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Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask, 4.2 Fluid Ounce

Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask is a breakthrough acne-fighting formula that can be used two ways as a daily cleanser or as a mask. This dermatologist-tested formula has the acne-fighting power of Benzoyl Peroxide to kill bacteria and treat existing breakouts. Cooling intensity builds as it penetrates deep into pores. Use as a daily cleanser to kill bacteria. Or use as an intensive mask for Deep CLEANsing and extra oil control.

Key features

  • Clean rinsing skin is left clean and smooth
  • 3.5% Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Kills breakout causing bacteria
  • For Deep CLEANsing
  • This item is not for sale in Catalina Island

Honest reviews


Great cleanser for a reasonable price

Okay, I observed my wife and my brother use this product upon the effusive recommendation of my sister-in-law.My sister-in-law and my wife have basically perfect skin, rarely a pimple ever forms for them. My brother also uses this product to great effect as well, which I have observed over the past year. My wife uses this as a routine facial cleanser, then she applies moisturizer after she’s done. She does not get irritated skin.Personally, I think a lot of commercial cosmetic products are super expensive, over rated items that take advantage of the “newest fad”. — Okay, off the soapbox. This particular Neutrogena product seems to be different.

Aisha Herrin, IL

As good as RX cleansers for 1/8 the price!

I started using Neutrogena’s Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask in May 2010 when I started to suffer from (surprising) adult acne. I had deep, painful acne cysts around my jawline and cheeks that didn’t seem to go away despite the use of harsh RX cleansers and gels. With my sensitive skin, the harsh formula of the RXs seemed to just my skin raw, chapped, and aching. On a whim, I decided to try the Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask because of the Benzoyl Peroxide formula that was similar to the RX but without some of the other additives. My first impressions using it were that this cleanser did not sting and burn my face as the RX had done. After about three days of using the product, I began to notice that the size of my acne cysts had decreased considerably and were less painful and red in appearance. By week two of using the product, I had no new breakouts and the acne I had was nearly gone. Additionally, my skin seemed to be handling the formula well- I had smooth, normal sky. No dry patches, redness, or peeling. Over a year later, I rarely have breakouts and when I do, I apply the cleanser as a mask for 5 minutes twice a day and the blemish is gone within two days. The only negative point about this cleanser is that it can be hard to wash off your hands and face. The cleanser is very much the consistency of a mask and, therefore, it takes a little bit extra time to get off your fingers. I recommend using a washcloth to wipe away the cleanser from your face (and also to provide a bit of exfoliation for your skin). With the amount of money I save from not having to make a dermatology appointment and buy RX cleansers and medicine along with the beauty benefits make this an outstanding product!

Roslyn Amf Ohare, IL

Mask or Cleanser

This is a great idea and useful for anyone who prefers to use Benzoyl Peroxide in a wash instead of a cream. I like using this once every few weeks to kill the bacteria that can cause blackheads. It is a rich, creamy clay-like mask that instantly dissolves when water is applied. You can apply this before getting in the shower and it easily rinses away.As the product penetrates into your pores, you feel a cooling sensation. This is also a wonderful product to use on large areas of your body, like your back in the summer, etc. If warm weather makes you break out, try this product a few times a week and I think you will see a difference in the clearness of your skin.It is rather drying, so you might want to use a more intense moisturizer on the day you use this product.3.5% Benzoyl PeroxideAlso look for Biore Deep Cleansing Pore StripsClean & Clear concealing treatment stick~The Rebecca Review

Sasha New Haven, WV

great cleanser

This product has replaced my Proactive cleanser. It has 3.5% benzoyl peroxide, 1% more than proactive, so it really keeps your skin clear. CAn be used as a mask and cleanser. It is non irritating, and does not dry my face out. Dissolves oil too. I use the benzoyl peroxide moisturizer (step 3) from proactive. This is the only product that always works and does not irritate my skin, with exfoliants. I also use this with the Neutrogena Wave Duo, I rinse out the soap from the disposable pads and use it to deep clean my face.

Yolanda Beaufort, SC


I want to know what all the hype is about…it certainly is not a bad cleanser at all. In fact, it is pretty awesome! Usually (with panoxyl(sp?)at least) benzoyl peroxide – the main acne fighter in this product – dries me out and irritated my skin. So, its gentle on the BP sensitive. Also, (I don’t like it but) it does have menthol which gives the “wake up” cooling sensation. I suppose I’m not being fair as I haven’t tried it as a mask yet, but the product doesn’t seem to be that great on my acne (which is mainly stubborn blackheads and some whiteheads). It does an okay job of preventing new formations, but its not touching what I already have. That is why I went to try the Oil Free Grapefruit cleanser. BAD IDEA. Compared to THAT hot mess, this is a gem!

Jessie Park Hills, MO

Wish I Found This Sooner!

Now that I’m over 50, I can’t believe I still get acne. I found this product on a whim and use it 3-4 times a week. It’s a thick white cooling gel that you can wash off immediately or wait and use it like a mask. I can’t believe that it has cleared up my skin and tightened up pores. I truly wish I had this as a teenager. I’ve never had a problem with it over-drying. It’s not expensive either when you consider that the better your skin looks, the better you feel. Great stuff! Walgreens and most drug stores carry this.

Raquel Rowland, PA

works on my breakouts!

I use this cleanser and tend to recommend it.I have used many,many fancy and store bought brands and the Neutrogena CPM seems to help keep my break outs to a minimum. I am not saying it is the best, but I know two other good friends who see the same results I do. It just works for us. Unfortunately stress, diet and hormones have a significant affect on my acne, which can be anything from mild to severe.Basically, if I use this in conjunction with a very mild cleanser my skin looks clear. I have also noticed, if I wash in circles for 30 sec to a full minute and rinse well, my skin looks very clean and almost radiant. And it feels soft from the tiny, tiny exfoliation beads.The mask is too drying, but as a cleanser, I prefer it to proactiv. And frankly the acne market is worth billions, so I tend to use affordable products if I can, that work.EDIT: October 2012I had to stop using this product. My skin is older and more sensitive and prefers natural cleansers. I will use this maybe, once a month or after a long hot summer day. But sadly, it dries me out horribly now and irritates my skin which it never used to. I have heard some people say you can develop sensitivity to b peroxide. It is a very hash chemical, so that makes sense.

Dessie Richland, IA

Favorite item

I have an oily forehead with dry nose and cheeks. I get blackheads and sometimes acne, especially if I don’t follow my skin reggie.The texture is white and thick, clay-like. It tingles on the skin. I let it sit on my face while brushing my teeth or during the shower, then rinse with cool water. I use every night, as a mask once a week.My skin reggie:Neutrogena Cream Cleanser every morningNeutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser OR Neutrogena Blackhead Cleaners as a wash every night, as a mask once a week.Formula 10.0.5 mud mask once a week.Apricot Scrub once a week.Change pillowcases every few daysUse a separate towel for face only, change every few daysWash face morning and nightFollow with moisturizer always and sunscreen for the day on top of moisturizerTry not to touch my face, don’t pick blemishes

Essie Huntington Park, CA