Stridex Triple Action Pads, Alcohol Free

4.1

161 reviews

82% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$

INGREDIENTS

Active Ingredient: Purpose: Salicylic acid 2.0% (w/w) Acne Medication Inactive Ingredients: Ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium xylenesulfonate, citric acid, DMDM hydantoin, fragrance, menthol, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, purified water, simethicone, sodium borate, tetrasodium EDTA.


on 3/23/2015 11:12:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Bought this because BP wasn't working against my acne anymore... and this made my breakouts worse! This made me get those small little bumps ALL over my forehead and some on my cheeks... and also made me more oily than normal. It could be the menthol because I have sensitive skin...



on 3/14/2015 5:37:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Medium Brown, Warm

Hair: Brown, Kinky, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

i have pretty normal skin but these are wonderful at keeping my blackheads and occasional blemishes at bay. i use them nightly to wake up with smooth, even, and clear skin. and i can definitely tell a different if i skip one or two. they're a little drying but once you follow up with a moisturizer, the tightness is gone. for $3.50 at my local drugstore, these remain a holy grail status item for me!


Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

amazing.

I use AHAs, BP and adalpalene daily to keep my skin acne free after a 10 year battle. Yet, pretty much any BHA treatment would instantly really irritate my skin, presumably because they often came with camphor/alcohol/irritating ingredients. These suckers are the ONE thing that will stop a resilient spot that has valiantly surfaced into its primordial small bump phase from doing anything but shrink back to nothing. literally within a half hour.

I love these pads. So good I ship them to me from iherb and amazon.


on 3/6/2015 12:38:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

Yes. These dry my skin out. But holy mother of god any skin irritation (blemish, KP) is GONE in like 12 hours. Ok the KP took longer than twelve hours but nothing took my KP away.


on 2/15/2015 2:05:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

They work great I steal these babies from my son when I have a skin issue and by the next morning I'm good as rain. He use them nightly as maintance and his skin looks pretty good.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Other

Eyes: Green

Edit: my god, these are drying me out horribly! I have dehydrated skin but without flakes but these caused terrible flakies on my skin and make my face makeup look terrible :( I guess they're good for acne but I'm going to give these a break!

I really like these so far, I've been using them for about a week and they have really helped a lot of my blemishes come to the surface in a few minutes (sometimes with gross results) They burned my face the first time but I guess it was just because of my skin not being used to acid. Other than that, they're fine. They are a bit drying but I put on moisturizer afterward and everything's okay :) I still feel like I've been using these for too short of a time to know how effective they are, but so far so good.


Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

PROS: Very inexpensive. Easy to find at many stores. Many love it.

CONS: Stung and reddened my sensitive skin a lot. Has cones in it, which tend to clog my pores. Very strong medicinal scent.

ALTERNATES: Paula's Choice BHA 2% ("Clear" regular strength.) It has the same percemtage of salicylic acid but is very mild to my skin and doesn't have this strong scent.


on 1/14/2015 9:36:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I tried these as an inexpensive alternative to Paula's Choice Resist 2% BHA Exfoliating Liquid (which I love). I believe this is as effective at fighting acne, however there are some lesser differences. The Stridex pads leave my skin feeling a bit sticky, which doesn't work well under makeup. They also leave my face feeling tight and dry, which is mildly uncomfortable. Also, the scent is unpleasant and medicinal. (The PC version has no scent and leaves no special feeling on the skin.)
On the positive side, Stridex is VASTLY cheaper, especially since I cut each individual pad in half. It's also widely available, whereas PC products must be ordered online. My skin really reacts well to BHA, it keeps me clear of acne and helps my pores appear smaller and tighter.
Bottom line, I prefer the Paula's Choice version but am very happy to know there is a choice when my budget is tight or I need to re-stock and don't want to wait for delivery.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


on 10/20/2014 11:10:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Grey

The pads will dry up a small breakout for me. On deeper clogged pores, the pads will draw the infection to the surface, creating a whitehead that then has to be treated differently. This usually happens when I don't catch a breakout early and allow the infection to fester for too long.

Because of the whitehead business, they can make the healing process uglier than I want it to be. But for new, small breakouts -- they do clear up overnight.


on 9/21/2014 4:47:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Other

Eyes: Green

I had three boxes of 90 sent from the US. Massive fan of these. They are so much cheaper than other acid pads - those of us who worship at the feet of Ms Caroline H, should investigate for sure. They are quite strong, but have no alcohol. I get the pleasant tingle and then slip some serum over the top. My pores are looking cleaner and tighter than ever before. Will be sharing with my daughter who has started developing clogged pores lately. They are actually very wet with product. If I am simply spot treating, I push a cotton pad on top of the pile of stridex pads, and off I go. I think (including exorbitant postage prices) that these are a bargain!


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