Spot Proofing With Neutrogena’s New Visibly Clear Range
Rebecca Bennett is a respected skincare expert at Johnson & Johnson in the UK. For more than 20 years, Rebecca has worked closely with the J & J Research and Development team to immerse herself in the scientific background of Neutrogena products – and how and why are they are developed. She has attended global and regional conferences in dermatology, and presented widely at skincare events. She is passionate about the health and beauty of the skin and excited about how skincare has developed over the years, offering real opportunities to improve skin and skin health.
How often should I use the mask?
The mask can be used as needed – about two or three times per week is usually about right.
How important is a mask in your skincare regime? Is it really necessary?
Masks allow extra exposure to the great ingredients in them – for example, the salicylic acid in the Spot Proofing provides real spot fighting benefits and by leaving the mask on the skin for a few minutes, this ingredient gets more time to work on the skin – and it’s a great way to take five minutes out of your busy day and relax!
The Neutrogena VC SP Mask is also a 2in1 cleanser. How does this cleanser differ from the daily wash in the range? Which of the two should I use when? Can I alternate daily?
The Daily Wash has a mild surfactant base which means it foams on the skin, cleansing the pores, whilst protecting the all-important skin barrier. The SP Mask is kaolin based which doesn’t foam and provides a ‘creamier’ wash experience. Both of these cleansers work really well in helping target spots and you can choose which one you prefer. Or perhaps use the Wash in the morning to help ‘wake up’ the skin, and the Mask in the evening when you may have more time to leave it on the skin for a few moments. One of the great things about the Neutrogena Spot Proofing range is it comprises different cleansing and exfoliating products so you can choose which ones best fit your skin and your lifestyle.
What are the different kinds of breakouts? And how can you tell the difference between different kinds – i.e. hormonal breakout, vs stress.
It is usually suggested that hormonal breakouts are found in a U shape around the chin and jaw area, whilst ‘teenage’ spots are found in the T zone. U zone spots are usually red lumpy and sore, whilst T zone spots are more about blocked pores and excess oil and blackheads. But everyone is different, everyone’s skin is different, so different people may well have different reactions to hormones and to stress. But I think we all know that a well-managed skin care regime with carefully chosen and suitable products can make a real difference – whichever sort of spots you may have.
How bad is it to sleep with your make up on?
It’s BAD. Makeup will mix with the oils and dead skin cells naturally produced by the skin, and if it’s not cleaned off at the end of the day – pores may get blocked and spots and blackheads result. Always clean the skin at the end of the day, and apply a moisturiser or treatment before bed – the skin can benefit overnight.
How do you choose a makeup brand if you have spot prone skin?
A key term to look for on any facial product is non-comedogenic, which means the product won’t block the pores. Personally I would always look for a good quality foundation from a dermatologically tested brand to use every day – and then maybe experiment with eye and lip colours from other less expensive brands.
Is there a solution for scarring caused by spots?
It is always better to help prevent scarring by treating the skin and managing spots and breakouts before they can scar. And don’t pick! But sometimes scarring is inevitable and frankly it is not easy to manage. Many superficial scars (brown or red marks on the skin) will fade over time and using products that increase cell turnover such as retinoids or salicylic acid may help. Deeper scars which form depressed or raised marks on the skin may need professional help such as lasers and/or fillers. Always consult a skin specialist or dermatologist to help manage severe scars – they will be best placed to give advice and to help.
Peeling and needling for scars?
Peeling can help – see answer above – on red or brown marks on the skin, and I know that microneedling is used for deeper acne scars, as this increases collagen product and may help ‘fill in’ scars. But again always use a trusted medical professional or skin specialist for either of these treatments – they can easily go wrong and cause further problems if used by inexperienced or unqualified practitioners.
What does salicylic acid do?
Salicylic acid helps break down the bonds between skin cells enabling them to shed more easily. This results in less blocked pores and less spots. It also had a mild anti-inflammatory action (less redness).
Will salicylic acid dry the skin?
Yes, that’s what it is supposed to do to help unclog pores. However using carefully formulated skincare preparations containing salicylic acid will mean that the skin can benefit from the spot fighting ingredient whilst the skin barrier is protected, such as in the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Fighting range.
Why doesn’t the moisturiser have an SPF?
We all know how essential it is to protect our skin from the sun, and J&J carefully formulate products to provide the maximum benefit from a carefully selected mix of ingredients to provide real skin benefits. Ideally your SPF product may be layered over the moisturiser to full protection.
Can you put a sunscreen over the moisturiser?
Yes – always allow a few moments for the moisturiser to fully absorb before applying sun protection.
How does this range strengthen the skin barrier?
The Spot Proofing range from Neutrogena Visibly Clear helps protect the skin barrier with ClearDefend Technology which combines the high efficacy spot fighting ingredient Salicylic Acid with a skin-barrier-friendly ingredient to preserve the skin’s natural defences against new breakouts.
Are fragrances irritating to the skin?
We use fragrances in our products because consumers want them, preferring them in many cases to products that are fragrance-free. We continually make fragrance choices to ensure we’re always meeting consumer and safety needs.
What goes into a fragrance?
While the exact contents of a fragrance oil are considered proprietary, we want you to know that the fragrances we make are created by combining only ingredients approved by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA)* the world’s leading authority on the safe use of fragrances. To arrive at our fragrance policy, we follow all IFRA allergy and irritation restrictions as well as those of regulatory safety authorities around the world.
Is the range too drying for winter or sensitive skin?
Spot fighting products have to dry the skin and increase cell turnover in order to help treat and prevent spots. Neutrogena scientists have appreciated that some spot fighting products can overdry the skin, which has led to the launch of Spot Proofing to help protect the skin whilst fighting spots.
However, everyone’s skin is different and there are many other parameters to take into consideration such as the weather. It is often useful to introduce products gradually to the skin until you find the regime perfect for you and your skin.
Harsh products can damage your skin’s barrier, which can leave skin more vulnerable to breakouts. ClearDefend Technology respects skin’s natural barrier as it targets spots at the source, clearing your current breakouts and helping prevent new ones from forming for more spot proof skin over time.