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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
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, 7 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 3 years, 4 months ago
bluedevilgirl
(Jupiter, FL)
answer 2
Cannot use with retin-A
answered 5 years, 3 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 5 years, 4 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, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 6 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, 7 months ago
mrsdesh
(Johnson City, TN)
Question
When do you use this before a skin toner?
Do you use this before or after a skin toner?
asked 6 years 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 3 years, 2 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, 9 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, 5 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 5 years, 7 months ago
wantperfection
(Gonzales, LA)
answer 5
I would use this product after your toner. Cleanse, tone, treat, moisturize.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
Linsey
(Gainesville, FL)
answer 6
use this as a toner
answered 6 years ago
peliroja637
(los angeles, ca)
answer 7
i use it after washing my face as a toner.
answered 6 years ago
none4u
(bay area, ca)
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 6 years, 3 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 10 months ago
kittyscat
answer 2
Absolutely worth every dime!
answered 5 years, 5 months 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, 11 months ago
Abby96
(Chicopee, MA)
answer 4
I would say not worth the price.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
anyname
(Middletown, De)
answer 5
definitely worth the price, I use them every other day because they are drying.
answered 6 years, 3 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 6 years, 3 months ago
KittyKat25
(New Hyde Park, NY)
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 5 years, 6 months ago
awesomedancer
(USA)
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes-you will peel
answered 5 years, 3 months 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 5 years, 4 months 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 6 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 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 5 years, 5 months ago
mschea
(New York City)
Question
Nose Blackheads
Has anyone seen a significant difference in blackheads and smaller pores on their nose??
asked 5 years, 4 months 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 5 years, 3 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 5 years, 3 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 5 years, 4 months ago
addictedtomkup
(Chicago, IL)
answer 4
Yes!!
answered 5 years, 4 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 5 years, 4 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 5 years, 4 months ago
nickiboo
(New York, NY)
Question
OK with acne creams?
Is it ok to use another acne spot treatment after applying this? I have been trying the PTR sulfur spot treatment afterwards and I seem to be breaking out more. I can't tell if my acne is getting worse for other reasons, or if it is too much for my skin. I'm not drying out at all...
asked 5 years ago
jgirlie
(Seattle, WA)
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
It's best to let this product work its wonders instead of putting on another product afterwards. Try not to have more than one product on the same facial area at one time.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
Gaylen
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
Personally for spot treatment I like the Ole Henrickson Blemish Serum. You might want to try it out
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
melrw
(Phoenix,Az)
answer 3
Thanks all. Sounds like I was overdoing it. I used the Ren system and the PTR sulfur treatment for a bit and it calmed everything out, though I was still getting a mild but new blemish every day. I've switched back to using these PTR pads again about once a day, alternating with the Philosophy sal. acid treatment, and occasionally both together. I'm only using my Clarsonic once a day, at night.

So far so good! my skin is clearing up and I haven't had a new blemish in a few days.. fingers crossed!
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
jgirlie
(Seattle, WA)
answer 4
I think you can add another product just be careful not to dry your skin too much.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
kph51
(Wilmington,NC)
answer 5
I would only use this alone, if you are braking out more, you might be overdoing it. This can cause the same exact problem all over again. Try the cucumber gel mask from PTR.
That, sometimes that just calms everything down. Once a week I normally give my self with a night off from these pads and just use a cheep gel cream moisturizer. Everything seems to work better.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
elyzium13
(NY)
answer 6
I also use these pads along with the Murad Acne Spot Treatment which is sulfur-based and haven't had any problems with it. This product may be too strong for your skin and you may need to use the gentler version.
answered 5 years ago
lshblr8
(Saint Louis, MO)
Question
reduce oil?
looking for something that will reduce pore size and oil. will this work for me?
asked 4 years, 11 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, 6 months 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 4 years, 2 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, 10 months ago
kph51
(Wilmington,NC)
answer 4
Not sure about pore size - but definitely helped in the oil reduction dept.
answered 4 years, 10 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, 11 months ago
umiami07
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 6
yes
answered 4 years, 11 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, 10 months ago
chloegirlnyc
(New York, NY)
on Max Complexion Correction Pads
6 answers
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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 4 years, 4 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, 4 months 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, 6 months 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, 6 months 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, 6 months ago
jellz
(Washington dc)
answer 6
AmorePacific rejuvenating creme is extremely hydrating. It has bamboo extracts which are really moisturizing.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
techchic7
(Rochester, NY)
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