Essential Care Triple Action Pads contain menthol, and as such are too irritating for all skin types. Plus, the detergent cleansing agents are not what you want to leave on skin.
Essential Care Pads contain a stronger acne-fighter than most “regular” strength pads, plus they are the only medicated pads to contain essential vitamins A, E and C for clear, healthy skin. Salicylic acid penetrates pores to help eliminate and prevent breakouts, while essential vitamins soothe and nourish skin. Alcohol Free!
Active: Salicylic Acid (1%), Other: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Xylenesulfonate, Ascorbic Acid Polypeptide, Citric Acid, Dmdm Hydantoin, Fragrance, Menthol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Purified Water, Retinyl Palmitate, Simethicone, Sodium Borate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate
Strengths: A couple of benzoyl peroxide options that are fragrance- and irritant-free.
Weaknesses: All the pads with salicylic acid contain irritants such as menthol, alcohol, or witch hazel; poor cleansers; no oil-absorbing products; no effective AHA or BHA products.
Long a drugstore staple in the anti-acne section of skin-care products, Stridex, like so many lines aimed at blemish-prone skin, has yet to offer an effective range of products. None of the options with salicylic acid are advisable due to the presence of needless irritants, and the cleansers share the same problem. The only bright spot is that Stridex offers two benzoyl peroxide products. They both include 2.5% as an active ingredient, an amount many will find successful, and these are effective, irritant-free, and affordable. Otherwise, this line is seemingly convinced that the path to clear skin involves lots of menthol. If menthol were an anti-acne ally, this line would be a slam-dunk—but it isn't. There isn't a shred of research showing menthol has any benefit for skin, for blemishes or for any skin type. Using these products with their injurious irritants will only hinder skin's healing process and worsen the inflammation seen in most cases of acne.
For more information about Stri-Dex, call (888) 784-2472 or visit www.stridex.com.
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