Review: Clearasil Daily Clear Daily Pore Cleansing Pads

Cleansing Pads
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I usually avoid cleansing pads like the plague. I remember them from my teen years; they would dry out the skin and burn like crazy.

But cleansing pads have come a long way. Clearasil Daily Clear Daily Pore Cleansing Pads are surprisingly non-drying and gentle. These are definitely not the cleansing pads of my youth.

Clearasil Daily Clear Daily Pore Cleansing Pads are simple to use. Just pull one out of the container, and wipe it across your face and neck.

Contrary to the name, these cleansing pads aren't meant to replace your normal cleanser or cleansing routine. You'll wash your face first with your regular cleanser, dry well, and then use these pads. A better description might be "toning pads" or "astringent pads," because you use them as you would a toner or astringent.

The active ingredient in Clearasil Daily Clear Daily Pore Cleansing Pads is salicylic acid. This ingredient is a common one, and found in lots of over-the-counter acne treatment products. It's not the most effective acne treatment ingredient there is, but it can help exfoliate the skin, clean out pores and help control pore blockages and blackheads.

The teens I got to try these pads were quick to point out how easy these were to use. This probably is the best aspect of this product.

I also liked how they removed excess oil. The cleansing solution even tingled a bit, but in a good way.

I thought the cleansing pads would be convenient for my teenagers to toss into their back packs to take with them to school.  They would make for a quick cleansing wipe after gym class or sports practice.

And they would, except for the fact that when the container falls to the side the solution leaks out and makes a bit of a mess.

You could remove a few pads and put them in a zippered plastic baggie for on-the-go cleansing wipes, but honestly it's a bit of a nuisance.

I did have a few small issues with the pads. First, they're very rough. They're just too sandpaper-like for my liking, especially when using them twice a day.

But what I didn't like, some of the other reviewers actually loved. They felt like the pads really helped to exfoliate the skin. It comes down to how sensitive your skin is, and how much it can handle.

I wasn't crazy about the slight bit of residue that the pads left behind on my skin -- a bit sticky.

Cost-wise, these are definitely budget-friendly. If you use three pads a day, the container will still last you an entire month. Not bad for a six dollar price tag.

Just remember, that these are over-the-counter medicated pads meant to treat mild acne breakouts and blackheads only.  These won't work for moderate acne breakouts or for severe acne.

Also, if you're seeing a dermatologist for your acne, make sure you talk with them before adding these into your acne treatment routine.

Active Ingredient

Salicylic acid 2%

Price

About $6 for 90 pads

Where You Can Get It:

Clearasil products are found at most drugstores and many grocery stores. You should be able to easily find this product at your local retailers.

Pros

  • The pads are super convenient and easy to use.
  • Your skin feels refreshed after using them.
  • Cost-wise, these are a pretty good deal.

Cons

  • The pads can be a bit rough.
  • They leave a slightly sticky residue on the skin.

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