Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cleanser – Honest Review

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

I don’t know if I’ve stated in my other articles that I have an oily, and acne prone skin. So, I’ll be reviewing one of the acne fighting cleansers that I have used and that’s the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Wash.

While doing some research on ingredients that helped to tackle acne, I found out that salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are part of the major acne-fighting ingredients. I decided to use a product that has salicylic acid in it first before using other products which had other acne fighting ingredients.

The Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Wash is a gel based face wash that is a bit thick in consistency. It comes in a pump bottle which I love as there’s no direct contact with the content and that reduces the risk of contamination. I use just a small amount (a pump) of it for my face and neck. 

Claims claims that their acne face wash combines a powerful acne treatment and cleanser in one formula to treat and help prevent breakouts in one simple step. Not only does the oil-free formula gently cleanse deep to pores for clear skin, it contains Salicylic Acid to help get rid of acne and help prevent future breakouts. Plus, the special skin soothers help prevent irritation and over-drying, so it rinses clean and is never oily.

  • Cleanses away dirt, oil, grime, impurities, and bacteria
  • Residue-free
  • Oil-free
  • Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Wash

Active Ingredient

Salicylic Acid 2% (Acne treatment).

Inactive Ingredients

Water, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium chloride, PEG-80 sorbitan laurate, C12-15 alkyl lactate, benzalkonium chloride, disodium EDTA, fragrance, cocamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphate, propylene glycol, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, sodium hydroxide, citric acid, yellow 5, red 40.

Honest Review

It’s been 4 months that I’ve been using this cleanser and I can say that it doesn’t do exactly what the manufacturers claim it does. It doesn’t cleanse totally well as I have to keep on washing off the foams off my face in order for it to get cleans. It’s a bit drying and I use a moisturizer to combat the dryness. It can only remove mild makeup and it doesn’t properly cleanse a heavily make-up face. It didn’t work for my white heads and blackheads, it does work for acne as it slows down the occurrence and not totally eradicate acne and it doesn’t prevent future breakouts like it claims.


  • It comes with a pump dispenser which makes it easy and convenient to use.
  • Foams up good.
  • Removes light makeup.
  • Dries out mild acne.
  • Has a mild fragrance.
  • Not very expensive.


  • It doesn’t prevent future breakouts.
  • It didn’t work for my whiteheads and blackheads.
  • It’s a bit drying after use.
  • It doesn’t remove heavy makeup thoroughly.


It retails currently for 7,000 in Nigeria.




It’s a good face wash for mild acne. I don’t know if it’s harsh on a sensitive skin as I don’t have one. You’ll need to double cleanse while using this face wash as it doesn’t totally remove makeup. For severe, cystic and hormonal acne, I’d recommend seeing a dermatologist.

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