Stridex Sensitive Soft Touch Pads with Aloe
One of the biggest challenges with having sensitive skin and acne is finding a treatment that's effective and doesn't irritate skin. Stridex's Sensitive Pads sound like a great solution on paper, but they don't have what it takes to do the job.
These pads come 55 to a jar and are pre-soaked in Stridex's anti-acne solution. That solution's active ingredient is salicylic acid, long known to be one of the most effective ingredients when it comes to treating and preventing breakouts. The issue here is that it's in a concentration of only 0.5%, meaning it's not likely to make a major impact on acne.
Stridex points out these pads are different from many other over-the-counter acne treatments in that they don't come loaded down with drying alcohol. That's good news… except that Stridex included other ingredients that remain problematic for acne-prone skin. They include fragrance, witch hazel extract, and menthol, all of which are irritating.
That's not just an issue for those with sensitive skin; irritation can actually stimulate excess oil production, which leads to more breakouts and clogged pores. (See More Info for details on irritation's connection to oily skin and acne.)
Even with the addition of anti-irritant aloe in this formula, it's not enough to counteract the potential issues it could cause. For anti-acne products that effectively treat breakouts and are gentle on sensitive skin, check out our list of Best Acne & Blemish Treatments.
- 0.5% concentration of salicylic acid is not likely to have an impact on breakouts.
- Contains irritating ingredients that could increase breakouts.
Not being gentle to skin can increase oily skin & breakouts: Using harsh, irritating ingredients or cleansing brushes with stiff bristles is a serious problem for all skin types, especially for those with oily, combination, and acne-prone skin.
Research has clearly established that when skin is irritated, the oil gland at the base of each pore is stimulated to make more oil, creating a perfect environment for breakouts, white bumps, and clogged pores to get worse.
Using a product that is gentle and completely non-irritating is without question the only approach to taking the best care of your skin; doing otherwise hurts your skin—this is true even if you cannot see or feel the damage taking place.
It is also vitally important to use products that research has shown are beneficial for oily skin, clogged pores, and breakouts. The gold standard over-the-counter ingredients for these concerns are salicylic acid (BHA) and benzoyl peroxide.
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Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology, January 2016, pages 25–30
Journal of European Dermatology and Venerology, May 2014, pages 527–532
Journal of Dermatology, May 2012, pages 433–438
Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, April 2011, pages 41–53
Dermato-Endocrinology, January-March 2011, pages 41–49
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Journal of the American Medical Association, August 2004, page 764
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European Journal of Dermatology, September-October 2002, pages 422–427
Stridex has long been a staple of the anti-acne section of drugstore skincare aisles, offering a small but well-known range of products designed to treat and prevent breakouts. The star ingredient in most of its offerings is salicylic acid, the gold standard when it comes to treating blemishes, and all its products are alcohol-free. Unfortunately most contain other ingredients (such as menthol and fragrance) that could lead to skin irritation, which can worsen breakouts.
For more information about Stridex, call (888) 784-2472 or visit www.stridex.com.
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