Neutrogena's Deep Clean Cream Cleanser is supposed help improve your complexion by cleansing deep into pores. Unfortunately it simply can't work as claimed, and even if it could, includes some ingredients that could actually aggravate skin.
The cleansing agents this contains are pretty standard, and are gentle though not remarkable. Where the heart of the "deep clean" claim comes from is this formula's inclusion of salicylic acid. When used in a well formulated leave-on product, it can work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, it's far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser. That’s because it's rinsed off before it can begin to work. If you are hoping for this cleanser to provide exfoliating benefits, think again.
Even more problematic, this includes menthol, a potent skin sensitizer, as well as fragrance, which can also aggravate skin. While they are also rinsed off, using this cleanser on a daily basis could actually make oily skin worse. Even at its bargain price, we don't recommend this cleanser, and suggest instead one of the more effective options on our list of Best Cleansers.
Contains some gentle cleansing agents.
Salicylic acid cannot deep clean pores as claimed in this formula.
Contains potentially-sensitizing menthol and fragrance.
NEUTROGENA® DEEP CLEAN® Cream Cleanser works two ways to improve the look and feel of skin. First, this dermatologist-tested skin care formula cleanses deep down into pores, dissolving dirt, oil and makeup. Then, it removes dead surface skin that can dry, roughen and dull your complexion. Softer, fresher skin will emerge. It cleans so deeply and thoroughly that it improves the look and feel of skin. Your complexion looks fresh and healthy; feels smooth and soft from deeper, more thorough cleansing. It rinses clean, without leaving any pore-clogging residue. Skin looks fresher and healthier, feels cool and refreshed.
Water, Cetyl Alcohol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Methyl Gluceth-20, Salicylic Acid, Steareth-21, Gelatin, Steareth-2, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Parfum.
Strengths: Inexpensive; some superior water-soluble cleansers; good topical scrubs; effective AHA and BHA products; several retinol options, all in stable packaging; vast selection of sunscreens, most of which offer excellent UVA protection; good variety of self-tanning products; several fragrance-free options; most Healthy Skin products are state-of-the-art; almost all of the foundations with sunscreen provide sufficient UVA protection; the Moistureshine Gloss.
Weaknesses: An overabundance of overlapping anti-aging products that is perennially confusing for consumers; Bar soap; most of the toners are irritating or boring; a handful of bland moisturizers and eye creams; some sunscreens lack sufficient UVA protection or contain too much alcohol or problematic preservatives; most of the Deep Clean products are terrible; no effective skin-lightening products; jar packaging; mostly disappointing concealers and eyeshadows; most of the lip balms with sunscreen provide inadequate UVA protection; mostly poor mascaras.
Neutrogena is one of few brands that have an equally large presence in both the U.S. and in Canada. Unfortunately, many of the formulas and product names that Neutrogena uses are not interchangeable between the two countries, a fact that has been brought to our attention by our astute Canadian readers (who make up about 10% of our Beautypedia readership). In an effort to clear up a lot of the confusion surrounding Neutrogena Canada products, The Cosmetics Cop Team has done research in Canadian drugstores to determine the ingredients and product names as they appear on Neutrogena's Canadian packaging.
Please note that if a product does not appear on this list, it means that, to the best of our knowledge, that product has the same name and formula in the U.S. as it does in Canada. You'll find the reviews for such products under the main Neutrogena brand. That overlap means Canadian readers may find they have to switch between both Neutrogena and Neutrogena Canada to locate the product review they're seeking, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
In some cases the differences between the U.S. and Canadian version of a Neutrogena product is only an ingredient or two, and in other cases the entire formula is different. Despite The Cosmetics Cop Team best efforts, there are no doubt products that have been overlooked on this list. As much as we would like it to be comprehensive, we are restricted by what is on store shelves at the time we conduct our research. If you have any additional information about Neutrogena Canada products, we encourage you to contact us using the link at the bottom of the product's review page.
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