I haven't been a fan of Neutrogena products through the years (they are a hit or miss in my book), but these pads are awsome. All I know is I suffered from cystic, hormonal acne for months and this is the only thing that cleared them out and prevents them from coming back. I use these in conjunction with the stress free power scrub 2x a day and the results are amazing. I don't know about the 8 hour claim, however I did notice reduction in pimple size immediately after using the pads. After a week my skin is mostly clear. There are a couple of cysts that are slowly going away (although they are decreasing in size much faster with use of the pads and scrub). I think this will be a staple in my skincare regimen. I did notice some dryness when using the pads 3x a day so I decreased to 2x per day. Other than that I have nothing but great things to say about this product.
It always makes my skin smooth, but I still need to alternate it with another astringent so it doesnt over dry my skin
wow this stuff is really awsome! I began using spectrojel as part of my daily cleansing routine but it actually caused this nasty breakout on my forehead that wouldn't go away. It was disgusting, I have never used foundation on my face, especially when going to school but ever since the breakout ive been to self conscious to go to school with very noticeable bumps all over my face, so i decided to go back to my usual Avon purifying gel cleanser, and added this to my routine after i cleanse at night. This stuff has quite a strong smell, but it doesn't bother me. It also surprisingly doesn't dry out my skin, and makes it feel much smoother and softer. My whole breakout didn't clear in 8 hours but the redness had gone down significantly. Within a weeks use, my breakout was completely gone, and my pores even look smaller. I will definetly buy this product again!
Very nice product. Though I'm not so sure about the 8 hours claim, these made my skin feel much cleaner and helped dry up my acne. As far as cleansing pads go, these are probably the best I've used and they are definately better than the gel product in this line. Will most likely repurchase!
I bought these a little while back and have noticed better skin improvement. At first I've been using it on a daily basis and then slowed down to a few times a week. I was eerie of using this product because usually Neautragena products break me out and make my skin worse but these treatment pads cleared me up surprisingly well w/ my combination skin. It almost looks as if I'm wearing makeup. I may repurchase these when I run out.
*I only use these every once in a while because they tend to dry me out and when that happens I break out all over again. It's good at swiping up dirt and oil though. I might move onto the Clean and Clear pads after this.
i've just started using these. i'm using them for my back, chest and shoulders AFTER i workout at the gym. i've been having a lot of back acne problems and need to wipe down before i can get home and shower. i use these and the change into a clean shirt. so far so good. if i start to get really dry i'll apply a light moisturize but i think these will work. i still use olay sensitive skin on my face after the gym.
I used this for 2 weeks.. the first few days it seemed great, after using it my skin was super soft and it seemed to unclog some stubborn pores. however, after a few days it seemed to dry out and irritate my skin. cut back to once a day, in the am ..also received the worst hormonal breakout.. i think this contributed to it. I normally have yucky hormonal break outs, but it was really really bad and i should know better.. salicylic acid always ends up giving me cystic acne after continued use.. plus there is alcohol in the product and i'm sure that didn't help matters.. in all fairness i know this product works well for others, just not me.. oily t zone, dry cheeks..
Overall I love this product! Four lippies only though, because the smell is reminiscent of bug spray. I generally prefer products that are unscented. HOwever the results are OUTSTANDING, and I normally HATE Neutrogena products. Also, this is the first salicylic product Ive ever liked. It really smooths out my skin, digs in and helps eliminate my milia problem on my forehead, and FAST! Three weeks ago I started using Glyderm lotion lite with 5% glycolic as part of my normal routine, and I was looking for a good BHA product to complement it and help speed the elimination of clogged pores--and I found it here. This really has helped counteract the redness from the AHA lotion and speed me through the purging/healing process that I was going through. And, I swear to God, it has even helped eliminate my fine lines! I will overlook the odd smell and buy it in bulk, because my skin hasn't looked this way since I was about 23 (i'm 29 and sun-damaged).
UPDATE: Had to try the Paula's choice 2% liquid, and I must admit, it blows this away. If your main problem is acne, these pads are pretty good at getting rid of active spots quickly. However the alcohol can be too drying after awhile for me, and they didn't seem to rid me of the little under skin bumps that Paula's takes care of.
After the first few applications, my skin looked noticeably better. Then I had a breakout and unfortunately that breakout hasn't gone away several weeks later. The pimples seem to dry up, along with the skin around it and then re-appear as whiteheads and the cycle repeats itself. These pads aren't doing anything! I feel like my skin is worse since I started using them. Maybe I need to give it more time, but at this point I won't be re-purchasing!
I never have bad luck with Neutrogena products which is why I chose this one over the many salycitic cleansing pads out there, especially after reading the labels. This one had the least irritating ingredients and the least alcohol, and didn't overdry my skin. In fact, the morning after first use, my combo skin looked clearer than it had in over a week. The downside: yes, the smell IS horrifying, I have to admit, but the product works and my skin looks great on those not-so-great days and times of the month which is when I reach for this, meaning I'm not a daily user. So far so good, hopefully it will continue.