old blemishes have faded without the use of bleaching agents. My pores are also noticeably smaller. I can't believe that this inexpensive product did in 3 months what all those expensive products and treatments couldn't do in years. I'm so glad I found this product. I also use the Clear Pore Mask, the Oill-free Facial Scrub and the Advanced Solutions Acne Mark Fading Peel.
I've been using this for years, and it helps to keep my skin (which sometimes breaks out- more so during that time of the month) pretty smooth. I did have a bout with cystic acne because of a trauma that I went through, and though alone it didn't do anything combined with tazorac my skin cleared up.
I am 19 with mild combination skin and so far this is the best cleanser I have used for treating the small bumbs I get on my forehead and chin. I have used the foaming cleanser in the past but I found it too harsh (it also increases photosensitivity and I am already very fair). I use this twice a day followed by Dermalogica Multi-active Toner and then Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer. In the morning I also apply Aveeno SPF30 for face. My skin is virtually clear and very even looking when I am vigilant about this routine. I have fewer breakouts and my skin is less shiny in the oily parts. If you have combo skin you need a moisturizer! But this keeps my skin clearer than anything else I have ever tried....
Also, if you are acne prone you should use sunscreen whether or not the acne cleanser increases photosensitivity (many do) as sun exposure can worsen acne.
I always have acne cleansers available as I tend to break out occasionally. This does it job and does clear acne but dries out your skin (I have combo skin). Definitely use a moisturizer after using this product. Will not repurchase due to the drying effect.
It did break my breakout cycle a couple of times. I liked the cream formula, which has always worked well for me. However, after using it for a while, it eventually became ineffective. My skin did turn nice and clear at first, then it would start breaking out again. It wasn't that bad of breakouts though, since the cleanser does a pretty good job controlling the oil. I may go back to it if I feel like I need a rescue one of those days. I'm 25 with oily/acne-prone skin.
I have an oily T-zone, and this cleanser gets rid of the oil when I wash my face with it, but 30 minutes later, my nose is an oil pit! Using this cleanser actually makes my nose secrete more oil! Perhaps this is done on purpose to keep pores unclogged, but I can't use this cleanser during the day since I have to blot more than usual. I'm using it only at night until it runs out. Even though I've noticed that I don't break out as much in my T-zone area anymore (that's why I gave it 1 lippie), I don't like waking up with a slick, oily nose, and I will not repurchase.
HORRIBLE. My skin WAS clear, I was just looking for something to keep it clear and I thought this would do it. I broke out with bright red zits, so many I couldn't even count. This happened within just two-three days of using this product. I have only tried the ACNE WASH-CREAM CLEANSER formula and I thought because it was OIL-FREE that I would be fine. I was so wrong. This is the worst cleanser I have ever used in my life. I am 20 years old and have used so many cleansers before and nothing has ever happened like this before. I felt the need to warn people. I use OXY now and it is clearing me up. WOW, what a horrible nightmare-ish experience. BE AWARE.
After a recent breakout from some makeup, my Almay for oily skin cleanser just wasn't cutting it. All throughout my teenage years this was the stuff I used, and I never had any acne problems. So, I decided I'd try it again. And voila! The acne I had began to dry up and leave. I was a little weary since it does contain fragance, and I usually am sensitive to it. Upon first use my skin became a little red, but that was because I hadn't used any real medicated cleansers in a long time. After the next few uses the redness stopped. My skin does get a little dry if I don't use moisturizer, but other than that I haven't had any problems.
I used this for a month before reviewing, so I really know its a keeper! This isn't really a cream cleanser, but a medicated acne cleanser that foams with water a bit. When used daily and left on at least 60 seconds, it makes my skin smoother and helps prevent breakouts. I also use it on my shoulders/back/chest with good results...ie smoother skin and clears up breakouts.
I tried the foam version of this, and I found it irritating even though it was effective...I think the lack of red dye in this 'cream' version makes it less irritating. Thumbs up. Already purchased a 2nd tube and going to get a 3rd to keep in shower.
terrible product ...stay away from it... doest do anything it says..it only burns u skin bad