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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 5 years, 8 months ago
baccus
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
7 answers
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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 2 years, 9 months 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 3 years, 5 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 5 years, 1 month 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 5 years, 2 months ago
wantperfection
(Gonzales, LA)
answer 5
I would use this product after your toner. Cleanse, tone, treat, moisturize.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
Linsey
(Gainesville, FL)
answer 6
use this as a toner
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
peliroja637
(los angeles, ca)
answer 7
i use it after washing my face as a toner.
answered 5 years, 8 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 5 years, 2 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 2 years, 11 months ago
bluedevilgirl
(Jupiter, FL)
answer 2
Cannot use with retin-A
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
camiller12
(OKC, OK)
answer 3
I would ditch the retinol, the salicyclic acid neutralizes the retinol. you can't use them together.
answered 4 years, 11 months 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 5 years, 1 month 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 5 years, 1 month 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 5 years, 2 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 5 years, 2 months ago
mrsdesh
(Johnson City, TN)
Question
Worth the price?
I really want to get these, but are they really worth almost $40 or can I get something just like these at my local drugstore?
asked 5 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Atlanta, Georgia)
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
No, I don't think so and I'm certainly not liking the denatured alcohol, which causes cell death and rebound oil production from the dryness and damage it causes. No thanks.
answered 6 months ago
kittyscat
answer 2
Absolutely worth every dime!
answered 5 years ago
imhmc
(Virginia)
answer 3
I've been thinking about trying this and was worried about the price as well. But if you think about it, 60 pads twice a day, so it would last a month. That's basically a little over a dollar a day. Seems worth it to me...
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
Abby96
(Chicopee, MA)
answer 4
I would say not worth the price.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
anyname
(Middletown, De)
answer 5
definitely worth the price, I use them every other day because they are drying.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
shulvr
(Lancaster, CA)
answer 6
worth the price and I think they work better than the Retin A i was using for the past year...not as much peeling or irritation but just as effective
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
KittyKat25
(New Hyde Park, NY)
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 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 1 month ago
courtneycourtney
(Seattle, WA)
answer 2
The directions are on the inside of the label. It peels back from one corner.
answered 5 years, 2 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 5 years, 2 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 5 years, 3 months ago
Linsey
(Gainesville, FL)
answer 5
There's a tab you must peel back behind the ingrediants, etc.
answered 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 6 months ago
danyelleb
(Las Vegas, NV)
Question
Should I use a moisturizer after using these?
asked 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 3 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 5 years, 4 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 5 years, 5 months ago
myia
(Mesa, AZ)
answer 4
You will definitely need a moisturizer after using these products as they can be very drying.
answered 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 months ago
CharLee89
(vancouver,BC)
Question
Nose Blackheads
Has anyone seen a significant difference in blackheads and smaller pores on their nose??
asked 5 years ago
febu10
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
smaller pores-be careful, you will peel if used night and day
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
camiller12
(OKC, OK)
answer 2
I have seen a significant difference in the size of my pores and the appearance of blackheads. I have been using consistently for two weeks once a day.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
lifeinluxe
(Boston, MA)
answer 3
I just used my first pad and the pores on my nose immediately shrunk, reducing the appearance of blackheads. Can't wait to see what my skin looks like when I get to the bottom of the jar.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
addictedtomkup
(Chicago, IL)
answer 4
Yes!!
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
lolalovesme
(La Habra, Ca)
answer 5
I think my pores are a bit smaller after using them for over two weeks. As for the whiteheads and blackheads, I feel that they surface up and I've used a pore strip to lift them out or sometimes and extractor.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
silvieredrow
(NY,NY)
answer 6
Yes! Both my boyfriend and I have blackhead issues that never seem to go away even after using those pore strips, blackhead scrubs, and every other treatment that promises to reduce blackheads - but nothing has every truly worked well or kept blackheads from re-occurring.... except this! All of the ingredients in this product work so well together and are so effective at dissolving and banishing the bacteria that causes blackheads. I had started to give up hope and figured that blackheads were just something that I was going to have to deal with for life, but then I found this product and totally changed my mind. My boyfriend and I are completely black-head free! I didn't know this was possible! Definitely give these a try.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
nickiboo
(New York, NY)
Question
How often should I use this product? Morning and night?
asked 5 years, 1 month 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 5 years 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 5 years ago
roseart
answer 3
I think once a day is enough, otherwise it might be too drying.
answered 5 years 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 5 years, 1 month ago
khjakubec
(Cleveland, OH)
answer 5
Yes once each morning and once each night.
answered 5 years, 1 month 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 5 years, 1 month ago
drahe
(Brook Park, OH)
Question
reduce oil?
looking for something that will reduce pore size and oil. will this work for me?
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
lucyella
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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answer 1
Definitely. I have found that this product does mostly everything I need for my face. If only it was moisturizing as well, I would probably buy this product in mass bulk.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
Gaylen
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
Yes, it will make a noticable difference. I saw a minimization of my pores in four days. However your skin may become a little oily after the first few uses, this is just a reaction to the exfoliating and can be easily managed but luckly it won't cause break outs, just a little shine. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
sephoralush
(Chicago, Il)
answer 3
My son is using this product and although his acne is not better yet the oil is much less, he did not have a problem with pore size
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
kph51
(Wilmington,NC)
answer 4
Not sure about pore size - but definitely helped in the oil reduction dept.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
mimitomorrow
(Seattle, WA)
answer 5
I bought this primarily hoping to reduce pore size and saw absolutely no improvement. Try something else... then let me know what works!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
umiami07
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 6
yes
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
icano24
Question
Have you found a good moisturizer (with antioxidents) to use with this to keep dryness or flaking at bay?
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
chloegirlnyc
(New York, NY)
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I dont know if it contains antioxidants...but Cliniques Turn around night cream has worked WONDERS on my extremely flakey and dry skin. I wake up and my skin just glows...its awesome. Also, its oil free, if thats a concern of yours. It didnt break me out at all. Give it a try :)
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
brittneylynn
(Riverside, CA)
answer 2
you might need the other correction pads that this company makes. You can combine it with a moisturizer like dermalogica...I really liked that brand
answered 4 years ago
melrw
(Phoenix,Az)
answer 3
It sounds like your skin is getting too much of the product. You may want to cut down on the usage to once a day, gradually building yourself up to twice a day in the course of a few weeks. If this doesn't work, you may want to try the gentler version of the product or squeezing some of the product out into the container before applying to your face.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
euphoricspiral
(Boston)
answer 4
Yes! Philosophy's Hope in a Jar is the perfect evening moisturizer to use with these pads. I love how intensive these pads are, but if I use them a few days in a row I get flakey dry skin patches on my face. I use the Peter Thomas Roth Oil Free Moisturizer in the morning and the Hope in a Jar at night and it keeps my flakey skin at bay.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
palkama
(Reston, VA)
answer 5
I love aveenos intensive calming lotion. The only moisturizer that got me through accutane and is Not clogging.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
jellz
(Washington dc)
answer 6
AmorePacific rejuvenating creme is extremely hydrating. It has bamboo extracts which are really moisturizing.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
techchic7
(Rochester, NY)
Question
how do you use these pad?
asked 5 years, 3 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 5 years, 1 month 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 5 years, 2 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 5 years, 2 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 5 years, 2 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 5 years, 2 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 5 years, 3 months ago
Linsey
(Gainesville, FL)
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