Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55

Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55
Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55

3.6

19 reviews

63% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$

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on 2/10/2019 3:44:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Other

- Note: SPF 55 and SPF 30 result in similar reactions on my skin, these reviews are for both. I imagine the company has changed/tweaked the formulations over the years so I'm posting all reviews here -

Late 2018 and onto Jan 2019...
Jeez, I have had a love/hate relationship with this stuff over the past years (since 2014). I STILL can't get this near my undereyes/lids and have to use a separate mineral sunscreen for that, which I've gotten used to. I only use this chemical sunscreen because it's fast (mostly I use this when rushed). Mineral sunscreens are gentle, and less reactive with my skin, but it takes a lot of work (and powder) to mask the ghostly white caste they leave. I had an upped amount of (closed comedone, with the occasional zit) breakouts while using the SPF 55 of this sunscreen, so I switched to the SPF 30. The SPF 30 had a better finish but I did notice a correlation between its use and a larger number of smaller closed comedones (vs the medium size ones this seems to produce, but fewer...ugh). Also noticed some sun damage, for the first time in years, with the SPF 30. I have tried other chemical sunscreens like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch (shiny, burns like hellfire), La Roche (too pricey, burns), Banana Boat Sheer (sparkly/shiny/overfragranced) and two different Walgreens spfs (greasy, staining, disgusting). So.... while I search for a better chemical sunscreen it's back to the spf 55 version of this. I have been washing it off as soon as the sun goes down and using an aha/bha (both from the Ordinary) to ward off closed comedone breakouts.
*As of 2/2019, Beautypedia (which I only sort of trust), gave this a 1 of 5 rating (!). They wrote "..the company added two fragrant plant extracts (cinnamon and cedar bark) that are known irritants." Their website doesn't date reviews, so it's hard to tell when this change happened. I cross checked this with Neutrogena's website and indeed, those two ingredients are in the current version. I doubt that's what causes my particular reaction, only because I've been using this for 5 years.

Mid-Late 2018: I have been keeping a skin care diary for a few months and every time I get a breakout of closed comedones it correlates to this. It's too bad, because the spf 30 version of this sunscreen has had the best finish (very little white cast, fairly low on greasiness) of all the broad spectrum sunscreens i have tried.

Early 2018: I realized I was making a mistake by buying and using the SPF 55 version of this for my particular skin type over the past year (pretty sure all the reviews below were for that, or perhaps a mixture of the two). The spf 55 caused a lot of clogging and some breakouts and stinging. After switching to the SPF 30 version, I noticed a sharp decrease in stinging and skin greasiness.

According to skincancer.org, spf 30 sunscreen blocks an estimated 97 percent of uvb rays, while with sunscreen "above SPF 50 (which blocks an estimated 98 percent of UVB rays), the increase in UVB protection is minimal." According to Web MD: "SPF is not a consumer-friendly number," says Florida dermatologist James M. Spencer, MD. "It is logical for someone to think that an SPF of 30 is twice as good as an SPF of 15 and so on. But that is not how it works." "According to Spencer, an SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays."

Summer 2017:
I'd been really taking care of my skin for a few months (cleansing/treating daily) and wearing all-mineral sunscreen all the while (Neutrogena Clear and Pure baby, which is an awful, greasy white mess, but gentle). Anyway, I was getting tired of taking so much time blending in my sunscreen and trying to cover the white cast, so I switched back to this for my face and neck (my eyes can't handle this stuff so that's the only place I used the mineral spf instead). In short order, I got clogged pores, blackheads, bumps, and (new this time around) tiny white pimples. The only good thing about this stuff is that it's pretty easy/fast to rub in the white cast. Also, it's still a little greasy but now that I use face powder, it's less of a problem.

Update 1 (winter): Now that the weather has cooled off, i haven't had any issues with this product getting greasy. i still like how liquidy/fluid it is- it applies quickly and easily. They've either changed the formula or i've gotten used to the scent. Can't give it a top rating because it burns my eyes and eyelids a little.

Original review, 2014:
I bought this to use on my face and so far I kind of hate it.
Pros:
- Formula feels light coming out of the tube (it's a liquidy lotion)
- Does not leave a noticeable white cast (it is very slight, and the least obvious of the three subscreens i bought this season)

Cons:
- Smells like alcohol
- Leaves me with uncomfortable, low-level burning sensation, as if I've applied rubbing alcohol to my face and eyelids
- Dries shiny on skin
- Gets very greasy. An hour after applying and matte-ing down the shiny finish, I had an oil slick all over my face. It was in moderate weather, and I usually have combo (not excessively oily) skin
- Rubs off easily (see above)

Active Ingredients (all chemical sunscreens):
Avobenzone (2.5%),
Homosalate (5%),
Octisalate (4%),
Octocrylene (3%),
Oxybenzone (4%)

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Kinky, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

This is so promising! It really is. It does what it says it does and does it remarkably well. Better than any sunscreens I've tried at this point. And it really doesn't break me out and doesn't contain ANY ACNEGENIC INGREDIENTS. A rare feat for an American sunscreen, since more often than not they say noncomodogenic but have 2-3 trigger Ingredients. The texture is akin to cream, instead of being off white in color this is purely white. It is also a chemical sunscreen. I have historically preferred physical sunscreens, especially for tropical vacations but the white cast they leave is not only obvious but quite unflattering. Harsh. This leaves a subtle white screen but my coloring pulls through. It doesn't look harsh.

I've been using it since August and I'm truly in love. My skin care seems to work much better too since it prevents further pigments from forming. Seriously, any pigmentation I've gotten has been from residual hormonal acne marks. Not marks induced by the sun, aka freckles. My skin loves this product. I use high levels of retinol and when I say my skin doesn't sting or flare at the feel of the sun I mean it. It would've been perfect if not for the pilling quality. It pills and rolls after a while, whether I apply a moisturizer or not. Which is a bit of a pain. You can forgo moisturizer with this also if you choose as it is quite quenching. If you have very dry skin I imagine you might depending on the quenching power you prefer. Not only is it inexpensive at about $13 but easily found anywhere and a great size (3 oz). I will still buy it, since it's the best sunscreen I've found at this point. I'll try to test some Japanese sunscreens to see if my luck could be better. If not, this is quite likely as close to HG as I can get at the present.

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on 8/16/2018 12:57:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have found over the years that Johnson and Johnson is the best. Johnson and Johnson owns Nuetrogena, Aveeno, and Clean and Clear. Just like their discontinued product (Nuetrogena Sports Face Oil-Free SPF 70) this product works very well. I have said in my other posts that the Sports Face is great, I was on a vacation and not once did I experience a burn or acne. Let me tell you what I did. I used my Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser onto dry skin, directed on the bottle. A lot of people use this cleanser wrong and wonder why it doesn’t clean. You have to apply it to a dry skin and then rub for about thirty seconds or less would be best. Then you rinse off with water quickly. You can use this without water but from my experience I have experienced an itchy mess. My skin doesn’t do well when I don’t use water. I will get hives, or dermatitis. If you get rashes or itchy pimples it’s because there is an occlusive trapping your sweat and making a damp environment. Too much moisture causes dermatitis, yeast, etc. I have learned the hard ways. Next what I do after using my cleanser is I applied my Sports Face. I cleansed my face ONCE a day and applied this sunscreen. No pimples or rashes on my vacation. I had smooth skin. My skin looked great, also to prevent sun burn you have to apply every two hours because this is a chemical sunscreen, chemical sunscreens work for two hours and then need to be used again, do this if your on vacation or on the beach. So in replacement to the Sports Face is this. It works just as well because it contains SILICA. This is your secret ingredient against yeast, periodal dermatitis, acne, and whatever. SILICA has been proven to prevent acne. It’s sort of like any mineral found in powder foundation, it prevents damp environments. Now I know people think we need our skin to be moist, yes that’s true, but too much moisture causes itchiness and itchy bumps. I wish my skin could be moist all day, but it can’t so I need silica or some sort of mineral. So if you use this with Cetaphil you should clear up. If you have severe acne I suggest going to the dermatologist. Other products with silica are Vanicream Skin Cream (it has simethicone which has silica and dimethicone), Other Nuetrogena products like the oil free combo skin, etc. I know I need products with an absorbent like silica bc without it I get itchy. I’m like a baby that gets diaper rash, what solves it is silica, zinc, magnesium silicate, etc. That was the secret.

Currently I am using the Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturizer with Sal. Acid and my Cetaphil cleanser at night, and before bed. Then morning I use this sunscreen and I do not wash my face in the morning. Too much washing your face will break you out, keep it to once a night, but that’s my suggestion.

I decided to use the Clean and Clear bc I realized I get a lot of dead skin build up. We all have dead skin build up, but some people have it more due to genetics, dry skin, or because our keratin is extra sticky. Doing this combination keeps my skin clear. I will update if the Clean and Clear causes dryness. This review is only on the sunscreen and Cetaphil. If you go on a trip and try what I said, you should be fine. It won’t work one hundred percent since everyone’s skin is different but it worked for me. Also if you wear makeup I don’t know if this method will work. Makeup can be causing your breakouts, especially if it’s occlusive and mixing in with dead skin cells, acne is from dead skin build up. Anyway I hope this review was helpful.

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on 6/2/2018 8:05:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

My go-to SS for years! I have sensitive skin, but surprisingly this doesn’t irritate it. Can’t beat that price, either!

I apply 1/4 tsp to face and neck, let dry, then apply the other 1/4 tsp. Not super sweat proof, but I just reapply more frequently if i’m In water or sweating a lot.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is a good sunscreen to wear alone or under makeup. The fragrance is ultra light/not too noticeable but I can still smell it.


on 8/4/2015 11:30:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

GREAT if you have acne!! I have acne prone skin and this doesn't break me out while still getting the job done! Doesn't feel too greasy either and doesn't leave a super white finish either. Only complaint is that over time it does turn a bit too liquidy and watery for my liking, however I do lots of traveling and do not wear it every day so after a year or more I can understand why this would happen. Would reccomend to acne prone skin types though!

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Other, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

So this stuff would be perfect if not for the fact that they've added CINNAMON BARK to it. Why they felt the need to do such thing I couldn't tell you but there you go. That's why you'll see that a lot of people are complaining about this stuff burning or causing redness.

Other than the cinnamon though, it's pretty awesome so it might be worth trying if you've got acne prone skin and want a higher spf but you have trouble finding ones that work. Just make sure you save the receipt... Personally, I think it's worth trying bc it doesn't cost loads of $$$ and you don't have to order it online.

As for the actual finish it's like a cross between a regular spf and a liquid spf, which I like. It's not matte, but it's not shiny either. I have pretty sensitive skin but for whatever reason, I don't find this stuff nearly as irritating as the Neutrogena liquid spf and I think it gives me way better protection than the liquid stuff (that stuff seems to rub right off me). It's also not as thick and occlusive as Neutrogena's lotion spf so it doesn't break me out or feel disgusting. I DO occasionally feel a burning sensation from it though and i suspect it's due to my occasional use of retina a (my skin can get even more sensitive when I use it).


UPDATE: Lowered the sticks from 3 to 1 because I used this for a long time but recently stopped and realized just how irritating it was to my skin! It made my skin sensitive and prone to redness (all my old acne marks appeared much more noticeable too) and I think it inflamed any acne I had when i used it. I also noticed that when i stopped wearing this I could use 2% BHA without my skin looking and feeling all raw and red the next day (i thought it was just the BHA that did that but apparently using this stuff the next day made the irritation MUCH worse).

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on 8/2/2015 8:51:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I used this product when I had really bad acne, but it did not seem to have an effect on breakouts. At least it did not cause me to have additional breakouts, for which I am eternally grateful. I noticed my face was more matte when I used this, which at the time was a plus. The high protection is great but I am not a big fan of chemical sunscreens so I have since stopped using this product. Additionally, I have no idea what half the ingredients are, which does not entice me to buy.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I love this product! Where other sunscreens make my skin oily and give my pimples, this doesn't. For summer, it is perfect! It sits imediately in my skin, I just use it as a moisturizer and out my make-up over. It even dries out the small pimples if they come up hormonally related. No burning here, even not around the eyes, what the majority of prducts does. The spf works well for my fair skin, protecting my skin well, usually all day long (ofcourse depending of the sun exposure). This product isn't sold in Europe (as far as I now) unfortunately.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Other

This was a big fat fail for me. I have oily, sensitive, acne prone skin. I tried wearing this under my makeup a few times and it never worked. First of all, it BURNS like hell! It burned on my eyes and all over my face. It eventually died down and I applied my makeup as usual to find that my entire face was bright red because it was so irritated! It looked like I had a sunburn (I am very fair). It didn't leave a white cast but was greasy and irritated my skin horribly. I would not recommend this to anyone with oily/sensitive skin.

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