Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser Complete Review

Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser is a soap-free cleanser that leaves your skin smooth and clear without removing healthy skin cells or stripping away natural oils. The cleanser reduces the appearance of large pores and improves the overall appearance of your skin. In fact, some people find that Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser reduces pores by about half their size after a single week.

The gentle exfoliating micro beads in Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser remove old, dead skin that can make your complexion look dull. The beads also remove discolorations and smooth out patches of rough, dry, uneven skin. Additionally, Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser contains alpha-hydroxy acid, which penetrates deep into the pores to remove a buildup of oil, bacteria and makeup. Because the cleanser contains no soap, it is easily rinsed from the skin and leaves no trace of residue.

According to Neutrogena, Pore Refining Cleanser has been thoroughly tested by dermatologists. It is alcohol-free, which makes it gentle enough for any skin type. Additionally, the product is completely non-comedogenic, which means it contains no substances that clog the pores.


How to Wash Your Face with Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser

To use this effective, gentle cleanser, begin by washing your hands thoroughly so you don’t transfer oil and dirt to your skin.

Moisten your skin with lukewarm water. (Never use hot water on your face. It is harsh and may dry your skin or stimulate production of excess oil.) Squeeze a small amount of Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser on your hands. You don’t need much; a little goes a long way.

Massage the cleanser over your face for several seconds, using a circular motion. Be careful not to get Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser in your eyes. Be gentle. Scrubbing may damage the skin and stimulate production of more oils that can clog the pores and contribute to blackheads and pimples.

When your face is clean, rinse thoroughly by splashing your skin with lukewarm water. Although Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser rinses easily, always be sure to remove the cleanser from your entire face, including your hairline and neck. Pat your face gently with a soft towel or let your skin air dry.

Although it isn’t absolutely required, your skin will benefit if you splash on a gentle, alcohol-free toner. Use the toner of your choice or try Neutrogena’s Pore-Refining Toner.

Finish by applying your favorite moisturizer while your skin is slightly moist, preferably a product containing sunscreen. If your skin is oily or you have acne, use an oil-free or non-comedogenic moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. If your skin is dry, use a rich, creamy product or a healthy oil such as jojoba, grapeseed, apricot kernel or sunflower oil. Don’t skip this step; moisturizer is important for any skin type.

Using Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser Safely

Alpha-hydroxy acid in Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Always use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to 30.

Apply the cleanser safely and avoid contact with your eyes. If you accidentally get cleanser in your eyes, flush your eyes immediately with plenty of clear water.

Be extremely careful about using Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser if your skin is red or irritated. If you have inflamed acne or open sores, let your skin settle down for a few days before using the cleanser.

Tips for Healthy Skin

Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser will help you keep your skin clean, clear and smooth, but don’t expect the product to work miracles if you don’t take good care of your skin.

If you wear makeup, remove it every night before you go to bed, no matter what. Makeup will clog your pores, making them much more noticeable. Some experts think that over time, leaving makeup on at night may actually stretch your pores and make you look much older than your years. Removing makeup at night is even more important if you use a thick, oil-based foundation. An oil-free product is best for most skin types, especially for people with acne or oily skin.

Always wear sunscreen. This is one of the most important things you can do for your skin, as sunscreen helps to slow the development of lines, wrinkles and age spots that develop over time. Of course, repeated exposure to the sun increases your risk of developing skin cancer.

If you have acne, never squeeze or pop pimples or blackheads. Keep your hands away from your face; every time you touch your face, you transmit oil, dirt and bacteria to your skin.

Drink plenty of water. You may be surprised how much clearer your skin looks if it’s well-hydrated. Get in the habit of drinking at least eight glasses every day.

Avoid tobacco and alcohol, which contribute to unhealthy skin and premature aging. Limit your consumption of caffeine.

About Neutrogena

Neutrogena is an American company based in Los Angeles, California. The company, initially named “Natone,” was established in 1930. During the company’s early years, Neutrogena provided cosmetics to salons that catered to the glamorous movie industry. In the 1940s, the company introduced its cosmetic products to the general public.

The first cleanser was created in the 1950s, when a Belgian chemist devised a formula for cleanser that rinses easily with no residue and rapidly restores the skin to its proper pH.


Neutrogena Cleanser was originally solid in bar form, but soon, was transformed to an attractive, clear amber liquid. The cleanser was so popular that by the early 1960s, the entire company adopted the name “Neutrogena.”

Neutrogena manufacturers a variety of skin and hair care products, including body and bath products, cosmetics, moisturizers, men’s skin care products and special products for acne, sun-protection and anti-aging. Since 1994, Neutrogena has been owned by Johnson and Johnson. Neutrogena products are sold in more than 70 countries around the world.

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