Neutrogena Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment

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neutrogena acne treatmentSalicylic acid acne products are designed to exfoliate the skin in order to reduce acne breakouts. Neutrogena Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment is what I’ve been using recently to maintain my clear skin. Salicylic acid (also called beta hydroxy acid) is able to penetrate your pores, so it can actually clean out sebum and dead skin cells inside your pores – thus reducing blackheads and whiteheads. Yay!

How to pick a salicylic acid product
There are tons of salicylic acid products out there, but not all of them are effective, or even good for your skin. A lot of them contain alcohol, which is irritating and unnecessarily drying for your skin. And some of them even contain pore cloggers, despite the fact they are intended to get rid of acne! Finally, salicylic acne treatments work best at a concentration of 1-2%, and a pH of 3-4. How the heck do you know what the pH is of a particular product? You don’t! The only way to know is to buy pH strips and test the product yourself, but I don’t even know where you’d get those, besides in a junior high science class.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment
This Neutrogena product doesn’t contain alcohol or pore clogging ingredients, and it has a 2% salicylic acid concentration, and a pH of 3.4. How do I know the pH? I haven’t tested it myself, but this product got an excellent rating on Paula Begoun’s website, and she tested the pH. It has a light gel feel to it, and it leaves your face feeling soft and smooth. It has a light cucumber scent, which is somewhat pleasant. Even though the product has the word Hydrating in the title, after a few hours it makes my face feel dry, so it’s definitely best for someone with normal to oily skin. Before this, I was using Paula’s Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Gel, which I like, but I wanted to try out the Neutrogena because I hate the smell of the Paula’s Choice salicylic acid product, and I like the fact that Neutrogena products are sold everywhere, so they’re cheap and easy to find.

If you read my acne cure post, you’ll see that I don’t just use salicylic acid products to control my acne – I do several different things, and salicylic acid is just one part of my personal regimen. For someone with really light acne, maybe all you would need is this product, but most people will probably need a combination of things. The Neutrogena Acne Treatment didn’t really do much to get rid of my blackheads on my nose, but that’s no surprise because I have yet to find something that really gets rid of them. Ugh. Because I use several products to control my acne, I can’t exactly test how well this product worked for me on its own, but it definitely didn’t cause breakouts, and it doesn’t have any drawbacks (except it’s a bit drying if you have dry skin). If you are in search of a salicylic acid product, definitely try this one!

If you’re going to use a salicylic acid/beta hydroxy product, definitely wear a good sunscreen because it will make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Also, salicylic acid is derived from aspirin, so you must avoid it if you’re allergic to aspirin. What’s your favorite product that contains salicylic acid?

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9 Responses to “Neutrogena Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment”

  1. Janet Says:

    I’ve heard about the PH thing but also had no idea how to find out the PH of different products when it matters. Online I’ve seen some sites that list the PH of products, but these are usually unknown brands, and I usually stick with brands you’d actually find in Sephora/drugstores/department stores, etc.

  2. Polyx Says:

    Sounds good, unfortunately i dont think this product is available in the UK so I’m gonna have to see if they released an equivelant. I’ve been having great luck with a Burts Bees acne cleanser recently which contains 1% Salicylic acid

  3. Polyx Says:

    Sorry to spam but i just came across Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Hydrating Spot Treatment which i think is the name they’re marketing it under in the UK. The only bad ingrediant in it in accordance to your pore blocker list is Lauric Acid and
    Polysorbate 20. Does that sound about right?

  4. Jeni - Savvy Skin Says:

    Polyx, I am not sure if that’s the same product because this one isn’t a spot treatment – you use it on your entire face, and the ingredients are different.

    Neutrogena 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment ingredients:
    Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Peg-8, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl Pg Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Lactate, Peg 75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Trideceth-6, Cyclopentasiloxane, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Sclerotium Gum, Laureth23, Laureth-4, Disodium Edta, Benzalkonium Chloride, Potassium Hydroxide, Green 5, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Fragrance

  5. Jen Says:

    I found a place and did order PH test strips and the neutrogena product above is an effective PH. I was curious and I tested all the stuf I own just to see. Just thjought you would like to know!

  6. Marilyn Says:

    Thank you so much for this web-site! I switched my regime over to the products you have listed but I think I got a hold of a sunscreen that made me breakout horribly again! I went in to Sephora to get the Shiseido sunscreen and was helped by a very knowledgeable employee. In talking about my problems, which were quite visible, she suggested a Clarisonic. I haven’t come across any posts on this site. I hesitated, but again, I was desperate having felt like I had tried everything. I bought it on Saturday and today, my husband remarked that my skin looks younger, clearer and couldn’t believe it – and neither could I! She also suggested GoClear’s Salicylic Acid treatment, which I have to say, blew away the Paula product I have been using. I would highly recommend getting a hold of a Clarisonic, I am hoping this is the end of my years and years of adult acne!

  7. Grace Says:

    Hi, I bought this product awhile ago but it didn’t seem to do anything for my skin. I was just wondering if you used this on any active pimples/blemishes and if it worked at all? Wonderful post, I totally forgot about my neutrogena gel :D

  8. Jeni - Savvy Skin Says:

    I mostly just used this daily as a preventive measure. I haven’t had much luck using just salicylic acid to get rid of pimples.

  9. melisa Says:

    ~I honestly have to say this is an amazing product!! I have been to dermatologists on and off for years now for mild acne and after literally hundreds of dollars of prescription creams that have side effects, I took it upon mysel to just try products off the store shelf and for 3 years now I’ve have not even had to go back to the dermatologist and my face has been GREAT!!! I use it every night and it has kept my face CLEAR!!! Thank you neutrogena!!!

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