Neutrogena: Can It Cure Your Acne?


Some of the ingredients in Neutrogena’s deep cleansers do not clean your skin, but can actually damage it.

Neutrogena produces some of the best known and bestselling skin care products for mild to moderate acne. They are reasonably priced and available in drugstores and discount stores everywhere. The problem with the Neutrogena line is that some Neutrogena products are superb for treating acne, and some will actually make acne worse. This article will help you find the products that actually work for your skin.


  • Neutrogena products are reasonably priced and available everywhere. The problem is that some work really well, and others would work really well except they come with misleading instructions or with ingredients that should not have been included.
  • Neutrogena’s at-home microdermabrasion kit is hundreds of dollars cheaper than a visit to the spa or dermatologist’s office, and it really works.
  • Some of Neutrogena’s facial peels are formulated with the right ingredients at the right concentration and the right pH to remove discolored, brown skin, but if you follow the instructions you will just rinse the benefits right down the drain. One of Neutrogena’s skin peels actually works.
  • Neutrogena moisturizers are good for maintaining clear skin.
  • Neutrogena’s deep cleaners would be nearly perfect except they also include ingredients to make your face feel tingly. These ingredients do not clean, and they do injure skin.

What Neutrogena Does Well

Neutrogena produces a great line of at-home microdermabrasion products and skin scrubs. These are not products you use to scrub your face. These are products that do all the work of cleansing your skin when you apply them to your face. You don’t have to rub them in or do any extra work for maximum effectiveness.

Neutrogena also has retinol products for treating acne that have one thing going for them that most brands do not—they are in the kind of package that keeps the retinol cream fresh and active. Any kind of vitamin you dip out of jar will go bad almost as soon as you open the container due to oxidation. Vitamin products you squeeze out of a tube will stay fresh for several years.

What Neutrogena Does Not Do Very Well

Most of the products Neutrogena makes for its Deep Clean not only don’t clean, they can make your skin itch and peel. Their lip balm does not protect the lip against sunburn, and many of the sunscreens are made with alcohol. Adding alcohol to a sunscreen makes your skin feel cool, but it also dries it out and leaves it even more vulnerable to sunburn.

Neutrogena Advanced Solutions At Home Microdermabrasion System

Dermabrasion at the spa, by an aesthetician, or at the dermatologist’s office can cost several hundred dollars per visit. Neutrogena Advanced Solutions At Home Microdermabrasion System retails for just US $39.99. You use microdermabrasion to get rid of skin discoloration after acne heals, NOT to cure pimples or other areas of skin inflammation.

This is a great way to test microdermabrasion to see how well it works for your face. You dab small amounts of skin cleansing compound on problem areas of your face with the sponge on the head of a vibrating device. Then you turn the device on to rub the compound over your skin. The tiny particles of silica, similar to those to make certain brands of sandpaper, leave your skin with an even tone and feel and probably a healthy glow. The downside to using this product is that it does not have the suction wand used at the spa or doctor’s office that vacuums the crystals off the face. Your skin can feel gritty for hours after you do the routine.

And that’s where users of this system need to be careful. The aluminum oxide crystals can build up in the skin and cause irritation if the system is used too often. It’s best to alternate microdermabrasion with a good skin peel product.

Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Acne Mark Fading Peel

Neutrogena makes a good acne fading peel with bad instructions on the label. The Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Acne Mark Fading Peel contains the right strength of salicylic acid at the right pH to break down stuck-together skin around pores and to help fade acne marks left after pimples heal. Since the product contains salicylic acid, it’s good for oily skin. The problem comes when it is used on oily, dark skin.

Label instructions for this product say that it is OK to use 3 times a week for 10 minutes each time, before rinsing it off. That’s not long enough for it to work. If you follow the instructions, you’ll just rinse any benefits right down the drain. And it’s not a good idea to make up your own instructions as to how long you can keep any product on your skin without burning, especially if you have brown or black skin that can become permanently discolored—after improper use of a product to remove discoloration!

The Neutrogena Facial Peel That Really Works

For about US $10 more ($24.99 per bottle), Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Facial Peel removes discolored, dead skin the old-fashioned way. It contains microscopic plastic beads that rub the skin away. This product only works if you do the rubbing. It’s not a “chemical peel.” But because it is not a chemical peel, it’s not going to burn your skin if you leave it on too long or if you put on too much. Just don’t try to get rid of redness. Facial peels get rid of brown spots left by acne, not red spots caused by active acne.

Neutrogena Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration Cream Cleanser

Here is an inexpensive (US $7.99 for a 5-oz/140 ml bottle) skin cleaner that contains just enough moisturizer for normal to dry skin without any active blemishes. It really won’t keep your skin constantly moist until the next time you use it, but it will remove makeup without any need for rubbing or scrubbing. The feverfew extract is not so much that is can cause an allergy but probably enough to take away any redness from the cleansing routine itself. This is a good product for maintaining clear skin once you have achieved it.

Neutrogena Ageless Restoratives Energy Renewal Cleanser

Here is an inexpensive (US $7.99 for a 5-oz/140 ml bottle)  product that is good for keeping pores open if you use it every morning. Tiny microbeads made of polyethylene plastic get rid of dead skin and grime, but they are easy to rinse away. It’s not the product you should use at night to take off makeup.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Products

Neutrogena Deep Clean Products would be terrific, except that most of them include extra ingredients intended to make them “feel” like they are working, and these ingredients redden or dry out the skin. Almost all the Neutrogena Deep Clean product line contains menthol. This chemical from the mint plant makes your skin feel tingly, like it’s getting cleaner. Unfortunately, that tingle is just mild skin irritation, which is exactly what you don’t need when you have acne.

If you have no allergies and no chemical sensitivities and nothing ever makes you break out suddenly, then Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Foam Cleanser (US $6.99 for 6 ounces/180 ml) would be a good product, but it would be a shame if the menthol in it made your skin red.

Are you looking for an acne care system that contains only reliable products offered with a money-back guarantee? Try Exposed Skin Care.

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    i really wanna no if neutrogena scrub is not dangerous on black people skin

    how many times should we scrub our face

    I recommend you check out our article dealing with special considerations for treating acne on black skin.

    I’m a 14 year old female who suffers from oily,resistant, and none pigmented skin. I’ve been using Nutrogena Deep Clean facial cleanser for almost half a year and it works amazing! I actually stopped using it for a few days because it ran out and all my acne came back. I started it back up and it all went away. It’s a kind of cleanser you have to use morning and night everyday for best results. I would highly recommended using this line of products!

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