Brand: Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Ultra-Light Spot Treatment Moisturiser
From Neutrogena’s website:
NEUTROGENA VISIBLY CLEAR® Spot Stress Control Ultra-light Spot Treatment Moisturiser is ultra-light and contains MICROCLEAR® technology, to penetrate deep down and help clear spots whilst hydrating skin.
What I liked:
– helps get rid of blemishes faster
– thin texture, sinks quickly into the skin
– doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind
– moisturising enough for oily skin, leaves it soft and smooth
– gentle, doesn’t irritate skin
– cheap price
What I didn’t like:
– if you have dry skin, this won’t be moisturising enough for you
– some people may dislike the cucumber scent
– small size
A month ago, my flatmate asked me to go shopping with him. His nose had been invaded by blackheads, and he wanted something that got rid of them all quickly without breaking the bank. So, I dragged him to Superdrug, where I spent 20 minutes browsing through exfoliants, moisturizers, and spot treatments with salicylic acid, while he complained that I was taking too long… Mmm, talk about gratitude!
My task would have been a lot easier if so many brands didn’t mess up their formulations so badly. Most of the products on the shelf didn’t contain salicylic acid in concentrations high enough to be effective. Those that did were often laden with alcohol, which can be drying when used too often.
Then, I spotted it: Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Ultra-Light Spot Treatment Moisturiser. It fit the bill perfectly. Cheap? Check. No alcohol? Check. High concentration of salicylic acid? Check. Leave-on treatment? Check. This baby came home with us.
Of course, then, my flatmate used it the wrong way. I had taken great care to choose a moisturizer that didn’t need to be rinsed off and, guess what he did? He rinsed it off! Apparently, he had misread the directions on the box… *bangs head on table*
Why is it so important for salicylic acid to stay on the skin? Salicylic acid is an exfoliant that works in two ways. It dissolves the “glue” that holds skin cells together, allowing them to slough off.
It also penetrates deep inside the pores, removing all the dead skin cells, extra oil, and other gunk that’s causing all kinds of blemishes. If you leave it on for only a few minutes, you’re not reaping all its benefits. It may still work, but a lot more slowly.
Thankfully, I’ve been using it too (hey, he steals my shampoo all the time!), so I can tell you how it works when used properly, ie left on the skin for most of the day (or night, if that’s when you prefer to use it).
Whenever I have a blackhead or a zit, I dab a thick layer of it on the affected area. The moisturizer helps calm down the irritation, reduce its size, and eventually get rid of it. I saw a noticeable improvement after just a couple of days, and after four almost nothing was left on my skin.
I know that may not sound miraculous enough to some people, but miracle workers in skincare don’t exist. These things take their time, but I was chuffed to bits it got rid of the zit sooner than it would have healed on its own, and without the risk of infection that’s always around the corner when you decide to pop it.
Now that my skin is clear, I use it only three days a week. I don’t like exfoliating daily because, when you go overboard and remove too many dead skin cells, you expose the raw skin underneath and that’s quite painful! But everyone is different. If you have oily, non-sensitive skin, you may benefit from daily exfoliation. Mine is combination, and three times a week is enough to keep more breakouts at bay.
I also find that Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Ultra-Light Spot Treatment Moisturiser works much better on my oily t-zone than my dry cheeks. The name doesn’t lie. This stuff is ultra-light indeed.
The gel consistency is just short of being runny. It sinks quickly into the skin, without leaving a greasy residue behind, like so many moisturizers do. But it does leave skin feeling silky smooth to the touch.
It’s moisturizing enough for my nose, chin, and forehead, but the rest of my face needs something richer and more hydrating. As I use this as an exfoliant rather than moisturizer, I don’t mind that at all.
But there are a couple of things that bother me about this moisturizer. The first is the scent. It smells like cucumber. It’s quite fresh, not too strong, and doesn’t linger long, but I can’t stand it. I just don’t like anything cucumber, but that’s just me. You may love it.
My other problem is with the size of the tub. It’s only 40ml, so, depending how often you use it, it can run out pretty fast. But at least it’s cheap. Plenty of products charge you three times as much and contain barely any salicylic acid at all. All things considered, this is still a steal.
Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-8, Dimethicone, Salicylic Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Vinyl Dimethicone/ Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Camellia Oleifera Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Laureth-23, Trideceth-6, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Lactate, Laureth-4, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-75 Stearate, Sodium Chloride, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Benzalkonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, CI 19140, CI 42090.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control Ultra-Light Spot Treatment Moisturiser helps get rid of blemishes faster without drying out skin. I just wish it came in a bigger tube.