Out now: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash in Pink Grapefruit

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What it is: A new-and-improved breakout-clearing face wash.

What it does: Is your cleanser sleeping on the job? If you get breakouts, it might be. That’s because surface sebum can block the cleansing agents (and any active ingredients) from penetrating into your pores. But hear me out: You don’t need to scrub away at it with harsh, drying cleansers. Thanks to advances in skincare technology, it’s all about kinder, gentler formulations, which remove sebum and deliver active ingredients without irritation.

This new and improved version of Neutrogena’s classic Acne Wash features a proprietary technology called MicroClear, which contains special oil-dissolving agents. They, in turn, help the acne medication (2 percent salicylic acid) get deeper into the skin to clear and prevent breakouts. Is your usual face wash this clever?

Best suited for: Acne-prone skin types. If your skin can handle it, use it daily as a preventative measure; but if it’s too drying, scale back to a few times a week.

Priced at $9-11 for 177 mL. Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers, including Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada, or online at Well.ca.

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