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One thing lately that I haven't been using is a face wash. I have been cleansing, toning and moisturising as I always do and then when I ran out of the last facial wash I owned I simply didn't replace it. Lately though my face has begun to feel a bit congested, I've noticed more blackheads than usual turning up and more than the odd blemish so when recently I was in my local Poundland store and spotted this product I snapped it up without hesitation recognising the brand that is Neutrogena.
The face wash come in a squarish see-through plastic bottle with a white plastic lever arm dispenser to the top of it which can be maneuvered to an on or off position. On the front of it we are clearly told that it is Oil-Free Acne Wash 'Microclear Technology' and that it is by Neutrogena (some other bits of information are listed in foreign languages too and this on the front and on the back of the bottle by the way) and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, the ingredients are listed, the size is stated which is 177ml and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its a nice no nonsense looking bottle this one, very unisex in its appearance and informative enough too.
The Face Wash:
On the back of the bottle we are told that not only is this meant to cleanse the skin but to also help prevent blackheads and spots. It promises to eliminate oil and to unclog the pores whilst remaining gentle on the skin on the face.
To use it we are told to dispense some wash into our hands and to add water and to massage it into the skin gently before thoroughly rinsing it off.
The gel itself is transparent and a sort of yellowish colour when dispensed. It has a bit of scent to it but that;s just a really light clean fresh scent opposed to smelling floral or of fruit or anything.
You don't need very much of this per application (one pump is adequate for me per use) and we are told on the bottle that for best results to use it twice a day which I do and I use it first thing in the morning and last thing at night before retiring to my bed.
It lathers up really well when you splash on some water with it and feels smooth in use (no bits). I massage it into my face for a minute or so and then rinse it off which is simple to do and it never agitates my eyes or sensitive skin.
This does not budge make up, word to the wise here! The first time that I used this I used it to try and remove a full face of the stuff including waterproof make up and its a no go so me what I do now is remove my make up first and then use this.
I have mixed feelings about this one though. First off its simple to use and my face does feel a bit cleaner for using it however my face feels a bit overtoned after using this...so a bit unnaturally tight however to be fair after about an hour or so that feeling does wear off. My skin feels clean enough after using it and I do think maybe it looks a bit more refreshed however this has not helped any existing spots and certainly not any of the many blackheads I have residing on my face!
The other issue is that I don't know if it wards off more spots or blackheads from arriving in all honesty....how would I know that? I haven't really had any pop up in the past few weeks of using this but then that could be for a number of reasons lets face it!
For a pound I don't mind using it, I don't like the fact that my skin feels overly tightened after using it however as I have pointed out that feeling does subside and if you use a dab of moisturiser that feeling will go instantly but really I'm on the fence with this product so my advice is if you fancy it and can grab a bottle cheap as I did then fine you don't have a lot to lose but any more cost than that I wouldn't bother!
Available in all good chemists and supermarkets around the three pound mark or Google for a list of stockists.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
i used this during my teenage years, when my skin was inflammed and infested with pimples. this is a very very good product to treat all the problems!
its active ingredient is 2% salicylic acid, which treats the pimples. i was using it twice a day then, and my skin got a bit flaky, which is unavoidable really in most acne treatment. within the first 2 weeks i see great improvement in my skin, it is less inflamed and smaller blemishes are gone. it also maintains my skin such that no pimples pop up (thk god).
i love this product and i've recommended some of my friends to use it. however, some of them feel that it's too drying and makes their face red instead. maybe i was having the typical teenage skin that time, and so i dont find it too tough on my skin. it's definitely no suitable for people with sensitive skin though.
i will still recommend this as a very good anti acne product. just use about 1/2 a pump in one wash since it seems very strong (it also has a strong medicated smell too). moreover, it's pretty cheap and easily available, so this is definitely a good-to-try product (:
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash is the #1 dermatologist recommended acne-fighting cleanser / This oil-free formula gently cleanses deep down into pores for clear skin / It contains Salicylic Acid to get rid of acne you have now and help prevent future breakouts / Special skin soothers help prevent irritation and overdrying /