Review: COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad

Monday, 24 April 2017

COSRX pimple pad
COSRX pimple pad

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.

COSRX pimple pad

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!

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