Medicated, alcohol-free Stridex Pads are “specially textured” with a smooth side for gentle treatment and a textured side for deep cleaning. Intended as a quick and convenient “all-in-one approach to treating acne,” Stridex acne treatment pads deep clean skin, “treat existing breakouts, and prevent new occurrences” of acne. Unlike some facial cleansing pads, Stridex will not burn, sting, or dry out your skin.
Because Stridex cleansing treatment is not rinsed off after use, the anti-acne medication remains on the skin and in your pores to continue fighting acne even after your daily cleansing routine is finished.
Stridex daily cleansing pads come in three versions: Sensitive Skin Pads, Essential Pads for those with mild acne, and Maximum Strength Pads for those with moderate acne. Each version of Stridex acne cleansers will effectively treat both teen and adult acne.
Stridex Cleansing Pads are owned and marketed by Blistex, Inc., a company founded in 1947 that develops a range of personal health care products. The Stridex family of products was introduced in 1959 and became the “first market leader in acne pads for the treatment and prevention of pimples.” The Better Business Bureau does not have a file on Blistex, Inc.
Stridex’s “regular strength” pads are called Essential Pads and contain 1% salicylic acid along with vitamins A, C, and E, citric acid, menthol, and a blend of pharmaceutical ingredients. The vitamins in Essential Pads will nourish and soothe to support clear, healthy skin, while the salicylic acid “penetrates pores to help eliminate and prevent breakouts.”
Designed for dry or easily irritated skin, Stridex Sensitive Skin Pads contain “skin soothers” for gently cleaning skin and exfoliating clogged pores. With .5% salicylic acid as its active ingredient, Sensitive Skin Pads include aloe vera gel, citric acid, and witch hazel along with a number of pharmaceutical ingredients.
With 2% salicylic acid, the highest level allowed without a prescription, Stridex Maximum Strength Pads are an effective acne treatment and pore cleanser in one. They work to “remove dirt, oil, sweat, and other impurities” as well as penetrating “to unclog pores, and dissolve deep down oil.” They also contain citric acid, menthol, and a blend of pharmaceuticals.
No matter which version of Stridex Cleansing Pads are right for you, they should be used in the morning after washing with your normal facial cleanser. You can then use Stridex Pads again later in the day for “a quick clean-up.”
Stridex Cleansing Pads are safe to use by people as young as ten years old. No warnings or side effects of using these products are discussed on the website.
Where to Buy Stridex Cleansing Pads
Stridex products may be purchased easily in stores. They are available at most local retailers including drug stores, groceries, and mass merchandisers. You can also purchase Stridex products at online retailers.
The cost of Stridex Cleansing Pads will be approximately $4.29 for 55 pads, depending on your place of purchase.
Information about a return policy is not given on the Stridex website, but most retail stores will accept returns of unopened products.
I’ve been searching the internet to answer some questions – Are Stridex pads any good? Do they really work? With all the multi-step systems on the market, can a single-step wipe be an effective acne solution? Does it work as well as other, more complicated acne treatments? Not surprisingly, Stridex Cleansing Pads get mixed reviews from users.
The first dozen or so reviews I read were full of complaints from people who said Stridex pads didn’t work at all. On the second review site I checked, though, I started finding more positive ratings. Since I found the negative reviews first, let’s look at the problems people have had first.
The Stridex website doesn’t specify what type of acne blemishes Stridex Cleansing Pads will treat, though they are pretty clear that people with severe acne won’t be helped by this product. One of the first things I noticed when reading user reviews is that these acne treatment pads won’t help blackheads or whiteheads at all. Some have written that they don’t work on any type of acne. According to one man, “It was only good for cleaning the dirt and oil that was on my face. I still kept on getting acne.” Another writes, “It does a real good job of getting the dirt off the pores, however it isn’t much of a medication” for acne.
One person went so far as to call Stridex Cleansing Pads “the worst product I have ever used. It does nothing but dry your skin.” I found one young lady who said her skin actually turned “brown like I have a tan” while using Stridex Essential Pads. A man writes that the pads “irritated my skin” and put a “scummy residue on my face that makes me dry and constricted.”
An anonymous reviewer reminds Stridex users that the Cleansing Pads are not a replacement for your normal face wash. “You’re supposed to wash your face before you put this product on…then you will see the results,” she writes. Several of those who say Stridex Cleansing Pads really work for them use the pads in conjunction with other acne treatment products. As one lady writes, “I wouldn’t use them as your main medication, but in conjunction with other things they work very well.” Though Stridex advises severe acne sufferers against using the products, this same reviewer advises that those with light acne shouldn’t use Maximum Strength Pads either. “They can be pretty harsh,” she says.
One reviewer says that Essential Pads are “the perfect balance – not too little salicylic acid and not too much.” She calls them a “staple in my bathroom” and uses them every night before bed. It’s possible that those experiencing excessive dryness could have been using a Cleansing Pad that is too strong for their particular skin type. Using a separate moisturizer could help with this problem.
Those who enjoy Stridex Cleansing Pads say things like “Great as a toner” and “With regular use, it cleared up my face within a few weeks.” One user says that they work better for her than pads from other brands. Just like all acne treatments, Stridex Cleansing Pads have their pros and cons. While it’s far from being a scam like some products, it doesn’t seem to be the best acne treatment either and is best used along with other acne fighters.