Allow me to introduce you all to the new man in my life, Mr RX. A lot of you are probably familiar with him, but for those who aren't he's the mascot for COSRX, a Korean skincare brand that's been quickly gaining popularity for its acne destroying products.
When my friend Faaizah recently visited Hong Kong I asked her to keep an eye out for COSRX skincare. She brought me back the One Step Pimple Clear Pads and I've been using these for about a month now.
The product: 70 soaked cotton pads that claim to clean pores, prevent spots, and control excess sebum. Also I just want to mention that I love the packaging. Mr RX looks pretty fabulous on the lid.
The application: After cleansing, take a pad and gently wipe it on over the face. Use the embossed side first to exfoliate then flip it over to the smooth side to hydrate. I use one pad every night, usually waiting about 10 minutes before continuing with the rest of my skincare routine (or less if I just really want to go to bed).
The scent: Strong, mostly of tea tree.
The road test: My skin hasn't been that great for a while now. I'm still not sure what's causing it but I can say that the pads are helping. The morning after I applied the pads for the first time, my skin was noticeably clearer. Aside from a few stubborn pimples, it's kept most of my spots at bay so far and my skin has been smoother.
As for pore cleaning and sebum control, I can't say I've noticed a huge difference. Maybe if I used the pads in the morning I would be able to see if it helps with oil control throughout the day, but they leave your face feeling sticky so I prefer to use them before I go to bed.
One thing to note is that the product does sting a little when you first apply it but this seems to be quite common. I'm glad I knew this before I tried it out, otherwise I would've been worried.
The verdict: While the pads haven't completely cleared my skin, they have made a significant improvement. The pre-soaked pads are so convenient to use so I'll probably be repurchasing after I run out. I might even get a few other COSRX products to try out too!