NeoStrata is produced with the aid of genuinely respected dermatologists – not the suspicious sorts of pseudo-professionals quoted on other skincare websites. The company’s researchers are credited with the groundbreaking research into alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that’s now been applied by countless manufacturers. This explains their name; NeoStrata means “new layer” and AHAs help reveal a new layer of skin.
How does NeoStrata work?
Several anti-acne products are made with the NeoStrata name. The cleanser for oil skin acne treatment uses AHAs and triclosan to help keep skin clear. AHAs slough away skin cells and Triclosan kills bacteria. It’s the antibacterial agent used in some hand sanitizers. The anti-acne renewal cream contains Retinyl, which is an active ingredient in many wrinkle creams too. It encourages cell turnover and helps reduce acne scarring.
Is NeoStrata right for me?
These products are designed for teenage and adult acne. They contain powerful active ingredients that work against surface outbreaks and deeper cystic acne.
Are there any precautions?
NeoStrata products aren’t natural and they contain some powerful drying agents. People with sensitive skin should read the ingredients list carefully. Some of the chemicals are propylene glycol, butylene glycol, PEG-8 and polyacrylamide. These aren’t necessarily products that you want to put on your body.
Some of the drying agents are denatured alcohol and salicylic acid. These can dry your skin out more than desired and cause premature wrinkling if they’re not offset with rich moisturizers. NeoStrata’s choice of peanut oil as an emollient in their cleanser is rather cheap and might even trigger breakouts.
It’s very important to use sunscreen diligently when you’re using NeoStrata or other skincare products containing AHAs, salicylic acid and Retinyl. These ingredients expose fresh skin cells that are especially sensitive to damage, i.e., photoaging. If you buy a full NeoStrata acne treatment set you’ll only get a moisturizer with SPF 15. That’s not strong enough unless you’ll also be wearing a hat or makeup with an SPF of 25 or higher.
Is there a guarantee?
Yes, NeoStrata is sold with a money back guarantee.
What do customers say?
We give NeoStrata credit for publishing the results of their clinical study. It’s interesting that they don’t publish data about any of their acne products besides the SPF moisturizer though. Even those results aren’t so encouraging. Just 60% of participants preferred the NeoStrata anti-acne SPF moisturizer to their regular sunscreen.
Would you recommend NeoStrata?
Our overall review is negative. NeoStrata is just too harsh and laden with chemicals. You can get the effects of alpha hydroxy acids from more natural products and skip the risks of using parabens and other potential irritants.