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I've always been prone to spots, even now at my age I still get outbreaks. Blackheads are a problem too, I've tried allsorts of things to get rid of them and upto now have found nothing truly effective. I usually resort to quick a squeeze- not ideal and doesn't always work.
I was fed up with them so decided to buy Clearasil Blackhead Control cleansing pads with exfoliating beads and natural sea salt, the tub said it would 'Clear away blackheads and impurities' and is a 'salicylic acid acne treatment'. I had high hopes.
The tub is white with a purple screw lid and contains 80 round pads it cost me about £2 from Home Bargains but this was a while ago. The supermarket has similar for £4.
These moistened cotton-wool pads are 2 inches across so quite small, one side is smooth the other has what looks like plastic blobs stuck on for exfoliation purposes.
They have a strong soapy fragrance, not unpleasant and rather clean smelling. The pads are wet to touch and I've had them yonks and looking at them for my review I'm surprised to see that they are still moist. For this review I shall use one now!
I start off with the exfoliating side then finish with the smooth. I don't feel exfoliated the pads are too smooth. My face feels and looks cleaner though, even with a freshly washed face the pads are filthy so they must be doing something!! They make my face feel sticky, like it has left a bit of a residue and I can smell it quite strongly under my nose. The pads haven't left my skin dry or tight feeling infact it feels smooth and moisturised and hasn't caused any irritation. They're good pads in as much as they don't tear or anything whilst using.
Did they clear up my blackheads?
I used them regularly for a while and no they definitely did not- nor did they clear up spots or prevent them, on the plus side they clean my face but so do other things which are a lot cheaper. I personally wouldn't buy them for myself again, but maybe they would be worth a try for other people especially if found for a couple of quid.
I can only give them one star as they didn't control my blackheads and that's what they're for. If they were for cleansing alone then I would have given them more stars.
~~~~~~ Clearasil Blackhead Control Clearing Pads ~~~~~~
I remember my very first encounter with Clearasil; my older brother brought some home one day when he was a young teen unfortunately suffering a touch of acne. We were sitting in the living room with mum as he demonstrated how dirty the cotton wool was after rubbing it over his face and of course, despite me being a few years younger and not having any spots to speak of at the time, I wanted a go too. I was a bit hooked there and then to be honest as like my brother, my cotton wool was rather dirty I should like to clarify that we were clean children!
Over the years as I got older and I never used Clearasil products, as their price was a bit prohibitive. Mum did buy the bog standard Clearasil lotion for my brother when he was young and still at school but apart from the odd shot of that, that was it.
I found these pads in my local Home Bargains recently for just £1.69 and couldn't resist. I am a bit prone to blackheads but thankfully nothing too severe. After using pore clearing strips and seeing how effective they were I decided to regularly use products aimed at fighting them, and these pads are a part of that.
They aim to work by exfoliating, removing the grot from your face and then purifying and tightening pores to help prevent new blackheads forming.
~~~ Ingredients ~~~
They don't really have any spectacular ingredients to talk about, but they do contain '''natural sea salt''' as their exfoliant, along with one side of the pads having exfoliating beads.
The ingredients list is a chemical feast, but it does contain moisturising and lubricating agents, as well as alcohol and a lot of parabens. Nothing much natural about this product, but then it is not claiming to be so I won't hold this against it!
~~~ First Impressions ~~~
The white, blue and lilac tub contains 60 double sided pads, and I think just generally looks 'clean'. The choice of colours is very clever. We are simply told what the product is and what it does, with all the usual info on the back such as directions and ingredients along with further details about the hows and whys. The pot has a tight fitting screw on lid, and it is important to ensure you replace this properly after use to prevent the pads drying out.
When I first opened the pot, I was struck by the scent - it is exactly how I remember Clearasil! It's fresh, clean and a little bit sweet but not overly so. It is very pleasant and I really enjoy the smell. The pads inside are round, with a little cut out section - this lets you get your finger in easily to remove a pad. The pads are white and nicely moist but not dripping or soaking. One side is smooth and the other has clearly visible raised sections for exfoliating.
~~~ Use & results ~~~
Removing a single pad is surprisingly easy; I was expecting to remove more than one at a time, due to the way they are closely stacked within the pot. To use, I just rubbed the rough side over my entire face, in circular motions, exerting a little extra pressure on areas I am more prone to blackheads. For instance, my chin and the sides of my nose. The exfoliating side of the pads do not feel very rough against your face, although of course they don't feel very soft either. Essentially, they are not uncomfortable to use.
Once finished with the rough side, I flip the pad over and sweep it across my face to purify and tighten pores. Again, this side is not uncomfortable to use and is much softer than the other side. I get a cooling tingly sensation when I use this side which is not unpleasant and helps my face feel clean and revitalised.
When used at the end of the day instead of any other cleansing products, you can clearly see the grime on the pad if you hold it up to the light. I love this, as I have mentioned in many other product reviews I like to see some signs of proof! I do need to use 2 pads for my whole face and neck when used at the end of the day instead of any other cleanser, but I have also used these after a gentle facial wash in the shower in the morning, and find one pad is plenty - they actually foam up slightly when used on a clean face and go much further.
If you wear a full face of make up then I would recommend removing this in your usual way before using these pads.
I didn't notice any visible difference to pore size after using the other side of the pads (so continued using my toner), but since using these in conjunction with my pore clearing strips and general skin care, I have definitely noticed less blackheads forming. I use the strips twice a week on my problem areas, and I use these the other days (not always twice daily though).
You are directed to use these morning and night daily but I actually found my skin was looking red after using them this way (and missing out the strips) for a few days running. My skin was not overly dry or sore though. I think they have the potential to be harsh so perhaps should be used with caution - I would recommend doing as I do, mixing them up with other complimentary products. It is always worth remembering as well that over exfoliating can be harmful and while these are not scratchy feeling against the skin, they are designed to have a slight abrasive effect.
The whole time I use them I can smell their fragrance. It reinforces the fresh feeling and as I said I really enjoy it. Shortly after use though I can no longer detect it which suits me fine.
~~~ Recommend? ~~~
Yep, with some caution. Maybe not if you have very sensitive skin though. These pads leave my skin looking and feeling squeaky clean and when I use them as described they don't dry my skin out loads either; I do need to get my moisturiser on afterward though, but I'm not more desperate for it than with other products.
Since you get 60 pads in the pot, the way I use them they are lasting me a really long time. For £1.69 I can't argue with that, and when I'm all out I really hope Home Bargains still have them as I will definitely be repurchasing. I think a rating of 3.5 stars would be perfect for this product, as I have found them to work for me, but not as directed. Since I can't have half a star I am going for 4 as I have found them better than satisfactory.
I thought I was one of the lucky ones. I never got spots whilst growing up and through my teens. But now at the ripe old age of 25, I have an invasion of them and I have appalling black heads. You know the ones that are so firmly under the skin they look and feel like they're never coming out??
So I have tried numerous different products with no avail.
I thought I would give one last go on a product and went into my local Asda. I wasn't looking for anything specific, I wanted a good name for a good price.
The packaging for this jumped out at me. Blue and white and its now in a funky little tub. I paid £3 on a tub of 60 pads. This was a reduced price so unfortunately I can't let you know how much they are normally.
I went open and unscrewed the lid. There is a foil seal to keep the moisture in the pads. I removed the seal and was pleasantly surprised at how moist the pads are. Clearasil definitely haven't compromised by putting less on the pads. There is more than enough on one pad to treat the face.
The pad itself has quite a checkered look. Im guessing this is as a small exfoliation tool. Its thick and durable so you can feel safe to give a good scrub without the pad falling apart in your hands.
You use the pads twice daily (morning and night) so one tub will last you for the full month, which I think is very reasonable for the price.
The only downfall I find is the smell. It is quite a strong chemically smell, but on a plus note, after use, your skin doesn't take on this fragrance.
I have used this produce for one week and have already noticed a difference. Spots I already have, have went down in size and redness, the rest of my skin is smooth (no new ones surfacing, *fingers crossed*). The most amazing thing I have found is that my blackheads are disappearing. Even the ones I thought I would never in a million years get rid of.
This product, in my opinion, is one of the best on the market at the minute.
The other day whilst I was in Boots they had many items in their sale rack, so I decided to take a peak! One of the items I bought, amongst others were these Clearasil Blackhead Clearing Pads, now I don't tend to get a lot or have a lot of black heads, however when I do get them they really annoy me!
I got these on the sale rack, as I have mentioned, so I am not too sure on the normal price, but they cost me £1.50.
They come in a round tub and the pads themselve are very moist, maybe a little too wet. They also have a very stong smell, which I think it meant to smell 'clean and fresh', however to me smelt of a strong bleach and just made my eyes water.
The pads themselves are a little abrasive, which I think is for clearing out your pores and blackheads. To use they seem very harsh to the skin, not moisturising or soothing at all.
As they are abrasive it does feel as if it it tearing off a layer of skin, which is it probably cleaning your skin deeply, however it does make my skin and my eyes water. Even once I have stopped using it myu skin continues to sting and tingle.
It didn't really do anything for clearing out my blackheads either, it is not like I had masses for it to remove, just a few here and there and it didn't even manage to get rid of them.
I think this item is all talk and when it comes to doing the job in hand if just can't cope, I am glad I bought them cheaper as I would have been far more annoyed had I bought them full price!
The world of spot-fighting products can be a confusing one, but there's nothing you can do apart from try each one and see if it works, right?
Well, no. You can look at the ingredients and see whether the product is going to do what it says. Since most people don't really know which ingredients do what, most will need some help, but fortunately there are websites which give honest, factual information about ingredients. One such site is http://www.cosmeticscop.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary.aspx.
Or, you could read a review from someone who knows what they're talking about, and here I humbly put myself forward. I've read the other reviews on here which go on about the packaging - isn't this what the picture is for? - and how one uses the pads: well, it's hardly rocket science. So I'll try to say something which people can't read off the back of the tub.
I'll start with a bold statement: These pads are the best readily-available product in the shops if you're fighting blemishes. The reasons for this are -
- They contain no alcohol. (Apart from types which benefit skin). Look at the ingredients of almost any 'anti-blemish' product, including most of the others from Clearasil, and you'll see Alcohol Denat. or SD alcohol, often as the second ingredient. These are some of the worst things you can put on sore, inflamed, blemished skin as they irritate and cause free-radical damage. This is the 'sting' that the other reviewer mentioned of other products. (By the way, if ever you get a 'tingle' or sting from a product, this is your skin being irritated and a sign that you should STOP using it)
- They contain Salicylic Acid, at an amount and a PH which allows it to perform its function, which is exfoliating inside and out of the pore. This is what gives the product its blackhead-fighting ability, but also means your skin's newer, fresher, non-sun damaged layers are revealed. This is essential for healthy skin. Of course, you can exfoliate which scrubs, but salicylic acid is far less abrasive to spot-prone skin, and most importantly, scrubs cannot exfoliate inside the pore. Do a search for it on Google if you don't believe me!
Salicylic Acid must be present at around 2% for it to be effective in a product, and at a PH of under 5, though unless you have your own litmus paper to hand, you'll have to take my word for this one. Needless to say, both of these conditions are met in these pads.
Ignore the other reviews, if the product didn't help them, it's most likely that the other products they were using were the culprits for their skin troubles.
As my partner had gained control of his dry skin problem the next area was to focus on the nose as he seemed to be suffering from an invasion of blackheads all over and when I looked closely at mine I thought I could do with a product to clear them when I spotted these in my local home bargains for the price of £1.99 so I popped them into my basket.
I normally opt for the Clean and Clear products from Johnson as I find that they really do what they promise and with Clearasil being a well-known brand name I decided that I couldn't go wrong.
A small white tub with a lilac lid contains 80 pads which promise to take control of blackheads.
The lid unscrews and there is a foil lid on top to prevent anyone opening the product before purchase once the lid is opened it is vital that the lid is screwed on properly to prevent them from drying out.
The pads are not overly wet but are damp enough to moisten the area that you use it over.
On one side you will notice that there are what they call "exfoliating beads" and what I call tiny triangles that exfoliate the area to unclog any pores, I find that using a little presure works best and feels like it is doing more good.
On the other side you will find a smoother, more gentle side which tightens the pores to prevent new blackheads from forming.
The pads contain natural sea sald that help to clear the blackheads and if you have a special occasion coming up this will help to prevent any breakouts as the skin is cleansed if used on a daily basis.
The product leaves the skin feeling fresh and moisturised but a bit clammy to touch.
One good factor is that this product does not sting and that was my one bug bear with the Clean and Clear products as it used to really sting once applied to the skin, but this product is soft and gently and they appear to be unscented as they remind me of unscented baby wipes.
I don't use the pads daily but do use them every other evening and can see a difference in the appearance of my skin with less blackheads forming.
My partner does use them on a daily basis and although he does still suffer from blackheads the amount has significally reduced leaving his skin in much better condition.
I wouldn't say that I would pay the supermarket prices for this product as they are 3x the price that I paid but I do think they are worth having if they are on a special offer as they are quite effective.
On a whole my skin's not that bad, but it's combination and sometimes gets very oily in the t-zone, which inevitably means I get blackheads, particularly across my nose and chin. This in my mind, I'm always on the lookout for something that will help to get rid of them, and this was the latest in a long line of supposedly blackhead clearing products I've tried. I got them for £4.99 in Boots, so they are quite expensive really for what they are.
The pads come in a small round tub with a lilac lid. There are 60 pads in the tub, which means if you're using them morning and night like you're supposed to then it's only going to last a month. The pads contain natural sea salt which according to Clearasil will help clear blackheads and prevent new ones from forming.
The pads have 2 sides, the first is the exfoliating side which has little bobbles all over it to remove dirt, oil, bacteria and dead skin cells. The second side is the smooth side which purifies and tightens pores. You're supposed to use the exfoliating side first, then the smooth side, morning and night, to leave your skin feeling soft and clean and looking clear and glowing.
The pads aren't very wet, so they don't feel like they're doing a good job of cleansing my face, never mind right down into my pores. By the time I've wiped over my face with the exfoliating side the pad has dried up so the other side doesn't feel like it's doing anything and it just feels uncomfortable wiping it over my skin. After I've used it my skin doesn't feel clean at all, and if I have spots at the time they feel quite painful and look very red. They make my skin feel horrible, and the only reason I carried on using them was I wanted to see if they did help get rid of blackheads.
I used the pads for a month and I don't think they've made any difference to my blackheads, and if anything I seem to have more than before, along with more spots than I ever used to get, these pads seem to make me break out more. My skin doesn't feel soft and clean, it just feels tight and dry. I'm not happy with these pads at all, they don't do anything and just make my skin feel terrible, I can't recommend them to anyone. Please don't waste £4.99 on these!
I am trying to improve my skincare regime as long shifts, lack of sleep and too much junk food has left my skin looking a bit of a state! A few weeks ago I was sorting through the huge amount of products I've managed to accumulate and came across these Clearasil Blackhead Clearing Pads.
~About the product~
Made by Clearasil, a company aimed at solving the problem skin of teenagers, these pads claim to clear blackheads. They have an exfoliating action which helps to clear and prevent blackheads, without over-drying the skin. It says on the pack that they contain natural sea salt, but does not mention what benefit that has for the skin.
The pads come in a white pot, with a white and lilac coloured screw top lid. There are 60 pads in one pot, which if used morning and night, will last you 30 days.
~Using the pads~
The pads themselves are round with a small notch cut out of each one to make them easy to take out of the pack. One side has small raised triangles to make it rough, and the other is smooth and the pads are slightly damp.
To use the pads, you simply rub the rough side over the affected area first to exfoliate, then rub the smooth side over the same area. You don't need to wash your face just leave it. The area soon dries and doesn't leave the skin sticky.
The pads have a delicate smell, and as you rub the first side over your skin it feels quite scratchy whereas the second side feels soothing and cooling on the skin. You need to use the product every morning and night.
I have been using these pads for two weeks now and have not seen any difference at all. I have used enough of these sort of products to know that most of them don't work, but I always hold out a bit of hope that one day I will find a miracle product!
These cost £4.99 for 60 pads, which, obviously as they don't work, makes them quite costly.
I was disappointed, but not surprised that these did not work. The rough side might have a bit of an exfoliating effect, but that's all, and obviously I wouldn't recommend these.
Exfoliating action to help clear and prevent blackheads without over-drying /