Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Repair Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Pads Review

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Repair Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment PadsWhile searching for a new exfoliator for my face, I came across some glowing reviews of Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Repair Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, a one-step acne treatment pad that claims to remove dead skin cells, prevent future acne breakouts, improve the appearance of large pores, discoloration and post-acne scarring and promote clearer skin.

The product comes in a white tub and contains 60 pre-moistened pad a little over 2″ in diameter each. Main ingredients include 0.5% salicylic acid (perfect for sensitive skin), glycolic acid, mandelic acids, orange peel extract and no Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs or Triclosan.

The pads can be used up to 3 times a day, depending on your skin type and needs. I use them once every 2-3 days to exfoliate my dehydrated combo skin and spot-treat the occasional pimple and they have been working brilliantly for me.

After I remove my makeup, I take 1 pad and wipe all over my face, avoiding the eye area and focusing on my T-zone, chin and areas that are prone to breakouts. The pad felt moist and not drippingly wet, just like regular makeup wipes. As I wiped it over my skin, I could see foam coming out of it, which disappeared quickly. I did not experience any tingly feeling as I occasionally did with Bliss Peeling Grovy Facial Serum or the harsh abrasion you get with scrub exfoliators.

Result-wise, there was no immediate difference but I was REALLY blown away the next morning. My skin felt SO smooth and this pimple I had on my forehead for DAYS was completely dried out and most of the redness GONE – with no irritation or peeling at all either! I also noticed a slight improvement in my overall skin texture after a couple weeks and those nasty blackheads on my nose seemed to have decreased as well.

The only downside of the product? The $39 price tag, which works out to be roughly $0.70 per pad and can add up if you use this a few times a day every day. But considering how effective it was for me, I can’t really imagine anyone going through this in less than a month.

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Repair Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Pads are available at Sephora for $39.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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