These dual-textured exfoliating pads are steeped in a solution that's mostly water and alcohol. The amount of alcohol poses a serious problem for all skin types and is the main reason these pads aren't recommended.
The other problematic aspect of the formula is lavender oil, a source of fragrance that may smell soothing but is a problem for all skin types. See More Info to learn why lavender oil and alcohol are two ingredients no one's skin needs.
With some major formulary tweaks, these pads could have been an excellent way to exfoliate skin. They contain a pH-correct blend of AHAs (lactic and glycolic acids) and BHA (salicylic acid) with some soothing antioxidant plant extracts. The citrus and sugarcane extracts do not function like AHAs, but the citrus does pose a risk of irritation.
Lavender Oil: Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).
Alcohol in Skin Care: Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).