Does Neutrogena’s Acne Stress Control Wash Perform?

by Bionic Beauty on 13.Oct.2008 · 3 comments

Neutrogena Acne Stress Control face washNeutrogena Acne Stress Control face wash I tried a sample of Neutrogena’s Acne Stress Control “Power-Clear Scrub” while I was mid-breakout. The scrub is basically a cream cleanser with tiny round blue microbeads to help exfoliate your skin. This face wash contains 2 percent Salicylic Acid to assist in clearing your skin and preventing further breakouts. I didn’t experience any drying effects or redness, but I also didn’t experience my skin clearing up. The beads were also pretty darn stubborn to rinse off- getting caught on my skin and in my hairline. I probably would have liked the plain cream cleanser more from this line since my sensitive skin does not usually react well to “microbead” style exfoliators.

One further note, this facial wash contains AHAs (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids), so be extra vigilant about applying sunscreen while using this scrub. AHAs cause your skin to be more photosensitive meaning you could burn more easily. Yet another reason to faux-glow. 🙂

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control, Power-Clear ScrubNeutrogena Acne Stress Control face wash is available at for $8.49 (4.2 ounce tube).


1 Mythbuster Beauty October 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Dang it! I always have high hopes when I try a new skincare product and almost 9 times out of 10 am disappointed.

I purchased the Neutrogena Foaming Cleanser for my pre-teens with their occasional breakouts. They say that BHA or salicylic acid is the best way to treat for breakouts. I like that it is a foaming cleanser, so not as concentrated/drying as a liquid soap and rinses off easily.

Great review BB! Keep up the great work.

2 Emjei October 14, 2008 at 1:18 am

hi its me! thanks for responding on my email… great review, thanks for the info, i’m actually having some breakouts now and still can’t find the perfect product for me… *sigh

3 Skin health nut November 25, 2008 at 12:33 am

I’ve tried it and it seemed a good face cleaner, didn’t dry my skin out as most acne cleaners do.

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