Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub

I returned the Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Cream Cleanser.

One reason I thought Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Cream Cleanser would work for me is because I use Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub and love it. I use it in the morning in the shower, and it seems to do a good job of cleaning and exfoliating my skin. It has a light, soothing fragrance and it only irritates my skin when I scrub too vigorously.

Well, these must have really distinct formulas for me to have such drastically different reactions. Except...

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub

Make acne one less stress

  • With MicroClear™ technology
  • Treats acne even before it emerges
  • Salicylic acid acne treatment

Clears oil instantly, fights breakouts and gently exfoliates without over-drying. So advanced, it treats acne even before it emerges.

  • MicroClear™, a powerful technology, is clinically proven to boost delivery of acne medicine to unclog congested pores and speed treatment deep to the source.
  • Creamy formula with skin soothers, including green tea and cucumber, softens skin while microbeads exfoliate.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Salicylic Acid (2%) (Acne Treatment)

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, PPG 15 Stearyl Ether, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Polyethylene, Polysorbate 60, Steareth 21, C12 15 Alkyl Lactate, Cetyl Lactate, Cocamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Cucumber Fruit Extract (Cucumus Sativus), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Menthol, Microcrystalline Wax, Benzalkonium Chloride, Yellow 5, Green 5, Blue 1, Fragrance

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Cream Cleanser

Clears breakouts & reduces redness
Naturally soothing aloe and chamomile
MicroClear® Technology

Salicylic acid acne treatment

With naturally soothing aloe and chamomile, this rich, creamy cleanser powerfully clears away breakouts and blackheads without over-drying and visibly reduces redness caused by acne. Unique formula calms irritation so skin looks and feels clearer and healthier.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Salicylic Acid (2%) (Acne Treatment)

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, PPG 15 Stearyl Ether, Glycolic Acid, Steareth 21, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, C12 15 Alkyl Lactate, Cetyl Lactate, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Matricaria), Cocamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sodium Benzotriazoyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Xanthan Gum, Benzalkonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Menthol, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Fragrance

Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Cream Cleanser

Neutrogena's Mysterious Oil-Free MicroClear Potions

You don't need to go through the ingredients one by one; I already did that for you.

The unique ingredients in Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub are Polyethylene, Tocopherol, Cucumber Fruit Extract (Cucumus Sativus), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, and Microcrystalline Wax.

The unique ingredients in Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Cream Cleanser are Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Matricaria), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, and Propylene Glycol.

None of those ingredients seem particularly onerous. The difference between the two cleansers that really jumps out at me is the fragrance. The Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub has a naturally soothing fragrance that isn't strong or perfumey. The Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Cream Cleanser has an overpowering, "fake" smell that doesn't belong in any skin care product.

Skin Brightening, Redness Calming Cleanser for Night

I considered getting Neutrogena Visibly Even Foaming Cleanser (I think I've used it before, but I can't remember for sure); there are two reasons I decided against it: 1. It has little exfoliating scrubbers in it. 2. The last Neutrogena cleanser I tried didn't work out.

So then, what to do...

Juice Organics Brightening Cleanser sounded good. It has nice ingredients and gets some good reviews. Plus, it's supposed to brighten skin. But, I went to two different Targets and a Walmart and none had any Juice Organics products. It was frustrating; I know I've seen Juice Organics in stores recently.

Avalon Organics Vitamin C Hydrating Cleansing Milk seemed similar, so I picked that up instead. I like that it has White Tea in it. Since it's so thick and creamy, I may try double cleansing, see how that goes.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Itching Powder

I bought Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Cream Cleanser with high hopes. I've been using it for about three days (at night only), and when I use it my face itches.

I don't remember ever having this problem with any other products. I really wanted this cleanser to work, but I've decided not to push my luck and risk some awful allergic reaction. Three nights of wannabe-redness-soothing itchiness is enough for me. I'll just try to return the stuff.

Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Cream Cleanser

The cleanser starts to itch after it's been on my face five to ten seconds. I thoroughly wet my hands and massage my entire face to make sure the cleanser isn't starting to dry while on my skin, but it still itches. My face feels a little itchy when I rinse it off, but the itchiness completely goes away after I use toner.

I think it's the fragrance in the Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Cream Cleanser that's irritating my skin. When I popped the top and sniffed the product, I hardly smelled anything. But when I start massaging it on my face, oh boy that scent is strong! Why did Neutrogena put irritating ingredients in a redness-soothing cleanser?

The Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Cream Cleanser actually came with a free sample attached to it... but the sample just contains Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Cream Cleanser. It would've been nice if the sample included Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Gel Cleanser, because I'd like to be able to try that out, but after my experience with the cream cleanser I'm not going risk wasting time and money to buy any other products in the line.

Neutrogena Redness-Soothing Gel Cleanser

I'm not sure what to try next. There's Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizing Cream Cleanser and Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser.

I've been interested in Eucerin's Redness Relief line, but most of the products contain drying alcohol. The cleanser contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which also makes me pause.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizing Cream Cleanser seems gentle, but Feverfew is way low on the list of ingredients. I tried Aveeno Ultra-Calming Night Cream a few years ago, but it didn't work. It always burned a little when I massaged it into my skin. I used the whole jar but didn't notice any improvements.

So, the moral of this story is that skincare companies don't pay attention. People with facial redness probably have sensitive skin, too. This means redness-soothing products should not contain fragrance, drying alcohol, or harsh sulfates.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Health News: Vinegar, Calcium, Palm Oil, and More!

Here are 10 quick and helpful tips from recent news and scientific findings in the world of health.

  • Celery, Parsley, Red Wine, Chamomile Tea, and Tomato Sauce Fight Ovarian Cancer

    Women who eat these and other foods rich in the flavonoid apigenin have a 28% lower risk of developing ovarian cancer than those who consume less, report researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

  • Vinegar: Metabolism Booster

    The primary substance that gives ordinary vinegar its sour taste and strong odor may fight fat, suggests new research presented at a recent meeting of the Japanese Society of Nutrition and Food Science. In a study of 175 overweight Japanese men and women, those who consumed a drink containing either 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily for 12 weeks had significantly lower body weight, BMI, visceral fat, and waist circumference than the control group that didn't consume any vinegar. Researchers credit vinegar's acetic acid, which may switch on genes that pump out proteins that break down fat.

  • Chew More, Eat Less

    People who chewed almonds 25 to 40 times absorbed more healthy unsaturated fat and felt more satisfied than when they finished in 10 chews, finds a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Extra chewing breaks down fiber and sturdy cells, releasing nutrients that would otherwise pass through the digestive tract, explains researcher Richard Mattes, MPH, PhD, RD. Plus, steady chewers felt fuller, which may help promote weight loss.

  • Calcium: The Magic Mineral for Weight Loss

    Boosting your calcium intake may help curb your appetite and make slimming down easier, suggests research in the British Journal of Nutrition. When calcium-deficient women took a supplement, they lost 4 times more weight than those who didn't take the extra calcium. Researchers believe the brain compensates for a calcium shortage by initiating hunger to encourage eating foods rich in the mineral. Since most women fall short on calcium, aim to consume fat-free or low-fat yogurt and milk, beans, and dark leafy greens throughout the day, or talk with your doctor about supplements.

  • New Danger Fat: Palm Oil

    As trans fats disappear from margarine, cookies, and other packaged food, another potentially harmful additive is taking its place: palm oil. It was once lauded for a high vitamin E and oleic acid content, but research is turning rancid. Palm oil is loaded with artery-damaging saturated fats and acts much like trans fats in your body. It can raise levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein B (a protein attached to fat particles that carries bad cholesterol through the bloodstream) by nearly as much as trans fat, leading to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Plus, the production of palm oil is fueling deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia, contributing to the extinction of several species.

    Stick to whole foods, and if you buy processed ones, pick those that have heart-healthy oils like olive and canola on ingredient lists.

  • 80% of Dermatologists Think Improper Cleansing Ages Skin

    These face-washing steps from New York City dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, can help women over 40 beat the clock:

    1. Cleanse only at night. Twice a day is too drying for over-40 complexions.
    2. Use a moisturizing cleansing oil if skin is dry or sensitive. Try Boscia MakeUp-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil ($21, Gently rub it into skin for a few minutes to boost circulation and increase radiance.
    3. Just rinse with cold water in the morning. You'll brighten skin and make pores look tighter.

    Boscia MakeUp-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
    Boscia MakeUp-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil

  • Easiest Flu Fighter

    19,500 flu viruses may be expelled in a single cough by someone infected with the flu, according to estimates from Hong Kong researchers. To stop the spread of your germs, cough or sneeze into your sleeve instead of your hand.

  • How to Remove Pesticide Residue from Nonorganic Fruits and Vegetables

    Research shows that scrubbing produce in tap water is just as effective at removing pesticides as mild detergents and products made specifically to wash fruits and vegetables. To get the best results, rinse under tap water for 60 seconds while rubbing the outside with your fingers.

  • Get 12-Hour Energy!

    A 20-minute walk gives you a blast of pep that lasts all day, reveals new research from the University of Vermont. Though exercise provides an immediate lift, scientists were surprised at the long-lasting effect, because mood-boosting endorphins stay elevated for only a couple of hours. Researchers speculate that the jump-start helps buffer the effects of everyday hassles and stress on your outlook throughout the day.

  • The Supplements Exercisers Should Skip

    Popping vitamin C and E supplements may counteract your workout's ability to protect against diabetes. In a new study, insulin sensitivity did not improve in exercisers given 1,000 mg of vitamin C and 400 IU of vitamin E daily (the dose in typical drugstore brands), while those who did the same workouts without the extra antioxidants significantly improved their ability to process blood sugar over 4 weeks. Supplements may prevent the body from producing its own antioxidants, say researchers, hampering exercise's disease-fighting benefits. Get these vitamins naturally from produce, nuts, seeds, and oils.

- Source: Prevention Magazine, October 2009

For more articles on health, nutrition, and fitness, pick up the October 2009 issue of Prevention at your local newsstand, or save money and sign up for a subscription:

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The October 2009 issue of Prevention includes Best Cures for Knee Pain, Walk Off 2 Sizes in 6 Weeks, Play Up Your Brainpower, Is It... Perimenopause?, Smartest Cancer Advice, healthy recipes, and more!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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