For oily skinned folk, the gentler cleansers
won't always do. Although you never want to strip your face of all its protective oils, sometimes you need something that will dig a little deeper into the old pores and really pry out that grime and makeup residue. When you need a stronger drugstore cleanser, Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser is a solid choice. And you can't beat the price.
Does It Work?
My skin is combination, which for me means that I tend to get blackheads on my (shiny, shiny) nose and chin, which still managing to have fairly dry skin on my cheeks. So for me, this product is a sometimes treat. If I use it too often, I wind up with dry, flaky skin.
On the other hand, it's the perfect option for occasional use, especially when I have particularly stubborn blackheads. Salicylic acid, the same ingredient that makes this somewhat drying for sensitive, dry, or combination skin types, is a great treatment for acne and blackheads.
If you have oily skin, though, this is a perfect everyday product for you. It's not too harsh, but it will definitely help dig the dirt out of your pores. And the salicylic acid helps keep blackheads and acne from getting a foothold. Skin care is definitely an area where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Texture, Feel, and Smell:
This is a light, clean-feeling product. The smell isn't overwhelming, and the texture is smooth. This is a basic cleanser, not a beaded scrub, so it's good for use with a facial brush or washcloth. I use it with my beloved Clarisonic Mia
, and laugh and laugh as I think about people who shell out all that money for the special Clarisonic face wash. Sometimes, the stuff you get at the drugstore is just as good as anything you'd find at a department store makeup counter.
Water, Sodium C14 16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C12 15 Pareth 15 Sulfonate, Salicylic Acid, Linoleamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, FD&C Yellow 5, FD&C Red 40, Fragrance
Ease of Use:
You can use Neutrogenic Deep Clean Facial Cleanser alone or with a brush. Either way, you want to rub it together in your hands before applying, to let it foam up a little. Then apply the lather to your face, massaging in a circular motion to allow it to work on your pores. Rinse with lukewarm (not cold, and definitely not hot
) water, and pat your face dry with a clean towel.
If your skin is sensitive or dry, but you still need some help with occasional acne or blackheads, this is a good every other day type of cleanser to alternate with gentler formulas. Just keep an eye on your skin and discontinue if you see redness or if your face feels drier than usual. Not all skin types can tolerate salicylic acid.
Bang for Your Buck:
The price is definitely right for this product. While some drugstore cleansers creep up in price --seriously? $10 for something I can buy while I'm stocking up on tacky seasonal decorations and cold medicine? -- Neutrogena keeps this face wash in the $5 neighborhood. Which is right where cleansers should be, in my opinion.
Price: $5 and up.
Is It Worth It?
Definitely, especially for folks with oilier complexions. If your skin is combination, work this product into your routine as needed to deal with stubborn blackheads. For more sensitive skin, stick with my other old favorite: Olay Foaming Face Wash.