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Brand: Clearasil / Type: Blemish Control / Subcategory: Pads / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: Clearasil Ultra

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      04.12.2011 15:53
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      A harsh product that is no good if you have sensitive skin.

      Clearasil, a name that is one of the best known on the high street for spot treatment. However, this doesn't mean that it is the best. There are plenty of products on offer from Clearasil and I have tried quite a lot of them. The Ultra range is certainly the most effective of the lot, designed for harsher treatment of spot prone skin than the standard range.

      How it works

      Cleansing pad supposedly work instantly to fight 100% of spots by fighting the bacteria that cause spots, removing dirt and oil from the skin surface and helping to unblock pores.

      Product claims

      Reduces spot size and redness in 4 hours
      Dermatologically Tested.

      Directions

      Use every morning and evening.
      Wipe pad gently over face and neck avoiding eye area.
      Allow to dry.
      Do not rinse off.

      Ingredients

      Salicylic Acid.
      AcceladermTM Technology

      The tub

      Approximately 65 in each tub , there is quite a lot to keep you going but at over five pounds a tub for something that doesn't necessarily work this is quite a lot of money to spend. I'm not saying the product doesn't work at all. It certainly makes the skin feel clean and cleansed but I still found myself with spot breakouts and it took longer than three days for my spots to go away. The packaging is certainly bright and colourful so it isn't likely you'll miss it if you want to buy any.

      How it feels

      What is handy about the pads is that they are able to get to the areas that you probably miss when using face wash. The pad itself is fairly abrasive and feels a little like rubbing sandpaper on your face although I suppose that is the magic of exfoliation at work. I have quite sensitive skin and my face was stinging for a while after using the pads as they are quite harsh. I would definately reccomend using moisturiser as well after you have used this product otherwise it will dry your skin out.

      The smell

      Unappealing, the smell is harsh and chemical like and will linger around for a while after use.

      Does it work

      I found the pads worked, but only in conjuction with using other products in the Clearasil range. There are far cheaper products on the market which work just as well. Tea tree oil is a good natural solution that I have found. I would certainly not recommend the ultra range to anyone who's spots aren't that bad as it is only designed for the worst cases. Spots do clear up, however it takes longer than the advertised four days to see any drastic effects.

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        14.09.2010 15:50
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        A good face wipe but only after a few days use

        Please note that I am reviewing the rapid action pads with results from 4 hours which differ slightly from the above picture but this is where Dooyoo have requested me to put this review, they will not add a new category for it.

        Hubby has been getting a few spots lately and was not happy with the face wash he use as it did not clear them, I was perfectly happy using it and still do. We spotted these when out shopping so decided to give them a go.

        ~~PACKAGING~~

        The wipes come in a white plastic tub, there is a blue and white screw lid on the top. The front of the tub has the Clearasil logo on it and the product name and on the back of the tub you can find the directions for use and ingredients for the wipes.

        ~~USE AND RESULTS~~

        To use the wipes it is very simple but for the first use you will have to battle with the film seal over the top of the pot on the inside of the lid. I found this was very hard to remove and you may benefit from using some scissors to pierce it before pulling it off. Once I had got into the wipes I was instantly hit with the smell. There was a strong antiseptic smell from the wipes and it was quite overpowering. The smell remained for the duration of using the wipes but I am happy to say it did not stay for very long after using the wipes on my face. There is a hint of the smell left on my hands so I find I have to give them a good wash after using these wipes.

        The wipes are a fairly small size and are round in shape. They are white and measure approximately 5cm wide. My first impression when looking at the wipes was where are the rest of them as the tub was only half full but they did look quite refreshing in the tub. I did find I had difficulty getting just one of the wipes out as they are overly moist they all seemed to stick together. When I had achieved this thought I set about using it on my face. To use the wipes all you need to do it wipe them over the face area and the neck but not the eyes. I was actually shocked when I had done this as I could noticeable see dirt which had been removed from my face, the one which I had not long washed and believed to be clean! After using the wipe my face was left feeling damp but you are not to dry it, it soon dried up within about 20seconds by itself.

        There were no instant results from using these wipes but I did notice how much cleaner and fresh my face looked. Hubby has been using these for a good few weeks now regularly and his skin has greatly improved, t has taken a lot of the redness and spots away and the skin looks fresher and more moisturised. I don't think I will be using these on a regular basis though as I much prefer using my daily face wash.

        The wipes are to be used every morning and evening and this is what hubby did to get the results he did.

        ~~INFO~~

        The wipes come in a fairly good pack size, I was disappointed by the lack of wipes inside as they only seemed to fill half of the pot. I would say that there are around 65 wipes in the pot so it will last for a good length of time depending on how often you use them.

        There are some warnings on the back of the tub and the main one being that these are not to be used on or around the eye area. I have to say I did notice that if I wiped slightly too close to my eye then the smell did make my eyes water and it was not nice.

        The tub claims that you will get results in just 4 hours from these wipes but I don't really agree with this and would advise that you use them for a good few days in both the morning and evening before you can expect good results.

        The product ingredients for those wishing to know are:-

        Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Salicylis Acid, Glycerin, Isoceteth-20, Sorbitol, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum, Lavandula, Stoechas Extract, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Cistus, Monspeliensis Extract, Disodium EDTA, PEG-40, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben

        The wipes need to be stored in a cool dry place and out of reach of small children.

        ~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~

        These wipes are widely available in all good chemists and supermarkets, I would say they are around £3 per tub. Fortunately I managed to buy mine from my local Home and Bargain store where they were priced at £1.49 which I feel is good value.

        ~~RECOMMENDED?~~

        I am going to recommend these wipes despite only giving them 3 stars. I have found that they are smelly and overly moist and do not give the 4 hour results as claimed. They are good if you are prepared to put up with the strong smell and use them twice daily for a good few days before seeing any major results. Worth trying for yourselves if you can get them for a good price.

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          03.07.2010 22:39
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          Not recommended

          When I was a spotty teenager, I always assumed that my skin problems would vanish as I got older . Sadly, at 28, I've now realised that this is not the case - I still have an oily T-zone, I still get blackheads occasionally, and sometimes I get horrible spots. So, I still buy spot treatments, with the one I most recently tried being Clearasil Untra Deep Pore Treatment Pads , which claim, amongst other things, to give me a visibly clearer face in just three days! They also claim to get rid of current spots and prevent new ones coming up, and to help make my skin less oily.

          I was excited, in just three days I could expect to have flawless skin! They come in a tub that is easy to open, with each tub containing 65 pads , which are circular in shape . The pads have a texture made up of square shapes, neither particularly rough or particularly smooth . I found this surprising, as I was used to using pads with different textures on opposite sides - one rough side, one smooth side. The pads are moistened with the clearasil solution .

          To use these, simply wipe gently around your face (naturally avoiding eyes, mouth, and any broken skin) . You do not need to rinse afterwards, the lotion is left on the skin for best results .

          I didn't like the smell of these pads at all, it was rather harsh and chemical, and not pleasant . They were moist enough for one pad to cover the whole face, and they certainly seemed to remove any oiliness from my T zone very quickly on the first use . We would have to wait longer to see if they made a real difference though .

          A week or so later, and some of the claims had been met - My face was certainly less spotty, and my skin was not oily at all . However, it was very dry, and in some places was actually itching a lot . I'm not normally someone that suffers from sensitive skin, but I found these just too harsh for me .

          These are available from Boots for a little over the £5 mark, and I have occasionally seen them in the local pound shop . However, whilst they might work for some, and did in all honesty meet two of the claims they made, I have to say I found these too harsh for my skin, so will not be using them again . I stopped using them altogether after two weeks as they just dried out my skin far too much .

          2 stars

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            05.04.2010 13:03
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            In desperation I was taken to Asda's to get yet another face product to try and deal with my spots. I have loads of products in my cupboard for spot treatment, and they seem to help for a couple of weeks and then stop working. I don't have the heart to throw them out, as I think i will use them again and they will work again, but I just need something that will work all the time.

            I've got face scrubs, gels washes, foam wash, cream wash, toners, cleansers, and wipes and pads like these ones.

            I remember using Clearasil when I was younger. I found them a bit too harsh on my face, as although my face is oily, greasy and a bit dry on the cheeks it is a bit sensitive as well. Still I suppose the red marks on my face perhaps would have distracted people from my spot crop, it wasn't the purpose.

            This came in a sturdy plastic tub. The label was stick around the outside and looked nice enough with the metallic colouring of blue and purple. The lid was a screw lid and came off easily enough. The pads were covered by a sealed foil lid, which I opened at 1 end and then put back when finished using and then put the lid back on.

            You get 65 round pads in the pack. They are stacked on top of each other. The pads are thin, but are really wet with the product. They are slightly textured, and all you do is wipe these across your face gently. Due to how wet they are I didn't feel the need to press hard with these, and you could feel the liquid settling on your face as it tingled ever so slightly. Although you can feel this wet on your face as well it dried quickly.

            I think the right price for these pads was nearly £5, but Asda had them on rollback to £3. I was eyeing up the other Clearasil pads, which was rolled back to £2 for 65, but these promised to tackle spots really deep and show improvements within 4 hours. I tried another brand who promised the 4 hour thing, and it was nothing to write home about.

            Was there an improvement with these? i've been using them for 2 days now and using them in the morning and at night how the brand advises you to use. The spots are still there, they still look red, but they seemed to have dried up a bit more, and perhaps don't look so angry. my face seems not quite as greasy through the day, and it seems a bit softer without being dry.

            These seem to be working ok, but they don't seem to be a miracle cure. I will keep using them, and may buy them again as they seem to be working to get the problem fixed.

            An ok spot product.

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            10.03.2010 09:13
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            Cheaper ones out there

            I get very oily skin so have to clean my face frequently. Each night before I go to bed I use Clearasil Ultra Deep Pore Treatment Pads.

            They come in a white and blue tub and in the tub you get 65 cleansing pads. So for someone who uses them once a day they last just over two months each time. When you first open the tub they have a silver foil on them to keep in the freshness. Then each of the pads is coated in some sort of Clearasil liquid, but I feel that they put a little too much liquid in the pot. If you carry these around anywhere (as I did when going abroad) they will most likely leak in your bag if you have broken the seal. This caused all my clothes to get wet and I couldn't believe how wet they actually got!

            The pads themselves are white and slightly exfoliated. You simply wipe them over your face and leave your face to dry. After doing this I found that a slight tingling sensation was common. I quite liked this because it made me feel like the pads were actually working and they were really working deep cleansing my skin.

            One of the problems with this product is its price. I usually buy them from Boots but most mainstream supermarkets also sell them. Every now and then Boots do an offer on Clearasil products which is usually buy two products for the price of three. They sell for around £4 but this varies everywhere. The packet advises you to use them morning and night which would mean they are only a month supply which makes £4 rather expensive. They say beauty comes at a price though!

            If you have particularly oily skin and if you get frequent breakouts then I would recommend this, otherwise I would just use a cheaper alternative if it is simply to clean your face.

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              13.01.2010 16:14
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              DO NOT USE

              I brought this product in the early part of last year (2009) as I was fed up of having spots and felt my skin needed a more rigorous clean as I was starting to wear more make up. My brother had used normal Clearasil face wash over most of the time he had spots and it seemed to be fairly effective so I thought I would try the same make, but a different product. I am fed up of trying to wash my face without getting my hair wet, as with normal facial scrubs, so when I saw these pads I thought they were perfect, clean my skin and keep my hair dry, great.

              The product comes with no extra packaging, just the white tub, with a dark blue lid and label as shown in the photograph. It contains 65 double sided pads, which are drenched with the Clearasil clear liquid you apply to your skin. It does not drip, but if you squeezed it a fair amount of liquid does come out. The pads often have bubbles on them, which to me is not a good sign as it can indicate chemical reactions are taking place.

              To use the product all you have to do take one pad and wipe your whole face with it, avoiding delicate eye areas, hairline and eyebrows. You do not rinse the product off, just simply wash your hands and dispose of the pad. The product is full of chemicals, such as HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, which is what I used it the lab when doing chemistry, so do you really want to put this on my face? This also indicates to me that it is not pH balanced either.

              The product is designed to give you clearer skin in 3 days, or in my opinion, DESTROY YOUR SKIN in 1 day. I DO NOT have sensitive skin and found the product EXTREMELY PAINFUL. I tried to cope with it, but after 2 minutes I had to completely clean my wash with normal cold water and apply some soothing lotion. It begins by tingling but just gets worse and more painful. I really wished I read the ingredients before I used the product as it is just full of really bad chemicals that just strip your skin of everything, good and bad. I binned the product straight away and never used another Clearasil product since.

              The product is sold at around £4.50, making it one of the more expensive products on the market for teenage skin care. I would not ever use this product again, even if it was free. STAY AWAY from Clearasil and other similar brands that are just full of chemicals, they will destroy your skin.

              NOTE: i have given it 1 star as i cant give it 0 stars

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                08.01.2010 19:55
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                Clearasil Ultra Deep Pore Treatment Pads

                When I was younger I suffered with teenage spots and I had every product out of this range and some products by Neutrogena. I always knew that my spots were being caused by probably my make up or just teenage life in general but by using this I knew that I was cleansed! I used to use these pads every morning and every night.

                These pads control blemishes and totally control your skin. There are around 100 in a pack which is quite handy. They are brilliant for just going over your face after you have taken off make up to make sure your face is totally clean of grime.

                The pack looks exactly the same as the one in the above image and it states on the front, visibly clearer skin in just three days, may I just add that this did not work like that for me as my spots were teen related. The pads are thin and circled with small holes in them. They smell very strong like witch hazel.

                These definately made a difference to my skin, the calmed down the redness caused by spots and they also made sure that my ace was extra clean. The only thing I didn't like about them was the fact that they stung a little bit the first time you apply them to your skin.

                They sell these in many health and beauty shops, chemists and supermarkets for around £2.00 which is not too bad. They are worth it but they do not clear up skin within three days!

                Personally, I think these are great, they do a lot for your skin!

                Worth it!

                Holly x

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                23.11.2009 13:32
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                Recommended for lightly spotty skin, but nothing more

                Approach this product with caution, because it is pretty acidic and strong...!!!

                My skin has mild problems and although I am generally trying to stick to natural/organic products now, sometimes the appeal of chemicals is too strong! So, I cracked for these pads. I haven't had any luck with Clearasil before, but decided to give it a go, who knows...

                I've come to the conclusion that Clearasil are a company aimed at helping people with very mild skin issues. If you suffer from reoccuring problems, or something more serious, I wouldn't recommend them.

                Anyway, the product itself. It smells very strong when you're up close to it, but in a way this is reassuring, you think it's going to zap your spots away! I was hesitant about rubbing them on my skin, and was right, it stung, a lot!! I didn't have open sores or anything, but my skin is sensitive, and these pads are certainly not made for sensitive skin. There are a lot of pads inside, and I didn't consider it expensive overall.

                I used them in the evening over 4 days, and promptly gave up when I saw no noticeable improvement, nor could stand the acidic stinging!

                So, be careful when choosing this product... Not for sensitive skins, or medium/severe spots.

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                08.10.2009 19:12
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                A great skin product!!!

                Its one of my favourite that i use twice a day!! It really helps my skin get clear and stay clear!! That sounds like some cheesy clearsil advert but its so true :D

                They come in a small pot, which has 65 pads in them. Which usally lasts me a month. The pads are textured which allows it to get in your pours. They arent to hard on your skin either.

                You do feel it work on your skin and you see the effects afterward. Your skin is left smooth and fresh.

                It really does work and spots and blackheads are gone in less then a week.

                The only probelm is if you have cut it stings slightly and the packing is slightly different then the picture. Also it says on the pot it takes three days and you do see results but spots take about the week.

                Price- In Boots its £5.29 but you can get it on offer in supermarkets and superdrug.

                P.S. I always use my daliy moisturizer afterward to lock in moisture.

                Hope it helps
                Emma

                Bye xxxx

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                11.09.2009 09:30
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                Brilliant pads to really clean your skin!

                Being a woman, who wears some dodgy stuff on her face sometimes and probably would be better off painting her face in dulux I often end up with clogged pores which results in a few unwanted spots. I sometimes feel like my skin needs a slight awakening and freshen up other than the usual wipes, creams and cleansers so I tend to buy Clearasil Stayclear Pore Cleansing Pads.

                These pads are quite pricey but in my opinion are definitely worth the £4 plus I usually pay for them. They come in a white plastic pot, with a screw off blue lid. The clearasil blue coloured sticker comes around the pot providing us with all the info needed. We are told that these pads provide deep cleansing action to help clear and prevent breakouts. Aiming for clearer skin all day, every day. One tub contains around 65 dermatologically tested pads.

                The aim of these pads is to use one pad once in the morning and once at night, wiping it over your face. While wiping the textured pads over your face they exfoliate your skin while their spot fighting formula penetrates deep into the pores to help clear and prevent breakouts.

                Each pad is a circular shape and roughly the size of a Discos crisp for example. They are snow white in colour and are very moist to the touch as well as having a raised texture to them.

                They have an intense cleansed smell about them, you are advised on the tub not to wipe them on your eyes, but this becomes pretty obvious when the pad even goes near them as you can't help but wince slightly thanks to the strong substance within these pads, perhaps it's the spot fighting formula?. They make your face quite wet at first but it soon dries very similarly to the anti bacterial gels you can buy nowadays, however I have a strange, tingly pins and needles sort of sensation on my face as it dries. It does really refresh my skin however, and any unwanted dirt is evident on the wipe after use, no matter how clean I think my skin is.

                I agree with the statement on the tub about these clearing breakouts but as for preventing them - yes I think that's true when using these regularly however they can also break you out in spots too thanks to them really working their magic and clearing out your clogged pores. I find if I havn't perhaps got rid of all of my make up completely that when I use these they bring out a few annoying spots on my chin and around my nose, yet at the same time they are soon cleared which I do believe is thanks to these pads. They really make my face and skin feel fresh and thoroughly cleansed, it's just that tingly feeling afterwards that is a little uncomfortable, but not uncomfortable enough to put me off using these again.

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                13.08.2009 21:29
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                An awful product, which does more harm than good through pain

                I used these in the past but had quite an unpleasant experience so have yet to use them again. Instead, I use the Clearasil Ultra face wash, which isn't as strong and doesn't hurt your face as much.

                The pads come in a cylinder box with a sky blue lid. The lid has the Clearasil logo on it. The label is shiny pink and blue, which is characteristic of the Clearasil Ultra range. It is said to give visibly clearer skin in just three days.

                The lid simply unscrews to reveal the pads. They are circular white pads, like damp cotton wool pads. The box releases an intense smell, which will get you drunk if you put your face too close. The smell is horrific - it smells of acid, chemicals and alcohol. I cannot believe this is even a product on the market as it's probably a health hazard, more than a health improver. Just wait until you use it.

                You apply the wet pad over your face and instantly it just feels cold and wet. The burning sensation then kicks in and your face just hurts immensely. I don't have any skin problems, but this product is just ridiculous and too strong. Not only does your face burn, but also it seems to dry it up and make it feel tight and horrible. It also makes your face absolutely stink. It absolutely kills after a shave and I wouldn't recommend using it at all.

                This product can be purchased for between £3.40 and £3.80 depending on where you shop. It's absolutely terrible and I wouldn't recommend it whatsoever unless you enjoy a burning sensation on your face along with dryness and tightness of the skin. The only thing that's good about this product is that it does get rid of spots within 3 days - very painfully, but it does the job.

                Thanks for reading,

                Dan ©

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                  22.05.2009 12:31
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                  Minimal hassle spot prevention

                  Fortunately I rarely seem to get spots of the large, red beacon variety, although every few months I will get a reandom breakout! I am incredibly lazy and cant be bothered with all the bottles of stuff you can use for spots as they take to long to apply and use! A couple of years ago I discovered these Clearasil double action pads and decided to give them a try as they seemed pretty effortless to use! It is worth nothing that they have since slightly changed the name and pot design a little but the ingredients and product are still the same!

                  The pads come in a little round tub with a blue screw on lid. Inside the tub is a stack of 65 thin circular pads, which have lots of little square shapes on them (to help them remove the dirt from your face). The first time you open the tub there is a plastic seal across the top of the pot, which keeps the pads fresh while they have been on a shop shelf and also lets you know that no one has tampered with them.

                  A tub of 65 pads costs just under £4 so they aren't cheap but there is plenty of lotion on each pad so you only need one pad to clean your entire face. The pot claims that the pads help fight spots and removes and helps blackheads with their clinically proven formula. The pads help keep your pores clear whilst fighting bacteria and removing dirt and grease.

                  If you are too close when you open the tub your eyes will water as the smell of the lotion is VERY strong! I just stuck my nose in the top of the pot to try and give an accurate description of the smell but I am now temporarily blind as my eyes are streaming and my nasal passages are burning!! The smell isn't unpleasant as it is a 'clean' smell (a bit like disinfectant actually!) it is just incredibly over powering! When using the pad you really don't want to get it anywhere near your eyes or they will sting like mad! (trust me!).

                  Also a slight disadvantage is that your face will smell of the lotion for a little while after use as it carries on working on your face after you have used a pad! You will be able to smell it for a while and so will anyone who gets intimately close to your face!

                  Using the pads is really easy, take a pad out of the pot, wipe it in circular motions on your face and voila your face is cleansed! One thing that impressed me with these pads is that they don't aggravate my skin! I have incredibly sensitive skin and normally pretty much anything other than water makes my skin really sore and poorly! When I use these wipes there is a tingling feeling but I think that is just the lotion getting into your pores and cleaning them out! The pads don't claim to be for sensitive skin and do have a warning to discontinue use if they don't suit you skin although I have had no problems with them.

                  Immediately after use your skin feels a little bit sticky as the lotion soaks in but this only lasts for a few seconds. After use my skin feels really clean, like incredibly clean! Which is a good thing as it feels like the lotion is really working! Once you have finished with the pad you can see the dirt on it from your face which is a good indication that you have used it properly! (although a little bit gross!) Obviously the pads cannot be reused to just throw them in the bin one used.

                  I have found that if I start using the pads when I see the first sign of a spot then they really do help prevent spots although more often than not I forget to use them until I have got some nasty spots and by then they don't seem to have much of an effect. Maybe it would be better if I used them daily! In terms of fighting blackheads they work relatively well, they do help prevent them and after regular use begin to remove stubborn blackheads although it isn't an instant solution! So all in all these do seem to be good at preventing spots although in my experience they don't seem to have much of an effect on spots which are already there!

                  In my opinion these are definitely worth using as they are very easy to use and leave your skin feeling really clean and smooth and do help prevent spots and blackheads. They are fairly expensive but a pot of 65 wipes does tend to last a long time, even I you use the pads twice a day as recommended. The only real disadvantage is the over powering smell which can sting like crazy if you stick your nose too near the pot or the pads too near your eyes!

                  I would recommend this product if you are lazy like me and don't have time for creams and lotions in a bottle etc! Also they are pretty good at preventing spots so its worth giving them a try and seeing if they work for you!

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                    23.02.2009 15:38
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                    dont waste your money

                    After spotting these on the sheleves in boots I decided to give them a go mainly becuase it claimed that I could have clearer skin in 3 days, which to me seemed great.

                    The tub is circular with a metallic blue lid, the tub itself is white although there is a label on this which is metallic and shines different colours in differnt lights from pink to purple to green although predominantly it is blue. I have to say this makes the product look very funky and from it you can instantly tell it is aimed at teenagers.

                    When you open up the lid you get a smell which is very clean and reminds me of the smell you get from baby wipes, so overall this is pleasent as I was expecting it to be quite a strong smell of antiseptic which would have put me off using the product.

                    Inside the tub are the pads which you have 65 of this seems quite a good amount although I think it still works out pricey when your paying around £5 for them! You are supposed to use the pads morning and night to get the benefits of them and so I began using them as directed.

                    On first using these I noticed that the pads felt quite rough on my skin and the antiseptic which is on these pads left a stinging sensation on my face as I used them. After the first day I found my skin began to feel tight after using them and my face was becoming quite dry especially my cheeks. These I found to be quite harsh and I dont even have sensitive skin so those who do stay well away from them!

                    As for the 3 day claim...I found it was rubbish after 3 days my spots were still there and not only that using these pads had now left dry flakey patches on my skin, my advise dont bother wasting your money!

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                      07.07.2008 22:44
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                      Recommended but won't change your life

                      Clearasil Ultra Deep Pore Treatment Pads are designed to "fight spots and reduce redness to give you visibly clearer skin in just 3 days". The product is clearly marketed at teenagers with problem skin - the adverts on TV for Clearasil products usually feature a teenager getting ready for a party, realising that they have a spot, getting despondent that the spot will ruin the party, being advised to use Clearasil and applying it. By the end of the advert the viewer sees the spot fearing teenager at the party surrounded by attractive people of the opposite sex - which we know would not have happened it they still had that awful spot! I usually lack sympathy for the teenagers featured in these adverts - they're teenagers and therefore are meant to have spots. However, it's a different story when you reach the grand old age of 26 and still have skin worse than most teenagers.

                      I've tried many different skin treatment products over the past fifteen or so years but my skin refuses to clear up. The latest product that I've been trying is Clearasil Ultra Deep Pore Treatment Pads. The pads come in packs of 65 which cost around £4.99 and are available from chemists and most supermarkets. The packs recommend using the pads twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening. That's a cost of £60 a year if you use them every day as directed. I think that's quite a lot personally and probably more expensive than most other facial cleaners.

                      The pads are quite wet and sometimes slightly difficult to separate so you can end up using more than one by accident (make that £65 per year!). I would prefer that the pads were slightly less wet as when you first start using them you don't feel like there is enough friction against your skin to do enough cleansing. The pads are quite rough and once they have dried slightly they have an exfoliating effect on your skin. After using the pads your skin does feel very smooth and clean but quite dry. I always apply a moisturiser after using the pads to try and minimise the drying effect. Some cleansers I've used before really dry your skin out but make your skin produce loads of oil shortly afterwards - this doesn't happen with these pads however which is great.

                      The pads are however, quite harsh so I wouldn't recommend them for anyone with sensitive skin. You need to be careful that you don't scrub too hard or you end up with red patches that won't disappear for hours. The pack tells you not to use near your eyes, your eyebrows or your hairline. I ignore this advice because I usually wear mascara and want my cleanser to remove this as well as cleansing the rest of my face. It's fine if your eyes are completely shut but once or twice I've got a little bit of product in my eyes and it is very painful so you should definitely follow the advice on the pack!

                      The pads smell quite inoffensive when in the pack, the smell isn't strong at all. However, I do find that they leave a slightly unpleasant smell on my skin after using them. This is another reason to use moisturiser after using them to try and mask the smell.

                      So, does it work then? Does it meet its claim that your skin will be visibly clearer in three days? Well, I suppose my skin is usually clearer within three days but then most spots don't last forever so you would expect that after three days they might have diminished somewhat even if you don't use any special treatment on them. I do think that the product is quite effective on smaller blemishes but completely ineffective on larger spots. I would say they are slightly more effective than other cleansers that I've used but then different cleansers are going to suit some people more than others.

                      Overall, I would recommend them but don't expect them to work wonders.

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                        26.06.2008 18:24
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                        I managed to get through my teenage years with a flawless complexion, then something happened when I hit 30; I got spots! My spots were not that bad just a few around my chin but were enough to make me feel ugly and self conscious. My usual cleansing routine was doing nothing to clear my skin up so decided to get a spot removing product. I decided on clearasil as it is the leading brand so I thought it must be good.

                        I paid £4.99 for a pack of 65 deep pore treatment pads which promised to give me visibly clearer skin in just 3 days. You use two pads a day so a tub of pads would last for just over a month, worth it if it stops you wanting to wear a paper bag over your head when you go out!

                        The pads are already impregnated with solution so are easy to use and the screw top tub means they wont dry out. Each pad is probably about an inch and a half in diameter and has a rough and smooth side. The pads have a really strong and harsh smell mainly of alcohol but I'm sure the chemicals used also feature in there. The active ingredients are salicyitic acid and hydrogen peroxide. Theres a warning not to use near hair or fabrics as it may bleach them so theres obviously pretty strong chemicals involved.

                        I was amazed at the amount of grime that came out after the first time I used one of these pads. It was even more shocking when you consider I first used it after I had showered. No wonder I was spotty with so much ingrained grime hiding in my pores. My skin felt really clean after use but the pads had a drying effect on my skin and left it feeling really tight after using them.

                        I used these pads for a couple of weeks. I found my skin was getting more and more irritated after every use and there was very little reduction in my spots. My skin was looking really red after every use as well as getting drier. So much for the visibly clearer skin in three days claim.

                        I did manage to get rid of my spots with antibiotics prescribed for something unrelated. I dont know if it's an old wives tale but I also increased my vitamin C consumption. Whatever caused my skin to clear up it certainly wasnt the clearasil.

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