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Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser
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6.7 fl. oz. for $7.49
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:12.03.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser is positioned as a cleanser, but is really a cleanser/scrub hybrid. It's less abrasive than many of the other Neutrogena scrubs, and it's the polyethylene beads doing the exfoliating, not the glycolic or salicylic acids. The gentle cleansing base is appropriate for normal to slightly dry or dry skin. For additional details on plastic microbeads in cosmetics, see the More Info section below.

Note: In Canada, this product is sold under the name Pore Refining Daily Scrub. Neutrogena Canada has confirmed this is the same formula.

More Info:

Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics: This product contains polyethylene beads, which is an ingredient that has come under controversy in the recent past. In December of 2013, research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin demonstrated that although polyurethane beads are non-toxic to humans, they are not filtered during sewage treatment and are accumulating in waterways. This means the beads have the potential to negatively affect marine wildlife who mistakenly consume them (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013).

Additional research published in December of 2013 demonstrated that polyurethane beads have the potential to absorb pollutants while in waterways. This research was conducted to establish the potential of absorption, however, and was not conducted using samples from actual waterways (Cell, 2013).

Beautypedia does not take an ideological stance in reviewing skincare products; rather, our reviews are based upon each product's potential harm or benefit to skin contingent upon what independent peer-reviewed scientific research has demonstrated. On issues like polyethylene beads in cosmetics or animal testing, we present the facts without judgment so that you may make your own decision whether or not this product is right for you.

Claims

This dermatologist-tested formula with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids and Microbeads delivers visible results. First, it sweeps away dead surface skin and refines rough, uneven patches. Then, it penetrates deep into pores so they appear smaller and less visible.

Ingredients

Purified Water, Decyl Polyglucose, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Laureth 13 Carboxylate, Cocamide MEA, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Polyethylene, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Polyquaternium-11, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Sodium PCA, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Fragrance

Brand Overview

Neutrogena At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; several recommended cleansers; retinol options, in stable packaging; vast selection of sunscreens, most of which offer excellent UVA protection; several fragrance-free options; many of the Healthy Skin products are state-of-the-art; the foundations with sunscreen provide sufficient UVA protection; some praiseworthy makeup items.

Weaknesses: An overabundance of overlapping anti-aging products that is perennially confusing for consumers; irritating bar soaps; lackluster to downright bad toners; a handful of bland moisturizers and eye creams; some sunscreens too much alcohol or problematic preservatives; most of the Deep Clean products are terrible; mostly disappointing concealers; the lip balms with sunscreen provide inadequate UVA protection.

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. (We are 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.

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment 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!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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05.12.2015
Not good!

I bought it cause it was on the best product list. This has a terrible smell to it and it really stung my eyes. It couldn't touch my eyes cause it burned like crazy.. I finished it but will not repurchase!

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Veronica P.
12.01.2014
Thank you, thank you for a two-step cheat!!!

Scrub AND cleanser in one step...I approve!! The smell seems to be no more than a 'lack of fragrance'. Even knowing it causes skin damage, I still miss my scents! I liked the old scratchy, scrubby facials too but it leads back down the skin damage road. This product really does sting the eyes...can't someone come up with a facial cleanser exist that's easy on them??

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Julie
11.02.2014
Neutrogena Pore Refining Works

My results are directly opposite from most of the other comments. I have dreadful huge pores on my nose and I am prone to break outs on my nose. This product really seems to make my pores appear much smaller and the break outs are becoming less often. I actually finish with a light BB creme which really lessens the appearance of the pores.

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Pip D.
08.26.2014
Smell and stinging eyes

I have never used a product that has been irritating to my eyes! I tried not even going close to my eyes at all and still made my eyes sting and water. Just awful. I too cant believe this got a BEST rating. Very disappointed

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laurie
07.21.2014
Polyethylene beads

It scares me to see a product listed as best when it has Polyethlene beads as one of its ingredients. These are extremely dangerous to our oceans. Any product containing this ingredient should be banned.

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Kate
06.10.2014
Nice product

I like the way this product feels on my skin. It left no residue, nor never left my skin feeling tight. My only question is: If this were a leave on product, is it at least the correct pH to exfoliate? I know that exfoliatants are best when left on the skin but my sensitive skin can not handle exfoliates left on my skin. Would I be able to get any type of exfoliation from the glycolic or salcylic acid in the product if i let it sit on my skin for a few minutes before rinsing?

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Lauren, F
01.02.2014
Nice product

Nice, mild exfoliating cleanser! Not tight after use as I find a lot of cleansers are. Would recommend this to people with oily/combination skin like myself, skin feels and looks clean after use. Only negative is that is not available in Ireland so buying from the U.S. doubles the price.

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B McCarthy
09.17.2013
Should never have been rated "Best"

How this could be given a "Best" rating I will never understand. I bought it based on the rating, and was sorely disappointed: horrible bleach smell and terrible burning eyes, no matter how carefully I tried to avoid them. My experience with this product has made me take the rest of Paula's "Best" choices cum grana salis. I'm a big Neutrogena fan, but caveat emptor! And to think that I gave up my old standby Regenerist cleanser for this -- no "best" rating, but it was a pleasure to use.

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Susan P.
07.26.2013
Just ok cleanser

I had high hopes for this product since it was given a "Best" review by Beautypedia. I have combination skin t-zone and almost 40. My concern are the pores and mild blackheads on my nose. With this cleanser having the AHA/BHA I thought it would help reduce my pores & help with the appearance, but it did no such thing for me. Pores look the same &mild blackhead problem remain the same after approx. 3 months of use. Disappointing. cleans ok as far as makeup removal, leaves creamy texture on face.

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Monica P.
05.07.2013
A good scrub/ cleanser

I use this cleanser/scrub in the morning. It actually has a very smooth texture, nothing like you would expect from a traditional scrub, probably due to the "microbeads." It has a medium texture. I was surprised to read another review that said it had a strong fragrance, as I could barely smell anything. I like the fact that it has both an Alpha and Beta Hydroxy formula.

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ROBERT F.
04.30.2013
very strong smell!

This product stung my eyes like crazy and the fragrance is so strong that it gave me a headache. Not sure why this would be rated a best by Beautypedia.

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