Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser for Acne-Prone Skin? My Thoughts…
During my search for a new facial cleanser, I tried out Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser. It was developed to cleanse even the most sensitive and acne-prone skin (as it states on the bottle). It claims to cleanse the skin thoroughly by removing excess oil, dirt, bacteria, and makeup. Gentle enough to be used with acne treatments like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. It’s fragrance-free, soap-free, dye-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic. The ingredient list of this product is very short too. It contains only 11 ingredients. Here’s the ingredient list:
Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin
There’s really nothing fancy about this facial cleanser. It’s short and simple. By the looks of the ingredients, it appears to be a very basic facial cleanser. No-frills kinda deal. But I was pretty skeptical about this face wash. It gave me CeraVe vibes when I noticed that Cetearyl Alcohol is the third ingredient on the list. Also, because the product claims to be gentle while removing excess oil, dirt, bacteria, and makeup. This just sounds so familiar! But, this was before even trying the product. So this is what happened after I tried the product…
Did it live up to the claims? My expectations? Did it truly, actually work? Hmmm! So many questions. Well, I’m here to answer those questions. Here’s my experience with this face wash!
My experience with Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser…
The face wash comes in a 16 fl. oz. (473 mL) bottle. For the price of the product and size, it’s a good deal. One of the reasons why I picked it up. The product itself is a creamy gel. It feels super soft and moisturizing on the skin. On the bottle, it says that this face wash is non-foaming, non-medicated, and pH balanced. Even though it says that it’s non-foaming, it foams up just a tad bit. When I say just a tad bit, I can see a little tiny bit of foaming action going on. I guess it can fall under the non-foaming category. lol. But this is just an observation of mine. It’s just not super foamy facial cleanser.
The product feels super soft and hydrating on my facial skin. Doesn’t feel drying and irritating. IT’S SO SOFT!!! It feels like I’m applying lotion to my face in the form of a facial cleanser. I really liked the way it felt on my skin. It’s definitely non-drying and seems good for sensitive skin. It’s a very, very gentle facial cleanser. But after rinsing the facial cleanser off, my skin didn’t feel clean enough. It seemed to have left a layer of residue behind on my face. Honestly, it feels very similar to the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser, and that face wash broke me out! Clogged my pores endlessly! It didn’t leave my skin feeling clean either!
Fortunately, I didn’t have to go through a breakout with Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser. I knew something was wrong when I felt that weird layer of residue left behind on my face after rinsing the face wash off. I knew if I had continued with my skin care routine (ignored the residue) that I would end up with tons of clogged pores. Something just didn’t feel right about this face wash, lol. So! I followed up with another facial cleanser to remove that layer of residue off. It’s too bad. I think Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser just doesn’t clean my skin well. It’s soft, gentle, and moisturizing, but I do have oily skin that’s acne-prone. If I don’t wash my skin the right way, I end up with breakouts.
Overall, from this experience, this face wash is just like CeraVe’s. They don’t have similar ingredients, but the overall feel of both products are very similar. This is just something I can’t use on my face. I know it says that it was developed for acne-prone skin…but just no…this isn’t going to work. I use acne treatments that are drying, but I still need to wash my face properly to prevent new breakouts. This is the face wash I’m using right now. It’s not a permanent face wash. I’m just using it for now, but it leaves my facial skin feeling and looking clean. I haven’t experienced breakouts from it.
I hope this review was helpful! Good luck to one and all. I hope everyone finds a good, effective face wash for their skin type! This one just wasn’t for me. On to the next! 🙂
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An Update on PanOxyl Acne Foaming Face Wash! What I’m Using Now.
Here’s an update on PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash! I’ve been using it for goodness knows how long. It feels like forever. It’s been my facial cleanser since last year. I’ve switched between the Acne Foaming Wash and Acne Creamy Wash. Between the two, my skin much prefers the Acne Foaming Wash. It’s that oily skin that I have. The Acne Foaming Wash isn’t drying at all on my skin (as of late), which is a good thing, but there’s more to this face wash that I want to talk about (keep reading!!). Meanwhile…the Acne Creamy Wash doesn’t do much for my skin. It’s too moisturizing for my skin type. I think it’s better for someone with dry or normal skin. I only used it when my skin felt super dry from my acne treatments. But, I haven’t had that problem lately. I stopped using it because I simply don’t need it. Plus it’s not doing anything for my skin. I need a facial cleanser that actually leaves my skin feeling clean. I have excess oil on my facial skin that needs to be removed. The Acne Creamy Wash wasn’t cutting it.
So I’ve been having second thoughts about PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash. After going through many tubes of this product, it looks like the 10% benzoyl peroxide in the product has very little to no effect on my acne. I love benzoyl peroxide. It’s amazing stuff for acne. I’ve used it for so many years on and off. But this face wash isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do. On the packaging it says that it’ll clear existing acne and helps to prevent new breakouts from forming. Nope, didn’t happen. Not for me at least. Treats acne on the face and the body. That didn’t happen either. Benzoyl peroxide is an effective ingredient for acne. I have a bottle of benzoyl peroxide gel that I use to spot treat my acne when necessary. It works. But this face wash did absolutely nothing for my acne. I tried leaving it on my skin for a few minutes too. I even tried leaving it on for 5 minutes. No results. It’s just like any other facial cleanser. It’s good at cleansing the skin, but it’s not good at treating acne. Well, it didn’t work on my acne-prone skin.
At the moment, I’m trying to finish up my PanOxyl facial cleansers (both of them, lol). In the meantime, I’m using Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser as my main cleanser. It’s all that I have that (I guess) works on my skin. Just for now, I mean. Even though it contains AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid, it hasn’t dried out my skin or irritate it. It’s a pretty moisturizing facial cleanser like it’s advertised as — a hydro boost exfoliating cleanser. Maybe my skin is just so oily that it can handle it. At the same time, it’s good at removing excess oil without drying my skin out. It hasn’t done much for my acne though. I find the AHAs in this product useless. It’s not left on my skin long enough just like how the benzoyl peroxide in PanOxyl facial cleansers isn’t left on my skin long enough to have any effect on my acne. It’s quite a disappointment. I wished it would have some positive effect on my skin. So I think I’m going to use this face wash until I find something else that’s better for my skin. It works for the time being.
Read more on PanOxyl Facial Cleansers and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser here:
PanOxyl Acne Creamy Wash (4%) vs Acne Foaming Wash (10%)
Review: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser