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

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.

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Claims

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!

Ingredients

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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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.