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Neutrogena Naturals Face Wash

Neutrogena Naturals Face Wash

Neutrogena Naturals Face Wash

Neutrogena has been my go-to face wash brand for years after spending forever trying to find one that worked. Before trying these, I was using the Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser (say that 5x fast)– until I found their Naturals brand which caught my eye instantly! Due to my extremely dry skin choosing cream cleanser was a must, and the purifying facial cleanser also intrigued me… in the name of blogging I decided to pick up both!

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser ($10 CAD)

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser

This face cleanser is a non-acne fighting one, although I did find it worked extremely well on my somewhat acne prone skin; the formula uses willowbark which is a natural form of salicylic acid and helps to keep acne at bay if you do have very oily skin. The product claims to be 90% naturally derived ingredients, not tested on animals and supports clean water/ renewable energy; big claims for a face wash.

I have to admit that I did love the face wash, although because my skin can become so dry in the winter it did cause a lot of dry patches. At first I found the smell kind of funky, but over the course of a month I got used to it. I will definitely be reaching for this again once the weather begins to warm up because it did a great job and I love that many of the ingredients are natural. I can see myself repurchasing this for use in the warm weather. Not sure about how travel friendly it is though.

Neutrogena Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser ($10 CAD)

Neutrogena Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser

After testing out the previous face cleanser I switched to this one in hopes that it might work better on my very dry skin. The active ingredient to fight acne is wintergreen which, like the willowbark has natural salicyclic acid. This cleanser has a higher percentage of naturally derived ingredients (93%) nor is it tested on animals and also supports clean water/ renewable energy.

I love the smell and feel of this product after cleansing my skin- it’s not overly perfumed and it leaves a nice tingly feeling (which you may not like) the downside is while using it I have noticed that my skin is breaking out a lot more than usual, and my dry patches are still quite prominent even with regular moisturizer use.

I can’t specifically blame the cleanser for my breakouts because I’ve also been trying a lot of new face products which may or may not be reacting badly with my skin. I will definitely be using this until it’s empty but I have yet to decide about repurchasing; I like that the bottle makes it super easy for travel.

Have you tried any of the Neutrogena Naturals Products?Β 

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  • Ahhh, good ol’ Neutrogena! πŸ™‚ I remember I first used it when I was a teenager and fell in love. Back then (funny enough) I didn’t have acne-prone skin and sadly I got it in my early 20s. Now it’s clearing and I am thankful πŸ™‚
    But! As for the way some products for acne-prone skin work: some of them are designed to break you out MORE in order to get your skin cleared faster and for good. So many products that break you out badly at first (first couple of weeks or even months are a nightmare), but then your skin goes through a magic transformation. I have never used anything beauty products that did that, though.
    I did try, however, medication (prescribed by the doctor) to get my hormones working for me and not against me.
    Make sure you check with a dermatologist about the way these work on your skin. In my humble (and not in one bit professional) opinion, I think these products might be either too harsh for your type of skin, or they do work and that’s just the transformation period. I’d consult with a professional, just to be sure πŸ˜‰
    Thanks super much for an honest review, babe!
    xox Nadia

    • lindseyelyse

      I’ve been using Neutrogena for years- after trying Clean and Clear which didn’t work for me. I have seen an esthetician a while ago and she said everything was good, but I’d love to see a dermatologist in the future for sure! I think the ingredients in the cream cleanser may have been too much for my sensitive skin, but the other face wash has been doing well (knock on wood!)

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Nadia! πŸ™‚

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can’t wait to try it, moving towards more natural products/options.

  • I’ve tried Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser but I disliked it. It leaves some sort of residue on my face, almost like a film of oil so I threw it away. πŸ™

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • lindseyelyse

      Oh no! That’s such a shame. I don’t notice a layer at all- maybe they reformulated it? πŸ™

  • Ela

    I like Neutrogena products but I haven’t seen these ones before, I guess they are not available everywhere yet. I don’t really believe the products which claims to be perfect for acne cleaning, they hardly do. If I ever see the facial cleanser, I will try it out.

    • lindseyelyse

      Aw, I do really like the face wash with the pump which is not said to specifically target acne. But if you haven’t had much luck with other products like that it may be best to avoid! One thing may not be right for everyone for sure πŸ™‚

  • Neutrogena in my option still always has the best drugstore skincare, it has never failed me! Has it been breaking you out a lot? Sometimes the breakouts are the product working on your skin by purging so perhaps just wait it out a bit πŸ™‚

    • lindseyelyse

      I agree. I don’t think it was specifically the face wash causing my skin so much trouble because I have been very experimental with some other products- I’m cutting the other ones back now and its getting a lot better. That or maybe it was the adjustment period, like you said! As long as it works, I’m not gonna worry haha.

  • Angelina

    I haven’t tried Neutrogena Naturals, but the natural aspect of it is really alluring! I like that it has willowbark, which is probably better for the skin than salicylic acid.

    I typically use St Ives Blackhead Scrub for acne, it’s worked really well for me! I do spot treatments and clean the rest of my face with Say Yes to Carrots.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin’

    • lindseyelyse

      I’ve wanted to try the Say Yes to! products for so long. I’ll have to check them out- when I read about the tomato moisturizer it was a mixed bag of reviews and I kind of got put off that one.
      Thanks hun πŸ™‚

  • I didn’t know Neutrogena had a natural line. That’s a step in the right direction. I haven’t used too many Neutrogena products in the last few years. :]

    // β–² β–²

    • lindseyelyse

      Right?! I didn’t either. Their marketing game needs to step up on these.

  • Oh I adore Neutrogena! I haven’t tried the acne cream cleanser but it sounds really good! Thanks for sharing <3



    • lindseyelyse

      Thanks for the comment hun πŸ™‚

  • I haven’t tried much from Neutrogena at all, but a face wash with salicylic acid (or similar) sounds great for the warmer months. Have you considered using these ones only about twice a week and switch to a cream cleanser without the acid? It might work better for your dry skin without risking loosing the benefits.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • lindseyelyse

      Yeah, the salicylic acid is a bit much when it’s cold out. That’s a really good idea- I honestly didn’t really think of that. I’ll have to give it a go and see if that helps πŸ™‚

  • I love Neutrogena! They make such a good skincare products in my opinion. I haven’t tried these particular ones, but they don’t sound so bad πŸ™‚

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • lindseyelyse

      Definitely! And they’re rather inexpensive. I love that they support so many great things πŸ™‚

  • Pia

    I like Neutrogena products but haven’t tried their naturals line yet. I’m the same; my face is so dry that I honestly just stick to moisturiser. I’d be open to trying these though!
    xx, Pia

    • lindseyelyse

      Moisturizer is definitely key! It’s nice to know that this line of products supports so many great things too πŸ™‚

  • I’ve never tried any of their products but I’ve heard a lot of positive things about them and love the sound of them ! 90% ( Or 93% in the cream cleanser ) natural ingredients is extremely impressive and I’m trying to switch all my make up and skincare to products that are not tested on animals πŸ™‚ I think I’d definitely like to try the Facial Cleanser, even if it doesn’t smell wonderful hehe … like you said, in the name of blogging πŸ˜‰

    Lots of love, Marianne xxx

  • Maggie

    Oh thanks for this!! I’ve never heard of this product.

  • This sounds like a really nice and natural face cleanser! I love that is has natural salicyclic acid. I have acne prone skin as well so that is definitely a must!!

    Shannon Sage

  • I love neutrogena products, these two look awesome as well! Thanks for sharing!

  • I’m a huge fan of Neutrogena products and always will be. They always work so darn well and never go wrong with them. I have the product you reviewed and its my go to!


  • My skin is a nightmare and my routine keeps changing so these are definitely two products I will be giving a go now, thanks hun xxx

  • I’ve used both of these products and absolutely love them! πŸ™‚

    xo- Ashley

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