A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to give a new face wash a try. I’ve been through almost every face wash in both the drugstore and at Sephora.com and I am never completely satisfied with my purchase. I’ve tried going to dermatologists, asking for them to prescribe the correct concoction for my sensitive pores. I’ve bought out St. Ives Apricot Cleanser for months at a time, but I find it too harsh. And don’t get me started on those “invigorating beads” some companies use in their products. Besides the great joy of finding these beads stuck in my nose and mouth throughout the day, I don’t have much of a use for them. After suffering for months with No-Stress cleansers that only made me more stressed out when I used them, I realized it was time for something new.
At my local drugstore, I found a product on the shelf that was new to me: Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser. I was wary at first because I am known to have small breakouts on my chin and forehead, and the bottle didn’t say anything about treating acne. Also, the tube was a opaque, opalescent color, meaning I was unable to figure out exactly what the consistency of the stuff was before I purchased it. Usually I’m pretty satisfied with Neutrogena’s products, but I’ve yet to find a great cleanser that had just the right amount of exfoliation without driving my skin insane. Nonetheless, I purchased the cleanser for just under $8.00, which seemed like a small price to pay if it actually worked.
I took the bottle home and when I opened it to take a shower, I realized the consistency of the product looked perfect. I squeezed a small amount of opaque, creamy liquid into my hand. It was thick enough to contain those fine, sand-like exfoliating granules, which are my absolute favorite to use. They’re very gentle on my skin and they don’t dry out my nose and chin like putting wet cement on my face. I can also scrub away dead skin cells to my heart’s content without worrying about cutting my face. I spread the cleanser evenly on my face and began scrubbing. I could actually feel my skin getting roughed up with the exfoliator as I gently scrubbed. When I washed the cleanser away, my skin couldn’t have felt smoother.
If you’re like me, however, falling in love with the consistency of the product really has nothing to do with how well the product works. It took weeks to find out if Neutrogena’s Pore Refining Cleanser really was the new face wash for me. I checked daily for breakouts and made sure my face didn’t get too oily throughout the day. When I didn’t have a single break out for several weeks, I knew this was the product for me. But how could this be? Most face washes I use are full of Alpha and Beta Hydroxy and still cause me to break out all over. How can this product, not even prescribed for acne, be working on my face so well? I checked the ingredients and I didn’t believe it. Unadvertised Salicylic Acid. I was in heaven. I knew this was the face wash for me.
I knew the time would come when I am almost finished with the bottle and have to spend another $8.00, and I was dreading it. Do I really have to spend so much money for good skin? It isn’t the most I’ve ever spent, but it still depressed me to know I was spending so much on something that probably cost 50 cents to make. Luckily, I found a great deal on Amazon.com, which has the same Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser I bought in the drugstore for almost half the price I paid. Now I’m psyched to buy my next bottle!