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Review of: Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil Eliminating Astringent


Updated April 03, 2012

Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent:

This is an over-the-counter astringent/toner used to remove oil and treat mild acne breakouts.

Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent is a good option for oily skin types, because it can be a tad drying. It's also best for treating mild acne breakouts and blackheads.

It's great to use on its own for controlling oil. If you want to treat breakouts, you can incorporate this astringent into an OTC acne treatment regimen (for example, pair it with a medicated cleanser and a benzoyl peroxide lotion).

Active Ingredient:

Inactive Ingredients:

Denatured alcohol, water, witch hazel extract, butylene glycol, glycerth-7, aloe barbandensis leaf extract, matricaria (chamomilla recutita) flower extract, methyl gluceth-20, benzophenone-4, blue 1, propylene glycol, fragrance.


About $5.49 for an 8 fluid ounce bottle

Where You Can Buy:

At your local drug store, some grocery stores, and any big box store like Wal-mart or Target


  • It's inexpensive.
  • It does a good job removing surface oil and leaves your skin shine-free.
  • The skin feels cool and refreshed after use.


  • It burns when you first apply it, especially on those open pimples.
  • It's drying, so it's not a good choice if you tend to have dry skin.

Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent Review:

Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent is a toner that contains salicylic acid. It's a bargain, at just about $5 for the bottle. And, because Neutrogena brand is sold almost anywhere, it's fairly easy to find.

With so many "girlie" type skin care products out there, this on is a welcome change. Clean and Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent makes a great toner for both guys and gals. It has a basic blue color and a nice, unisex scent.

The toner is mainly denatured alcohol (45% to be precise). It's not a problem if you have super oily skin, but the alcohol-heavy formulation isn't the best choice if you don't. It can be drying.

Another thing to consider – alcohol burns. It's not bad if you don't have any open blemishes. You'll probably just feel a tingle. But watch out if you apply it to broken skin. Ouch! And, guys, be really careful using this product after you shave.

The results from this one definitely depend on your skin type. My skin isn't very oily, so I felt like it was just a tad drying when I used it every day, after every cleansing. I did like to use it occasionally, though, when my skin was feeling extra oily or dirty (say, like after working out.)

My teen testers had different experiences. One (who has super oily skin) could use it two or three times daily with no problems. In fact, he really liked the way that it kept the oiliness away. But, this product did make his face turn red each time he applied it. This faded within a few minutes and wasn't bad enough to keep him from using the product.

My other teen tester also has oily skin, but skin that is a bit more sensitive. She found the Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent left dry patches on her skin when she used it after every cleansing. She tried using it just once a day instead, and liked that much better. The dryness disappeared.

Everyone agreed that this toner did a good job of leaving the skin feeling cleansed and refreshed. And, you can't beat the price – a definite upside for teens (or anyone wanting to keep the budget under control.)

You can use this toner with other OTC acne treatments, like cleansers and lotions. If you're using a prescription medication, check with your doctor first.

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