Ever since I was 15 I have had to constantly negotiate with my skin. You see, my skin has a very fickle personality. She coaxes me into settling into a "makeup optional" comfort zone; when I am in that zone, I feel excellent. I wake up, look at myself in the mirror, smile, decide to save time and just swipe on a cranberry lipstick. Hell, sometimes I lick the mirror.
The thing is that, those "makeup optional" days are so, very seldom because the minute I am done wiping the mirror down...BAM, WAM, ZAZOOM...I get a lovely cluster of cystic pimples that look like the Andes. Sometimes, I can connect the dots and form familiar shapes, animals, and even words. It's like my skin is trying to tell me something, but it is so cryptic I just can't decipher it.
When these facial messages erupt, I sigh, pack on the heavy duty foundation (Revlon colorstay or everyday minerals in intensive formula), avoid the mirror, and thank God for giving me a glistening personality that can work double duty to distract the majority of people from looking at the messages on my face (seriously, sometimes these rolling hills obstruct my view when I am looking down).
Okay, fast forward to when I finally win the battle and the pimples decided to give me a break. They don't leave silently, instead, they leave a trail of scars and hyperpigmentation. I started a misguided search for heavy-duty coverage foundation to solve the problem, but I quickly grew tired of waking up early in the morning to slather on spackle. Finally it dawned on me to alter my skincare to accelerate the exfoliation of my dead cells.
I read about the effectiveness of glycolic and salicyclic acid. I read about wonder products that made my wallet cry. And then, I stumbled upon Avon Clearskin Correct and Fade Peel. At $5.29 , I figured I would give it a try. Well, I am glad I did. I have been using it for more than three months and I have noticed a significant difference in the evenness of my skin. The newer and older scars have nicely faded, and I don't have to slap on the Revlon Colorstay. In fact, there are days when I just dash on a little powder to control the shinies and put on the lippie and I am out the door.
My impression of the product
Container and substance:
This product comes in a tiny container that is full of saturated pads. The contents weighs one (1) fluid oz, and it contains 30 pads. The pads are pretty close to silver dollar size (from what I remember, I haven't seen a silver dollar in years), which is fine because it is just right for spreading the medicated formula all over your face. The container itself can be recycled, which makes me feel a little better about the fact that I use two pads a day. You can also use the container for other things, for instance, I use my empty containers for holding large beads.
There is definitely a fragrance. It smells like a very mild Sea Breeze toner (I know scary, but don't worry it hasn't ruined my skin), acne medicine, and light, summery unnatural flowers. The smell does not linger for long on the face, although if you happen to lick the side of your lips where the pad might have grazed then you can definitely taste it.
The pad itself has two textures. On one side you have the conventional pad texture, which reminds me of honeycombs. The other side is smooth. I tend to gravitate towards the honeycomb side because it feels like a face cloth without the fluff, and I like it. The pad is not as smooth as the ponds wipes, but it is not abrasive. If you have very sensitive skin, I would say be gentle.
The formula does not take too long to dry. If reminds me of putting on toner with a cotton ball and waiting for it to dry; my face feels dewy for about one minute and then I can go ahead and put on my moisturizer. Once my face dries, it does not feel tight and rebellious. In fact, even though it does have alcohol it has not made my skin oilier or dry. I have had the experience before with other products, but so far so good with this one. My face feels clean at the end of my routine.
Acne fighting and face improving:
I haven't gotten the crazy explosion of pimples since I started using it. It's not a miracle, I still get one pimple here and there (the hormonal ones), but they are short lived and manageable. In addition, the scarring has been minimal so far. Before I started using this, I used a toner and then put acne cream all over my face. Now with Correct and Fade, I have been able to cut my acne routine short. I wash, apply Correct and Fade, and moisturize. My skin feels smoother, and less oily. Overall this works well for mild, but still annoying acne. To be clear, the active ingredient is 1% salicylic acid. I know, I was skeptical too.
The regular price is $5.29, but Avon usually throws these bad boys on sale. I have bought then during buy one, get one free and when they slash the price to around $3.50. I never buy it when it is at regular price. I always stock up when it's on sale because that is the majority of the appeal: the fact that it works at such a low price.
Water, SD Alcohol 40-B, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Thiodipropionic Acid, Trioxaundecanedionic Acid, Triticum Vulgare (wheat) Germ Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Ammonium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Parfum/Fragrance.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 happy wallets. Effective at a low price. Would I use it for more than five years? hmm, maybe. Would I cry and protest in front of Avon headquarters if they discontinued it? No, it's not worth getting arrested. However, I would stock up on it once on clearance.
And some pictures for your enjoyment
Before Correct and Peel
After three months of Correct and Peel
Wishing you a happy face and an even happier wallet!