Review: Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleanser/Mask

This product has been around on the market for a while and had always been on the back of my mind to try but for some reason it's not available at any drug store near me. On a trip to the US I popped into Ulta and here it was on the Neutrogena shelves, smiling at me.

I purchased a tube ($6.99, haaay) and went on my merry way. I've been using it for a month now and thought I'd weigh in on the experience. The product claims to be both a cleanser and a mask. It's a pasty creamy texture with gritty particles, so it also serves as a scrub. It reminds me of tooth paste but a slightly thinner texture.

It has a slightly cooling sensation when applied on the skin. It lathers a tiny bit when mixed with water on the face and used as a cleanser. When used as a mask it claims to help balancing the skin's oil production and to keep oily skins matte for longer - I honestly couldn't tell a difference in how oily my skin got during the day. It was the same as it always is.

The scent is fruity and refreshing, and the scrub particles are very fine. It also contains salicylic acid which is great if you are acne prone. However a word of caution - if you're sensitive and acne prone, this might be too harsh as a daily cleanser. You might want to try it as a treatment once or twice a week to start. While it hasn't done miracles for my acne, I didn't expect it to. I believe that if you suffer from acne you need supplementary products that have higher concentrations of active ingredients and a simple cleanser alone can't do the trick. This is a great budget cleanser for oily skins in the summer and it's worth a try next time you're perusing the drugstore aisles for a new cleanser!

I have not seen it on the shelves at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, but they do have it at Target, Walmart, Ulta/CVS/Walgreens in the USA, etc. You can also find it online here.

I have used cleansers from Neutrogena before and was not a big fan, but this one makes the cut!

What are your favourite drugstore cleansers?

SandraNeutrogena, Acne, Cleansers