I don't mean to bad mouth Neutrogena, I used to use their products a lot when I was a teenager. Their soaps worked so well for oily skin that they can take the grease off my frying pans. What I find disturbing is that Neutrogena and other skin care products (products that I have trusted are safe) use chemicals that are harmful to our bodies.
The Wired wrote an article about the different harmful chemicals used in mainstream products. I learned that Neutrogena marketers use the euphemism "alpha-hydroxy" in their skin care products to disguise that fact that it is really destructive to your skin. Wired author Patrick de Justo says, "It’s a corrosive acid that breaks apart the outer layer of skin, spurring new cell growth. While it may make you look younger, it can also make skin twice as vulnerable to sun damage — good thing Neutrogena adds SPF 15 sunscreen." The alpha-hydroxy's actual name is hydroxyacetic acid which is found in bathroom tile scum removers that serves to dissolve minerals left in shower and sinks according to Wired.
What upsets me is that it is harder to believe products know what is healthy for my skin. I’m no expert in skin care, but I am becoming more conscious of what I buy. What I mean by conscious is to know what I am drawn to, know my values, and understand how influence and manipulation work. It gets overwhelming to learn about all of the ingredients, but in the end, it will be worth it. To deter from products that contain harmful synthetic chemicals will spare me rashes, developing cancers, and getting allergic reactions. I just thought I should share this with this community because it is all about defying mainstream marketing and wanting to find the truth in products by consumers. The products that I find to work well are Jurlique (From Australia and is by the far the best stuff on earth), Kiss My Face, Origins, Be Fine Food Skin Care, Lush, Aubrey Organics and Clinique.