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Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment

*Est. $7 for 2 oz.
Reviewed
May 2010
by ConsumerSearch
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment

Pros
  • Contains 2 percent salicylic acid
  • Contains aloe and cucumber
  • Moisturizing
Cons
  • Contains fragrance
  • Some may be allergic
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Critics say Neutrogena Oil-Free Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment is one of the best acne treatments you can buy over the counter. Experts explain that the salicylic acid it contains helps prevent acne by unclogging pores and sloughing off dead skin cells. Consumers at MakeupAlley.com and Drugstore.com say it is extremely light and smells great, though the most credible experts warn that fragrance may aggravate sensitive skin. If you prefer a nighttime spot treatment rather than an all-over acne treatment, most reviews like Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10 (*Est. $6 for 1 oz.).

We found the best review for Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment in Paula Begoun's book, "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me." Begoun bases her opinion of this and other products on sound scientific research. Although not as detailed, Allure magazine tests hundreds of products for its annual beauty awards, where the best in each category is recommended. Shape magazine also tests acne products, recommending four of them. It's not clear whether Marie Claire magazine tests products, but its article is very informative. Consumer reviews at MakeupAlley.com and Drugstore.com reinforce expert opinion.

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Our Sources

1. Beautipedia.com

Skin-care expert Paula Begoun says Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment is one of only three well-formulated salicylic acid treatments that are widely available at the drugstore.

Review: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment, Paula Begoun, March 2010

2. Allure

Allure editors -- along with cosmetics, chemists and dermatologists -- choose Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment as the best acne treatment after comparing it with several competitors. They say it not only prevents new breakouts but also eliminates redness and dryness.

Review: Best of Beauty: Skin, Editors of Allure, October 2007

3. Shape magazine

Editors discuss some of the latest acne remedies, recommending Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment for normal skin. They say it "sops up oil without overdrying."

Review: Get Clear Skin Fast, Editors of Shape magazine, August 2007

4. Marie Claire

Products are not rated or compared for this article, but instead are recommended for the specific ailments discussed. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment is recommended because, unlike many acne products, it is hydrating and doesn't dry the skin out.

Review: Beat Your Breakouts Forever, Elizabeth Flahive, October 2007

5. MakeupAlley.com

A few consumers at MakeupAlley.com say Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment does not work for them, but the majority say it clears up blemishes without drying out the skin.

Review: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com

6. Drugstore.com

The majority of consumers posting to Drugstore.com say that Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment clears up their acne, controls redness and smells great. For some, it made breakouts worse, possibly due to an allergy to the silicone it contains.

Review: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment, Contributors to Drugstore.com

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