Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

2.8

939 reviews

43% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$

INGREDIENTS

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Disodium EDTA, Benzalkonium Chloride , Yellow 5, Red 40, Fragrance 07/2013


on 2/8/2010 8:53:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Other, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Great cleanser, but use it when it's necessary, not more than twice a day or it will dries your skin (can cause more acne) My face was breaking out badly when I was in Australia. Very dry yet I had pimples and acne scars mostly all over my face. But I read everywhere that salicylic acid is 'the best way' to control and help remove the acne..what a lot crap..maybe that works for most ppl, but not for me..I just realize that If you want to keep acne away from your face, you have to re-balance it..not over drying it, not over moisturizing it..I used this on and off for 3 years, at first I was head over heels with this, my tiny bumps that can turn into nasty cystic acne was gone, and it stayed that way...for only a month of two. I think my face had become immuned to certain cleansers most of the times, including this one..I've tried almost everything, St. Ives, Kanebo, Shiseido, Givenchy, and most of the drugstore cleanser.. but honestly I kept coming back to this..Now I moved abroad and my face is hell a lot better and clearer, and I don't use this anymore..only use washcloth with warm/hot water..Try this cleanser, but stick to the no more than twice a day rule..



on 2/5/2010 11:07:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Well, I can't say this has made all my acne dissapear but I really like it as a cleanser. It really makes my skin feel clean and I do think it helps when I am breaking out very badly.

i think it is particularly effective for acne on the back.

I have oily skin so I don't find it drying unless I use a ton of it more than once a day.

I say its a good cleanser to use either occasionally or only once a day. Get a more gentle cleanser in addition.


on 1/28/2010 11:44:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

PROS: Maybe this works for some.


CONS: Too harsh and not that effective on treating/preventing blemishes, for being so harsh on the skin. Smells bad.


ALTERNATES: Alba Botanica Natural Acne Dote cleanser or some name like that is helpful for one of my teens. The other needs to use Paula's Choice CLEAR cleanser and toner/exfoliator for beautiful results. AND We like to use Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer to keep flakes away.


on 1/28/2010 11:00:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I've gone through several bottles of this. I find it keeps my skin clear, acne free, oil free, and dries out my pimples for fast healing. It removes dirt from my pores too.

I use this every time in in the shower with hot water.

Some people complain about the smell. It smells like soap at a hospital but, I don't mind it. It works and its under ten dollars.

I will buy this for the rest of my life.


on 1/26/2010 3:43:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Blue

I used to use this from age 17 to 22. Experimented with other stuff from 22 to 25 and now I'm back to this as I have hideous acne again =( even though it's been 8 years since I last used it, I don't think they have changed anything as it still seems to work really well. Obviously it can't clear up your face on its own - it must be used in a regimen - but it's a pretty damned good cleanser. I have incredibly oily skin and this stuff cleans without stripping. I use it with Neutrogena healthy skin spf20 and Acnederm cream (azelaic acid) and it's helping to settle my skin down.
Packaging is ok but our shelf is very high in the shower so I can't really use the pump without using two hands. Didn't notice a smell at all. Consistency is good and lathers well. Lasts for absolutely ages. Cost me NZ$16 from supermarket, can be $10 when it's on special. I'll continue to repurchase; have had better luck with this than, well, everything else (except L'Oreal Pure Zone but they decided to discontinue that here, boo).


on 1/25/2010 1:01:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Neutrogena products always break me out really bad! this is the worst cleanser i have ever used


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I used this when I had oilier skin. Now, my skin is more combination type. So I switched to cream cleanser.
But when I did use it, my skin feels really "clean" after each wash. It does keep my acnes at bay.
However, it is too drying for combination skin now.


on 1/21/2010 3:08:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

HORRIBLE GARBAGE, DO NOT USE!!!! Made my already T zone oily skin like an oil slick made my occaisonal breakouts a million times worse. gross gross gross i hate nuetrogena!


on 1/18/2010 10:49:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have oily skin. Not excessively oily but oily none the less. I have been using the oil free acne wash on and off for years now and came back to it after trying other products. If you do not have oily skin, BEWARE. This can be very drying if your skin is not oily. My skin sometimes gets a little flaky around my nose because of it, so you may want to moisturize. It definitely gives you a clean, almost "tight" feeling on your face after use.
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I would not repurchase because this acne wash seemed to exacerbate my acne. Turns out salicylic acid isn't compatible with acne.


on 1/18/2010 8:09:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is your best bet hands down if you are VERY OILY. Beware other skin types: this one is stripping. ***** EDIT***** I have stopped using this, because it became quite irritating. I have been using Nubian Heritage Black African soap for a year now, and I have clear skin. Never going back.


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