In simple words, no face cleanser should EVER dry out your skin to the point where it gets itchy, that's just absurd. This happened to me, my chin and neck were itchy AND red AND flaky. I thought it might have been something else so I stopped using it and returned to using it within a week, same thing happened. Now I use it as a hand soap.
Please please please patch test this product on your skin before you use it on your face. I would not recommend this product unless you have extremely oily non-sensitive skin. Like a lot of the other reviewers, I found this out the hard way.
I bought this cleanser because I suffer from breakouts on my chin and cheek area and thought it would assist in keeping them at bay. (I have combination Asian skin as a reference).
I used the product twice on Wednesday and by Thursday I started noticing the skin around my nose was feeling dry and irritated. I shrugged it off, thinking that it was the salicylic acid doing it's job but stopped using it just in case it would dry out my skin further. On Friday morning I woke up to find I had 30+ pus-filled pimples all over my chin, my skin was EXTREMELY dry, I had a rash on both of my cheeks and to make matters worse I was going on holiday overseas the next day. It took a visit to the doctor's and three prescription medicines to finally put this at bay. My doctor gasped when she saw my face - that's how bad it was!!
I have never reacted to any skin products before and do not consider myself to have sensitive skin. My partner who has oily skin has used this product before and it worked fine on him. This product has definitely taught me a lesson to patch test skin products before using them on my face.
For the past year, I have noticed I have been getting more pimples and breakouts. I normally do not use actual acne cleansers, just simple cleaning ones- that was all i needed. I heard neutrogena was a good brand, especially for acne, so I decided to give this a try.
I have gone through one bottle and finishing my second one to see if my skin needed to get used to this different formula and such, but it has done nothing for me. I see absolutely no difference in my acne- it is still there, pimples never disappear after weeks, even! I was really disapponted.
The only good thing about it is that it really feels like your face is clean- my skin would even shine, dont think thats good though..
Well, this proves once again that one man's food is another man's poison. I always keep a travel size of this at hand because my skin likes to aggravate me and it breaks out sometimes.
I had one such case a week ago, when another cleanser (a HE brand) broke me out in annoying little pimples on both cheeks. I returned that cleanser and used this one together with my Sephora face brush ($3; poor man's Clairsonic; works just as well). After a week of twice a day cleaning with this the odious pimples were gone. I am back to clear face again.
My regular cleanser is Clean & Clear Morning Burst. They were out of that at my Walgreens so I bought the Morning Burst Skin Brightening one. I love both. I love their invigorating scent, and the fact that they clean my skin deeply w/o over-drying it.
But I will keep the Neutrogena one for emergencies.
This face wash is just disappointment in a bottle. It dried my skin out (thankfully, not as much as it possibly could have), it's harsh, it doesn't feel like it does anything, and as far as acne goes, it did absolutely nothing for my breakouts. Don't waste your money on this.
First of all, I'm really upset to see so many people giving negative reviews about this product. It makes me sad to see that a product that has worked wonders for me has given others a such bad experiences :(
Anyway, I love this face wash. (I do have to admit, I use the wal-mart off-brand because it's half the price). I've been using it for 10 years now. My dermatologist recommends this product and says that "this is the best medicated acne cleanser out there". I do have oily acne-prone skin, and this has helped to clear my skin pretty well. Now, I don't expect a cleanser alone to magically clear away my acne just like that; but this stuff has been an excellent cleanser to complement my acne-clearing regimen (mostly prescriptions). It does not overly dry-out my skin; if I use it like 4 times a day it might, but I only use it 2-3 times a day. My face feels fresh and clean after I use this. I like that it has salicylic acid acne medicine in it. I've had problems with benzoyl peroxide cleansers creating sensitivity, so salicylic acid is wonderful for me.
Overall, best cleanser out there in my opinion. I will continue to use this stuff for many years to come.
I used this for the longest time, (about 7/8 years). When I first started using this, my skin was fine & no irritation or anything. I don't know if my skin maybe changed, or the formula changed....but something definitely changed. I started to realize how tight & dry this leaves skin feeling. This sucks all the natural oils out of your face, which dries your skin out. I do not reccommend this for people with normal-dry skin, only if you have extremely oily skin. This is way too drying & irritating. Make sure not to get this anywhere near your eyes, or your eyes will burn for the rest of the day/night. My eyes were always very sensitive to this & it would take hours for the irritation to go away. Bottle comes with a lot though, & lasts a long time.
Please let me start off by saying that if you have dry skin, then this IS NOT the product for you. I have very oily skin & it works fine. I am on my 4th or 5th bottle of this stuff, so obviously I'm liking it :] I have acne prone skin, and oily skin. I'm almost 20 & the acne still shows up. I have been using this product for 2 years now. You have to give it a chance though. Like any product, it does not work overnight. I do love it though. It melts my makeup right off at night time, which is something i love. Let me say though, you still need to use a moisturizer... As long as i use one my skin is fine... i love this stuff !
HOW I CURED ACNE & MY PRODUCTS:
Alright so before I start, I would just like to point out my features. I'm in my teenage years, with acne on my forehead and my nose. I have NEVER grown acne anywhere else. I DO NOT use the pink one or the yellow one, I use " NEUTROGENA OIL-FREE ACNE WASH REDNESS SOOTHING FACIAL CLEANSER" which is in a green bottle. I have been using this for exactly a year now.
I went to my doctor for my acne last spring and he recommended this and Clindasol's 2% cream (which must be prescribed). This facial cleanser has done WONDERS for me!!! In my first week of using it, my acne dramatically reduced in size and colour, this left my face very fresh and clean. I have pretty oily and sensitive skin, and this cleanser is very very gentle on me. I stopped growing acne on my forehead and nose and within a month my acne just became dead acne scars.
Except for the occasional breakout once a month, i never get acne now. I apply the clindasol cream on top of my forehead and around my nose (whereever i get breakouts) and they usually reduce within a week.
For the rest of my face, I use Clinique's dramatically different moisturizing gel, not the lotion, but the gel! the gel is very mattifying and doesn't leave this gross oily texture on my face. However, I don't see anything "dramatic" happening with my skin. I only use this because it doesn't feel oily and it NEVER broke me out.
So if you're in your teenage years and hating your acne. USE THE ABOVE PRODUCTS AND WATCH WHAT YOU EAT!
Good luck everyone!
MY NUMBER ONE TIP: never touch your face because the bacteria WILL get into your pores. I used to always peel off my acne cuz the flakiness always bothered me. BUT PLEASE don't do this to your skin!
I saw a commercial for this stuff today, I hope nobody's still falling for it. I used this years ago and had awful results. My college roommate used this and her face was always cracked, raw and red. Pretty much sums up my experience with the stuff. Didn't have the heart to tell her.