Product Review: Avon Clearskin Blemish Clearing Pads

by Gio

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Name: Clearskin Blemish Clearing Pads
Brand: Avon
Size: 30pads
Price: $4.49

From Avon’s website:
Clears up acne pimples & helps prevent new blemishes. Battles blemishes with every clean sweep.

What I liked:
– gets rid of pimples in 2 or 3 days

What I didn’t like:
– contains alcohol, which can irritate and dry skin
– packaging is not very practical.

“Yay! A pimple! Finally!,” I excitedly exclaimed when an ugly reddish bump started announcing its appearance, a few weeks ago. No, I’m not losing my marbles as I’m getting older (at least I hope I’m not). I was never glad to see a pimple before and doubt I will ever be again.

But, months before, a friend had given me a jar of Avon Clearskin Blemish Clearing Pads she wasn’t using anymore and I was impatient to put it to the test and confirm her words that they really get rid of pimples fast. Of course, then, not a single zit raised its ugly head for months. They always turn up to ruin an important date or meeting, but when you need a tiny, little one, it’s nowhere to be found. Typical!

Maybe they suspected what was in store for them, and decided to keep safely away. But, finally, timidly, one appeared. Quickly, I grabbed the jar, opened it, and took out one of the 30 pads inside. Each pad is round, quite big (just slightly smaller that a Tarte Amazonian Blush), and soft enough not to be rough on the skin.

Each pad is also wet, infused with a blemish clearing solution. The instructions say to apply 1 to 3 times a day to blemish prone areas only. So if you get pimples regularly, they won’t be a good investment, as they’ll run out pretty soon. But, for the occasional blemish, something like this can come in handy.

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With the help of the Avon pads, it took me about 2 days and a half to get rid of a small pimple on my chin. The merit goes to salicylic acid. Derived from the bark of the willow tree, salicylic acid can penetrate inside the pores, slowly removing all the gunk that’s clogging them up. Glycolic acid, by exfoliating the surface of the skin and accelerating cellular turnover, helps to prevent more breakouts from occurring.

Sounds amazing, right? Unfortunately, the formulators felt the need to ruin the formula by including a generous dose of alcohol. Alcohol can irritate skin and dry it out. To compensate, skin produces even more oil! Not exactly what you want!

It’s true I have experienced no negative reaction, but then I used it only on a tiny area. This is not something I would want all over my face. And yes, it works, but would it have worked better and faster without the alcohol? Probably yes.

The packaging is also a concern. You need to be very quick to grab a pad and then close the jar again, or those left inside may get all dried up and useless. A classic, alcohol-free spot treatment packaged in a tube would be easier to use and more convenient to carry around with you.

Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Thiodipropionic Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Trioxaundecanedoioic Acid, Parfum, Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Extract.

A jar of Avon Clearskin Blemish Clearing Pads contains 30 pads infused with a solution that gets rid of pimples in 2 or 3 days. But it also contains alcohol, which can be drying and irritating. Plus, the packaging isn’t practical.

Rating: 2.5/5

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Trisha January 21, 2015 - 6:26 pm

I’m always skeptical of these kinds of things. Plus, bummer on the alcohol.

Gio January 21, 2015 - 7:59 pm

Trisha, it’s so disappointing about the alcohol. I’m sure it would have worked a lot better without it.

Chic Readings January 22, 2015 - 2:50 am

I have tried these and was very disappointed, they dried out quickly and also dried out my skin.But I have very nice experience with some other Avon products:)

Gio January 22, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Helena, these are a mess, aren’t they? Both the alcohol content and the packaging are problematic. Such a shame. But the brand does have some nice products indeed.

anubhuti January 22, 2015 - 10:08 am

I always get disappointed with alcohol based facial treatments 🙁 nice review Gio..

Gio January 22, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Anubhuti, me too. There’s just no good reason to use it.

Poonpo January 22, 2015 - 2:26 pm

oh !! only 2.5 rating ? !! strange , i will stay away from this 😀 LOL !!

Gio January 22, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Poonpo, good choice. It is very disappointing.


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