After seeing a bunch of commercials about Neutrogena Skin iD and how it is personalized for your skin by taking a test similar to what a dermatologist would ask you, I went to their website and took the skin iD evaluation. It takes 5-10 minutes and the result is three treatments with three id’s. My skin came out to 14.32.38 which includes the following products:
- 14: Cream Cleanser
- 32: Anti-acne treatment
- 38: Treatment Pads
The only problem with this whole ‘package’ is that you can only buy it online and it costs $40 per set. I also read that they will auto-renew your order. This bothered me because I may not need as much product or may not need all three items at the same time. It would be a lot more convenient if I could run to Walmart and buy the stuff myself.
After the evaluation I clicked on each product and found that the primary ingredients were nothing special:
- 14: Cream Cleanser (2% salicylic acid)
- 32: Anti-acne treatment (2.5% benzol peroxide)
- 38: Treatment Pads (2% salicylic acid)
I then went to my local Walmart and found very similar items made by Neutrogena:
From left to right I found replacements for 14, 32, 38 as Acne Stress Control Power-Cream Wash, On-the-Spot Acne Treatment, and Acne Stress Control Night Cleansing Pads. All items had the exact same percentages of the active ingredients in the skin iD products and I got them for half the price (not to mention convenience)! I paid $20.28 total after tax for everything (see receipt in picture above).
I’ll be updating this post with whether it actually works or not.
Leave a comment if you put together a skin iD package of your own.
UPDATE: I’ve been using this combination for a number of months. I don’t use the Pads at all anymore. In my opinion, this solution works just as well as anything else I’ve used and it’s off the shelf. It certainly isn’t an end-all be-all solution. I’ve learned through reading a lot of articles that your skin health has to do a lot with what you eat and drink. So instead of searching for a ‘miracle solution’, I would recommend reading up on how various foods and diets affect your skin.