Drug Store Don'ts

The Truth Revealed: Part One

I’ve had so many questions about what to buy from the drugstore, and my honest answer is simple. Don’t!

There are some decent lines out there that are a budget friendly price point, but I can’t recommend many in good conscience. Here are some of the most popular drugstore products purchased, along with my thoughts and feedback. I plan on making more posts like this for you guys covering makeup, DIY masks, and other frequently purchased skin care item. Feel free to send me an email or a message if there’s something you’d like for me to cover! 

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wipes

Key Ingredients: 

  • Benzalkonium Chloride: Sensitizing preservative, as well as an irritating and drying agent. 

  • Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate: Extremely stripping of the skin’s natural oils, giving that “squeaky clean” feeling most people look for in a face wash. Very rough and triggering for sensitive skin. 

  • Salicylic Acid: Great for acne and absorbing excess oil. 

(Also formulated with fragrance, and dyes Red 40 and Yellow 5)

One thing I really dislike about this brand, they do not disclose the number of fragrances they use to formulate their products. One is bad enough, but you really have no idea which ones they’re using and how many.

Overall harsh and over-sensitizing for a cleanser using Salicylic acid, especially when it is used by an acne client who is already experiencing inflammation and irritation to begin with. 

If you’re looking for a drugstore brand, I recommend Cerave as the least harmful. Even with Cerave, they do use Glyceral Stearate which is a pore clogging ingredient.

Neutrogena Makeup-Removing Wipes:

These wipes are stripping for the skin. When you go over afterwards with a cleanser, these wipes still leave a residue on the skin that doesn’t rinse off as easily as it would if you just didn’t use them at all. 

Think of it as wiping your car with a paper towel. Sure it may grab off excess dirt, but really it’s just smearing dirt around the surface. 

Not to mention, these are for the environment. They can’t be recycled. Especially the single pack bags inside bags, so much waste! 

I highly recommend using a cleansing oil to remove makeup effectively. Like attracts like, and oil cleansers easily pull the dirt, makeup, and excess oils from your skin. It is important to use a non comedogenic oil, like Roccoco’s soothing and pore cleansing oil. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel:

Formulated for oily skin that needs moisture, so an ideal choice for those with oily skin looking for a light moisturizer. I’m really not a huge fan, and here’s why- 

This moisturizer is formulated with cetearyl olivate, which is a pore clogging ingredient. 

Again, this has an undisclosed fragrance amount, formulated with a blue dye. 

The percentage of hyaluronic acid included in this moisturizer is also undisclosed. With an ingredient like hyaluronic acid, percentage DOES matter. 

If you’re looking for a great drugstore moisturizer, I recommend Cerave Moisturizing lotion. I don’t love to recommend Cerave, as it is NOT an acne safe line. However they do include niacinamide in addition to Ceramides, cholesterol and other bioidentical lipids which is extremely rare for a drugstore line to formulate with and non irritating for those with sensitive skin conditions. 

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