Weaknesses: Almost all products reviewed contain a blend of camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus oil; none of anti-acne or anti-blackhead products work as claimed; no topical disinfectant for acne-prone skin; no sunscreens; no moisturizers.
Your skin-care goal should never include causing needless irritation, but that's exactly what you'll get from almost all of the Noxzema products, and that seems to have been their theme for decades. Noxzema is proud of its history, but that pride is hollow because these products are a problem for any skin type. Also, what we know today about how to take the best possible care of skin is vastly different from what we knew when Noxzema first launched, and yet their formulas haven’t changed. Think of it like using a typewriter rather than a computer, why would you do that? Many of you may have nostalgic memories of Noxzema's recognizable scent, but that is the only way we'd recommend experiencing these products. With the exception of one standard clay mask and a couple of questionable cleansers, this line is one of the few that deserves complete avoidance.
For more information about Noxzema, call (800) 436-4361 or visit www.noxzema.com. As of late 2008, Noxzema is under the ownership of Alberto-Culver; it was formely owned by Procter & Gamble (Source: The Rose Sheet, September 15, 2008, page12).
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Works wonders for my skin. I have tried tons of cleansers nothing has ever come close to what this product does for my skin. My extremely oily skin becoming more balanced, my skin is soft and supple, removes my makeup and cleanses well,love the scent,my skin clearer,and marks fading. I use day and night I love it. I highly doubt I will ever switch again.
Working great for me.
I strongly disagree with Paula's Choice on this product. After having a massive breakout, this was the only product that calmed my skin down and reduced redness. I am not sensitive to menthol whatsoever and never notice irritation - everyone's skin is different. I'm easily irritated by cleansers with cetyl alcohol, so this cleanser is a godsend for me. Give this cleanser a chance if you're looking for something without cetyl alcohol - it is very affordable.
I have used this since I was a young girl. I am now 50 and still use it. I have never had a problem with the ingredients in this product and I find that it works well for my skin. It removes all makeup easily and rinses off without leaving a residue. The scent may bother some as it can be a bit overpowering but it does what it is supposed to do. Because of the strong fragrance, it may not be suitable for sensitive skin but it gets the job done.
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