Cleansers -Neutrogena - Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleanser Cream
benzoate 12/16/2011 10:32:00 PM
Because of the salicylic acid and/or menthol, it stings badly when it gets close to my eyes. Not as gentle nor as effective as Neutrogena's Fresh Foaming Cleanser.
I've tried the Vitamin C+E and the Tea Tree Oil papers. The sheets are larger than the Clean and Clear ones, they are much more effective at absorbing oil, and the packaging is more chic. There are 100 sheets in one pack, which lasts me about 3 months. I'm not too fond of the scent of the Tea Tree Oil version.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen SPF 60 with Helioplex
benzoate 12/16/2011 10:11:00 PM
This stuff is way too greasy for my face and neck. It gave me a bunch of whiteheads on my cheeks!! I can only use this on my arms and legs.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55
benzoate 12/16/2011 10:08:00 PM
Good sunscreen for the body. But it stings my face and the fragrance is SO strong.
Lotions/ Creams -Aveeno - Daily Moisturizing Lotion
benzoate 12/16/2011 9:58:00 PM
This is perfect as a hand cream and it's even fragrance-free. Too heavy for my face though. I sometimes also use it on my arms and legs during the winter.
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Cleanser/Mask
benzoate 12/16/2011 9:55:00 PM
This scrub doesn't live up to any of its claims. It had no effect on oil control, it left a film on my skin so it's not particularly "Deep Clean"ing, and it is definitely not gentle enough for daily use. It made my skin feel really irritated and dry even when I only used it once per week. I threw it out.
Hands down, my favourite cleanser. Especially in the summer when my face is at its oiliest. The only downside is that it has a strong fragrance, but since it's rinsed off anyway, I'm not too picky about it. I used to use Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser, but this one is so much better.
Misc Beauty Tools -Clean & Clear - Oil Absorbing Sheets
benzoate 12/16/2011 9:08:00 PM
These don't absorb oil that well, and the sheets are tiny. Even when my face is really oily, I have to press it hard against my skin for it to absorb the oil. I prefer paper blotting sheets, like the ones from Boscia or Sephora.
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Neutrogena Combination skin moisturizer
benzoate 11/6/2011 10:29:00 PM
This is a pretty good, inexpensive moisturizer for my oily skin. I use it at night for the slightly dry patches near my jaw. It doesn't make me break out and it has a nice matte finish. I don't think it would be moisturizing enough for combination skin.
I've just finished using one tube of this product, which lasted about 6 months when used once or twice per day. This treatment gave me the most horrible, severe cystic acne I have ever had in my life. I searched online forums and heard about how salicylic acid can cause "purging", which supposedly lasts for a couple of weeks to months. After 6 months, this "purging" did not end for me. I do feel that my skin is being exfoliated when I use this, but it didn't get rid of any blackheads - in fact, I have way more blackheads and pimples now!! This seems to be a miracle product for many people, so I'm sad that it didn't work for me. Neutrogena products usually work well for me, but this was a total disaster. UPDATE: I recently tried Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid and it didn't cause any "purging" reaction. My acne is getting better by the day. Yes, it's more expensive, but completely worth it! I highly recommend the Paula's Choice BHA products if this Neutrogena one was a bust for you.
Treatments -Neutrogena - Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Moisture SPF 30
benzoate 11/6/2011 10:08:00 PM
So sad that I only found out about this product after it's already been discontinued in Canada!! Most moisturizer with SPF are too heavy for my skin but this one is very lightweight. I started using it 4 weeks ago, and it has already helped to fade some of my stubborn acne hyperpigmentation marks. It also seems to make my new acne legions heal faster, and my skin looks much healthier compared to before. It moisturizes really well (I have oily skin with one or two slightly dry patches) and doesn't have a strong scent. I love that it has SPF 30. A downside to this moisturizer is that it gives a shiny/dewey finish, which is not attractive for my oily skin. Sigh, I wish it wasn't discontinued in Canada; now I have to search for a replacement.