Beauty Review: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing

I'm about through with Neutrogena. Each new collection released leaves me disappointed, and the new Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing collection was no exception.

I happened upon this set in Wal-Mart and was intrigued by the fact that Neutrogena left out some if its usually irritating ingredients.

First, the Facial Cleanser, $7.99. I was super glad to see that Neutrogena had left out the highly irritating ingredient Sodium C14 16 Olefin Sulfonate. This ingredient is a detergent that can be super drying and irritating to the skin.

Unfortunately, Neutrogena neglected to omit the Menthyl Lactate (aka Menthol). They added less of it but it was still super irritating to my skin. Why they feel the need to add menthol to everything is beyond me. If your face needs that much cooling, sit in front of a fan for Pete's sake! This had the potential to be a great salicylic acid cleanser with no irritants, but Neutrogena totally missed the mark.

As far as the Gentle Scrub, $7.99 goes, it was far too gentle to be effective as a manual exfoliant. It has great ingredients such as salicylic acid and glycolic acid, but has the consistency of a cream cleanser, which isn't a fave for oilier skin types. This also has menthol, but in a far less irritating amount. Try this if your skin in super sensitive to more abrasive scrubs.

Have you tried these? Will you try them? Let's hear it!


Anonymous said...

actually neutrogena works very well for me and it washes off the make up fully too.

October 16, 2009 at 9:03 PM

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