Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment Review


The minimum dose of benzoyl peroxide (2.5%, to be exact) works for many acne sufferers, who say it dries out pimples and prevents them from coming back. Others, however, experience irritating dryness and complain about the smell.

Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment Vanishing Cream garnered top spot as "Best Zit Cream" in Allure magazine's 2009 Best of Beauty Awards. But what do consumers say about it? Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment Vanishing Cream reviews are good overall, but include a fair number of critical comments. For example, some reviews on report that it wards off acne by minimizing existing eruptions and preventing future outbreaks, while others note that it leaves skin feeling irritated and dry, white and flaky, and marked with dark spots. Likewise, some users comment in Neutrogena reviews on that it's effective against occasional flare-ups and takes a few days to show results while others gripe about red and irritated skin. Some users say it works well under makeup and some incorporate it into their daily routines along with a moisturizer and cleanser.

Benzoyl peroxide is the active ingredient, at a strength of 2.5%. The company notes that it should be applied on clean skin -- one consumer adds that your skin should also be dry -- and can be used up to three times a day. We read several On-the-Spot Acne Treatment Vanishing Cream reviews reporting that users needed to switch products after a while because their skin built up a tolerance to it. Consumers also caution that this spot acne treatment bleaches whatever fabric it lands on.

Where to buy

Despite the complaints, On-the-Spot Acne Treatment Vanishing Cream (starting at $6, Amazon) seems to do what its name says it will do. Combining this anti-acne product with an acne wash might be a winning formula.

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