Fresh Foaming Cleanser

by Neutrogena  
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$6.49 - 6.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
4/1/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Fresh Foaming Cleanser is a superb water-soluble cleanser for normal to oily or combination skin. It removes makeup easily and rinses without a trace. This does contain fragrance, though it’s not an intense amount.

Fresh Foaming Cleanser is a cleanser and makeup remover in one. Removing makeup before you go to bed has never been easier. This dermatologist-tested formula effectively removes dirt, oil and makeup. It even removes eye makeup, without soaps or oils that can sting or irritate the sensitive eye area. No more raccoon eyes! It rinses completely and won't leave any pore-clogging residue. Forget the excuses and get refreshingly clean skin and complete makeup removal in one step.

Water, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycereth-7, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Glycol Stearate, Cocamide MEA, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance

Johnson & Johnson–owned Neutrogena has been around for over 50 years, and they've come a long way since they launched their first transparent, bronze, detergent-based bar soap (it also contains tallow). The bars are still sold, and while we still don't recommend them (they are too drying for all skin types), the good news is that Neutrogena has come a very long way from where they started. In fact, several of their products represent truly state-of-the-art options.

Strolling the skin-care aisles of any drugstore or mass-market store reveals that Neutrogena vies for shelf space and prominence with only one other brand, Procter & Gamble's Olay. For the most part, both companies offer a similar assortment of products, with Olay being slightly more focused on anti-aging products and Neutrogena going for broader appeal, offering a nearly equal amount of antiwrinkle and anti-acne products. Regrettably the latter category presents few viable options.

Where Neutrogena really excels (and has for years) is with water-soluble cleansers, AHAs, retinol, and sunscreen products. Their Healthy Skin lineup offers some beautifully formulated moisturizers with glycolic acid, and the sunscreens offer something for everyone, including some ingenious options for those with oily skin (or anyone who finds the texture of high-SPF products as unappealing as slathering your skin with Crisco).

A recent self-proclaimed advance in sun protection came with Neutrogena's Helioplex complex. It is not the superior breakthrough Neutrogena makes it out to be. It's a good system to keep avobenzone stable for longer, but Helioplex isn't the only way to get the most out of this important UVA sunscreen. If it were, why didn't Neutrogena scrap all of their other sunscreens that don't use Helioplex technology? And why do they still offer a handful of SPF-rated products that leave skin vulnerable to UVA damage? Although they offer a proportionately greater number of sunscreens that provide excellent UVA protection, it's hard to unequivocally deem them a sun-care leader when they still sell inadequate sunscreens.

It's common to see commercials and magazine ads for Neutrogena's plethora of products designed to combat breakouts and blackheads. It's nothing short of amazing that, after all these years, the majority of these products, while well intentioned, still don't get it right. Far too many of them contain irritating ingredients such as alcohol, witch hazel, and menthol, none of which are the least bit helpful for someone struggling with breakouts. If your dermatologist recommends these products for acne without reservation, definitely consider a second opinion! Even Neutrogena's on-the-spot benzoyl peroxide product contains some potentially problematic thickening agents. Despite this, if you choose carefully, there are some great products (including a BHA lotion) that can make a positive difference.

What's most frustrating and, frankly, surprising, is that Neutrogena's enormous assortment of products represents both the best and the worst the cosmetics industry has to offer. Given their worldwide distribution and research capabilities, they really should be offering a consistent range of effective, irritant-free products to address a variety of skin types and conditions. As things stand now, healthy, protected skin is only assured if you know which Neutrogena products to look for and which ones to never put in your shopping cart.

For more information about Neutrogena, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (800) 582-4048 or visit www.neutrogena.com.

Neutrogena Makeup

Neutrogena's "beautiful and beneficial" pronouncement is a great tag line, but most of their makeup doesn't live up to that assertion. This line was lacking in several key areas when it first hit store shelves in 1999, and although some things have improved, the number of problematic products is a bit startling. (I'm not aware of any cosmetic line that uses menthol or its derivatives as often as Neutrogena.) Each product carries on about the vitamins it contains, yet compared to the leading roles played by cosmetic staples like silicones and thickening agents, the vitamins have mere cameo roles, and as such have little to no impact.

There are a few key items to seek out, especially if you're looking for makeup with excellent sun protection. We also found their lip gloss to be one of the best at any price, and a few of their foundations successfully bridge the gap between skin care and makeup.

The most frustrating aspect of this line is that almost all of it is packaged so you cannot see the color. Even worse, the color swatch on the box is a poor representation, not only of how the color looks in the compact, but also how it looks on your skin. What would truly be beneficial is for Neutrogena to offer more revealing packaging or provide testers or offer trial sizes. Their overall collection and in-store displays aren't nearly as tempting as most other drugstore makeup lines, so in most cases they're relying on their constant magazine and television ads to drive shoppers to explore the world of Neutrogena makeup, or they're relying solely on those who don't mind guessing what color they are really buying. It's obviously working, because despite the problematic elements, this is a line that has survived and is very well distributed.

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Back to the best one again :)
    • It's the best I tried so far! My acne was worst but I found out that this product with CLEAROSONIC has got to be the best! I'm down to one pimple , that's coming from a person who has a lot of acne.

  2. Susan R
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 14, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Best gentle facial cleanser I have ever used
    • This is a fantastic cleanser that doesn't irritate or dry out my skin, nice lather, clean feel. I will never use anything else!

  3. Anna
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 23, 2014
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    No longer the same
    • I feel like the formulation changed. I used to use it for years and now feel a difference in the product. It stings my eyes, smells more chemically, and I have to use three times the amount of product to get a clean feel. It also doesn't feel like it cleans my makeup as well as before. So dissappointed . . .

  4. LL
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Definitely removes all makeup
    • A bit of a plastic smell but otherwise good lathering consistency...Great at removing makeup...leaves face feeling slightly dry...that is why I rate it a 3 instead of 4.

  5. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    switched from Clinique
    • I switched to Fresh Foaming Cleanser after using Clinique's Liquid Soap, Mild for several years. Fresh Foaming Cleanser cuts through makeup easily as well and isn't as drying, for less than half the price. You do have to be prepared to put up with the fragrance, which is a bit like dish detergent, though; and a specialized eye makeup remover is still necessary to remove the last traces of eyeliner & mascara. Recommend wetting hands & face before applying cleanser or it won't 'foam'.

  6. Effie T.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 07, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Excellent product
    • Excellent facial wash! In the past, I've used facial washes that left a residue behind or just didn't do a good job of washing away all the makeup. This product rinses cleanly away and gets rid of all traces of makeup on my face. I would not even consider trying a different brand.

  7. Jessica L
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 07, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Best cleanser for oily, acne-prone skin with makeup on
    • I've been using this religiously as a cleanser for a few years now and its the only inexpensive cleanser that removes my makeup completely. It's really gentle so I use it in the morning as well.

  8. JN
    Reviewed on Friday, April 26, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Great Face Wash
    • This is an excellent face wash. It does remove makeup really well and my skin is not irritated by this cleanser. My skin tends to be sensitive/oily and cleansers can sometimes make my skin flush but this cleanser never bothers my skin; infact, my skin always looks and feels really nice after using this product. The light scent is actually really nice...not over-powering.

  9. TINA Y.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Best I've ever used!
    • I have normal skin that can be dry in certain places and this face wash is perfect for me! It never leaves my skin feeling tight or dry. It washes off all of my make-up wonderfully. I also have very sensitive skin and this face wash has never once irritated my skin! Best face wash I've ever used!

  10. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 13, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    shaque
    • I've been through four bottles of the stuff, and can safely say it's an all-rounder in the cleansing department. There's not much foaminess about it, though I suggest wetting your hands before you squirt a few pumps, and massage them thoroughly to make suds and then rub all over the face. This is not drying (and i have dry skin), gets rid of all make-up (except heavy eye-liner, which in all fairness, only specialised cleaners or removers can ever truly get rid of) and it makes my skin soft and supple. I use it twice a day, and after tons of research on the internet, it was the first cleanser i used during my post-accutane/cetaphil phase. Truly soft on the skin. Highly recommended.

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