The Neutrogena Skin-Clearing line of cosmetics is targeted specifically at people with acne.  In general, this means it should be good for people with oily skin.  In this article, we’ll focus on Neutrogena’s Skin Clearing Liquid Foundation, which contains salicylic acid to help acne.

Summary of Reviews

People with oily skin who have tried this product have said that it controls the oil part of the day, but usually requires some touch up with powder.  People with combination skin complain that it sticks to every part of the face that is dry, including any healing blemishes, making those parts stand out even more.  Almost everyone who has used this liquid foundation have said that it gives relatively sheer coverage and needs additional concealer to cover any redness or acne.  However, most people say that it doesn’t make their acne worse, though it doesn’t necessarily help it either.  Everyone agrees that the screw-top bottle is messy and Neutrogena should have included a pump.


  • Controls oil for at least part of the day
  • Does not make acne any worse
  • Provides sheer coverage for those with minimal breakout


  • Sticks to any dry areas
  • Only provides light coverage, so use with concealer
  • The bottle is very messy to use

Best for these skin types:

  • Oily
  • Moderate to minimal acne, used with concealer
  • Oily portions of combination skin

Tips for applying:

  • Make sure any dry areas of your skin are moisturized
  • Use concealer first on any areas needing coverage
  • Do not use extra foundation to give coverage or it gets cakey-looking
  • Use a light dusting of powder to control oily areas
  • Keep blotting paper or powder with you to touch up during the day

Where to buy:

You can buy Neutrogena from most big-chain stores like Rite Aid, Walmart and Target.  The price is around $12 for one bottle.

You can also buy it through at the same price.  Just click the image below.

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