Well I'm just going to add to the raving reviews and say I love this stuff.
Background info on my skin: Normal-combo, with normal cheeks, but my forehead, temples, nose and chin are moderately cloggy and blackhead prone. I cannot tolerate large amounts of alcohol AND fragrance, but one or the other is fine. I have SD on the sides of my nose and on a small patch on my cheek next to my nose.
For a solid 3-4 years I was under the impression that my skin hated BHAs because of the negative experiences I'd had with them as a preteen. It wasn't the salicylic acid that was irritating then, just the heaps of alcohol they contained. I've learned how to handle the sensitive in my skin; however the constant appearance of clogs, sometimes turning into actual pimples and almost always leaving scars behind minimized those improvements.
Enter Stridex, 2% salicylic acid, 100% alcohol free, found, like many other HGs in the making, under MUA top picks. Should I risk a major, horrible breakout of rashy, itchy, sensitive, inflamed horribleness? Of course I did. But luckily, being risky with my skin paid off this time.
I started using this once a day, at night, 2 weeks ago. In my experience that's plenty of time to get a good enough feel for a product to see if it works for you, at least with my skin. About 10 days into it my boyfriend said my skin has been looking REALLY clear, and asked if I'd been doing anything differently. He's not just saying that, either. The clogs between my eyebrows that REFUSED to even budge have been reduced to tiny little bumps, or a very light pink mark. And I've only gotten 2 new clogs, likely from careless application of hair conditioner. 2 compared to the normal amount of 10. The first couple of days, I was overzealous with my clog-fighting products and used a Neutrogena scrub that had 2% SA in it as well. My cheeks became rough and dry, but once I backed off on that and stuck to Cerave or warm water my skin fixed itself immediately. Now I plan to use Cerave (with MO as an occasionaly makeup remover), Stridex, and 10% BP on extremely stubborn clogs if needed.
My clogs are reduced, and weak enough to never really turn into monster zits, just pathetic little ones that can be swatted away with a drop of BP. Amazing. And not only that, my cheeks AND FOREHEAD are SOFT. Like, baby soft. I didn't get there even with 10% AHA. Holy clear skin, without makeup.
Super cheap, esp. at Wal-Mart, available at pretty much every main-stream drugstore. Pads with enough product to cover the entire face, but not so much that overapplication is tempting. What's not to love? If your skin hates SA, or the minimal to moderate amount of fragrance in this, or just plain doesn't need this kind of product. But if you're cloggy even a little bit, like many other reviewers say, you will likely enjoy this product. It's just sad to me how this gem of a BHA isn't more well-known. It's always on the bottom or second-bottom shelf at the store. Try it, you most likely won't regret it.
This stuff is the shit! I've already gone through one package and I'm on my second! This doesn't have alcohol in it and my stupid oily skin adores it! It's helped my minor breakouts soooo much and it doesn't irritate my skin! I use it once a day and my skin hasn't looked this awesome in years! Highly recommend! (Thanks r/SkincareAddiction!)
Oh, heck yes. Salicylic acid without drying alcohol? Gimme. I've got oily, dehydrated skin that refuses to let go of a single dead skin cell, even if it means suffocating under the weight of its deceased brethren. Daily, intense physical exfoliation kept things from getting too out of hand, but irritated my skin and just made my dry patches even more flakey, and while I *could* use alcohol containing toners or pads I'd have very pretty skin but look like I had facial dandruff and be unable to wear makeup.
These pads solve that problem, though :) Use one every morning and every night along with some moisturizer about 15 minutes after (to make sure the acid has had time to work) and I'm good. If you are even a *little* bit clog-prone, get these. Your skin will thank you.
Update 10/20: Finally at the age of 21, and wearing foundation since 7-8th grade with acne, my skin is nearly 100% clear!!! I thought I'd never get rid of my acne but finally its gone and I can solely wear concealer for redness and uneven skin tone. I don't wash it off afterwards and to keep my skin moisturized I use cetaphil moisturizer. The green box didn't do this and I finished it. I haven't even gone through 1/4 of the pads yet.
I recently used all the pads up in the green Stridex and planned to get the red. I'm glad I did because it works much better and it had more pads! I have mild acne, mainly clogged pores, some hormonal acne and zits every once in awhile. The green pads helped, but I noticed a bigger change in my skin when I switched to the red. My forehead is pretty much fully clear, I rarely have any zits(couple from hormones), and less clogged pores. I still have some clogged pores and have noticed my right side of my face is soo much clearer than my left. So I'm going to wash my pillow cases and blankets and hope it helps. I don't talk on the phone much, so its not that. The red box is more drying, so you need a good moisturizer.
Update: Amazed at how well this product worked compared to the green box. A lot of my clogged pores are gone and my skin is sooo much smoother!
Okay, this is dirt cheap BHA that is effective and you can't go wrong unless your skin is very dehydrated or sensitive.
it comes in a rather ugly jar, but the cut out in the pads makes it easy to take out just one at a time. I use a whole pad all over my Tzone and really leave it on, massaging the rest into my cheeks briefly. However, I still had a bunch of blackheads...Frustrated, I tried this out because at 4 bucks for 110 pads, I really had nothing to lose. I applied every night for a week, making sure to rinse off after 10 minutes and then applying my night moisturizer just in case my skin couldn't take it.
It's been a week. Now, I can't comment on how well this would work for acne, but my blackheads are erupting out faster than Mt Vesuvius on a Monday. It is insane! With just the slightest touch on my nose they are coming out. My clogged pores on my forehead are greatly diminished. Since fall is here, my skin is going back to its dry tendencies.The only downside is that my nose is getting dry and flakey (probably from how intense this is), so I will have to space usage out to 2 or 3 times a week rather than every day.
Love, won't purchase any high end BHA for blackheads when this works so well.
I really like this product. The only think I dislike about it, is it contains menthol. I like that it has no alcohol and it actually works and doesn't leave any tacky feeling on your skin. It works great on ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Also obviously on acne and bacne. I remember trying the 1% a long time ago and they didn't really do much. I have sensitive skin and 2% doesn't irritate it at all. This is probably the only OTC acne treatment that I have consistently repurchased.
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!
I have mild acne within using this for couple day, it helped my skin cleared up. love it!