Stridex Maximum Pads
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Stridex Maximum Pads


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Stridex Maximum Pads have the highest level of acne-fighting medicine allowed (2% salicylic acid) without a prescription, and are recommended for cases of moderate acne. Maximum Pads contain effective skin cleansers that work to remove dirt, oil, sweat and other impurities from the surface of the skin, penetrate to unclog pores, and dissolve deep down oil. They even remove impurities that soaps and face washes leave behind…just look at the pad for proof. They also help prevent new pimples from forming. Each pad is specially textured for great cleansing with a great feel whether you want scrubbing or smooth, soft application.

All Stridex pad formulas are completely alcohol-free, so you get proven acne-fighting effectiveness without the skin-irritating burn. The drying, irritating effects of alcohol on skin are well understood…years ago Stridex determined that alcohol was unnecessary in its pad formulations. Typical acne pads can contain 25-40% alcohol…the resulting redness and irritation can be a bigger nuisance than the problem you are trying to solve.

Use after washing your face in the morning or during the day for a quick clean-up.

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  • "I personally use the Stridex pads with the red box- I apply on face and back every night and see results by the next morning." in 5 reviews
Maddy V.
Harvard, IL
163 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Purchased at: Walgreens
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Great stuff
I use this product once a day, as a part of my night time skin care regimen. I work in the beauty world and got sick of buying expensive brand name things. I knew I wanted something with out benzoyl peroxide because I wanted to stop destroying my sheets and towels. I even went to the dermatologist and he wanted to prescribe more BP products... yuck. Over it. SO.... I knew, having used many other expensive acne treatment lines, that I wanted to switch to a 2% salicylic acid product.
I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH THIS PRODUCT. I find it equally effective as say, a Murad acne serum, only lighter in texture and more affordable. It's alcohol free so I don't feel like my skin is drying out. The pads are nice and big and super soft. I read a few other reviews and people who complained about dryness are either using incorrectly or maybe not following with a balanced regimen after use. I also read that people said it left a "film" which they washed off, also incorrect use because the medication needs to stay on the skin to be effective. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to dryness you need to follow up with a sufficient moisturizer. Salacylic acid will make you sun sensitive so you need to use sunscreen during the day!!!

After my first jar of these pads were gone I went to a drugstore that didn't carry this brand. In a moment of panic I purchased a different "otc" brand and thought, "how different could it be?" Yuck... they were so different. They were filled with alcohol that I could smell, the fragrance they used to cover the alcohol smell was super gross and the pad was like sandpaper. I IMMEDIATELY thought, "I NEED TO GO BACK TO THE STRIDEX ASAP!" So here I am, ordering two jars of Stridex right now so I can throw the other junk out.
I cannot recommend this product enough!
Max K.
washington, dc
114 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
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These things are great! Normally I try to avoid single- use products, but I've been fighting a few bits of stubborn acne and wanted to amp up the fight. That's exactly what these did.

Having sensitive skin, I was a bit nervous about how it would react to strong chemicals, however I built up my use as advised and it works great! I am so happy with the results and will continue to use these.
Jay M.
Diamond Bar, CA
3 reviews
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I found this product online to combat enlarged pores or minimize sebaceous filaments because of the BHA. I did not see a dramatic change over the course of ONE pack, but I felt like I slowly noticed my SF less. Slightly drying, but alright followed with moisturizing. Bonus points for how convenient and easy to use these are— just swipe and go!
Arrielle W.
Lexington, KY
18 reviews
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Stridex has always been a reliable product for me. I have been using it since the 90s. Its affordable and always clears up my skin. I feel that the only thing about Stridex that i dont like the smell seems to bw super strong. If you can get used to the smell its a great product.
☕Ashley C.
2 reviews
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Ive been using this product for years. It makes my skin feel clean and fresh. I have oily skin so I get acne often. This product cleans off all the dirt and oils on the skin and prevent acne. My teenager uses it as well. He was suffering from acne but not anymore. 
Catherine S.
Dallas, Texas
29 reviews
Purchased at: Amazon
Great way to incorporate acids into your skincare routine- this is a good source of BHA. Great at preventing pimples from surfacing too. Excellent choice for those in their 20s and 30s still struggling with some acne, but wanting to begin an anti-aging regimen too.
Corrin V.
6 reviews
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This product seemed to clear up my acne and leave my face smooth and clear! I would highly recommend using! Although sometimes it would burn, most of the time it was as gentle as can be! The expectations I had for this product was defiantly reached!
Desiree T.
Antelope, CA
752 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
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There is a cult-like following for these cleansing pads on Reddit, and after picking these up, now I know why. First of all, the price point on this is amazing, for less than $4, you get 90 cleansing pads. The 2% salicylic acid concentration is combined with menthol and citric acid and makes for a glowing, flawless complexion.

The box says to use once every time you wash your face, but if your skin is prone to over-exfoliation like mine is, you can get away with using this once every other day.
Theresa P.
111 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Purchased at: Walmart
Really good if you have small pimples but lots. Takes away my breakouts within days but drys the skin. Don’t eat after putting around your chin and near your lips because if you lick something off your face you taste it and it’s horrible
Carmela C.
San Antonio, TX
15 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Purchased at: Walmart
These are life savers! They do dry out your skin, so you'll want to be careful not use them on "dry face" days, and maybe use micellar water or witch hazel instead, but they're the most effective acne prevention method I've used.
Jeannine B.
Kendall Park, NJ
279 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Has this product dried out your skin ?
Alicia M.
Trimble, OH
19 reviews
How often do u use it and does it dry ur face out
Michelle L.
Los Angeles, CA
41 reviews
I heard this really works, I'm afraid it'll be to harsh since it's a chemical toner. Would anyone recommend this if I only have a few pimples?
Christina L.
10 reviews
How long did it take for you to notice the product was working? Is it worth the investment?
Azka I.
Alpharetta, GA
38 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Do these NOT work for anyone? I've read SOOOO many good reviews for these over on the SkinCare Addiction sub on Reddit but I feel like they're doing nothing for my skin/making it worse! I've been using it for about a month 😬

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