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
165 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!
Adriana M.
15 reviews
When I initially purchased Stridex Maximum pads, they did seem to help clear my acne. In a week's time, I noticed that my trouble spots were 90% clear. They were especially useful for the cystic ance I occasionally get on my chin. However, over time, they were not as effective and made my skin far more sensitive than other products that have done the same thing. I felt that prolonged use of the pads caused sensitivity, even when I lessened my use to every other day or every two days. I also noticed that my skin became oiler over time, even though I continued to moisturize and keep my face clean. I would not recommend if you have sensitive skin, as it does tend to sting. If you have dry skin, do not use these, as they will make your dry skin worse. If you have stubborn spots, this could be a quick fix to make them go down but I wouldn't recommend for long-term use.
Daria Z.
13 reviews
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This product is great for resurfacing large areas of skin. It was particularly handy for getting a bout of cystic body acne (back) under control. Nowadays, I like to use these a couple of times a week to exfoliate as maintenance to keep the skin on my face and body clear. I increase the frequency if I notice there is a problem brewing and that helps to bring things under control. I use these after thorough (often double) cleansing and still often find they will manage to pick up missed dirt/makeup. There are many BHA products out there but I like that this one is potent, affordable, and convenient. 
Hannah ♡.
19 reviews
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I used to heavily use this product a few years back. It helped get dirt and oil off of my skin, but didn’t help too much with getting rid of my acne. If you have a normal acne routine, I suggest buying this and using this when you don’t feel like doing your daily routine. Or if you’re just starting to get into doing a skin routine then start out small with facial pads/sips such as stridex! Stridex Maximum Pads
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!
Nina H.
Oklahoma City, OK
11 reviews
Purchased at: Walmart
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These honestly did not do much for me. They smell like cough medicine, and did not help with my oily areas, nor did they help control my breakouts. I actually broke out more using this product. Based on the ingredients, this can be used if you have mild acne, but anything above that, I would pass on this product.
Rae P.
14 reviews
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Literally use one before dinner and one before bed and I wake up with absolutely NO acne! I’ve been skeptical lately because every product says it will do one thing but this product is true to its root and advertising. I give 10 stars if I could. Best maximum strength acne treatment I’ve ever encountered.
Gabriela C.
6 reviews
I started using this product a couple of weeks ago and I have found the pad to be one of the gentlest ones I have used out of other products similar to this one. I find that my skin no longer has tiny bumps all over it after consistent use. However, it can be rather drying if used daily and not followed up by a moisturizer. Overall, I would recommend this product but beware of its drying properties.
Brittany F.
37 reviews
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Great product for those who do not have severe acne! I use this product when I get small breakouts on my skin and they seem to disappear by morning! With the amount of pads included, it is well worth it’s price. I definitely recommend to those in search of a quick fix to small breakouts.
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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