yes, this is a very outdated product and skin care experts hate this stuff however, the proof is in the pudding for me and this stuff works! the only cleanser that works on my sensitive, oily but dehydrated, acne prone skin. i only use this in the mornings as it's not effective at removing make up and i don't even wear that much make up. i put this on before i get in the shower, i let it sit until the end and rinse off. i'm left with matte (so if you have dry skin, this might not be good for you), dewy skin. any acne is had is less noticeable and i don't have to use a moisturizer, which is good b/c it's hard to find a good moisterizer for skin that is dry but oily. i've been using this stuff since i was 10. i strayed and i've tried every other cleanser and i have no idea why i keep putting my face through the horror of not using noxema! i use this as a spot treatment for pimples at night too.
I have been familiar with this product for years as it is what my mother has used to clean her face everyday of my life. Weirdly enough, I like the smell and I love the way it makes my face feel so soft and not dried out. I simply hate the fact that I have to dig this stuff out of the container, always have and always will. I know they make a pump bottle as well, maybe that would work better for me. I just don't think that this cleans around my hairline as well as some other facial cleaners, because I seem to notice breakouts right at my hairline above my forehead when using this. I'm sure I just have an overabundance of oil in that area that this just isn't getting to to get clean.
I guess I wanted to be just like Rebecca Gayheart. My mom would push this on me. She bought the drugstore brand, the most offensive kind out there. Yes I have acne, but this? No, no, no. First, get away from the jar. It's a menthol cream that leaves your skin feeling dull and filmy and unclean. Packaging: hard to travel with, big bulky. A jar? Impractical and unhygenic. Second, don't put menthol on your face. Don't do it. Menthol is synonymous with bad teenage acne products and a flawed notion of facial "hygene." Third, you will likely get breakouts or see no improvement . Return that product, it's not in your head, it's really not working.
I used this religiously as a teenager, but once I got past puberty, this just wasn't for me. I do like that this doesn't strip the skin of moisture, but it does not rinse clean, either - which can cause breakouts (I have oily, sensitive, breakout-prone skin). I did like the menthol smell and the tingling sensation on my skin, though. The packaging is a big tub, which can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Overall, this is nothing special.
I am changing my whole review about this product. I at first liked it then I hated the fact my skin was a grease ball and now I like the refreshing feeling I get after the gym or when I moisturize my skin at night. I love Noxzema and this is the only product that I keep going back to even though it doesn't control my oily skin much. 4 stars instead of 1. I will update soon.
Love this product! It is perfect for my combo skin and cleanses & moisturizes. I used to use the expensive kinds like MK but this is much cheaper and makes my face feel cleaner. The Mk used to leave eye makeup on and would give me cysts on my cheeks almost like little pimples even though I used it for 5 years and was the right type for my skin type. continued >>
I started using this in January 2007 and I would say that this is one of my favourite cleansers now! When I first bought it, I did think that it smell kinda methol-ly in a non-pleasing way. Also when I first used it, I rubbed it on with a splash of water on my face for maybe 15 seconds and when I rinsed it off I was seriously not impressed at first. The first time I used it I thought...what the hell? this is leaving an oily residue on my face! But I gave this product a trial use for about a week and realized that if you massage it into your skin for about 1 minute carefully in small circles on all areas of your face then you will get the results you are desiring! I've beem using this product for about 4 months now and my skin has been clearer than it has been since highschool! (I'm 22 years old) I thought I was going through a stage of problematic skin after I graduated from highschool, but since I have used Noxema's skin cream I've really noticed a difference in make up removal and overall feeling of my skin! I sometimes forget to moisturize right after when I use this product because my face doesn't feel tight and dry like it did with other cleansers! Remember the key is to make sure you massage it into your face for a good 1 minute in small circles to get best results! I would definitely repurchase!
I have used this product for years..since I was about 14 and I am not 33. I use it not only to wash off my skin but I rub it in and then go to bed. I have really great skin. Not sure if it is my genes or Noxema but I look considerably younger. I doubt I will ever switch to anything else.
After not using this product for about 10 years, I'm back! I used to use this religiously back in highschool and college. Then I decided it was time to try out a variety of more sophisticated products, nothing that stuck with me like my old Noxzema. But after feeling very frusturated with my skin lately (being prone to rashes and bumps especially after I exercise faithfully and/or spend alot of time in the hot sun), I remembered that I used to treat this problem with a Noxzema mask! I figured, hey it worked then, maybe it will still work now! And I am happy to say, it still does! My skin is smoothe and glowing, more so now then it has been in the last few years! I did break out a little just on the chin (this is my problem zone where it's both dry AND acne prone). But I'd choose to live with a couple of pimples on my chin that dry up in a couple of days than live with the dry flakey skin and an ugly bumpy rash. It was either that or stop working out...I also tried this with the aspirin mask as a scrub and it was even better! Noxzema is back to stay this time...absolutely my skin care HG! UPDATE: Happy to add, a month later my skin adjusted to this so no more breakouts =D Just glowing, clear, smoothe, flake-free skin.
I know this is going to sound weird, but I think this product works better on more mature skin. When I was a little girl, my aunt used to babysit me and she would scare the daylights out of me by wearing a Noxzema mask. Her skin was always flawless though, and she did not need makeup. I tried it in my teens and was very irritated. Now, I am 31 and stumbled across a jar and looked to my aunt again for inspiration,and I can not believe the difference of how this cream works on my face now that I am older. I wear it as a mask at night and once it kind of starts to dissapear, I wipe it off with a cloth and lukewarm water. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is more clear, and nice and matte, as opposed to the oil slick it used to be. I do not use it as a make-up remover.( I use Olay wipes for that), but right before bed, I become a ghost like my aunt used to look like. I knew she was on to something. Plus the smell is nostalgic. I will not lie, some of the ingredients may be known irritants, however I recommend using a washcloth instead of trying to rinse it off. Good luck to all!