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Oxy Daily Defense Cleansing Pads


I have been suffering from acne since my teens. I had a lot of acne then. I regret not taking much care of my skin during my teens. But over the years, I have learnt how to treat my skin and the ingredients that actually help my skin to look better. One of them is salicylic acid. It is found in a lot of acne care products such as moisturizers, face cleansers and acne treatment creams. I decided to try the salicylic acid pads from Oxy. I had a coupon from CVS and I had read of Oxy Pads being an effective treatment of acne for many.


Price: $4 (with the coupon)

Quantity: 115 pads

Ingredients: Active ingredient being salicylic acid 2%


Directions: Use a pad to cleanse and cover the affected area with a thin layer of medicine 1 to 3 times a daily because too much drying can occur. Start with one application and gradually increase to 2 to 3 applications.



My take on the product:

The moment you open the jar, you can smell the strong fumes which I think is alcohol combined with salicylic acid. I take a single pad and wipe it on my face, avoiding the eye are, and onto my neck. I stop wiping with it when I start to feel that the pad is going dry. Yes, the pad goes dry after about 2 minutes, similar to a hand sanitizer. So, keep the jar tightly closed after you have taken out the pad. The new jar is sealed with an air tight foil that needs to be broken.


I apply this only once in a day. Before going to bed, I use one pad to wipe my face. Then I use a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide over it. I have done this treatment for a month and I can say that I see substantial results. I see no cystic acne that I had before using this. Now there are a few tiny boils which is clearing up. Prior to this, I only used the benzoyl peroxide which I did not find effective in treating my acne. All in all I am very happy the way it is working for me. I plan to continue this treatment every night. I do not plan on using these pads more than once a day. I think using this more than once may dry out my skin. So far I am liking the results. Right now, I can describe my skin as normal to combination. If you have an oily skin, you can use it more than once. Dry skinned people should be cautious while using this as it can be very drying.


  1. Affordable
  2. Easy to use
  3. Available at drugstore


  1. The strong fumes

Will you repurchase? Yes, I will definitely buy these pads. If you suffer from acne and have combination to oily skin then definitely give this product a try.

Ratings: 5/5..


Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil Eliminating Astringent


Toner is not something I used regularly. I had got the Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil Eliminating Astringent long ago here. But I dint use it regularly for a very long time and decided to do so. I have almost finished it and here is the review.


Price: $5 (from my Walmart)

Quantity: 8 fl. oz./ 236 ml.


Salicylic acid 2% is the main ingredient



Claims: Effectively treats and helps prevent breakouts without overdrying

My experience with using the product:

I have very recently incorporated toner in my skincare routine after having a bout of acne breakouts. I had this tall bottle of toner but had never used it regularly. I can definitely see positive results with its regular use. Although it comes with a flip top cap, I have transferred this to a sanitized pump bottle for convenience. I use a cotton ball to apply this evenly all over my face. My major concern is the content of alcohol in this toner. The fumes are very strong when you are applying it on your face. It stings a wee bit but after a while of using this, you get used to it. Once it dries up, all that feeling is goes away. True to its claims, it doesn’t dry out your skin at all and I can see an improvement in my acne prone skin. It contains salicylic acid which is an effective acne treatment. I feel it pulls out the gunk from my pores. I like how it makes my skin feel especially when I use it in the summer. It keeps my skin from getting oily. Once I finish this up I will be trying other brands too and find a ‘non-fumy’ one which is as effective as this. This is good quantity that is going to last me a long time. I do like this product. If you are someone who has an oily or combination skin which is acne prone, I think you should give this product a try.

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1)      Makes my skin feel clean

2)      Contains salicylic acid

3)      Non drying


1)      The strong fumes

2)      The stingy sensation

Will you repurchase? If I don’t find an effective and better toner, I will come back to this.

Ratings: 3.75/5…


Equate oil free acne face wash


I have access to a lot of Walmart products and I am currently on a tight budget. I am about to finish the product and here I am, reviewing the oil free acne face wash from equate.



Comparable to: Neutrogena oil free acne face wash (around $6)

Price: around $3

Quantity: 6oz

Ingredients: Listed below on the back of the product. Salicylic acid (2%) is the active ingredient.


My take on the product: This product looks like the Neutrogena one and is also packaged in a same kind of pump bottle and also has the same kind of ingredients. The only thing that is different is the fragrance. This a gel based face wash which has a very soothing and mild fragrance that I like. You don’t need a full pump of the product. Just a dime size amount should do the job. This 6oz bottle will last you for a very long time.

What I like about this product is it lathers very nicely and your face feels fresh and doesn’t feel dry and stretchy. The good thing about equate acne face wash is it keeps my face from getting oily. I have used the Neutrogena one and that made my face oily after a while. My skin is a lot more combination types these days and not oily anymore. I think this would work well on the combination and oily skin. I don’t know if this is meant for people with dry skin. With a travel friendly packaging, this would be an ideal acne free face wash as compared to the Neutrogena one.

Here’s a closer look of how much is left and what the product looks like. I also bought a bunch of other equate products here.



  1. Non drying
  2. Face doesn’t get oily
  3. Cleans the oil and grime from face
  4. Pleasant fragrance
  5. Lathers nicely



  1. Not a travel friendly packaging

Will I repurchase? Yes, down the line I will. I like this more than the Neutrogena one. Right now I am trying different face washes.

Rating: 4/5