Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser


100 reviews

58% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$


Water, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Potassium Accylates Copolymer, PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance

on 10/17/2013 3:02:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I didn't find it to be that gentle. It was too harsh for my sensitive skin and worsened my perioral dermatitis.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 10/5/2013 1:48:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This product was the absolute worst thing to happen to my skin. I have never experienced such a bad breakout of hard, cystic acne as I had within a few days of using this cleanser. It also made my skin feel...kind of crusty. Very weird. I have dry-combination skin, and on the oilier areas of my face is where I experienced this strange change in texture. It didn't feel as if my oily areas were getting dry and flaky. More like the oil there was crystallizing or something. Gross and hard to explain. All I know is that a month later, after discontinuing use of this product, my skin is just now starting to re-balance and clear up, thanks to a combination of Clean & Clear's persa-gel 10 and--surprisingly, a different Neutrogena cleanser: their stress control acne cream wash, but the damage left behind is a lot of dark spots and acne scarring. This cleanser is NOT gentle on skin, and very heavily fragranced. My sister, who has very oily skin, also experienced breakouts from this cleanser.

on 9/9/2013 8:35:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I use this cleanser with my Clarisonic twice daily. I find it removes makeup without stripping my skin. It's pleasantly scented and lathers well. And you can't beat the price.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Well, actually, I might TRY it again. I got to try this product because my dermatologist had samples available and I snagged one on my way out of the office. Seriously. I would love to work in that office because of all the samples they have. When I'm there again, I will definitely see if they have more samples of this, and try to snag another one. Or two. Or more.

This is definitely a very mild cleanser, but it will not work for dry skin unless you use it only occasionally. It does foam a bit, even without using a lot of product, but it isn't irritating at all (even around the eyes) and it really feels like it rinses off easily without leaving any residue or makeup behind. Moisturizer goes on nicely afterwards. It has no strong scent that I can detect, which is a plus. I'm not sure I'd want a full size bottle or want to use it every single day given that my skin is older and drier than it used to be, and using this every day might end up in disaster. But for an every once and a while cleanser, it is good. I'm guessing it would be a great option for those who want a mild cleanser that rinses off easily for normal/oily skin and don't want a lot of fragrance or irritating ingredients.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 8/31/2013 1:21:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I bought this because it's the only drugstore gentle foaming cleanser I've found that comes in such a large bottle. I was really hoping it would be my new favorite night time cleanser to remove makeup, but it's a little too drying for my dry and sensitive skin.

I should clarify that it didn't cause any problems for my skin and was actually a totally satisfactory cleanser...except I just noticed my skin looking a tad duller than usual. And I've gone through two bottles of the stuff without changing anything else in my routine. My pores didn't look as small and my skin didn't seem quite as soft. So, it worked for me and didn't dry me out or anything, but I've used other cleansers that subtly improved my skin texture, and that's what I wanted.

One thing that bothered me was how much it took to get a lather. I had to use one whole pump, and the pump is rather large, so we're talking about a quarter size of cleanser to wash my face, which seems a bit much. So despite the larger bottle, I had to use more of it to get my makeup off than I would've liked. It does get makeup and mascara off by the way, so that is a plus.

I wish this would've worked, but I'm back on my Eucerin Gentle Cleanser now and my skin is smoother and brighter. But I think this could be a great cleanser for folks with normal skin who want something that removes makeup well, lasts a while and doesn't dry out skin.

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

on 8/31/2013 11:38:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is a really good drugstore cleanser- doesn't irritate my skin or dry it out like other neutrogena cleansers I've used. It also cleans my face well & removes all of my makeup.

on 8/30/2013 11:52:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Thank you Paula's Choice for this recommendation. After "thinking" my copious amounts of Michael Todd True Organics products would help my cystic acne ridden skin, I found her website which reviews not only HER products but many OTHERS! Now THAT is an honest company. *ehem I'm looking at you MTTO...who delete any review that isn't 5 stars*

Anywho, I was looking for a drugstore cleanser to replace my many expensive ones that seemed to be doing NOTHING. I found this and purchased it since it seemed like a huge amount of product for so little $. Low and behold, my acne almost instantly looked better. Before using this I counted 10 cystic acne pimples on my once clear skin. 10! :( After using this for a month, I can say I have had only 2 breakouts since. I don't know if its the fact that this cleanser rocks or that MTTO sucks...BUT I will use this product as long as they make it.

It is simple. That's the beauty of it. No tricks or back flips. It is just a nice cleanser that does its job very well.

I HATE HATE HATE the packaging though. Idk if I got a faulty one or not but every time I go to pump some product out it seeps all over the bottle. Such a waste and a MESS, so I agree, PLEASE put this in better packaging!

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 8/28/2013 10:12:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I bought this product last summer and it lasted almost the entire year with daily washings, so I was excited about that! Always left my skin feeling clean and a good eye makeup remover to boot. I found mine empty a few days ago and so I decided to try the creamy version, and although it is still a good cleanser, it is nowhere near as good at removing eye makeup - usually I'm left with large smears that I then have to remove with a separate product. I'll probably go back to the foaming version once I'm done with the creamy version post winter.

on 8/26/2013 12:44:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Nice cleanser, doesn't make a huge difference on my skin but thoroughly removes makeup, slightly tightens, and is gentle enough to use regularly on my skin. Personally, I enjoy the scent and it feels clean and fresh.

on 8/2/2013 1:41:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I bought this cleanser based on a positive experience with some Neutrogenas other products, like the non foaming cleansing cream. This cleanser is not as gentle as I would like and has a strong fragrance. I like gentle cleansers to be fragrance free, so this is a turn off. It also has a strange taste and stings when it goes in my eyes. It cleans ok, but I am wary to use it around my eyes. I like the pump however. I will use the non foaming cleanser instead.

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Back to Top