I have wanted to write up this post for weeks and weeks, but I wanted to wait until I had used these corrective face pads for a full month before writing up a proper review.
I was quite excited to try these. One of my main skin concerns is an uneven skin; I have blind pimples and smaller bumps scattered here and there. As I am more into make-up, I didn’t even know that such a thing as Texture Corrective Pads existed. Advertised as “A hyaluronic acid infused pad containing anti-oxidants & glycolic acid. Improves skin texture, reduces pore size and congestion and leaves skin rejuvenated.”
First impressions: I was quite shocked at the intense smell. Like acidy vinegar! Must I put this on my face? It also burned in certain areas and I couldn’t figure out why as I didn’t have any open skin and it seemed to burn in odd places that didn’t look like there was anything going on in that area. I got my boyfriend to also use one and he also complained of pain. Usually I would immediately stop using any product that slightly irritated my skin, but the pack of the packaging noted that a “tingling or stinging sensation is normal”. So there you go. You would use one corrective pad per use and then one sachet of the plasma will give you two nights uses.
The next day…. Oh my bloody heck. I wanted to RIP MY SKIN OFF. And I am not even slightly exaggerating. The only feeling I can compare it to is when I had my eyebrows microbladed and the delicate skin around your brows flakes off over a week. This was like that, but more painful. I also had two random splotches of dry skin on cheek when I never ever get dry patches. And especially never in the middle of my cheeks. I went onto Snapchat and asked other beauty bloggers’ opinion on whether I should use it again or not. The packaging did say it is normal… but I was seriously hating my face. I didn’t put anything onto my face that would irritate it, but it itched and pained every time I moved my facial features. For the record, I did try to get hold of Dr. Dermal via Twitter and ask their advice but I received no response over two days.
My boyfriend then told me that his face had no painful reaction at all. I found this really intriguing because he has struggled with cystic acne his entire life whilst I have had quite manageable skin, therefore shouldn’t it benefit him even more? I decided to not use a pad on the second night, I was just way too sore.
On the third night I decided to brave it out again. This time I remembered the plasma that goes hand in hand with the product, but it is also not a need-to-use product. The next day I still had the crazy red patches – seriously, even people at work were asking me what was going on with my skin! Over the next few days the dry patches went away and the pain was entirely gone a week later. Then my skin looked better than ever before. I know I sound like an A-grade drama queen in this review, but I couldn’t believe how amazing my skin looked! After a few days of crazy pain and worrying, then suddenly my skin is this dewy amazingness. It looked so healthy and glowy.
I will 100% put the pain down to the fact that I did not use the plasma with the corrective pads. As I mentioned above, they do not NEED to go hand in hand, but obviously for certain skin types this is the only way to go.
Another thing to note is that the instructions are quite strict on the fact that you should not expose your face to the sun once you have used the pads. Your skin is super delicate after using it. For this reason I would recommend using them in the evening and letting the magic happen during the night.
I’ve since then run out of the plasma so I have had to give the pads a rest and my face is absolutely craving them! Definitely getting my hands on them again soon – they are well worth the price tag of R475 for 30 pads. If you do the maths, it is less than R16 per night. Now that doesn’t sound so scary, does it?
Thanks for this awesome honest review Rayne. So sorry you had to go through some pain before the gain but it sounds like it was worth it in the end!
Images: Rayne Alexander