Guest Author - April Alisa Marquette
Neutrogena has a product that says New on the label, so of course while shopping, this caught my eye. The label also said dermatologist recommended. Truthfully? That wasn't so much what got me, because product labels claim so many things these days. What interested me though, in addition to the 'new' was the fact that contrary to popular belief, acne does not necessarily end after puberty. So I decided, I would purchase three products from this line. Then after trying them out, I would tell you about them.
Therefore, today that's what I'm doing. The first product is called Neutrogena Rapid Clear Oil-Eliminating Foaming Cleanser. This orange, white, and silver tube says it is the formula for acne-prone skin. Like more expensive, or designer brands, this cleanser is rich and a dab will do you. It lathers into a creamy foam that's supposed to dissolve pore-clogging dirt and oil. Those are the manufacturer's words. Honestly, I don't know about all of that, but I do know that this cleanser works. It rinses clean, and my skin didn't feel as though there had been a greasy or filmy residue left. Also unlike other brands, after using this, my face didn't feel tight, pulled, or like it might crack. My skin felt soft, and after a few hours, ethnic beauties with oily skin, I didn't appear ultra shiny as we often do.
Nice surprise. Since that wasn't bad, and I did not break out overnight and wake up looking like I had hives -- oh the trials of sensitive skin -- I figured I could try the next step. This was the following morning of course. After using the creamy cleanser with its nice light fragrance, I moistened a cotton ball with the Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Toner. The bottle says it's made with microclear technology. Hmmm... It says it fights breakouts and fades the look of post-acne marks. You know the ones we get when we just can't stop ourselves from poking and prodding an imperfection. Well I tried the toner. In fact I've used it and the cleanser a host of times, even when I've come from working out. This toner isn't harsh or drying, even though it contains acne fighting salicylic acid. It too smells nice, and if you've missed cleansing oil from your skin, you will see it on the cotton ball used to smooth the toner over your face. I liked that it picked up where the cleanser left off.
At this point, I had one more product to try. The Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub. I'm not going to fib or fudge here. I was afraid. You may laugh, but it is one thing to test patches of skin on your face, neck, or inner arm, when attempting to find out if a product has the potential to irritate. It is another thing entirely, to squeeze a dollop of thick soft gel with microbeads in it and slather it on your back. Yet despite my fear, doing so was nice. However, if this stuff wasn't the real deal, I knew I was going to pay for it, in pain and welts perhaps that day and maybe even the next and the next. Ethnic Beauties, do you see what I go through for you? But to get back on track -- friends, we have our third winner! I haven't had a body breakout since I've been using this scrub. It is not harsh at all, and like its precursors, it leaves no residue or uncomfortable feeling.
So there you have it. As I've said in previous product reviews, sometimes we hit and sometimes we miss. Today, I say these three products are definitely a hit! In my rating system they get four out of five cocktail rings. Not bad, huh? When you or someone you know tries these products, quite possibly you, or they, will say the same thing. Not bad at all. Neutrogena's got a winner here, three in fact.