50 female reviewers aged 25-39 with normal to oily skin types who are concerned about enlarged pores. Reviewers were asked to cleanse their face once a day using the product, making sure to avoid the eye area. They were also advised to wear sunscreen during the day, as this product contains alpha hydroxy acid, which may make your skin more sensitivity to the sun.
Overall star rating during this trial*:
Neutrogena Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser is a facial cleanser that helps to visibly reduce the look of pores. It contains gentle exfoliating micro beads that sweep away dead skin cells and uneven patches, helping to reveal smoother, younger looking skin. Its alpha hydroxy acids deeply penetrate into the pores to remove dirt, oil and make-up that clog pores, causing them to become enlarged.
This cleanser was well received by the Trail Team, with many stating they found it gentle enough to use every day, and that it was effective at leaving their skin feeling smooth and soft. However, a small group found it so effective they only needed to use it every second day. Many mentioned they liked the light fragrance and that the large tube was exceptional value for money. Reviewers also advised others to avoid the eye area while cleansing. A majority of testers noticed their blackheads lessened after a few weeks of use, as did their pore size and skin roughness.
You say:“I have been using it for a while now and have noticed that my skin is softer and clearer. I think it really helps take all my make-up off at the end of the day, as I have noticed that it has prevented blackheads forming on my nose, which can be a real danger when you were make-up everyday… With all its pros and no cons I think the Neutrogena Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser might have converted me to gentler everyday exfoliation.” – aussie_cat87. Read more… “I really enjoyed using this cleanser because it is so gentle on my sensitive skin – it caused me no breakouts whatsoever! It is also very effective; the micro granules exfoliate the skin beautifully leaving it super soft and smooth. It works wonderfully! It is my go to cleanser now! ” – Ms Billi. Read more…
“After using this product exclusively for a couple of weeks, I have noticed that overall my pores appear slightly less noticeable and that some of the smaller ones do not seem to have as much of a build-up of dead skin like I get when using a basic and simple cleanser without an exfoliator along side it.” – Elunia. – Read more… “This cleanser left my skin thoroughly cleansed and smooth. The exfoliating beads are gentle yet effective at refining skin texture. The creamy formulation made it easy to apply and caused no irritations for me. I also used it on my neck, chest and back with good results. Pros: effective cleanser, gentle exfoliation, practical tube packaging, and reasonably priced. Cons: none.” – emzaau. Read more… “I have very large pores on my chin area and I really struggle as many products cleanse the surface of the skin but don’t get into the pores to get all that gunk out! This product was wonderful, it deeply penetrated pores (you can feel it tingling) and gave a deep clean without being crazily foamy! (I hate excessive foamy products, but I know other reviewers like foamy so I guess its personal preference!). The AHA really provided a deep clean, the smell was nice and the product definitely got rid of dead skin on top of my chin.” – Kezzibelle. Read more…
* Rating refers to the 50 members included in the trial and is correct as of 13 March 2014.
Do you suffer from enlarged pores? Would your skin benefit from a daily exfoliation cleanser that refines pores and smooths skin?