Noxzema Extra Strength Astringent Pads

Noxzema Extra Strength Astringent Pads
Extra Strength Astringent Pads


48 reviews

68% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I've had these pads for a while and have been using them faithfully in an attempt to finish up the tub, but I'm really not a fan. My least favorite part is the SMELL. Way too strong! Next, I hate the weird sticky film that these pads leave on my face. I immediately need to wash my face with cleanser right afterwards, which further dries out my skin.

I'm going to go back to using the Stridex alcohol-free pads. I have no idea if either one actually works on my skin, because 1) I don't have a great track record with salicylic acid, and 2) my acne is mostly hormonal. But the Stridex ones are far more pleasant to use, so at least I can pretend like it's working for my acne.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Too strong and abrasive to use on my face, but I've found that these work really well for bacne, where my skin is thicker and much less sensitive. I have had a serious issue with breakouts along where my sports bra straps touch my skin, despite taking them off immediately after working out. I swipe these along my back, and they have been one of the few things that has actually helped keep breakouts at bay. I also sometimes use them along my bikini line to deal with texture.

These have a VERY strong smell. It's not necessarily unpleasant, but it definitely sticks around. They also leave a bit of a film on the skin - fine, because I use these before bed on my body, but I could see not loving that feeling on your face. The product definitely tingles - I would not use this on skin that is already irritated.

Price is great. Packaging is pretty ugly, but works fine for what it is.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I tried these.. or something similar.. in place of Stridex sensitive pads.
These are much too scratchy and feel like they are tearing my skin. For the first week it burned my cheeks (probably because it was the middle of winter) and the smell is super strong.
But it maintains my face and easy to use before bed. It takes my makeup off and I can pass out after and wake up with clear skin (usually). And they aren't super drying which I appreciate.
So while they are ok, I won't re buy them, I'll go with the ones that don't scratch me.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

This product can feel a little harsh on my skin at times but they are they are very convenient and well saturated. I use them day and night, although I find that sometimes they can be TOO saturated and sting my skin. They always remove anything my face wash didn't catch and with constant use have left my face soft and smooth. They are easy to find and often on sale, and the jars come with 90 pads to last me a couple months. As for blemish clearing, this product is a good "upkeep" product, for when I'm out of my acne fighting moisturizer or face wash, but I can notice that it doesn't treat my (few) pimples as well alone. Used together in a routine, I found my skin was always blemish free.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Black

These pads get the job done if you're trying to quickly get rid of a pimple. However, these pads are way too harsh and always make my skin look worse. They dry my skin out so bad that my pimple may be gone, but i'm left with redness and peeling that my concealer won't cover. I'd rather have the pimple than look sunburned in the winter! Tossing.

on 4/29/2016 9:29:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I needed something really astringent to incorporate into my skin care routine and I remembered using pads similar to this in high school, so I thought I'd try Noxzema's brand.

I first tried using the brand Stridex, but those pads left a film on my skin that never absorbed, it just sat on my skin leaving a sticky feeling.

I wanted to try out Noxema pads to see if they would help the occasional blemish that I get, usually around my "time". I found these to be a better choice for me.

The pads give me that tingling feeling which I like because I know the product is potent. I would consider myself to have sensitive and dry skin, but these pads don't irritate my skin. I do get a bit dry, but nothing a little moisturizer can't fix. I also like how the pads give my skin a dewy look. The reason why I rated this product a 4 and not a 5 is because the pads are a bit rough in texture.

I don't use these daily, maybe 3 times a week at most. The price is good for the amount you get and these do a sufficient job of cleaning my skin and keeping those pesky horomonal blemishes away. I will be purchasing again once I run out.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Green

I really wanted to love this product. It's so crazy cheap for the amount you get, the pads are large and it has enough solution on it to cover my face, back and shoulders. However, this product ruined my face. I was using Clearasil's Daily Clear pads but I think they might have discontinued it because I cannot find it anywhere. Or every place i looked was mysteriously out of stock? I used the Clearasil pads every day, sometimes twice a day with no issues and it was really starting to improve my skin. So when i couldnt find them anymore, I bought the Noxzema pads instead (mainly because they were dirt cheap). I mean how much different could it be right? Oh how wrong I was. First of all, these pads STINK. Like some overwhelming musky pine smell. It literally REEKS. Also, these pads have SO MUCH ALCOHOL I can't even deal. It is so overwhelming that if I swipe my cheek with the pad, my eyes start to burn and tear up. The pads are very rough as well and hurt when you swipe your face with them. I don't even think I have sensitive skin but this product managed to dry it out to the point where I am flaking all over the place AND made my acne worse. Even my fingers on the hand I use the pads with are rough and flaky!!! I think the lovely combo of alcohol with that awful fragrance just made my skin and acne have a nervous breakdown. If you have any sort of sensitivities to products, especially alcohol, please avoid this one :(

Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Grey

I've dropped all of the pads on the bathroom floor b4 lol I guess there's no avoiding an occasional spill! These are such good acne medication. I don't need them all of the time just when my face gets broken out every 3-4weeks I will get a few small blemishes. If I used this all of the time I think my skin would go into excess oil overdrive production mode because these are drying & a bit abrasive/rough (which drying is necessary to dry up the acne! But only use these temporarily or every other day I'm gonna start using them every other day once my major flare up is gone maybe that will prevent somewhat). I also use Original Noxzema w the Ultimate Noxzema Blemish Clearing Scrub which I added in the scrub recently (luv it!) & I moisturize w Clean & Clear advantage oil free moisturizer or Clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel (the yellow which is "MY" C.deLaMer lol) or somexs the Clinique GWP comes w the DDMLotion. I'll be adding in Clindamycin for spot treatment as well; I don't like benzoyl perx. coz it bleaches bedding, linens & my sweat drips on my clothes bleaching those! If I get any overly dry patches I apply German Nivea to those spots at night (too rich under mkup). The best OTC acne treatment!

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I am on the fence with this one.
It really seems to be helping my teenage son's skin but he said it does burn.
I found on my skin that to be true. It really is not that bad but what I do find painful is that the pads feel very scratchy and rough on the skin. It actually is kinda painful.
I have only used them for the occasional hormonal breakout I get and it seemed to help along with benzoyl peroxide.

on 7/28/2015 10:42:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

HOLY MOLY! I don't get acne on my face but no matter what I do I'm prone to ingrown hairs and shaving bumps around my bikini line and on my legs. I read that salicylic acid pads could help so I picked these up for $3.89 figuring they wouldn't do much. LOW AND BEHOLD, I smoothed a couple of these anti-blemish pads over my bikini area bumps and my knee area that gets bumpy ingrown hairs (before going to sleep last night) and this morning the bumps are nearly gone!! These made a very visible difference in just one application. Bye ingrown hairs!

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