Tuesday, April 1, 2014

No Deal


I had a toner-shaped void in my skincare routine and bought this impulsively in Priceline upon seeing the 'Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Formula' print on the bottle. Neutrogena's Pore Refining Toner is part of their new Pore Refining range, which includes a foaming cleanser and scrub, and to cut the chase, this toner caused me some pretty awful breakouts because of the alcohol content. The high alcohol content will strip the skin and dry it out, unbalance the acid mantle and create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. (Source: Caroline Hirons) I should have read Paula Begoun's scathing review before even setting foot in the pharmacy; the alcohol content stimulates the production of more oil, while the peppermint and eucalyptus extracts are known irritants to sensitive skin.

It claims to visibly reduce the appearance of pores and refine skin to be clear, smooth and more even toned; sweeps away dead surface skin and smoothes over rough, uneven patches (sic), penetrates deep into pores to visibly reduce their appearance for clearer looking skin, skin is left soft, smooth and refreshed. Apparently it won't overdry skin, it's non-comedogenic (sic) and dermatologist tested. Ingredients include water, alcohol denat, glycolic acid, witch hazel water, salicylic acid, sodium lactate, aloe leaf juice, hydrogenated castor oil, alcohol, fragrance, eucalytus leaf extract and peppermint leaf extract. See Beautypedia link above for full list including weird chemical names and obscure abbreviations. 

I bought it hoping the AHA and BHA would be as effective as the Alpha-H Liquid Gold line (I've used up the Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream and lament the price of a repurchase) but this is going straight in the bin. Save your money, girls (and guys!) and go for Alpha-H Liquid Gold or at the very least, an alcohol-free formula. 

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review! Wow that's shocking that there's so much alcohol! I know for sure this will probably irritate my sensitive skin. This looks like my fave moisturizer from them so I might have picked it up!
    And I'm trying to figure out why I can't seem to see your blog posts in my feed :O

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    1. You're very welcome if it helps save you the trouble! I wanted to post about it because it's pretty awful to skin, especially acne-prone types. And thanks for letting me know, I'll see what I can do about the feed!

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  2. My mother has this and I tried it out one weekend and regretted it. I had the same reaction as you, breakouts galore and congested skin. Not worth it!

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    1. I feel your pain! It's such a letdown! I've been clay-masking and layering on the acne treatments thanks to this.

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