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"Efficient spot cleansers need to smell strong to help clear spots, right? Wrong, not with NEUTROGENA VISIBLY CLEAR® Pink Grapefruit skin care which combines really effective spot fighting ingredients with a delicious fresh fragrance that really uplifts the senses. The VISIBLY CLEAR® Pink Grapefruit range from NEUTROGENA® contains powerful MICROCLEAR® technology that works in 3 ways to reduce spots and help prevent new ones from starting.
Use the cleanser that best suits your spot-prone skin type:
VISIBLY CLEAR® Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash for oily skin, VISIBLY CLEAR® Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub for clogged skin (the exfoliating beads will help clear clogged pores), VISIBLY CLEAR®Pink Grapefruit Cream Wash for less oily skin and for those that like the feel of a creamy formulation.
Follow with VISIBLY CLEAR® Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturiser, because spot-prone skin needs a moisturiser too, and this one is oil-free and contains MICROCLEAR® technology to help keep skin clearer and smooth.
The NEUTROGENA VISIBLY CLEAR® Pink Grapefruit range – Our fight against spots and blackheads never smelled so sweet."
Cheapest place to buy: Savers £2:49
I purchased this product at my local savers for £2:49, which I thought was a brilliant price as stores such as boots and superdrug charge significantly more, in fact double the price!
Prior to using this facial wash I used to use the clean and clear morning energy one, in origional (the orange coloured one) from which I wanted to try somethig new.
I didn't like this one as much due to the feel of it on my skin, compared to the clean and clear one which left my face feelin more clean. The scent was very fruity though and I did notice a decrease in spots, but formula was too runny for me.
I picked up a free sample of Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Body Wash in Boots a few years ago, and after opening it up and trying it out I immediately walked straight back into town to buy a bottle. I really love the smell of this product. I like the Pink Grapefruit fragrance in general but I think this is the freshest, most natural scent I have found, perfect to wake you up and make you feel refreshed on an early morning.
Some other people have said that it dries the skin out, but I haven’t really noticed this. I use it first thing in the morning and also before I go to bed at night, but in the morning as part of my skincare routine I often use a moisturiser afterwards as well, so this probably why I am not noticing any dryness. I have very sensitive skin that is prone to redness, rashness and breakouts, and this face wash is soothing and has never caused any irritation – I find I experience fewer breakouts when using this face wash.
I don’t really have a major problem with blackheads, so I can’t really comment on if this face wash helps improve them, but I find my face feels really clean after washing with this product. I find I have to use quite a bit of water to get a good lather going, which sometimes I don’t bother with when I’m feeling lazy, but you really need to do to get it to work well.
I would definitely recommend this face wash to others, just make sure you use a good moisturiser afterwards.
The NEUTROGENA VISIBLY CLEAR Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash is available for GBP 4.50.
The facial wash comes in a clear plastic bottle with a white dispenser. On the bottle are the product name and the product information. The bottle contains 200 ml.
The facial wash is described as follows. "NEUTROGENA VISIBLY CLEAR Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash is an uplifting daily facial cleanser for clearer, fresher and healthier looking skin every day. With powerful MICROCLEAR® technology, the formula cleanses deeply to help eliminate spots and blackheads. The refreshing gel gently purifies the skin without overdrying, whilst a wave of pink grapefruit uplifts the senses with a burst of invigorating freshness!"
The ingredients are [PR-014037], Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Salicylic Acid, Benzalkonium Chloride, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Alcohol Denat., Polysorbate 20, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Parfum, CI 16035 and CI 60725.
The facial wash has a liquid consistence and can be applied well. The facial wash allows a soft and well cleaning. The skin feels soft after application, the facial wash leaves a pleasant feeling on the skin. The facial wash helps to eliminate spots and blackheads, the skin looks clearer and fresher. The facial wash improves the skin. The facial wash cares for and moisturizes the skin.
The facial wash has a fresh scent that cannot be noticed after application.
I can recommend the NEUTROGENA VISIBLY CLEAR Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash, as the facial wash improves the skin and helps to eliminate spots. The fresh scent cannot be noticed after application.
From about the age of 13 to 16 I used this facial wash twice daily. My skin is generally quite oily and I used to have pretty regular breakouts. It's so simple to use; wet your face before applying the formula, then wet your face again to remove it. However, this method is quite annoying in a morning when you need to use heat appliances on your hair but it's too wet. I now use Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, which is a less wet alternative.
The quantity of this product is good and lasts me about 6 months per bottle. You get a lot for your money; plus, the pump regulates the amount of the formula you get each time. The actual product is a gel-like texture which smells lovely - as you may have gathered, it is pink grapefruit scented. I feel like one pump of the facial wash doesn't quite give you enough, and only provides a thin layer which doesn't feel to do anything. I'd advice two pumps per wash.
I was convinced that this facial wash was doing its job and getting rid of my spots and blackheads as much as possible. But when I took the plunge and switched to a different daily facial wash, I found that it did a far better job (Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish). However I still use the Neutrogena one from time to time as it does effectively clean my face - although I am not sure about the claim that it prevents/removes blackheads. After appliance, my skin feels really dry so make sure you have a good moisturiser!
Today Im writing about the Neutrogena visibly clear range, that is especially formulated for acné prone skin. Lets look at the Pink grapefruit oil free acne wash.
The #1 dermatologist recommended acne-fighting cleanser-Neutrogena´s Oil-Free Acne Wash now comes with an uplifting blast of pink grapefruit! With maximum strength Salicylic Acid acne medicine boosted by MicroClear technology, the Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash powerfully treats and helps prevent breakouts--even blackheads. This unique formula contains 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract plus vitamin C. It eliminates oil and dirt, and rinses clean without over-drying.
Non-comedogenic (won't clog pores)
What is Microclear??
Micro clear is a revolutionary technology proven to boost the power of acne medicine to help unclog congested pores. With powerful dissolving agents it breaks through oil to clear the way for the acne medicine to be absorbed, getting to the source of breakouts, before they begin.
Cleanse twice a day. Wet face. Apply to hands, add water and work into a lather. Massage face gently. Rinse thoroughly.
It is widely avaliable in supermarkets and chemists. I bought it from Boots where I paid 4.44 GBP for a 200 ml bottle.
I bought this product after researching online for the best acné skin treatments as I have troublesome skin that gets worse in Winter. I really wanted a whole package of products that is specially formulated for acné and came upon this one on the internet. It sounded really good and wasnt going to break the bank with each product ranging from 3-7GBP. So I bought a daily wash, a toner and a mosturizer.
This wash is in a tall plastic see through bottle with rounded edges. It has clear labels on it and the writing is in black. It details the directions of use on the back of the bottle along with ingredients and explaining what the Microclear bit is. It has a clear push down action pump on the top of the bottle, that you have to twist to activate. I like the fact it has the pump as it makes it quick and easy to use when hands are wet and its much more sanitary, keeping all the bacteria out of the bottle.
The liquid is bright pink in colour and is a thick gel, with the consistency like hair gel. You only need one full pump each time and its plenty for the whole face. The gel when applied to skin kind of melts into it, and becomes more liquid like. When using it it turns into a white liquid, but its not foamy at all, no matter how much you use or how long you scrub for it doesn't foam. It washes away easily without leaving any trace or residue on my skin.
It smells of beautiful pink grapefruit's but despite being next to my nose, its not overpowering at all. Its a light sweet smell, which is quiet sharp at first but when washed off it leaves a very light scent on the skin. Its not obvious once washed off, but is there very faintly.
I have been using it now for 5 weeks and I would say Iv used about a 6th of the bottle, and thats with every other day use. Going from that I think it will last me around 6 months, which for 4.44 GBP I think is great value for money.
I have noticed a dramatic improvement in blackheads on my skin, I used to suffer on my nose and chin, and now I only have a few on my nose... and my chin is slowly clearing. As for the acne, it is milder now and I dont see many new breakouts, so I think with continued use its going to really improve.
Using this wash doesnt dry my skin out at all, and works well on the whole face with my combinations skin. Iv noticed my skin is smoother and has a more Matte effect. Though I have to say the first week I used it I had very oily pores.... but now that has gone, so I presume it was because I had No blocked pores keeping the oil trapped any more.
I think you can guess from the effects that im highly impressed by this product and the whole range as well. Its affordable, lasts a long time and it works without drying out my skin. I will continue to buy this product and with 5 out of 5 I highly recommend it, even to those with really bad skin.
Thanks for reading and rating.
Product: Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Face Wash
I often shop around for the best deals in drug stores and as my local Boots and Superdrug are opposite one another in my local town centre I can easily compare the two. I bought the above product from Boots, the price difference was literally pennies and as I often use my Boots Advantage Card I figured that buying the product from Boots would be the most savvy spending wise.
I'm always on the look out for a good face wash. I normally use Clinique's Liquid Facial Wash but at £15.00 it certainly isn't cheap and I simply cannot allow to spend that much on a face wash in my monthly budget anymore.
I bought the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Face Wash at £4.94 for 200ml from my local Boots Store which seemed like a reasonable price, especially compared to my last Clinique face wash which I was using. That's less than 1/3 on what I was normally paying.
I love the packaging for the Neutrogena face wash, it comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pump dispenser at the top. The products logo and description is on a clear label stuck to the front of the bottle and all other relevant information is on a label stuck at the back of the bottle. As the bottle is see through you can clearly see the pink coloured transparent face wash gel inside the bottle. This would look great in every bathroom. Extremely clean cut looking.
The product claims to have been developed with Dermatologists and the wash helps eliminate spots and blackheads and I can honestly say that since using the product my skin as remained clear and spot free.
To use I simply pump the dispenser (one or two pumps is more than enough for me) and massage the gel onto my wet face then rinsing thoroughly. The pink gel foams and lather really well and the smell of grapefruit is beautiful, very refreshing and not too over powering.
Afterwards my skin feels squeaky clean, soft and extremely smooth. The face wash removes all of my make up and removes every inch of any dirt that builds throughout the day.
I've used around 3 bottles of this now and I will continue to keep on doing so. A great price for an excellent product.
Dooyoo Stars: 5/5
I usually use a Clinique cleanser which I am very happy with, but as a student I am quite short of money at the moment so I have been trying out a few cheaper products. I had never really considered Neutrogena before because I always thought of them as a bit of boring brand for problem skin, which luckily I don't really have, but I had noticed this pink grapefruit range around a lot over the last year or so and thought it looked quite appealing.
Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit products are on offer at two for £5 in Boots at the moment (instead of around £4.50 for each item) so I thought I would take advantage of the bargain and try some. I had originally wanted the daily scrub but there were none left in my local Boots so I picked up this facial wash instead along with the matching moisturiser.
The facial wash comes in a clear bottle with a pump top. I do generally prefer this format to the squeezy tubes of face wash as it is easier to regulate the amount you use. I also like that the bottle is clear, as you can tell at a glance how much is left and you can see the lovely pink colour of the cleanser inside.
It has a gel texture and lathers up very well on wet hands, producing quite a creamy white lather. I have been using two pumps of the gel each time and I find that this gives just the right amount of lather. One pump gives just about enough to rub a very thin coating of it onto my face but I prefer to be a bit more generous with it. It feels quite gentle and has not left my face feeling dried or stripped. I do have somewhat oily skin at times and this has controlled the oil well so I have not been suffering with a shiny face at all. It is easy to rinse off with warm water and I don't struggle to get the last traces off. If any tiny bits were left, they would easily be removed with toner or clarifying lotion on a cotton pad anyway.
Most of my facial skincare products that I usually use are unfragranced as fragrances can set off allergic reactions or irritation, but this pink grapefruit face wash does have a refreshing grapefruit fragrance to it. It smells lovely and envigorating, and I really enjoy the scent of this as I use it. I really hoped I wouldn't react badly to it and I haven't at all.
Neutrogena state that this facial wash was developed with dermatologists and helps to eliminate spots and blackheads. I never get blackheads and I occasionally get the odd red spot but this was not really a big issue for me and I can't tell how effective it is at fighting existing spots, but I do appreciate it if a facial wash helps to keep my skin clear and prevents new spots appearing. I haven't got any spots since using this, but I can't really tell whether that is down to this product or not!
For the price, I am happy with this and I would definitely get it again. I don't want to completely switch from my usual Clinique but I would definitely consider this a good budget back up for whenever I need something cheaper.
I'm always on the lookout for facial washes as I've never really found one that I like best and feel like I would be loyal to. In my quest to find the perfect wash I stumbled across Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash.
The bottle advertises that it utilises Microclear technology (whatever that is) and the tag line reads: helps eliminate spots and blackheads with a fresh clean feel.
Sounds brilliant! And I do love the scent of grapefruit, so I was only too happy to try this face wash. My skin is pretty normal - fairly dry but with oily t zone. I only really get a couple of spots once a month (but don't we all, girls?) so really I'm not asking the face wash to work wonders, just keep my skin healthy and clean. I wear foundation and a little powder each day, so I like to clean my face properly in the evening so as not to clog up my pores leaving make up on overnight.
When I opened it up and squeezed out some gel (transparent light rose pink/grapefruit pink coloured) I was instantly hit with the zingy scent of grapefruit. It was refreshing and invigorating and a lovely fresh scent that I would be happy to have lingering on my skin after washing it off.
The gel itself isn't too runny, a perfect consistency to apply to your face. It's perfectly smooth without any small particles for exfoliation, though, which in my mind isn't a good thing. I like exfoliating particles in my facial washes. However it smoothes over your skin very easily and stays put while you massage it in to your skin. It spreads very well and a little goes a long way so you only need a fairly small blob to do your face so it's economical too.
As I massaged in I was treated to that lovely fresh grapefruit scent. This is a really great morning face wash as the zingy scent will help wake you up.
Then I came to cleaning it off. I use a muslin cloth as its good for giving a gentle exfoliation while you're cleaning which is good because as I said the Neutrogena gel doesn't have any exfoliation properties.
Washing it off wasn't as easy as I'd hoped, though. The gel seems to cling to your skin a bit and even after a couple of minutes scrubbing I still felt as though there were traces left on my face. So even once dry my skin didn't feel as smooth and clean as it could. I still felt as if I wanted to wash my face with a better facial wash, to get rid of the last traces of this one!
However upon researching for this review I found that the facial wash is part of a range. In the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit range they also do:
- Daily scrub
- Oil-free moisturiser
- Cream wash
And actually I'd quite like to try the daily scrub, as that would probably be more of a tougher wash and more of what I'm looking for. I also like the idea of it in moisturiser form, to keep the scent lasting longer.
Price: £4.94 for 200ml in Boots
This is quite expensive when you compare it to Boots own brand facial wash (£1.52 for 150ml) but when comparing to other branded products it's a very similar price.
It comes in a pump dispenser in a clear bottle (so you can see the pretty pink gel through it).
Though this facial wash smells gorgeous unfortunately I won't be purchasing it in the future. The fact that it takes ages to wash off and still feels as though there are traces left on your skin mean you don't feel as clean as you could, and that's the main factor for me when using facial washes. Another negative is the lack of exfoliating particles within the gel, which means it doesn't give you skin a proper clean and exfoliation.
However I will be on the lookout for the scrub in the same range in the hopes that it will still smell just as heavenly, but provide a better clean.
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My skin tends to be a bit annoying in the fact that it breaks out in spots every so often and they are really tough to get rid of no matter what I use on it. I've used so many products that are supposed to help clean out spots or blackheads, but most of them all seem to stop it for a while but they always come back no matter what. However, that was all until I started using Neutrogena Visibly Clear Grapefruit Facial Cleanser, for once I have actually found something that works!
It can be found at most beauty product stockists and I have seen it around places like Boots and Superdrug for £6 and sometimes on offer for 2 for £5. However, I always buy mine from Asda as it's been the cheapest I've seen so far at £3 per bottle. You get a lot of use out of it, so this really value for money.
This facewash is supposed to keep your skin clear and clear of spots and blackheads and I was really happy that through the entire time I've been using this it has managed to do this. It didn't dehydrate my skin either, and kept it feeling refreshed for the entire day.
I am quite a big fan of all the citrusy smells of beauty products, and prefer staying away from ones which smell like mint, so one other factor which actually made me want to try this was the fact it said it had a smell of grapefruit. The smell was really refreshing to this facial wash and was great at waking me up, as it was sweet and simple.
You use the facewash as you would with your regular one, however I found it felt and actually smelt nicer while using in the shower. The most I had to use was 2 squirts at a time, as it seems a little goes a long way with this product. I had this bottle for 2 months before it ran out and this was with twice daily use. All you do is apply to wet skin and then rub in circular motions as it is better for your pores and helps it work better.
This is the best product I've used in terms of facial washes and I would definitely recommend it to everyone, whether you have spot prone skin or not as it does help to prevent them really well. The fact it smells great to is just a nice bonus!
Since using it, Im glad to say that my outbreaks of spots have stopped and when the occassional spot appears it manages to make it dissapear within 5 days. It definitely is one of the best facial washes I've tried and it's made my skin look and feel much better than it has previously.
I'm 30 years old, and started using Neutrogena about 5 or 6 years ago, because I was suffering with occasional spots, and large open pores and blackheads. I first got a yellow Neutrogena and when that ran out a minty smelling one (which I think was a bit strong for my skin). So when I came to buying a facial wash again I looked for Neutrogena. Since using Neutrogena I rarely get spots now, and have noticed a visible difference in the size of my pores and I don't really get any blackheads! The smell of this grapefruit one is lovely and refreshing and smells just like grapefruit! It lasts for ages also, as you don't need very much. Your skin feels really clean afterwards and not tight like you get with soaps. I use this face wash to clean off my make up after the day. I wouldn't use any other products on my face now for washing, I found my perfect match!! The price is great aswell. I've had samples of Clinique stuff before and haven't found it to be as good as this facial wash, and this is a fraction of the price!
I bought this face wash as it was on offer, 2 products from the pink grapefruit range for £5. From the first time I used this I noticed that it had a lovely fresh smell and smelt exactly like a real fresh pink grapefruit. I used this first thing in the morning as part of my cleansing routine and felt as if it woke up my skin and made it feel fresh. It made my skin feel clean, fresh and tingly. It removed any remainder of makeup from the day before. It didnt make my skin feel dry or parched and didnt irritate the senstive areas on my face. You only need a small amount of this face wash as it lathers up well with only a couple of pea sized blobs and this is enough to cleanse the face throuroughly. The packaging is basic yet expensive looking at the same time. it is in a pump bottle which is not messy and allows you to dispense only as much as you need.
This face wash is slightly more expensive than those that I normally buy (at almost £5 a bottle) but I decided to treat myself recently with my boots advantage card points. The bottle looked appealing, with the attractive pale pink colour gel wash and pump applicator. I have also used neutrogena products in the past and found them to be gentle on my sensitive skin, so this was another plus point.
The wash itself smelt beautiful. As soon as I pumped my first application I was hit by the fruity, zingy grapefruit fragrance. I find this really refreshing and uplifting when washing my face in the morning - helping me to wake up when I'm struggling with the dark winter mornings. The gel itself is easy to apply - not too runny so that it just runs off your face but not too thick that you can't achieve good coverage either. My one complaint is that it doesn't foam quite enough - I like to see a good foam on my skin to feel like I'm getting clean and this just doesn't give me that. Nevertheless, my skin does feel clean after applying a small dollop of the gel (I tend to apply gel about the size of a penny and this is plenty). It does leave my skin slightly dry - but I have sensitive skin and find this with all face washes (nothing a but of moisturiser doesn't fix), but at the same time doesn't feel too harsh and, being a gel, is non-abrasive.
The bottle has lasted me several weeks, with washing morning and evening, so I think it is good value for money. It has also helped my skin tone improve in problem areas such as my nose, which can be greasy and prone to blackheads. Whilst it is not a miracle cure, I have definitely seen (and felt) some improvement and will be purchasing another bottle of this in the near future!
This was bought as an accident as my boyfriend thought this was the hand wash i normally buy lol,but this was one of the best mistakes anyone could have ever made for me as this is beautiful, the pump bottle, the colour, the smell the job it does, absoloutley everything about this is great to my experience this has no faults what so ever a 5 star product.easy to apply leaves you feeling squeaky clean and fresh im not sure how much it was but i belive its in the £5 mark,anyway after having this i bought the neutrogena pink grapefruit daily scrub and just as i thought it would be WOW even helps my acne.blemish,spot prone skin and this did not dry my skin out neither did the daily scrub i had this for only 3 days and i am absoloutley amazed and will buy this for as long as they sell it hope they bring out more pink grapefruit products.
Recently I bought a stack of magazines (as I tend to do) and each one had a sample of Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash (names for products get longer I swear!!) in it, so I ended up with 7 of these! I thought seeing as I had them for free it was worth giving it a go and seeing as I had 7 of them, I had enough to try it out properly!
I haven't used Neutrogena facial washes for many years no, so was not too sure what to expect with this Facial Wash in terms of cleaning and skin care, but I was expecting something bright pink, strongly scented with grapefruit and quite lathery.
The first thing I noticed when I used this Facial Wash was the fact that it was only a mild pink in colour, but it was quite a nice pink almost pastel like. The second was the fact that there was hardly any scent at all, and not one I would really liken to grapefruit. This disapointed me slightly, as I would like to at least have smelt a small hint of grapefruit, and whilst the scent of this Facial Wash is quite nice, it is not as expected. The scent it does have is a somewhat floral, fresh fragrance, but you need to take a good sniff to be able to smell anything. It did lather up quite well though, so I got one of my expectations lol.
The Facial Wash smoothed onto my face nice and easily, with a nice smooth texture and it lathered up quickly and quite a good amount, especially seeing as you don't have to use a lot (not that there was a lot in the sample sachets anyway!) It rinsed easily too, and it did leave my face feeling quite soft, but it didn't seem to make my skin feel so clean as I think a Facial Wash should. I like to feel that my skin has been sufficently cleaned, but alas this product failed to give me this feeling after use.
I used this every day for 7 days, just to see if I found the useage any better, but it still failed to impress me, and my skin did not appear to be any different in the way of being clearer and with more of a glow. After seeing the adverts for this, I would have expected a little more of an impression, but it has done nothing for me and I will not be buying it, I will be sticking to my usual Facial Wash and scrubs.
I personally do not recommend this product, as it really does nothing different to most basic Facial Washes, and there are much better products out there. If you do wish to buy this product, it is available in Boots, Superdrugs and in some of the Major Supermarkets. I am unsure of the price, but being Neutrogena, I can be sure it is not cheap!
I tend not to buy Neutrogena skincare products after I bought a face wash of theirs in my teenage years that dried my face out and made it really flaky. I was flicking through one of my magazines when I came across a sample of this face wash and figured I might as well try it. My main reason for doing so was the claims on the front that it tackles blemishes and blackheads. If you've read my previous skincare reviews, you'll know that I get an awful lot of blackheads on my nose and also on my cheeks, chin and in between my eyebrows. Removal strips only work so well and ideally, I'd love to find something that prevents them in the first place so that there are less to tackle. I'm usually a sucker for these kind of claims as I've got such oily skin but I'm never really that confident that they'll do what they say.
Unsurprisingly, it's a light pink colour to compliment the name and smells very fruity. I used this first thing in the morning when I had to get up for an early appointment and it did a great job of waking me up and making me feel more refreshed. According to the claims, it is intended to dissolve sebum (oil) in the pores so that spot-fighting products like the salicyclic acid contained in the face wash can get to the core and not be blocked en route. It isn't particularly thick (but not so runny that it drips either) but it lathers up easily and provide a soap-like lather. While the gel itself is light pink, the lather is actually white.
Like most facial wishes, it made my skin feel dry afterwards, especially in the early days. Despite my skin being very oily, I almost always get a little flaking around my nose when I use a wash-off cleanser - but my skin felt tighter and more uncomfortable using this face wash in comparison to my usual face wash, which slightly dries my skin but doesn't actually feel uncomfortable so this was a big minus point. I noticed that the worst of the dry patches at first were around my blemishes so it's as if it was quite literally drying them out. Of course, this looked awful so I had to put some fairly intensive moisturiser (Simple) on to rectify this as my lighter moisturiser (The Body Shop) didn't do anything for these patches.
Now for the most important part: did it really tackle and prevent spots and blackheads? I've already mentioned that the latter claim was my main reason for buying this face wash as I already have one from the Body Shop that I was happy with in terms of keeping my skin relatively spot-free. Results-wise, I wasn't impressed with this one at all. Having used it for almost a fortnight, I saw no difference at all in the amount of blackheads I got. I continued to use blackhead removal strips once or twice a week on my nose, cheeks and chin to get rid of as many as possible but the very next day, everything was back to how it was and my pores were clogged again so I can't see that this face wash was having any effect on that front at all.
That would be reason enough not to recommend the face wash but worse than that, I actually got more spots than before. My usual Body Shop face wash does a good job of limiting my skin to one or two spots that quickly clear up (as opposed to the five or six lingering ones that were more the norm prior to discovering that face wash) but after almost 2 weeks of using this, I'm noticing more spots of the big, red bump variety and some under the skin spots that are less visible but still relatively painful. I can count on one hand the number of either of these that I've had since using my Body Shop facial wash in the last couple of months so getting three of no less than four of them in a little over a week seems too much of a coincidence if it's not this product that's causing this. At this point, I've lost all patience and am going back to my Body Shop facial wash in the morning as I can only see things getting worse if I carry on using this one!
In Boots, this costs around £4.49. When I bought it, there was an offer on where you could buy two Neutrogena products for £5, which is an absolute bargain considering how much they tend to cost (and you could pick up a second one of these for an extra 50p basically). I didn't take advantage of this offer as I wasn't sure that I'd like it enough to want two bottles of it (probably a good job considering my thoughts on the product!) and as I mentioned at the start of the review, Neutrogena have always had a tendency to dry out my skin so I wasn't bothered about any of the other products in the Visibly Clear range.
WILL I BUY IT AGAIN?
Not a chance! I'm only glad that I didn't buy two bottles as part of the Boots offer as I'd have two almost full bottles to not know what to do with. Based on my experiences, I really can't recommend this product. It's made no difference at all to blackheads and while I realise that it may take time to do so, I'm not willing to see my skin go even further downhill in terms of how many nasty spots I've been getting just to see if this is the case! My skin has gone back to the state that it was in before I discovered my Body Shop facial wash (and that was by no means a pretty sight!) and has literally undone the impressive results in less than a fortnight. I got plenty of spots before switching products to my regular face wash but they weren't so much painful, just irritating and unpleasant looking. These however, are more like what I got in my teens. As I mentioned at the start of this review, I've never really got on with Neutrogena products and this is no exception!