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Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum- reviewed and rejected

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Marta September 24, 2012 5 Comments
The only reason I gave Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum ($15.99) a go at all was the seven-day challenge. Neutrogena promised “visible results in just one week.” Although the ingredient list looked fairly terrifying, I thought how bad can it be if it is just for a week. And, who knows, I might even get visible results. I did, but not the ones Neutrogena would want to boast about.

My skin went red and blotchy overnight and within two days was breaking out. I gave it another few days and carefully removed other products to isolate the Neutrogena serum, but in the end there was no getting away from the fact my skin didn’t like it. Five days in, I gave up. Sorry, Neutrogena, but I didn’t even meet your seven-day challenge.

Although Rapid Wrinkle Repair has what is claimed to be Neutrogena’s highest concentration of sodium hyaluronate, I found this product extremely drying. This is likely due to the retinol. And it may be that the retinol was responsible for the way breakouts – I have sensitive skin and need to be careful with most retinol formulations.

A number of other things could also be marked us culprits as well. Sodium Hydroxide is a known irritant. Studies by the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health found that this ingredient causes “Irritation eyes, skin, mucous membrane; pneumonitis; eye, skin burns; temporary loss of hair” and recommends that consumers prevent skin and eye contact. Solutions as weak as .12% have shown to destruct healthy skin cells within one hour. Laureth 7, an emulsifier, can also be an irritant.

As if these weren’t bad enough, there’s worse to come. BHT is a controversial ingredient that is linked to cancer and in the state of California it is listed as a carcinogen. So too is polyacrylamide as it can be contaminated with acrylamide, a known toxin. Hinokitiol, an antibacterial, is subject to concentration limits in Japan because it is unstable in light and can contain chlorine that is harmful to human skin (source).

All in all, my skin’s warning system did me a favor by giving me a very strong hint that Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum is probably best avoided altogether.

Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acrylyl Dimethyltaurate / VP Copolymer, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Retinol, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, BHT, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol, Polyacrylamide, Laureth 7, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Proline, Hinokitiol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance
  • April 24, 2014

    by maria

    I started using this product saturday. On Wednesday my skin under my eyes was completely dark and in that area there are even more wrinkles it looks horrible. I'm only 25 and maybe I shouldn't have used this at all. All I know now is I have more wrinkles then before I started. Will they go away ????

  • March 1, 2014

    by Andrea

    This serum caused me terrible breakouts and clogged pores. I kept trying, thinking I was just going through a purging period, but the longer I kept at it, the worse I looked. I used it for six months. The worst part: the skin on my neck, right under my chin to my Adams Apple, got very stretchy/stringing and saggy looking. Something in it was very bad for me. It's the worst product I have ever used. I am now on the lookout for something to repair the damage, but I don't know what to use, especially under the chin.

  • December 7, 2012

    by Laurie

    I use Neutrogena Rapid wrinkle repair night formula to TREAT acne. The formula softens the top layer of the acne so that it doesn't form a hard "scab" Then it gently dries and peels away one layer at a time with no redness or irritation. It keeps these areas smooth under makeup as they heal. Have you ever scrubbed too hard and made a pimple bleed? You wake up in the morning with a true scab on your face....I put a thick dot of this product on the spot when it happens and it stops that blood from forming an ugly scab and helps it heal quickly. I gave this product a good test on wrinkles (I am 50 yrs old), I used two bottles for about 3 months and saw no wrinkle reduction. Near the end of 3 months of using it day and night my face did become pink but it was only supposed to be used once a day. I've moved on to peptides for wrinkle repair but keep the Neutrogena Deep Wrinkle Repair for acne repair...........it also removes skin flakes and smooths my skin when some product or another causes "exfoliation" that looks more like dry rough skin that won't come off.

  • September 27, 2012

    by Marta

    Not that I would wish this in on anyone, but its reassuring to know its not just me an my imagination. Thanks for sharing Teresa

  • September 27, 2012

    by Teresa

    Marta, I too have recently tried this Neutrogena product, and only lasted five days. My skin became blotchy, dark spots started to appear and I noticed more wrinkles. I'm now back to products suggested by you and the Truth In Aging group.

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