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Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads

What it is:A set of 60 pads exclusively formulated to cleanse skin, clear blackheads, refine pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, with a gentle touch.What it is formulated to do:Each mild-yet-potent pad contains alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic acid 10 %), beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid 0.5 %), and alcohol (23 %) in an advanced botanical formulation. Unique clarifying, synergistic action cleanses the skin, clears active acne blemishes, visually minimizes pore size, eliminates the formation of new blackheads and blemishes, and supports natural cell turnover. Simultaneously, it delivers proven antiaging benefits that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Synthetic Dyes- Petrochemicals- Phthalates- GMOs- TriclosanWhat else you need to know:A fresh peach bellini scent replaces the traditional medicinal smell of antiseptic pads.
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Questions & Answers for Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads

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Does it help with hyperpigmentation???
Does this product help fade sun spots and evens out skin tone please?
Thank you
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
evatop77
(Winnetka, CA)
on Gentle Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes the acids in the pads will help exfoliate and fade sunspots to a degree. But if your spots and scarring are bad, use a product with quinone in it to truly lighten.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
cscano
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
can't speak for sunspots but it does help even out redness after a few uses.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
cassandraj
(portland, or)
answer 3
this product does help with hyperpigmentation because it essentially exfoliates your skin, but the effect is very gradual.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
baloo
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
I have a difficult time with pigmentation after a breakout clears up. Sometimes its weeks before the color is balanced out. I have noticed a slight improvement in this condition since using these pads. But this product is better at reducing pores than correcting pigmentation.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
morabito79
(Norwalk, CT)
answer 5
I don't have sun spots, but it has begun to fade old acne scars and I suspect it would do the same on other skin pigmintation issues.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
kgheinemann
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 6
Ingredients are not strong enough for hyperpigmentation, unless they are very light and very recent.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
nancynj
(Jersey Shore)
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Instead of Toner
Can this be used instead of toner?
asked 1 year, 8 months ago
jjj4evr
on Gentle Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
I use mine as a toner, morning and night.
answered 7 months ago
fabnatsdiva
(Kansas City, MO)
answer 2
I would say it depends on why you're using a toner. It does a great job of exfoliating and deep cleaning using the salicylic. I would think you wouldn't need a toner on top of this.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
kbolsinger
(Seattle, WA)
answer 3
This is not the same as a toner. A toner is used for pH balancing the skin before using medicated serums or other products. This is a treatment product. Toners generally aren't necessary if you used a pH balanced cleanser.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
kaitybug
(Oklahoma City, OK)
answer 4
When I use these pads I skip the toner.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
talaya5
(Portland, OR)
answer 5
Yes, I certainly think so!
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
yogamegs
answer 6
I do use it instead of a toner, after cleansing and before bed. I feel it works well for that purpose, but I would not recommend using it before makeup application because it feels slightly sticky.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
MrsMessenger
(Sierra Vista, AZ)
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Can this product be used in conjunction with a Clarisonic Mia Brush?
I have fair, sensitive skin that is acne prone and is starting to show signs of blotchiness, redness and uneven skin tone. Would it be overkill to use both these products or would it be ok to use them together as long as I spaced the use of them well apart?
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asked 1 year, 7 months ago
AppGSU11
(Naples, FL)
on Gentle Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
I also have sensitive, acne-prone skin and use the pads with my clarisonic. It's been a few weeks and I haven't had any adverse results (usually it's almost immediate, so I think I'm good). I use the pads 2x daily and the clarisonic with the acne-prone brush head only in the evenings. But, I say better safe than sorry if you're concerned both will be too much for you.
answered 2 months ago
RSR24
(NY, NY)
answer 2
I do not have sensitive skin at all, but at times I do fine these pads to be too much when combined with my Clarisonic. These pads aren't meant to be scrubbed onto the face (I didn't know that originally, I just happened to read the inside label one day), just gently wiped. I have noticed that if I make sure not to scrub too hard, my skin is fine. I really only use my Clarisonic Mia in the mornings now, so I have noticed that if I do get any redness or sensitivity from using both at the same time, by the time I put on my serums, moisturizers, and make up--any redness or sensitivity has gone away!
answered 7 months ago
fabnatsdiva
(Kansas City, MO)
answer 3
I find these pads to be fairly gentle - you should be able to use both consecutively but I would definitely recommend using a moisturizer afterward.
answered 9 months ago
nataliepdx
(Portland, OR)
answer 4
I cleanse with a medicated wash with my clarisonic, brush my teeth after drying my face, and then use a pad before moisturizing. It hasn't upset my skin at all and I've been noticeably clearer. Although everyone's skin is different, I'd give it a try!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
kaitybug
(Oklahoma City, OK)
answer 5
Yes, you can use these after washing your face with Mia brush. I use mine with the brush labeled "For problem skin" and I also have somewhat sensitive skin. One word of advise: you may want to use gentle cleanser and not the one labeled for acne. Those usually have salicylic acid or other anti-acne ingredients that in combination with the peel pads may be too drying or irritating for your skin.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
talaya5
(Portland, OR)
answer 6
I think it would be overkill if you have sensitive skin. I wouldn't use the Mia more than 1-2x a week, per my aesthetician. It's to harsh on problem skin and over exfoliation can lead to dry patches. I would use these pads on the days you are not using the Mia, morning and at night for best results.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
juicita
(New York, NY)
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Will you break out once you stop using this?
I used this 2 times and noticed a few blemishes popping up on my clear skin. Scared that it might become worse, I exchanged it. Now, that I've fully stopped using it, I see a pool of blemish spots on my cheeks ="( Do you think this happened after I discontinued using this product? What should I do?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Gentle Complexion Correction Pads
5 answers
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answer 1
This can happen after using any new product. Especially ones that claim to remove built in grime. I am pretty confident that the pads were bringing out what was way underneath your skin. Which is a good thing! Just pick one product and stick with it. That should clear up your outbreak. I had a similar experience when I started using this pads on my back. Several large blemishes, but now they're gone.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
morabito79
(Norwalk, CT)
answer 2
The break outs are just the product working. If you have very congested pores, the ingredients in this product are just bringing all the gunk trapped inside your pores to the surface so they can eventually be clear. Be patient. Clearing your skin is a process.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Gig Harbor, Wa)
answer 3
I've noticed if I don't moisturize after using a pad my skin produces more oil the next day...for me these strip my skin, and it needs to be replenished.
answered 4 years ago
lisaleee
(Concord, CA)
answer 4
I don't think you will. Sometimes I feel I am using it too much, so I give myself some time between uses and like my skin doesn't get itchy. I have been using it for a little over a month and I think it's working great, it's much better than some leading brand acne stuff.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
amiramickey
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 5
That may happen to anything you start using for the first time. It depends entirely on how your body reacts to it. Your situation never happened to me when I started using it way back, but like I said, it depends on how your body reacts to it. If you don't see a vast improvement after usage, I would say don't use it.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
mcoopers1981
(Jersey City, NJ)
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Can you use with a retinol product?
I currently use Philosophy's Help Me after cleansing and before moisturizer at night. It's helped reduce breakouts and with skin clarity but I still have lots of stubborn blackheads. The reviews on this are great and am wondering if I can add it in before the retinol product at night or if this would replace it.
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
queen9ball
(Cleveland, OH)
on Gentle Complexion Correction Pads
4 answers
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answer 1
I would just use one of these in the morning, no need to use it at night. Layering too many products at night can have the reverse effect.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
cscano
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
I use Rx retinal cream and have not experienced any issues. I have been using the Rx for several months.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
morabito79
(Norwalk, CT)
answer 3
Retinol and glycolic acid should never be used together; they will cancel each other out. Best to wait 30 minutes between applications if you must use both at the same time. Or, use the glycolic acid product in the AM and the retinol in the PM (since retinol can make the skin more sensitive to the sun).
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
nancynj
(Jersey Shore)
answer 4
Dermatologists generally agree retinoids should not be used at the same time as AHA (glycolic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) because the retinoid can be inactivated. Since your skin benefits from all of these active ingredients, I wouldn't replace one with the other and instead would find a way to either use one product in the morning and the other at night or alternate days. I do the latter because my sensitive skin can't handle relatively harsh products morning and night, and retinoids ideally should not be used during the day (sun can make it less effective). I use the Complexion Correction Pads and then spot treat with benzoyl peroxide one night (plus sensitive skin moisturizer). The next night I use something with retinol (plus more moisturizer). In the mornings I just use an antioxidant serum like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic and a moisturizer with sunscreen. Twice a week I use a microdermabrasion scrub. This regimen keeps my acne-prone and sensitive skin clear and happy, but make sure your skin can take all of that!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
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hi, i'm wondering if i can use this after my 2.5% benzoyl peroxide?
put 2.5%bp, wait few mins, wipe a pad on face, wait few mins, then put moisturizer?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
vicky678
(LA, CA)
on Gentle Complexion Correction Pads
4 answers
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answer 1
I have used an OTC 2.5% face wash with these pads. Can be done. Not sure it's necessary though. These pads cleanse your face, tighten up your skin, and remove oiliness.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
morabito79
(Norwalk, CT)
answer 2
I use it in addition to the AcneFree Cleansing System (2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide), and it's worked wonders! I use the AcneFree Cleanser first, then the toner, then the Correction Pads, and then the repair lotion. I am so pleased with this product, haven't had a single breakout since I started using it!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
af22
(Edgewood, NM)
answer 3
I wouldn't - there is a warning on the jar not to use the pads with other topical acne medications because excessive dryness or irritation can occur. Unless you have really resilient skin, I guess!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
linnymc
(New York, NY)
answer 4
Hi Vicky678,
After cleansing, wipe pad all over face using the rougher side of the pad first, followed with the smoother side. Wait a few minutes, apply a thin layer of benzoyl peroxide to "problem areas." Finish with moisturizer and don't forget SPF.
Hope that helps!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Do I need to rinse my face after I use this product on my face or I leave it on and them I apply any other creme as usual
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
tayson
(MIAMI,FL)
on Gentle Complexion Correction Pads
4 answers
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answer 1
No need to rinse. Let the medicine soak in/dry, then follow with a light, oil-free moisturizer.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
cscano
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
leave it on!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
cassandraj
(portland, or)
answer 3
this is not meant to be rinsed off. simply let it dry (takes a few minutes) before applying any sort of face cream on top.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
baloo
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
This product doesn't need to be rinsed off. Once you apply the pads on your face you may follow with your serum and/or moisturizer.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
When to Apply Toner?
Should I apply my toner before or after applying the correction pads? Or should I not use a toner at all when I use the pads?
asked 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Gentle Complexion Correction Pads
4 answers
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answer 1
When I first started using it, I waited a while until my skin dried before applying my toner. But lately, I don't really use the toner because the pads have witch hazel, and that's what I typically use as a toner anyway. I don't feel dried out or irritated at all without it.
answered 2 months ago
RSR24
(NY, NY)
answer 2
I personally use these pads as my toner.
answered 7 months ago
fabnatsdiva
(Kansas City, MO)
answer 3
Personally, I would use the toner first, then use the pads as you want the treatment ingredients in the pads to remain on your face and not be wiped off by your toner.
answered 9 months ago
nataliepdx
(Portland, OR)
answer 4
After toner.
answered 9 months ago
Qianyimao
(Victoria, BC)
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Does anyone use this in the morning too or only at night due to shineness it gives?
This is only my second night using the pads but my face is completely greasy looking since I used these. I haven't used them long enough to know if this will go away but I was wondering if anyone else has the same problem. I am only using these at night for now since I don't want to walk around in the summer heat pre-greased. Prior to using these I used Bliss Mattifying Toner pads and never had this reaction to them. Thanks guys!
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
chelsp
(Jupiter, FL)
on Gentle Complexion Correction Pads
3 answers
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answer 1
Try using a moisturizer after to counter balance the shine. The pads strips the skin of all it's "yuck" (including your natural oil) so replenish it with some health goodness.
answered 4 years ago
lisaleee
(Concord, CA)
answer 2
i have started to use these during the day, they have caused a little dryness, but not enough to bother me too much. try reducing the application to once a day or every other day.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
peliroja637
(los angeles, ca)
answer 3
I have the same shineness...I'm only using at night now
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
cynstam
(Jersey City, NJ)
Question
Shouuld I wash the product off after applying?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
Erica5582
(New York, NY)
on Gentle Complexion Correction Pads
3 answers
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answer 1
No need to wash after however, I do recommend using a moisturizer...I've found the pads strip my skin, and it needs to be rehydrated afterwards.
answered 4 years ago
lisaleee
(Concord, CA)
answer 2
dont wash it off
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
peliroja637
(los angeles, ca)
answer 3
This product does not need to be rinsed.

Here are directions:

After cleansing with the appropriate cleanser depending on skin type, wipe pad all over face using the rougher side of the pad first followed with the smoother side. Pads can also be used to freshen up after exercising.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
MakeupMaven
(San Francisco, CA)
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