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Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads

What it is:Exclusively formulated to cleanse skin, clear up blackheads, refine pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. What it is formulated to do:Each potent pad contains alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic acid 10 %), beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid 2 %), and alcohol (46 %) in an advanced botanical formulation creating a unique, clarifying, synergistic action. This formula cleanses the skin, clears active acne blemishes, visually minimizes pore size, eliminates the formation of new blackheads and blemishes, and supports natural cell turnover as it delivers proven anti-aging benefitsto help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Synthetic Dyes - Phthalates - GMOs - Triclosan
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Questions & Answers for Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads

Question
When do you use this before a skin toner?
Do you use this before or after a skin toner?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
baccus
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
i would use this as your toner, if you put a toner underneath this i feel like it would be a waste of product the aha/bha would just strip that toner down. luckily this has green tea in it so that will be the toner. after i recommend using josie marans 100% organic argan oil to nourish and moisturize your skin.
answered 1 year ago
camurman
(San Francisco , ca)
answer 2
I actually use this after my Clarisonic. I use the Mia 2 in the shower, then I use a Max Complexion Correction Pad once my face is dry. This proves to me that my Clarisonic is definitely cleaning my skin and the solution in the pad has AHA/BHA and salicylic acid that my skin absorbs. I follow this with the PTR AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel and consider that to be my toner. PTR makes a liquid soap, but I find these pads to be easier to use, more convenient and better at overall cleansing... But that's just me :)
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
otter0407
(Augusta, GA)
answer 3
AFTER. Toner is part of your cleansing step and this product is part of your 'treatment' step.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
courtneycourtney
(Seattle, WA)
answer 4
I use this as my toner. After washing, wipe pad on your face avoiding eye area. You may want to start using once per day to see how your skin will react.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
wantperfection
(Gonzales, LA)
answer 5
I would use this product after your toner. Cleanse, tone, treat, moisturize.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
Linsey
(Gainesville, FL)
answer 6
use this as a toner
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
peliroja637
(los angeles, ca)
answer 7
i use it after washing my face as a toner.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
none4u
(bay area, ca)
Question
Can I use this wit my RX meds?
I'm taking oral antibiotics for my acne, plus a Retin-A at night. From reading everyone's advice it says to use this product at night. Can I use this and still apply the Retin-A?

Thanks!!
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
emmik
(NYC)
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
You should not use this product with retinol, as the active ingredients in both products inactivate one another! AHAs and BHAs have a very low pH (around 3.5), whereas retinol is only functional at a higher pH (5.5-6). If you use them both together, the retinol will be inactivated, and the higher pH of the retinol product will make the pads less effective. You could theoretically use them about an hour apart; however they may still interact, or if they both work at full strength they may irritate your skin.

Most dermatologists recommend using AHAs/BHAs (like these pads) and retinol on alternate nights, or using AHAs/BHAs in the morning and retinol at night. Both products make your skin extra sensitive to sunburns and sun damage, so don't forget sunblock!!

Cheers!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
bluedevilgirl
(Jupiter, FL)
answer 2
Cannot use with retin-A
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
camiller12
(OKC, OK)
answer 3
I would ditch the retinol, the salicyclic acid neutralizes the retinol. you can't use them together.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
lolalovesme
(La Habra, Ca)
answer 4
SInce you are taking acne medicine and the Retinol at night--you would have to see how that works for you first. Did you JUST go on the antibiotics? You may need to give that time to work before you add anything extra to your skin care regiment.....than maybe this could be something to use in the morning or afternoon whichever timeframe you are NOT applying the Retinol.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
drahe
(Brook Park, OH)
answer 5
Yes you can. Retin-A is not technically exfoliating..it speeds up your skin cell renewal process. I use a retinol pad at night so I use this product in the morning....which is totally fine!!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
courtneycourtney
(Seattle, WA)
answer 6
i sometimes use philosophy help me (retinol) after using the pads, but not every night. the complexion pads are really strong, so maybe you should alternate the days you use them if you are also using a prescription retin-a product.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
ericalmorgan
(los angeles, ca)
answer 7
I think this in combination with Retin-A would be a bad idea. The acid is pretty strong and it might react with the Retin-A (which is PRETTY strong best I remember.)

I suspect that you might not even need the Retin-A if you used these. My acne has really cleared up since using Max Complexion Correction pads.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
mrsdesh
(Johnson City, TN)
Question
Instructions
I can not find the directions on how to use this product. Can I please get the instructionds (Max Complextion correction pads
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
lauren10
(Bloomingdale, Illinois)
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
You simply swipe it over clean dry face, neck, chest, etc. Follow with serum/moisturizer/spf. You can use it daily am or pm
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
courtneycourtney
(Seattle, WA)
answer 2
The directions are on the inside of the label. It peels back from one corner.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
mrsdesh
(Johnson City, TN)
answer 3
After washing, wipe pad on your face avoiding eye area. You may want to start using once per day to see how your skin will react.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
wantperfection
(Gonzales, LA)
answer 4
These pads are great because you really can't go wrong in how you use them. Just make sure you don't wash your skin after using the pad or it will wash off the treatment solution. I use these pads in the morning and at night. In the morning after I wash my face, I use one pad on my face, chest and back. At night after I shower I do the same thing. I found that one pad is enough for those three areas because it has enough solution on it. You don't have to wash your skin before using a pad because these pads are made to cleanse your skin as well as treat.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
Linsey
(Gainesville, FL)
answer 5
There's a tab you must peel back behind the ingrediants, etc.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
ak99
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 6
Use after washing your face at night (or every other night, depending on your skin type). Use the smooth side for gentle cleansing. Use textured side for a little extra oomph. I use the smooth side first, and then the textured side. You can also cut them in half for longer use (read 60 pads now become 120).
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
danyelleb
(Las Vegas, NV)
Question
Should I use a moisturizer after using these?
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
serenedj
(Rutland, Vermont)
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
You can definitely use a moisturizer after the pads so that your skin doesn't dry out. I have oily, sensitive skin and I love these pads because they don't dry out my skin at all and they don't cause irritation. My dermatologist did recommend that I use moisturizer as my last skin care step so it's probably a good idea.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
Linsey
(Gainesville, FL)
answer 2
The pads moisturize your skin somewhat so I don't use a moisturizer afterwards. If you have dryer skin I would go with the Gentle formula.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
jchr
answer 3
Yes! Make sure it is a non-clogging moisturizer..I also wouldn't use any moisturizers that have more medicine in them. I use Argon Oil but their own brand lotion is really good, but light.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
myia
(Mesa, AZ)
answer 4
You will definitely need a moisturizer after using these products as they can be very drying.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
creyes912
(Miami, FL)
answer 5
I definitely do and would recommend it - it's a product that is really intense and will dry out your skin on its own.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
shazamwow
(Chicago, IL)
answer 6
yes! i find that the skin will become very dry due to the ingredients that are in the solution. The moistrizer will keep the skin balanced and look much smoother and refined.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
CharLee89
(vancouver,BC)
Question
how do you use these pad?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
lovemysons
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
This products useage is Easy you just rub the pad on your whole face or you can concentrated just on the "problem areas" and than thow it away--its that easy! Use after your skin care routine typically at night.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
drahe
(Brook Park, OH)
answer 2
use them just like an astringent, after washing your face. i typically use them at night. they are kind of like stridex pads on steroids.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
ericalmorgan
(los angeles, ca)
answer 3
I apply this product after cleansing and toning. I do not wash it off. After it dries completely I apply moisturizer. If I use this in the morning, I also apply spf, primer, and makeup over it and haven't had any problems.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
mrsdesh
(Johnson City, TN)
answer 4
After washing, wipe pad on your face avoiding eye area. You may want to start using once per day to see how your skin will react.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
wantperfection
(Gonzales, LA)
answer 5
Use the rougher side first and wipe all over face. I focus on certain areas where I have acne marks and get blackheads. Then I use the other side (smooth side) and go over it again. Don't wash off. If your skin gets dry use a moisturizer. I will sometimes just apply moisturizer to my cheeks (and avoid my nose where I get oily). Try using it every other day at night after you wash your face--that way the product stays on your skin while you are sleeping and can do its magic. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
alicia130
(Rochester, NY)
answer 6
After I take a shower at night, I use one pad on my chest, upper back and face. One pad has enough solution that I don't need more than that on those three areas. In the morning after I wash my face and before I dress for work I do the same thing again, one pad on those three areas. You don't have to wash the area before using the pad because the pad is made to cleanse your skin as well as treat it.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
Linsey
(Gainesville, FL)
Question
2 questions
1.my face get alittle dry in the winter. will this make it even more flaky and dry?
2. i saw someone mention that they use this for keratosis pilaris. does this help? i have it on my upper arms. i never worried about my kp because i am sort of young and i know that it is supposed to go away when i am older but i think that it would be great if the face toner i use to prevent acne would also help my kp!
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
awesomedancer
(USA)
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
yes-you will peel
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
camiller12
(OKC, OK)
answer 2
Use a moisturizer with it. I use skin medica vitamin c in the morningn and kinerase night cream in the evening. Even if you have oily skin you have to find a moisturizer that works. The oil glands go crazy if your skin gets dry, then you get more pimples. I use these pads on my shoulders for kpl and it has really helped. I just swipe it after I finish with my face, because the pads are so saturated there is plenty of product to go around.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
catjacarol
(Louisville KY)
answer 3
This was exactly my problem. But a very smart and helpful woman in a Sephora store told me that it is really good for exfoliation. I use a Caudelie oil and moisturizer in the morning and by the end of the day my skin feels dry and a little flaky. After using the pad, my skin feels clean and very soft.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
dinam
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 4
If you are using the right amount of moisture in your routine you should not become more dry because of this product. I am very dry and this does not dry me out because I have serums and moisturizers I use as well.

Also, because of the 10% glycolic you can definitely use it on your KP...that will help big time!!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
courtneycourtney
(Seattle, WA)
answer 5
1. i think it will make your skin dry i don'tknow about flaky but its the winter here and i have oily/combination skin and it made my skin feel tight.
2. i think it would be fine to try it on ur kp. what have you got to lose and if you break out u could cover it with clothes.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
mschea
(New York City)
answer 6
After use your face might seem a little tighter but well moisturized unless your skin is very very dry -internally dry- then you might want to use an oil based moisturizer or heavy cream moisturizer depending on your PH after use of these pads.
In the winter it is a good idea to always apply some sort of moisturizer regardless of the cleansing product you use, but I would say no this product should not increase the dryness of your skin but it is not any substitute for a daily moisturizers

As far as applying this product to other areas of skin, I would imagine there are great benefits but I would test the area first and then careful watch its progression. If you are already using this product on your face then you are probably not allegeric so there should not be any problems
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
nikinicole
(Chicago, IL)
Question
Is this supposed to burn after applying a pad?
I've used this 3 times already, and each time it really burns after I apply it. I only use it at night with a moisturizer right after to neutralize the burning. I also started breaking out after using it.
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
kimmyh
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes, it will tingle for sure. But it goes away. Its WORTH the BURN!!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
courtneycourtney
(Seattle, WA)
answer 2
i don't know what you mean by burning for me i had a tinglying sensation. if it is burning then you should stop especially if you broke out after using it.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
mschea
(New York City)
answer 3
they make a more gentle formula for sensative skin. i think thats what you need. you can find them in the same section as the max correction pads. hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
jennyelizabeth
(Greensboro, NC)
answer 4
I had the same reaction to this product! I had to quit using it and try something else. It took me a couple of weeks to replenish my skins natural moisture barrier.

I don't think any product should burn every time.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
veritabelle
(Edmond, OK)
answer 5
Maybe you need to try the gentle version. I never experienced burning when using this product, only a slight tingling. If the gentle version still causes you burning, you may need to find another product.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
jls77
(Strongsville, Ohio)
answer 6
For me it burns a bit, but not to the point of being truly painful and the burning goes away within maybe 10 minutes.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
mrsdesh
(Johnson City, TN)
Question
Will the pads work if I only use them twice a week?
I have combination skin but afraid of alcohol products and even stopped using a toner but I want to clear up my white heads and prevent a few spots i get here and there. Will the product still be effective if I only use it twice a week along with my other skincare?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
sundus
(Ca)
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
I think it would still work, that is how I started using it.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
dinam
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 2
You don't have to use this everyday I don't unless its at those "timeframes" where my skin is Flaring up more. Its still effective. Not all products work the exact same on everyone. If you only get flare ups & want to control your acne during certain "times" for you---well, than just use it for "those times"--that is technically what I do and I don't use toner either-However, you are supposed to and followup with a lotion for balance SO your skin doesn't get too dry or have breakouts--Good Luck!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
drahe
(Brook Park, OH)
answer 3
That's actually what the product is intended for - not for daily use but a few times a week!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
meghanxrino
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 4
Think of it like exercise...Working out 1 or 2 times a week is better than nothing, but won't give you the optimal results like if you worked out daily.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
courtneycourtney
(Seattle, WA)
answer 5
I think they will - I'm only going to use them every two to three days myself. I think that using them everyday might be a little too tough on my skin - especially since I can get dry and flaky.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
mrsbroadus
(Cincinnati, OH)
answer 6
I would use it more than twice a week but if your scared don't use it anymore. i believe that it will still work if you use it twice a week. after the first day for me it work fantastic and i bet the effects will still be great!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
mschea
(New York City)
Question
How often should I use this product? Morning and night?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Hartland. WI)
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
It really depends on your skin type and if you are having problem break outs...I'd use it twice a day but usually I use it at night followed by a light moisturizer.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
sammystella
(hollywood. fl)
answer 2
I use them just in the evening and have noticed DRAMATIC results!!! I cut the pads in half (or even thirds) to make them last longer!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
roseart
answer 3
I think once a day is enough, otherwise it might be too drying.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
dinam
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 4
I recommend just at night (even every other night works for me), but if you think you need both, can I give you a tip? Cut the pads in half. A little goes a long way and you'll save a bunch of cash money too!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
khjakubec
(Cleveland, OH)
answer 5
Yes once each morning and once each night.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
bekahbabz
(San Jose, CA)
answer 6
That ia a judgement call for you. I mostly use it before I go to bed after I go through my skin care routine. At certain "times of the month" I have used it more often like Midday to wipe away the oils. You have to see what works best for your skin type and how it affects you directly.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
drahe
(Brook Park, OH)
Question
Okay to use after Clarisonic?
I use the Clarisonic with a mild cleansing soap in the mornings but would like that extra something to really get rid of blackheads. The Clarisonic really exfoliates so would these be too harsh after that?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
bickey
(Narrows, VA)
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
yes-very strong and will burn
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
camiller12
(OKC, OK)
answer 2
The Clarisonic does nothing but improve the effectiveness of this product. I use mine twice a day, just do it for the shortest time setting so as not to irritate your skin
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
lolalovesme
(La Habra, Ca)
answer 3
Definitely not for me. I use my Clarisonic with DDF foaming acne wash and use these pads morning and night. Go slowly to make sure you are not overdoing it, and make sure to use some kind of a moisturizer. Oily skin still needs moisture. If your skin gets dry from products, the oil glands will go crazy and give you more pimples. I use kinerase night cream each night for moisture and a vitamin c serum from skin medica in the morning.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
catjacarol
(Louisville KY)
answer 4
I think it depends on your skin and its tolerance. I personally use the Clarisonic with a gentle wash and then use the pads after and I love it because I feel like it really helps the pads work, but someone with more sensitive skin might not like it. My skin is fairly sensitive (I only use the First Aid Beauty face wash and a Vichy Normaderm one for extra help) and turns red a lot, especially in winter, but I've been fine using the Clarisonic and then the pads.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
sbucha004
(NY, NY)
answer 5
You should be fine. I also am using Clarisonic (Mia). Skin might feel a little dry, but just use a good moisturizer. Also, think the product works more effectively since your pores are super clean. They're both great products!!!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
d1976
(Irvine, CA)
answer 6
I have been using the clarsonic and the Peter Thomas Roth pads together for awhile now and have never had a problem. I have the sensitive brush head on my clarsonic. After I use it, I use the smooth side of the PTR pad first & then the textured side to really clean & exfoliate it.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
heather0520
(Illinois)
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