Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Cream Cleanser Review


This acne fighter contains 2% salicylic acid and is a mainstay in the anti-acne regimen of many consumers. Although most say it refreshes, cleanses, and defeats acne, others find it irritating and only minimally effective.

By and large, consumers have good things to say about this cleanser from Neutrogena. On the company's website, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Cream Cleanser reviews report it helps get rid of acne, even for consumers who have tried, unsuccessfully, the upmarket products. Few users commenting on that site experience irritation or drying, although several Neutrogena reviews on Amazon describe adverse reactions, such as hives, tingling, and numbness. Similarly, some reviews on Makeup Alley say the product is irritating, does little for red blotches, and the exfoliating beads feel rough. Others, however, say the improvement in their skin comes quickly and is noticeable, and the product leaves their skin feeling cool and refreshed.

Neutrogena recommends a twice-daily application, followed by a massage and rinse. Salicylic acid is the active ingredient at a 2% level, and the formula also contains chamomile and aloe. The squeeze tube holds six ounces.

As with all the anti-acne products we researched, it's impossible to predict whether this is the one that will work for you. Praise is not universal for Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Cream Cleanser (starting at $7, Amazon), but the trend assessment is positive.

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