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Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 55, 3 Ounce

Uses: Helps prevent sunburn; if used as directed with other sun protection measures, decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.

Key features

  • Spf 55
  • Designed especially for acne prone skin
  • You finally don’t have to choose between sun protection and clear skin
  • Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
  • No1 Dermatologist Recommended Suncare

Honest reviews



I tried this since it is new and claims to be matte. For the past three years, I have been very loyal to the Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 70 formula (US), which I love bc I think it really disappears into the skin and leaves no shine on the surface (perfect under make-up, too). You should see my review of the Ultra Sheer — I should be a freaking spokes person, I think it’s so great… Having said that, I find Clear Face (CF) to be JUST AS GOOD. I will write a breakdown of the products in an easy-to-read form:- Liquid light texture: BOTH feel liquid light on the skin and disappear completely, leaving no shiny residue. Both are easy to wear under make-up, however I find the CF rolls-up into those pesky balls when you rub it in a lot. This doesn’t happen to me every time, so I’m thinking it may be when I layer too many serums and lotions underneath. When I use CF on its own, this doesn’t happen. So, it may be the layering or the serums themselves that are the problem. This has never been a problem with US. Note, CF feels a tad thicker in the hand, but disappears just as finely as the US liquid.- Finish: BOTH are completely matte. I wear sunscreen every day, like a good girl (!!!), and I wear both under make-up and alone with ZERO grease problems. I have combination skin, but I think all skin types would like this “next to nothing” look.- Reactions: I don’t have very sensitive skin, but it does easily dry-out if I use acne products on a pimple I get every now and then. Both CF and US are chemical sunscreens. That doesn’t bother me, but I know some people can’t tolerate that. If that’s an issue for you, try the Pure&Free; versions (very good physical sunscreens, but they leave a slight white cast).- Price: These are about the same price, but the CF is 3 oz. while the US is 1.4 oz.To be honest, I’m not sure why they launched CF when it is a dupe (albeit more affordable) version of US. I think that with the new FDA regulations that came out (e.g. can’t claim to be more than 50+ SPF, can’t be called sunblock, etc.), Neutrogena might be phasing out the US in favor the new CF? The ingredients lists are very similar, with the major ingredients being nearly identical. It’s a bit confusing to me from a consumer/marketing perspective. Hope this is useful.

Adrian Cambridgeport, VT

A fine product

A fine product with a great sun protection. But, its a bit heavy on the skin and prolonged application can eventually lead to a bit oily skin.

Marva Appalachia, VA

NOT oily, Helps relieve acne/blemishes, non fragrant, Sunblock, Lotion. BEST ITEM EVER.

This item has it all. It is lotion. It is sunblock. It even helps alleviate and control acne and blemishes.It is not oily, non comedogenic, very light and smooth, and is a lotion/sunblock combo.This is perfect for everyday use and my skin doesn’t feel disgusting like when I use other sunblock lotions for the face.You only need to use a little at a time and this bottle will last you a while.Great price for under $10 and with Amazon prime it is excellent.The Helioplex branding really is reliable!Pros:+ Non comedogenic, won’t clog pores+ Light, smooth, nonoily+ Helps with Acne/blemishes+ Is a lotion/sunblock combo+ Excellent priceCons:- Wish I had known of this product sooner

Allie Harrison Township, MI

Great sunscreen for oily skin

I finally found a sunscreen that doesn’t make me feel like I have lotion on my face. My skin is extremely oily, and I can’t stand to put any sort of lotion on it. My dermatologist has been getting on me about using a sunscreen on my face, though, so I tried this product in hopes that it would work for me. I absolutely love it and wear it every day. It absorbs immediately after applying and does not feel like you have anything on your face. I’ve not had any noticeable sun exposure since I started using it, and I sweat like crazy when in the hot sun. I highly recommend it for all skin types, but for those with oily skin it’s a godsend!

Madelyn Mammoth, PA

clear face lotion

I read the reviews for the lotion online and I bought this from my local Duane Reade in my area. Not a fan of the price cause it runs like 12 bucks, but it’s definitely 12 bucks well spent.I have terrible oily skin, especially on my nose. My nose is the most shiny even without applying anything to my face. I’ve tried aveeno, st. Ives, olay, clean and clear, dove, cetaphil, biore, and so many more face lotions but THIS, I can say for the first time in my life, I’ve found something that does not leave that greasy, shiny residue look. Not right after I apply, not 30 mins after I apply, and not 5 hours later either. Finally I have a matte look w/ a moisturized feel and the protection to boot.I am very happy I found this and I would recommend it for oily skin types.

Dorthy Balmorhea, TX

Love it

I did not buy this at Amazon but I love it so much I had to write a review and my recommendations. First: I have had very oily/acne-prone skin all my life. My skin is also very fair, and sensitive, and I live in South Florida. Non-chemical sunscreens are too thick and make me break out. Most chemical sunscreens are too oily AND they burn my sensitive skin, especially at high SPFs. I find that with care (using a very mild cleanser) this product protects my skin from the sun, while making it matte and oil-free for hours and hours without causing any breakouts. It’s great under foundation and I don’t have to blot or touchup all day, while a lot of other primers and sunscreens (even so-called matte ones) cause a major grease-attack. I love to experiment with new products, but I am sold on this one. The appearance on your skin is natural, smooth, and looking a just-washed matte.To recap: is your skin oily yet sensitive? BUY THIS IN SPF 30. Wear it every day. Even if you have darker skin or live in a less-than-tropical climate. Skin cancer is no fun. I have had small pre-cancers removed – with either freezing it or cauterizing. Yes, it hurts as much as it sounds. The freezing left me with white scars and the cauterizing with pink marks which lasted for months. Skin cancer hurts, skin cancer is ugly, and skin cancer kills. Don’t be a victim.

Kellie Pollok, TX


I just got mine today, it was the last one in the store. It must be popular? idk anyways the other sunscreens by neutrogena stung my sensitive acne prone face a bit, but this one barely tingled 🙂 I love how it has such a high spf but has such a light texture! such a breeze to apply and it doesn’t feel heavy either! I almost can’t believe its really spf 50! I think this may be the best sunscreen I’ve ever used!!! oh and the flip top cap is really convenient. BUT i’d like a pump…

Leonor Swain, NY

Good Price for Good Product

I spend a lot of time in the sun, so sun protection is a must. I also have historically sensitive, acne-prone skin, so I can’t just put anything on my face. For a while I have been using another product by neutrogena that costs twice as much as this product (and it’s smaller), and it leaves my pores feeling clogged and my skin greasy.Not this product! It’s oil-free, has a high SPF (my dermatologist recommends at least 20), and leaves your skin feeling fresh with a matte finish. I have had no breakouts as a result of this product. I recommend it to anyone with sensitive skin who needs protection from the sun.

Lina Tippecanoe, OH


This is great for people who have oily skin and do not want to feel like they are wearing anything on their face. It absorbs so well and feels so light that you will not want to put another sunscreen on your face ever again! This just feels great and light and has great protection. I am glad I tried this one!

Dena Grain Valley, MO

Might be pricey, but it is the best

I have bought this product quite a few times. I wear sunscreen every day, but I also suffer from oily, acne-prone skin. This sunscreen is truly THE best. It goes on smoothly, and it leaves no shine behind at all. I do not believe I have ever broken out from this sunscreen. Plus, makeup goes on top of it perfectly – it works just as well as any other moisturizer under makeup. And it protects from the sun well. I put this on my face and my boyfriend’s during an all-day music festival in the dead of summer (it was 97 degrees that day) and neither of us got sun-burnt (we reapplied often of course)!

Angelita Yarnell, AZ

Amazingly Light and Matte, Yet Effective

Fragrance-free, oil-free, super gentle and amazingly matte. I dare anyone to apply this to their face and try to detect it by sight or touch once it’s dry (which is very quick). It truly is as if NOTHING is on your skin, but the protection is there.My dermatologist is always telling me to use a good sunscreen everyday, but where to find one that isn’t oily and heavy for my face? I can’t wear it if it slides off. What to do? I have been looking for so long, like many, for a non-irritating, non-greasy sunscreen for my face.Finally….Bingo! 🙂

Roslyn Erwinna, PA

Very good but not perfect

I had the same lotion, but with SPF 110.Pros:- non greasy- doesn’t cause acne- doesn’t smell like sunscreen- acts as a primer under my makeupCons:- really thick- burns eyes if contact occurs- melts off with sweat/ water, not for exercise.I thoght this lotion was perfect until I took a break from jogging yesterday to use the restroom and looked in the mirror to see I was sweating white water off of my face! This conserns me because not only did I loose the sun protection but I looked like a weirdo in front of these cute guys jogging shirtless. *sigh* life is so unfair.

Octavia Sweet Home, TX

Blocks the Sun, Is Not Greasy But May Irritate Sensitive Skin -NOT the Same Ingredients as Ultra Sheer

I’ve been using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock on my face for a few years; it is really good. But when I saw this “Clear Face” version, I decided to try it. I actually prefer this Clear Face because it is so sheer feeling & oil-free. They are NOT the same product and feel different when applied.I like it because it disappears in to my skin, leaving it matte, not shiny at all. The Ultra Sheer is a bit more like a lotion. It’s not greasy but does leave a feeling of lotion on my face. This Clear Face is so light, I hardly know I’m wearing it. Even my husband likes it & that is saying something because he is not a lotion-on-the-face kind of guy. And there is virtually no scent which is great since it’s on your face where you really notice scent.When you first put this on, it’s quite white/watery & you may think it’s a disaster but… just lightly smooth it in & it disappears quickly. And it does block the sun. I have no burning when I wear this sunscreen.If you have sensitive skin, this may not be the product for you. I felt a slight “burning” sensation when I applied it. It went away quickly but I could see that being a problem for some people. I also got a little on my lips & they still felt slightly irritated the next day. The ingredient list is interesting & includes “cinnamomum zeylanicum bark extract” which is from the cinnamon tree and “cedrus atlantica bark extract” which is from a cedar tree. Both have antiseptic properties which is probably why they are in this “clear face” lotion. But they can also cause irritation so if you have very sensitive skin, beware. The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock does not contain either of those ingredients and may be a better choice for you.Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 45 Twin Pack 3.0 Ounce

Antionette Asheville, NC

Thick but effective

I’m used to SPF15 Oil of Olay for daily facial use, so using Neutrogena’s product at SPF 30 was a bit thicker than I was used to. It goes on more like a sunblock than a lotion, but I’m sure it’s more effective as well.

Bessie Pond Creek, OK

Stings my sensitive face.

I bought this after reading good reviews on amazon. It doesnt leave those nasty looking white stuff on your face once you apply it on or makes your face looking greasy afterwards. It’s like a light moisturizer. This also didnt break out my sensitive face like it claimed to be but the only downside is that stings my face a bit right after I put in on my face.

Lidia Lamberton, MN


I’m so broke out from this product! Once again, I tried a sunblock that is supposed to not cause zits. Now I look like pizza face. Seriously, I want to cry, scream, hide in my house, etc. I can’t believe this…but I’m going to get the Qing Outdoor Flap Hat sold in sporting goods on Amazon. You have to look at this. It’s crazy AND I’m going to look crazy while mowing the lawn, but l am at the end of my rope. (I hope you don’t live in my neighborhood and see me out in the yard.)

Jami Perry, NY

Great Sunscreen for breakout prone skin

Since I hit my 30’s I’ve had issues with breakouts and I have to be very careful with what products I use on my face. I have tried many facial sunscreens bad this is my current favorite. It’s lightweight and wears well under my makeup. The best part is that it doesn’t cause my face to breakout any more. Great find!

Jacklyn Nogales, AZ

Highly recommended!!

Its amazing,a clear,not heavy cover on your skin,with no care is very important to me so im so(!!) glad i bought it. 🙂

Lucille Vienna, ME

Looking for you all my life.

I’m a greaseball which is gonna pay when I get older but I am tired tired tired of alternately slimey or too dry irritating sunscreen. Excellent for mineral makeup as it’s dry and actually collects your T-zone oil all day long. In conjunction with clinical stress Secret your anxious, greasy self might be able to hide the outward appearance of fear, nervousness and sweating. Another lifechanger that my skin will thank me for later.

Libby Colchester, VT

good for the face 🙂

i think this does a good job of protecting my face from the sun. it does leave an oily finish but that’s okay with me because i use a pressed powder to mattify my face. it didn’t cause me to break out which is good because my face is acne prone. there’s no scent; i like how it doesn’t smell like a sunblock. i will buy this product again.

Claudette Knoxville, IL

Great texture

I really like this sunblock because it is almost watery. I recommend applying sunblock BEFORE moisturizer because the watery consistency is more easily absorbed when you apply it prior to the (assumedly) thicker moisturizer. No breakouts.

Vicki Queen Creek, AZ

Great SPF protection without breakouts

This was what I have been looking for all these years. I got a nice high SPF in a lotion that did not make my skin breakout. It takes a little bit to rub it in, but smells nice and does a great job protecting the skin.

Abigail Rosenberg, TX