Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Combination Skin Moisture Oil Free
planetanarchy 10/3/2011 6:24:00 AM
Hello everyone! I wanted to write a review on this product, as I have used it for nearly a decade (possibly more) I recently purchased it again to use after not having some for a while, and it now broke me out. It has never done this before, and I believe they might have changed the formula within the last year or two. I'm going to call the company tomorrow to see if there were any changes (some of the stores might have been carrying older versions of it so I might have noticed it sooner.) Before this incident, this moisturzier was the *only* moisturizer that never broke me out. It does feel and smell mildly different than before. From what I remember: It can feel a bit icky when you sweat, it sort of resurfaces as a prior reviewer started and can move/slosh around your face. It is not a great moisturizer in the sense that it makes your skin soft, and does not sink deeply, but has always been a neutral staple moisturizer for me because it caused no break-outs (until now) I also noticed the latest reviews complain about breakouts in the last year but not prior. I ALSO noticed on the new boxes that it does not say it contains the "microsponge" technology (as it did before). All this is suspect; that something has changed, and I feel dissappointed and worried I may have lost my only non-break out lotion (ive tried a lot!) After I make a few phone calls, deal with this break out, and give it one more shot on a clear face, I'm going to update this. But please do know and research this too, at one point it was great!!!
I developed a love/hate relationship for this Serum. The reason: shortly after using it, it brought back a bit of youthful glow I naturally had before a major stressful event that caused me to look like I aged by 5 years, and get fine lines in just one month's time. This serum reduced my "age" in apperance by a year within one week's use. The serum concentrate has a mild tightening/freshening effect which I like very much, but here is the major downside: it caused my pores to enlarge. It also stings, I'm willing to tolerate a bit of pain and stinging for a good effect, but for a full review im including everything I experienced with this product. I also have mild Rosacea, and this product makes me look flushed. It lets me look a bit younger and refreshed at the expense of enlarged pores and stinging and mild redness. From my experience in using other products, tolerating those symtoms and using it long term causes me to get patchy dry spots as a result. I will not be re-buying the Serum concentrate and saddened because it really gave me the youthful glow I was looking for. I will finish the bottle and report any changes. For those who don't react with larger pores or burning and flushing, this can be a really great anti-aging product. In comparison to it's alternate product from the Genesis line: I also tried the Pore Minimimizing Skin-Resmoother for a full month which also delivers the Pro-Xylane and Hyaluronic acid Ingredient. This product DOES reduce the look of pores, did not have any harmful side effects aside of mild, temporary stinging. It makes the pores softer-looking and less dark. They go from black-heads to brown-heads. Lol. The problem with the skin-smoother product is that it that it peels and flakes off, and does so with any moisturizer I've tried thus far. It looks ugly and I am still working to find a solution to this problem because this product is proving to work really great for it's purpose and no other product as reduced the look of pores like this for me. I personally like to use a generous amount of product to avoid stretching the skin unnecessarily and the Re-Smoother does not go on as nice and easy as the Concentrate. If you apply too much or use this without moisturizer/makeup (aside of the flaking off) it leaves a residue that looks like someone threw chalk on your face. I'm trying to work around that as I love the Re-smoother's pore reducing, skin-evening benefits, and no other product has done this for me before, not even dermabrasion and peels. As for ingredients: I like that the Re-smoothers has hydroxy salicyclic acid. It is not a major ingredient, but all-in-all the skin Re-smoother took away the rough patches I had on my skin and really did even out my skin texture all over my face. I like that Zinc is one of the ingredients as well because it has healing properties for those with Rosacea. The Re-smoother Pore minimizer did as claimed, cleared my skin made it smoother and reduced the look of pores without any harmful side effects, but has that ugly flaking. One thing the Re-smoother lacks as promised from advertisement is the "glow" unlike the nice tightening/freshening/youthful-glow that the Concentrate delivers almost instantaneously. The Skin Re-smoother has NOT proved to show anti-aging effects like the Serum-Concentrate, so perhaps the Xylane ingredient alone is not delivering the younger looking skin as promised. I will continute to use the re-smoother and update if I notice any anti-aging effects. In conclusion, the Concentrate delivers youthful glow and anti-aging effect with the risk of enlarged pores,burning/flushing, and break-out reaction. The Skin-resmoother delivers smaller looking pores and smoother/even skin without the glow and anti-aging effect, and can flake off. I suspect L'Oreal is trying to combine these two products somehow, and hope they do so successfully! update: I am still continuing the use of the Serum concentrate, and I failed to mention that I did break out with a few small pimples on the nose, cheek and upper lip. I also used the wet cleansing towelletes one day before and once on the day starting this trial, but never after that again. Although I usually break out right away from products, I will be using ONLY the Serum-Concentrate from here on just to make sure it was not the towelletes that caused the break-outs. Will come back in a few weeks.