I had used this for a few years (all through high school, now that I think about it) and when I got to college, decided I would shell out the money for a higher-end cleanser (Murad product). I definitely regret it now. What a waste of money. The Murad was worthless. My skin became dull, it cost $30 more than what I was spending on the Neutrogena, and made me breakout, which was unheard of until then! I'll never stray again. Buy this product! I have some problems with dry skin if I don't use moisturizer with it, but you're supposed to anyway, so that's fine!
i bought this cleanser because of the overall good reviews in MUA even though it was a little expensive. i thought the quality of the product was pretty good, but the smell was absolutely disgusting! it says fragrance free, but the smell was really horrid. sometimes the product gets into my mouth and it tastes really horrible. this cleanser is a little bad at removing makeup too. i thought the packaging was really easy to use and looks very classic, but the whole smell of the cleanser just put me off. now i just use it so wash my hands because the smell is so bad.
I'm 38 years old with combination to slightly oily skin. I've used this cleanser since I was about 15 years old. I've always liked it but every now and then I'll check something else out thinking I need to change. I tend to buy a lot of products from hair to skin to makeup. Every time I've tried anything else no matter the cost, I'm first disappointed and then reassured that this Neutrogena is right for me. It gets all the makeup, residue, oil, etc off leaving my face feeling clean with no remaining soapy residue, etc. It just feels clean. Just like another reviewer said when I feel like I might have a breakout I simply use the deep clean (my husband uses it regularly) a time or two and all is well. More than 20 years of using it and I still think it's the best.
This is a great product for everyday face wash. I have been using it for years, never irritating. For heavier cleansing (breakouts, etc..) I use the Neutro Deep Clean; awesome as well.
i liked this cleanser at first but it started breaking me out-had to stop using it.
I have since gone back to high-end cleansers, but this is among the best of all drugstore cleansers, as it's non-irritating. I only use the fragrance-free version. The problem is it takes several pumps to clean my face at night. Like previous reviewer said, it takes several tries to get rid of dirt and oil, and more splashes to rinse my face clean. I do feel a slight film after washing. Product could also be foamier. This does not remove tough grime or sunscreen well, but it is a good mild cleanser to have around on some mornings, or for use following makeup remover. I like the pump but wish it came in a tube for travel.
For now, I'm going back to Shiseido's foaming cleansers.
Neutrogena products have made my skin improve dramatically within the last 6 months. I though I would give this a try as I was looking for a foaming cleanser (and it was cheap) from Neutrogena. Unfortunately this dried my skin so badly that I had to stop using it on my face after two washes. I didn't like the film that it left on my skin - it just wouldn't go away no matter how many times I rinsed my skin with water. I felt that it didn't foam as much as I thought it should, I had to use several pumps of this product to make my skin feel clean. I thought that maybe it was because I have sensitive skin that I reacted this way, but I switched to using this as a body wash (to not waste any) with the same results - skin dried out and itchy. Not one I will purchase again.
This is my high god of face washes out there. It is WONDERFUL. It is gentle and works like magic to even remove waterproof makeup. It is great. Despite being gentle, it can dry your skin out just a tad. That would be the only downside of it. I have been using this for a few months and will continue to buy it until they (No! Never!) discontinue it.
It's a nice basic cleanser. The smell is not pleasant, but it goes away in three seconds after you slather it on your face. Skin feels soft and clean but not too dry afterwards, even for my dry skin. It should be fine as long as you tone and moisturize immediately after use (like you're supposed to anyways). I just wish it didn't require so many splashes of water to rinse off, so one lippie off for that. Will most likely repurchase because it's basic, cheap, works, suits most skintype, and available everywhere.UPDATE 11/22/06: Stashed this in the closet because it's too drying for this harsh winter, will definitely use it again as soon as weather gets warmer. For now, Neutrogena's Extra Gentle Cleanser is my regular day/night cleanser. continued >>
I'm using this product from time to time when ever i stay over at my bf's house (he uses this stuff). i think overall its a good cleanser. its simple and i like the fact that its fragrance free. for some reason i love the smell of it..?? anyways, my area where i live this product comes in a tube that you can squeeze it out, which is a plus (the pump bottle wouldnt be travel-friendly). it cleans well but not as squeaky clean as their facial bar. this one is more mild and gentle. it doesnt dry my skin out either.i think i'll be using this on and off along with the facial bar. i'll only use this when i'm traveling.