Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub

Date Fri, April 3 2009

I don’t necessarily know if my acne is stress related but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try Neutrogena’s new Stress Control acne face wash as I’ve tried at least a dozen other products out there. Containing cucumber and green tea, both of which are ingredients people frequently use for facial treatments, it seemed like a good product. Plus, the light green colour reminded me of spa treatments and the soft cucumber scent was refreshing. Unfortunately, I really found this product to be average at best.

While I didn’t have any major break outs while using this product, I found that my type of acne seemed to change from normal pimples to the tiny, painful whiteheads and even some blemishes that seemed to ever refuse to actually surface. Whatever the “Microclear” technology is which is supposed to be in this product, it is too small for me to see it.

And while the package claims that it will reduce stress and strain on your face, I wasn’t sold. This didn’t help to battle and my skin seemed to become super sensitive and red when I went home. Granted, the weather was colder and dryer but I was definitely seeing more of a reaction than I would expect from a ‘soothing’ facial wash. On the other hand, the scent was really soothing even if it only lasted the duration of my shower. I think that my skin felt refreshed after washing but perhaps it was mostly in my mind and due to the scent.

I found Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub to be a little thick and I’m not overly fond of things being in my face wash. The tiny scrubbing beads weren’t abrasive but occasionally annoying.

One plus I noticed, was that my skin didn’t seem to become really oily. I frequently experience oily skin in the morning but this was not a problem with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub.

Overall, I cannot say anything more about this mediocre product. It smells great but maybe wasn’t the product for me. If you experience a lot of acne which you believe to be stress related, I might try it out; otherwise, step in another direction.

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