Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser Mask is a dual action product that deep cleans your pores when used as a cleanser and can also be used as a treatment mask. Right off the bat, if you have oily skin that is not oversensitive, you will probably be one of the many happy customers that I have read reviews by online in compiling this review article.
On the other hand, if your skin is dry or sensitive, you are probably best not trying it because the action of the Benzoyl Peroxide in it will dry your skin even more. It also contains menthol which some people find lovely and cooling on the skin – however some people with sensitive skins find it irritates and casuse redness. You also should not use it if you are sensitive to (or have had previous problems with), Benzoyl Peroxide.
“It worked for me better than proactive, but listen-up if you have DRY skin! Do not use this product I see reviews on here of people with dry skin that were not happy because it “dried ” their skin silly people this is for oily skin types if you have oily skin this is a magical mask/cleanser I have pcos a hormonal imbalance my whole life I have had terrible skin cystic acne light severe you name it I have tried everything even proactive but this stuff takes the cake I have not had a bump since I started using it!”
If you use this product, you are more likely to find that you suffer from irritation and dryness if you are already using another topical acne medication. You will also find (as with many acne treatments), that your skin becomes more sensitive to sunlight and you should be sure to use a non-comedogenic moisturizer with a high spf whilst using Neutrogena clear pore.
Extract from customer review:-
“After switching to the clear pore cleanser, my skin has been perfect. I wake up the next morning and my skin is perfectly balanced, it’s not greasy, nor is it flaky or dry. My skin feels smooth and soft and I haven’t had a single breakout.”
The Benzoyl peroxide will kill the acne and blackhead causing bacteria right down in your pores and also help to prevent future breakouts.
Unfortunately, it also has a bleaching action on fabrics so, as with other treatments, be sure to wash the product off your face and hands thoroughly before using a towel – top tip is to change to a pure white towel when using acne treatments!
Also, beware of getting the product into your hair as it can have a lightening effect there too.
If you like the product and find you are getting great results but skin irritation is occurring, you could try using it less frequently as many users have reported excellent results with cutting down on the frequency of use. You must avoid contact with the lips and eyes and make sure that none of the product gets into your mouth. Neutrogena advise that:-
“If swallowed, get medical help or contact a poison control center right away.”
I guess only a child would swallow this product so you need to store it carefully away from the reach of children.
How to use Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser Mask
- To use as a cleanser, first wet your face, add a small amount of product into the palm of your hand and add a little water. Work the product into a lather in your hands and use this to massage your face. Use gentle circular motions, working upwards and outwards and paying particular attention to the problem areas. Use the pad of a fingertip to work the product into the crease on either side of your nose and those problem blackheads on nose. Rinse your face and hands thoroughly using tepid water and then pat your face gently dry with a clean towel.
- To use as a mask, Neutrogena advise that this can be used two or three times a week. All you need to do is to apply the cream to your face using your fingertips to massage in gentle circular movements. Do not add any water to create a lather just put the Neutrogena clear pore cleanser mask directly onto your skin. Leave the product in place for five minutes for an intensive treatment to deep cleanse those pores and then rinse off thoroughly and pat dry. If you want to use the product as a mask but are worried about your skin being sensitive, you could try applying this to just the oily T zone of your face as a treatment.
Overall Verdict on Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser Mask
Great if you have oily skin that is not oversensitive and you have no adverse reactions to Benzoyl Peroxide or Menthol. If you have breakouts and blackheads and your skin is dry and/or sensitive, this is not the product for you.
If you want to give it a try, it is pretty inexpensive and economical to use (you only need a nickel sized amount of the product each time) and is available on Amazon at a great price right now (please use the link in the image to the right to visit the product page on Amazon.com and use this text link Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask, 4.2 Fluid Ounce (125 ml) if you for Amazon UK.
The product really does work to deep clean the pores and there are literally hundreds of reviews on line from customers for whom Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser Mask is an indispensable product