Friday, October 15, 2010

Review: Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Power Clear Scrub

I rarely do skincare reviews because I am no skincare expert and I am still looking for what works and improves my skin. But this product from Neutrogena is one that I enjoy very much. I have dry skin and most cleansers/exfoliators dry it out excessively and do more harm than good. My skin gets dry in areas, but I do break out as well, along my chin mostly. I bought this product a few months ago after reading great reviews of it. Most of the stuff I have used from Neutrogena has worked out well for me so I was hoping for this one too. I don't remember how much this was, probably about $10 CAD at drugstores. There is an entire line of this acne-stress stuff so you can get the whole routine if you are interested.

This product claims to: 'clear oil instantly, fight breakouts and gently exfoliate without over-drying. Creamy formula with skin smoothers, including green tea and cucumber. Softens skin while microbeads exfoliate. For the treatment of acne.' I know skincare is tricky because one product may work for one person and then not the other. We all have different needs and skin types. This does contain 2% salicylic acid which is the acne fighter in here, 2% is pretty standard for drugstore products. It has menthol too which leaves your skin with that minty fresh feel. I did use the grapefruit acne-stress scrub before and I found that it irritated my skin and I wasn't a fan of it, despite it being pink and smelling really great!

Here is what it looks like, a thick green consistency with small blue-green beads throughout. I only use a pea-sized amount to cover my entire face and then rub in circular motions, leave it on for a a minute or so (hoping that helps the salicylic acid to absorb) and then wash it off. This product smells good and is gentle on my skin.

The best part of this product for me was that it did not dry out my face. I use it 3x a week and my skin does not feel tight or dry afterwards, which is a huge thing for me. Now the packaging suggests that this "helps prevent acne even before it emerges", this is a hard one to judge because you do not know if zits were going to come out before they do. If you regularly get zits and this helped you out, please let me know below. I am not a good judge of that because I break out in one area, my chin and it's quite problematic, using this product solely for a week or two now, I haven't found new monsters on my face.

Have you used this product? Did it work for you?


Cosmetics Aficionado said... Best Blogger Tips

I have never had luck with Neutrogena skincare products.

Hanna said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't get zits anymore, well, except for a couple of days a month, if you know what I mean.

But I had a TERRIBLE case of acne when I was a teenager. I have vivid memories of being asked whether I was stung by a bee or something, because I had a zitzilla forming on my forehead. I naturally replied that yes, yes, I was in fact stung by a bee. It was right in the middle of my forehead and I looked like I was evolving into a unicorn.

Well, Neutrogena worked for me. I started using it in the 9th grade and my horn-growing days were finally at an end.

I did use the whole lot, though. Face wash, toner, moisturiser - all from Neutrogena's anti pimple range.