Review: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash - Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser

9:57:00 PM mandy 11 Comments

Product Description:
With an uplifting blast of grapefruit plus vitamin C, this unique formula clears blemishes and blackheads. Eliminates oil and dirt without over-drying.

Places to buy:
✻ Drugstores (CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, etc.)

Comes in a 6 fl oz. bottle with a pump. It works well for the type of cleanser this is. However, when I first started to use the product a lot of the cleanser would squeeze through the pump base edges. It doesn't look very appealing but after some product clogs that area the spillage stops.

✻ (From bottle) Cleanse twice a day. Wet face. Apply to hands, add water and work into a lather. Massage face gently. Rinse thoroughly.
✻ (What I did) Sometimes I cleansed the way Neutrogena suggested. Other times I pumped some product onto my foaming net and created a foamy lather to wash my face with. Either way is fine but I just like that I get more foam to work with when using a foaming net. It also isn't as runny when I do it the latter way. I found that liquid consistency cleansers tend to make a runnier lather which always ends up sliding down my arm and creating a mess on the countertop and floors.

Lathered with hands

Lathered with foaming net

✻ Affordable (and Neutrogena is on sale often at the drugstores!)
✻ Available locally
✻ Can last a long time if you don't use a full pump for each usage
✻ Did not break me out
✻ Helped control my breakouts quite well but it isn't a miracle product! I still got occasional pimples here and there
✻ Did not make my face feel dry and tight after using it
✻ Isn't a very harsh cleanser but my skin still felt clean
✻ Skin felt very soft after using this cleanser
✻ Doesn't have parabens

✻ Has sulfates, color, and fragrance
✻ Doesn't help much with blackheads

Yes! I had many good skin days while using this cleanser. After finish this cleanser and I moved onto something else, I noticed I had so many more breakouts and they just wouldn't go away. I cannot say that this cleanser was definitely the direct reason why I had clearer skin but I like to think it played a big part. As strange as this may sound, I missed this product! Mostly because I know it did well for my skin. Too bad I was sucked into the cleanser deals while hauling from Cosmetic-Love or else I would have definitely bought another bottle to help fix my skin.


4.5...a very close 5 though! I'm going to reserve that for HG status products. This one isn't quite there yet but I did enjoy using it very much and after finishing it I actually missed how my skin was while using the product.

Disclaimer: These are just the results I had while using the product. Remember, everyone else's skin is different!! What may have worked for me, may not work for you & what may not have worked for me, may work for you. Try the product at your own risk! I bought this product with my own money and am in no way connected to the companies mentioned. This is my honest opinion!


  1. i always want to try that facial wash...
    but neutrogena here in asia did not market that line -.-
    instead we have the hydro bost line which i dont like -.-

    great review...

    1. Gahh I hate it when that happens. Why can't they offer same/similar products worldwide?!?! :(

  2. Lucky you! Neutrogena seems to hate my skin. (Or maybe it's the other way around?) :\

    1. LOL As long as you found products that work for you :P
      Drugstore items can really be a hit-or-miss a lot of the time anyways *sigh*

  3. aw maybe you should just go back and get another one? ^_^
    if you ever discover a cleanser/product that gets rid of blackheads please let me know!! =D

    1. I already did a week or so ago! My skin has been suffering terrible breakouts the whole August. I wish I knew what went wrong because I really miss my clear skin days :(

  4. know what? I was surprised by the golf course too. It was so unexpected! :)

  5. went back to look at this post even though its old and from last year. I bought the orange version of this, the original oil free acne wash and it dried out my skin like nuts! maybe i should try this grapefruit one instead or something. i cant even wear foundation or powder without my skin flaking off because of my original oil free acne wash D:

    1. I think the orange version is suppose to be the strongest in this line of cleansers. Tell me how this one is for you if you try it though! I've used up 2 bottles of this already and haven't had problems.


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