Daily Care Acne Pads with Salicylic Acid, Maximum Strength
90 pads for $6.29
Last Updated:01.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Maximum Strength Triple Action Pads contain menthol and detergent cleansing agents that should not be left on skin. There are better, less irritating ways to control acne and other types of breakouts related to clogged pores.


Maximum Strength Pads have the highest level of acne-fighting medicine allowed without a prescription, and are recommended for cases of moderate acne. They contain effective skin cleansers that work to remove dirt, sweat and other impurities from the surface of the skin, penetrate to unclog pores, and dissolve deep down oil. They even help prevent new pimples from forming. Alcohol Free!


Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Amino Methyl Propanol, Ammonium Xylenesulfonate, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Menthol, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Purified Water, Simethicone, Sodium Borate, Tetrasodium EDTA

Brand Overview

Stridex At-A-Glance

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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I bought this product awhile ago. It was working just fine in the beggining but it makes my face very dry and red now. I recently bought a new cleanser for the redness the Stridex pads caused and it worked but it wasn't working on my pimples, unfortunately.I tried using the stridex pads again and now they don't work at all.

Reviewed by
Raven S.
Miracle in a Jar!

I have tried everything I could think of and afford for over 20 years to get rid of blackheads. Im 39 and I tried facials with extractions, expensive department store creams, dermatologist office "cures", scrubs, masks, charcoal, clay, pore clearing strips, pinching and squeezing, comedone extractors, etc. Not one of them worked. I have no idea why Paula's hates these. They're ALL alcohol free. They worked on literally the very first try! For the first time ever I'm blackhead free!!

Reviewed by
Mindy L
Beautypedia Team Response

The reasons this product isn't rated well are specififed in the review: a detergent cleansing agent that shouldn't be left on the skin and menthol, a skin irritant that causes a  cooling, tingling sensation (that's your skin telling you it's being irritated).

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