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Oil-Free Acne Wash, Redness Soothing Cream Cleanser
Rating
177 ml for $9.99
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:11.05.2010
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview
This creamy cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid as its active ingredient and also contains a fair amount of glycolic acid, which could have been helpful, but in a cleanser these ingredients are rinsed down the drain before they have a chance to do much good, so they’re essentially worthless in this formula. Labeling this cleanser “soothing” is a mistake because Neutrogena included menthol, which is one of the least soothing ingredients around, not to mention that it has zero benefit for acne. Note that the inactive ingredients are presented in alphabetical order due to this product’s status as an over-the-counter (OTC) drug.
Claims
With naturally soothing aloe and chamomile, this cleanser's rich, creamy formula powerfully clears away breakouts and blackheads and visibly reduces redness caused by acne. This cream cleanser calms irritation so your skin looks clearer and feels healthier.
Ingredients
Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Benzalkonium Chloride, Blue 1, C12 15 Alkyl Lactate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Lactate, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Matricaria), Cocamidopropyl Pg Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Disodium Edta, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Menthol, Panthenol, Parfum, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Ppg 15 Stearyl Ether, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Benzotriazoyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Sodium Hydroxide, Steareth 21,Water, Xanthan Gum, Yellow 5
Brand Overview

Neutrogena At-A-Glance:

Strengths: Inexpensive; some superior water-soluble cleansers; good topical scrubs; effective AHA and BHA products; several retinol options, all in stable packaging; vast selection of sunscreens, most of which offer excellent UVA protection; good variety of self-tanning products; several fragrance-free options; most Healthy Skin products are state-of-the-art; almost all of the foundations with sunscreen provide sufficient UVA protection; the Moistureshine Gloss.

Weaknesses: An overabundance of overlapping anti-aging products that is perennially confusing for consumers; Bar soap; most of the toners are irritating or boring; a handful of bland moisturizers and eye creams; some sunscreens lack sufficient UVA protection or contain too much alcohol or problematic preservatives; most of the Deep Clean products are terrible; no effective skin-lightening products; jar packaging; mostly disappointing concealers and eyeshadows; most of the lip balms with sunscreen provide inadequate UVA protection; mostly poor mascaras.

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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


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