Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment

by Neutrogena Canada  Oil-Free
$10.79 - 59 ml
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Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-In-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment proves Neutrogena can get the formulary nuances of a BHA product right! Most of their previous BHA products either contained irritating ingredients (particularly alcohol and menthol) or had a pH that was too high for effective exfoliation to take place. This version contains 2% salicylic acid at a pH of 3.4, and comes in a nearly weightless silicone base that includes antioxidants and anti-irritants. Although the inclusion of fragrance and coloring agents is a slight disappointment, it’s a relief that Neutrogena omitted menthol or its derivatives, making this an all-around ideal BHA lotion for skin of any type battling blemishes.

For a similarly-effective acne-fighting BHA product without the fragrance or coloring agents, we recommend Paula’s Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Lotion , CLEAR Regular Strength Targeted Acne Relief Exfoliating Toner or CLEAR Extra Strength Targeted Acne Relief Toner (for severe acne).

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment with powerful MicroClear technology works around the clock in 3 different ways: treats acne even before it emerges, hydrates and softens skin, and reduces redness and irritation.

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%) ; Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-8, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Lactate, PEG 75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sclerotium Gum, Laureth 23, Laureth-4, Disodium EDTA, Benzalkonium Chloride, Potassium Hydroxide, Green 5, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Parfum

Neutrogena is one of few brands that have an equally large presence in both the U.S. and in Canada. Unfortunately, many of the formulas and product names that Neutrogena uses are not interchangeable between the two countries, a fact that has been brought to our attention by our astute Canadian readers (who make up about 10% of our Beautypedia readership). In an effort to clear up a lot of the confusion surrounding Neutrogena Canada products, The Cosmetics Cop Team has done research in Canadian drugstores to determine the ingredients and product names as they appear on Neutrogena's Canadian packaging.

Please note that if a product does not appear on this list, it means that, to the best of our knowledge, that product has the same name and formula in the U.S. as it does in Canada. You'll find the reviews for such products under the main Neutrogena brand. That overlap means Canadian readers may find they have to switch between both Neutrogena and Neutrogena Canada to locate the product review they're seeking, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

In some cases the differences between the U.S. and Canadian version of a Neutrogena product is only an ingredient or two, and in other cases the entire formula is different. Despite The Cosmetics Cop Team best efforts, there are no doubt products that have been overlooked on this list. As much as we would like it to be comprehensive, we are restricted by what is on store shelves at the time we conduct our research. If you have any additional information about Neutrogena Canada products, we encourage you to contact us using the link at the bottom of the product's review page.

For more information about Neutrogena Canada, please reference our complete Neutrogena Brand Summary or visit www.neutrogena.ca.

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  1. denise a.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Possibly too drying
    • I bought this product because I needed an AHA exfoliant to replace the scrub that I am 'withdrawing' from my skin care regiment. It does what it says on the bottle. The consistency is light and goes on smoothly, but stays tacky for awhile making it hard to put your head on the pillow. Question for the experts - I find it too drying (but it works!) on my cheeks. Can I layer a moisturizer over it on my cheeks as part of my night-time routine or does this reduce the effectiveness?

  2. alix v.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    good product
    • Switched to this product from Clinique's Mild Clarifying Lotion about 1 year ago, and I seem to have fewer whiteheads (also am not throwing away as many makeup pads!). Am dismayed to see that another reviewer is having difficulty locating this product. As of January, it's still available in Canada, but I plan to buy a couple of additional tubes in case it's discontinued here as well.

  3. CB
    Reviewed on Monday, June 24, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Like it - But not providing enough exfoliation
    • Trying to switch from a scrub-based exfoliant to a BHA exfoliant and I find using this does not provide enough exfoliation around my nose, chin and forehead. I am still having to scrub those areas. I have large pores in this area and produce a bit of oil (classic combination skin). Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions

  4. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, March 01, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Great product!
    • LOVE LOVE LOVE this product! it works well and is under $10. However, it's getting much more harder to find...it's never stocked! Is this product getting discontinued?

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Friday, March 01, 2013

    Unfortunately, this product has been discontinued. It may, however, still be available in Canada.


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