For as long as I can remember, when I think of skin care, my mind immediately pictures the transparent, orange-yellow cleansing bar with the word Neutrogena stamped into it. Neutrogena, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has definitely been around long enough to become a recognizable name in the skincare industry and is the most recommended (by dermatologists) over-the-counter skin care brand in the USA. Neutrogena makes a wide variety of skin care products ranging from soaps and facial cleansers to anti-wrinkle creams and serums and is well-known for products used to prevent and treat acne, one of which is The Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple Action Toner. When used as part of a more comprehensive skin care routine, toners are known to have a variety of benefits.
Color: Transparent bluish-green.
Scent: Botanical; cucumber.
Finish: Smooth; easily-absorbed.
Price: $7 for 8 fluid ounces ($0.87/ounce).
Rating: 4/5 (good).
Retailers: www.neutrogena.com (official site); www.amazon.com (best prices).
This product is packaged in a clear plastic bottle; the transparent bluish-green liquid toner is clearly visible. The bottle top can be pressed down to allow the product to be dispensed onto a cotton round pad (or your fingertips) for application to your face. This toner has a fresh, pleasant, botanical scent with a hint of cucumber. I use a cotton round pad to apply the toner after cleansing my face; it feels slightly cool and is non-irritating. It is quickly and nearly completely absorbed into the skin (after about 45 seconds) without residue. I apply this product after cleansing my face and before applying serum, spot treatment, or moisturizer.
- Easy and quick to apply.
- Contains salicylic acid.
- Mattifies skin and helps to remove oil.
- Pleasant scent.
- Cool, slightly tingly feeling.
- May be irritating to some skin types.
- Has a tendency to dry out skin.
Overall, I give this product a favorable recommendation. Although toners are not an essential part of any skincare routine, there are multiple benefits to using them. I routinely use them to wipe away any traces of cleanser or residual pollutants that linger after washing my face. This toner contains salicylic acid, which aids in the prevention and treatment of acne by helping to exfoliate dead skin cells and by decreasing inflammation. I don’t feel that toners are a substitute for properly cleansing your face; however, they can be quite handy for refreshment during the day, especially if you have oily skin. If you’re prone to acne, this is a great product, but you should probably avoid it if you have dry or sensitive skin.
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If you have any experience using salicylic acid toner, please let me know which products that you like to use and which ones that you don’t enjoy using. I am always interested to know why or why not, so please leave a comment in the section below.