Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55 Review


Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch (starting at $7.97 for 3 ounces, or $2.66 an ounce; available on Amazon) comes in relatively high SPF levels (30 to 100+) and is sometimes recommended by dermatologists. Although it's a lightweight, non-greasy, non-shiny formula that most reviewers say doesn't clog pores or aggravate pre-existing skin conditions, we suggest passing this one by. A respectable minority of users who have posted reviews on Amazon report that it causes acne breakouts and rashes, and it commands a far higher per-ounce cost than the sunscreens we recommend.

Numerous Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch reviews maintain that this is a good product for faces and works well under makeup. Several consumers with oily skin comment that the lotion doesn't clog pores and keeps their skin from feeling greasy. This sunscreen earns shout-outs for effective protection against UVA and UVB rays, as users report that the formula allows them to tan without burning. The lotion is easy to rub in and doesn't sting eyes or skin, reviewers note.

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On the downside, several users gripe about breakouts, rashes, or even chemical burns that they attribute to their use of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 55. Despite a respectable overall rating derived from hundreds of reviews on Amazon, a full quarter give this product only 1 or 2 stars. Most of the negative postings detail bad skin reactions to the Neutrogena formula. On other sites such as, buyers complain that the SPF 55 sunscreen leaves their skin white and chalky. Another con to Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch is the cost. A price tag of about $8 may not seem daunting, but when broken down to cost per ounce, the SPF 55 sunscreen comes in at least $1 to $2 higher than the cheap lotions we recommend.

Like many other sunscreens, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch is a broad-spectrum formula that contains avobenzone and oxybenzone. There are no oils and it's non-comedogenic. A few Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch reviews grumble about the fragrance and describe a sticky feel, along with small white dots that appear when the wearer sweats, despite the fact that this sunscreen is labeled water resistant.

Consumers like the idea of a product that protects the face without causing skin to break out, but for many, this one doesn't do the trick. Think twice about paying the higher price.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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