An acne remedy may excel at reducing redness, drying out pimples, and preventing future outbreaks, but at what cost to your skin? Some users pay a low price and reap high returns in the form of softer, clearer, healthier-looking skin. Others have the opposite experience and report irritation, dryness, flaking, and worse breakouts after using a product. (Important note: If you develop an adverse reaction to any acne treatment, either limit its use or stop altogether and try something else.) Such divergent experiences are not surprising, and as veteran users of acne treatments report, you may have to experiment a while until you find the right product and perhaps the right regimen (that is, a combination of cleansing, treatment, and moisturizing products). Indeed, many users posting acne treatment reviews say it's critical to use a good moisturizer in conjunction with whichever acne therapy you choose.
That said, acne treatment reviews suggest that products we researched may be hard on some people's skin. Users with sensitive, dry skin report on Makeup Alley that Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing leaves skin feeling soothed and cooled while others claim it stings and irritates. Ditto for Neutrogena Anti-Blemish Pads, which some reviews on Total Beauty describe as astringent and harsh but others insist is refreshing and toning. Users appreciate Neutrogena On-the-Spot's drying effect on their blemishes and some long-term users report no ill effects, but other acne treatment reviews on sites like Drugstore.com warn that it can be drying and may cause peeling or flaking. Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10 garners a few reports about redness or flaking. One particularly descriptive acne treatment review on Amazon says the user's skin looked as though it had been stung by a hive's worth of bees after two days. The effect of Clean & Clear Cleansers Blackhead Eraser Scrub similarly depends on the user. Some acne treatment reviews say it leaves skin feeling clean and soothed but others say it leaves a film, feels drying, and causes more breakouts.
One final heads-up: Acne treatment reviews note that Neutrogena On-the-Spot Vanishing Formula and Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10 can bleach any fabrics (e.g., towels, linens, a blouse) they come in contact with.