I buy this in multiples. I have been buying this for about 4 years now and I am never without this product. Three members of my household use this. I personally use it once a day on skin that has been washed and is still wet. I take out two and gently go over my face paying attention to the t-zone...let it sit for about 30 seconds then rinse with water....I think this product is great for cleaning the pores and removing dead skin cells. I put on the Mario Badescu Floral water spray (5 star product) afterwards. Perfect combination for my skin! It is so cheap and there is a coupon in every box lid/flap. No reason to not try it out. My skin glows!
I have used these every night for about six months...
I remove my make up using an oil massage to loosen the makeup and then a gentle soap to wash it off, then tone my face with 1-2 of these pads. Also, if I go to bed and wake up with oily skin, I will tone with one of these before putting on primer, fdtn, etc.
What did they do?
-Balanced my skin out. i think following a skin care routine in general helped, but this definitely reduced the amount of oil I had on my face when I woke up, and during the day reduced shine. I definitely have more normal " " skin rather than oily/combination skin.
-Help reduce and calm break outs. I definitely have less break outs as long as I use these consistently. Probably has to do with the oil sitting on my face. But these definitely have had a positive impact on my skin care routine, especially for a cheap price.
What did they not do?
-I still have blackheads and large pores around my nose. Yes, the amount of oil has been reduced, but these are not a miracle product alone. My blackheads have not really been affected.
-Did nothing for acne scarring, or anything else for my skin. Did dry out my cheeks a bit.
All in all, I am scared to stop using, but these are not a miracle product for me. Just a decent place holder.
I've been using these alcohol free Stridex pads on & off for years -they're great!! I have 30yr old, very oily, acne/clog-prone skin (but also used & loved these when I was 20!)
When I got pregnant w/my daughter 5yrs ago I got lazy with my skincare routine & didn't get back "into" skincare until about 12months ago. I started getting clogged pores all over the sides of my face (again, like in my teens & early 20's) so started hanging out on the SkinCare Board looking for ways to get my skin back in shape, read a reccomendation about these, remembered the wonderful results I got when I'd used them in the past, & picked up a new box for (approx.) $3-5 at my local WalMart.
I began using them every other day, alternating this w/several AHA treatments & I don't even have words for the amazing results I had (& am still having 8+months later!) I am now using them daily in the mornings & at the same time I began using these again I also started oil cleansing. Baby Oil for makeup removal, GrapeSeed Oil for regular cleansing. I truely believe that oil cleansing along with this product & my AHA toners (Neutrogena & Equate) my skin has done a total 360 & I have NEVER been happier! I suffered with mild acne & severe clogged pores through ALL of my teenage years, &have delt with clogged pores ever since.. But now recently my old marks have faded away to nothing, my pores are tighter & produce less oil, & I have virtually no clogged pores whatsoever! :)
These are definately worth 5 lippies & I plan to repurchase again, again, & again! continued >>
I have mild acne within using this for couple day, it helped my skin cleared up. love it!
This is my second time purchasing these. I am so happy with them! They're so inexpensive and really work. I had been looking for pads like these since my face had been breaking out, but almost every one that I saw had alcohol in them. I'm very glad that these don't, although they can still be somewhat drying. I only use them at night since I think twice a day might be overkill, and they take off all the extra dirt that my cleanser might have missed. I have noticed that my acne has been clearing, especially after I tried using it on my chest after it randomly broke out. My chest cleared up in a few days and the zits haven't returned. This isn't a miracle product, but it's certainly one that helps! I will continue to repurchase.
I have already stocked up on another tub of these so I don't run out.
1. Great at reducing the mild acne I get on my back and chest. Hasn't completely gone yet but I'm hopeful.
2. Completely cleared up the small spattering of spots I sometimes get around my hairline and on my cheeks from make-up etc.
3. Kept skin from getting too oily during the day.
4. Pads are heavily saturated and easy to apply.
5. Don't dry out in the tub as I thought they might.
1. Has done nothing for cystic acne. Very good for surface acne but nothing too deep.
2. Could be drying. Not bad for me but I get quite oily skin. I think a good moisturiser would sort this issue out though.
3. Need to keep up continued use. I use morning and night and so am already halfway through first tub. I missed one whole days worth of application and very quickly my chest and back started to look a little worse again.
4. Cheap in US a bit more expensive for me to get shipped to UK or from Amazon. Still worth the price though.
All in all worth giving a go. There is plenty in one tub to give it a real try and see if any improvements occur.
This is a really nice way to get a 2% salycilic acid product that is alcohol free. Love it, and you can't beat the price!
I love, love, love these Stridex pads (in the red jar)....the maximum strength ones. I'm 39 years old and have oily, sensitive skin. I don't have bad acne and haven't since my early 20's but seems to always have these small bumps that are always an underlying issue. They aren't pimples, etc....they actually just make my skin appear rough so it's not really 'bumps' just rough looking skin. I've used these pads for only 3 days for the benefit of younger looking, smoother skin. I began using AHA Neostrata oil free gel about 2 weeks ago and have seen a signifiance difference but tons of blogs suggested using BHA for my type of skin and suggested these exact pads instead of PC's toner....saying these pads produced better results. I will repost in 6 weeks and let you know what is going on.
I read on most blogs for girls with sensitive skin to apply oil free moisturizer over my face directly after I use a pad. So I'm using Pro Activ oil free moisturizer on my face directly after using these Stridex pads.
I dunno, these really did a number on my skin. They dried me out terribly. I aged at least 5 years once I started using these. Now, being fair, I couldn't use them long enough to gauge their effectiveness on acne because I was so dry and red and irritated... but they definitely didn't aggravate my minor acne or make it worse. Will add, I use these in shaven areas and it totally calms the razor bumps and clears them so that's good!
HG staple for my oily, acne prone skin. Not too harsh either. Large size pad with a small cut out indent in them that makes them easy to use.