Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

BY Neutrogena
    7 Reviews

Product Description

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash is a gel-based face wash specially designed for acne-prone skin. Its gentle formula deep cleanses your skin and removes dirt, oil, and makeup. This face wash is enriched with salicylic acid that effectively gets rid of acne while preventing future breakouts. It is also oil-free and non-drying and contains special skin soothing agents to prevent your skin from getting irritated.

Product Reviews


7 Ratings & 7 Reviews


Would recommend this to a friend


Suitable for acne-prone skin





Dries out skin

Not suitable for dry and sensitive skin types

Decent face wash for oily skin


Ideal for oily skin

Available in different size

Removes dirt


Easily available


Not suited for dry skin

Neutrogena is pretty decent face wash which is ideal for oily skin. It is easily available. I got combination skin and when I used it, I slightly felt stretchy on my cheeks. You can shop it on some good discounts from various websites.

Best for acne


Effectively fights acne



Not suitable for dry skin

After reading good reviews about Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, I purchased because I have some pimples on my face and I have very oily skin as this was advertised as number one product advised by Dermatologists for fighting acne-fighting cleanser. This oil-free formula cleanses deep down into pores for clear skin as it contains salicylic acid to get rid of acne and prevents future breakouts. I have always used facial cleansers as I drive my bike to the office every day and tend to wash my face once I reach the destination. Most of the time, I spend too much to get all kinds of cleansers around the world. I have been looking forward to the oil-free acne wash from Neutrogena for a long time, and I finally got this. First off, I am going to tell you a little about my skin and then about my experience with this product. I found the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash effectively fight acne and does what it claims to do; I would say about 85% effective on the acne front. Cleans the skin super well and gets rid of the dirt and makeup as well. After using the wash, the surface doesn’t dry at all, and I think it is suitable for all types of skin. The liquid doesn’t contain any parabens as well. The packaging is very convenient, travel-friendly with a pump that locks and unlocks very quickly. I found the smell of the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash is okayish. I prefer the Neutrogena team to improve on that aspect. In terms of price, the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash is on par for a 175 ml. Overall, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash is productive. It is also oil-free and non-drying and contains special skin soothing agents to prevent your skin from getting irritated.

Natural glow




Only for oily skin types

Non-toxic Removes acne Clarifies skin Good for oily skin types Brightens skin with no marks n gives you a flawless skin with smooth texture to feel without makeup Good quality

Acne Free!!


Improves skin texture

Not greasy

Convenient container


Gentle on skin

Clears acne



I have struggled with acne from my teenage years. I tried many home remedies, but some of them only made it worse. Doctors prescription meds would make me nauseous, and the creams would work till I used them. Eventually, I lost hope and made peace with it. But somewhere at the back of my mind, my acne would still bother me.

Then I heard about Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. I used this for 2 weeks before dropping in a review. This cleans the skin gently by removing oil and dirt. The skin will feel fresh, but it will be dry, ‘cause acne is caused by oil in the pores, and this removes it all. So a follow up with toner and moisturizer is a must.

The ones who have been suffering from acne like me will know that it is recommended to find a face wash with salicylic acid. This face wash has it, and that's what causes the drying of the skin. But these chemicals are needed to cure acne.

This is a cost-effective and sure shot way to manage your acne problems. Go ahead and try out one bottle to see results. Wait for two weeks to take a call on the same.

Average Results



Contains salicylic acid


Doesn’t work with cystic acne

I have used a lot of creams, face washes and pills to treat my cystic acne. It has always been a hit and miss with each. The same thing happened with Neutrogena face wash too. This is one of those acne washes that contain salicylic acid, which is a good thing.

As the cost is reasonable, I decided to try it out and test my luck. First thing I noticed was that my face was dry. This was a good sign considering how the acid functions. I used the wash for a month and compared weekly results. My acne has a mind of its own. So every week, it behaved differently. I am still not sure if its because of the wash or something internal.

But the face wash didn't make my acne any worse. So yeah, this works okayish with ones who struggle with cystic acne. And I can't vouch for other kinds of acne.

Allergic reaction




Dries out skin

Severe allergic reaction

They should have a disclaimer on the damn bottle. Millions like me won't know that they might be allergic to the key ingredient of the wash. I used it, and my face started to itch after 5 mins. I just assumed it was because of dryness and went on to soothe myself with a moisturizer and then went to bed.

I woke up an hour later with a red, swollen and patchy face. I had a severe allergy to something that I was unaware of. I had to rush to the ER to figure out what happened. It turns out I was allergic to the acid present in the wash.

If a product contains a severe allergen, shouldn't they mention it on the bottle and ask consumers to do a patch test before using it on their face? Absolutely disappointed with this sort of irresponsibility.

Extremely dry


Cleans face

Clears acne


Very dry

Bad formulation

My face is extremely dry. Clean, but dry. I have to use coats of moisturizer to feel better. It has helped me with my acne. But I don't want to get rid of a problem to get into another. This should come as a combo - wash & moisturizer. Something strong enough to handle the dryness it creates.

Top Questions And Answers

May 9, 2019

What are the ingredients in Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash?

Brittany MosesMay 10, 2019

Brittany MosesMay 10, 2019

  • Salicylic Acid 2%

Inactive Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
  • Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
  • Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract
  • C12-15 Alkyl Lactate
  • PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate
  • Disodium EDTA
  • Benzalkonium Chloride
  • Yellow 5
  • Red 40
  • Fragrance

May 8, 2019

What are the benefits of Acne wash?

Monica JamesMay 9, 2019

Monica JamesMay 9, 2019

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash is the best solution for acne. It is gentle on your skin yet tough on acne. It contains Salicylic acid, which is known to get rid of acne and prevents future breakouts.

May 7, 2019

How to use the Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Wash?

Sadia BaigMay 8, 2019

Sadia BaigMay 8, 2019

  • Use the gel wash twice a day.
  • Wet your face.
  • Apply to your hands, add water and work into a lather.
  • Massage your face gently.
  • Rinse thoroughly.

May 6, 2019

Is the face wash effective?

Alicia MosesMay 7, 2019

Alicia MosesMay 7, 2019

Neutrogena face wash is effective on acne prone skin. For cystic acne, it is better to consult your dermatologist for the best solution.

May 5, 2019

Does Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Wash cause breakouts?

Nidhi AroraMay 6, 2019

Nidhi AroraMay 6, 2019

The face wash doesn't cause breakouts. It prevents further breakouts. Use this twice a day, daily, followed by a toner and moisturizer.

May 4, 2019

What are the side effects of the face wash?

Chitra RamakrishnanMay 5, 2019

Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Wash is not meant for sensitive skin or for those with salicylic acid allergy.

The common reactions are:

  • Itching
  • Irritation

The unusual reactions are:

  • Burn
  • Hives
  • Hypersensitivity Drug Reaction
  • Feeling Faint
  • Skin Ulcer
  • Puffy Face from Water Retention.

Kindly do a patch test before you use it on your face. If symptoms are severe then kindly visit the ER.

May 3, 2019

Can we use the face wash for oily, combination and sensitive skin?

Radhika SinghMay 4, 2019

Radhika SinghMay 4, 2019

The face wash can be used on all types of skin. It has some effects on some types of sensitive skin. Kindly do a patch test before you use it on your face. It is known to cause allergic reactions to some users.

May 2, 2019

Can we use Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Wash to remove makeup?

Meera SethiMay 3, 2019

Meera SethiMay 3, 2019

Technically no. You need to use a makeup remover for that. However, this does remove light makeup, not great on eye makeup though.