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Product Review: Neutrogena SkinID Treatment Solutions

Posted By Dana Forman on Jun 23, 2008 at 12:46PM

In case you guys haven't heard, Neutrogena has come out with a new line called SkinID, a personalized skincare treatment solution that is available exclusively online or by phone.

Here's what the website has to say about the product:

skin iD understands that your skin isn’t like anyone else’s. That’s why we’ve created the first personalized acne solution of its kind for a whole new way to fight breakouts. By using the latest advances in acne-fighting technology, the experts at Neutrogena Dermatologics developed an intelligent skin iD™ Evaluation that asks all the right questions about your unique skin, acne type and lifestyle. Based on your individual responses, we’re able to recommend a personalized skin iD regimen perfectly matched to your unique skin needs.

I had the opportunity to get the system at a major discount, so I decided to give it a shot. How it works is, you fill out an evaluation about your skin, the kind of products you currently use, and your lifestyle, and it gives you a treatment solution - a group of products that you can purchase (regular price for the package is $39.90).

I filled out the evaluation and a few days later received my products.

Now, I have combination skin that tends to get oilier in summer, and they'd sent me the oily skin products. I received a face wash, an all-over acne treatment, and some cleansing pads, and a sample acne spot treatment, and a free cosmetic bag in the color of my choice (green).

So, when I got the products, I was immediately disappointed. The face wash, spot-treatment, and cleansing pads all had the active ingredient of 2% salicylic acid, and the all-over treatment had the active ingredient of benzoyl peroxide. Um, okay. How is that different from ANY anti-acne treatment? You can get Clearasil or Oxy pads with salicylic acid for $5, or Clean & Clear astringent with the same ingredient for $6. And I have a Noxzema cleanser with benzoyl peroxide that cost just a few bucks as well.

But since I already had it, I figured I'd try it out. I washed my face with the cleanser and then used the all-over treatment VERY lightly on my skin. And within two minutes my skin felt SO tight and dry that I had to SLATHER moisturizer all over. I mean, I would have moisturized anyway, but my skin has never felt that tight before.

So that's that. I'm glad I got it at such a discount because I'd have been pissed if I paid full price for glorified drugstore products, and drying ones at that.

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