Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pad


Hey guys, we’re back with another review! Today I’m going to be talking about the Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pad. This product has won so many awards and so many people love it, so the hype is real. But is it worth it? Read on!


On Soko Glam they claim, “The award-winning COSRX One Step Original Clear Pads are pre-soaked in betaine salicylate and willow bark water to chemically exfoliate without drying out your skin. Active ingredients penetrate deeply into pores to dissolve oil and dead skin cells, which help in controlling breakouts.” These pads are known to control sebum and therefore decrease frequency of breakouts while exfoliating and toning the face.


Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betaine Salicylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate

The main selling point of these pads is the Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is a common exfoliant specifically designed to curb surplus sebum and consequently reduce breakouts. However this pad also has lots of other great ingredients that may be the cause of its popularity. Another selling point is the Willow Bark Water, which is amazingly the first ingredient. Willow Bark Water works as a toning agent and soothes irritated skin (ie. inflammed). Although they are not specifically mentioned, the pad is soaked in Sodium Hyaluronate and Tea Tree oil. The first of which is super moisturizing and the second of which is also great for calming acne and is likely the main contributor to the medicinal scent. In general this ingredient list is pretty short and quite effective. As far as I can see, there are no harmful ingredients. You are getting a pretty decent value.

Price: 70 pads

Amazon: $16.90 (Free shipping on orders over $25)

Sokoglam: $20 (Free shipping on orders over $35 in the US)

Smooth side
I like to cut mine in half

The Run-Down:

Overall, these pads are pretty decent. With a great ingredient list and the amount of liquid soaked into these pads, you could probably use them for half a year. I personally like to cut them in half (as shown in above) because they are rather large (compared to the necessary liquid for the face). In terms of effects I don’t think that it made a huge difference in terms of of my acne, but I did hear that it worked for many people. In fact, it actually made my face pretty moisturized, but almost a tad too much. It had a pretty sticky feeling that did go away after awhile, but it was not drying AT ALL even though it had salicylic acid. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but it I don’t think these pads were as effective as a topical prescription. The scent however, was very calming. It smells very strongly of tea tree oil – which makes sense – but I do know some people do not like the smell.  Still, if you are sensitive to fragrance, this should be fine because the fragrance is very natural and holds a specific purpose in the product. Overall, not my favorite but these fantastical reviews come from somewhere.

Pros and Cons:


  • Great ingredient list
  • Decent price
  • Natural fragrance


  • Too moisturizing for me
  • Not effective in clearing my acne

Who Should Use:

As someone with pretty oily skin, I don’t know if I would recommend this to people with oily skin. However, I believe this is PERFECT for people with acne prone dry skin. It has great ingredients for calming inflammed skin while being extremely moisturizing.



3/5 Stars

Definitely not for me, but it’s not terrible. I still think it would be great for people with dry but acne proned skin.

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