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I was selected to review the Arcona The Solution Pads ($45 in the shop). After reading up on this product at the Arcona website, I was eager to try it out. It’s a nighttime treatment that claims to “resurface and repair sun damage as you sleep” and “stimulate rapid cell renewal and deep exfoliation.” The jar also says it “helps reverse photo-aging, smoothes fine lines and clears acne-prone skin.” It also says it “decongests micromedones to refine pores and leave skin smooth and clear.” Well, as a 43-year-old with combination skin, fine lines and pimples, this all sounded great to me (after I looked up micromedones and learned they are the very beginning of a pore blockage — the smallest form of an acne lesion.)
With typical new product enthusiasm, I read the jar and went with the high end for suggested use — four times a week. I used it on my face, neck and décolleté, as it suggested. I noticed a tingling sensation on application. The very next day I noticed extreme flaking on my nose. By week two, I had cut down to three times a week, then later to twice a week. Twice a week seems to work best for me, but I’m not sure I’m getting all the benefits this way. The scent is pleasant; you can smell the lavender. The ingredient list is short, and primarily natural (lavender oil, grape seed extract, grapefruit seed extract and water are four of the 10 ingredients.)
This is not a soothing product, and I don’t recommend it for sensitive skin. In fact, several weeks into use it did something to my neck. I guess you would call it a chemical burn. I haven’t used it on my neck since, and I still have dark marks along my throat. The irony being, this product could help clear up those dark marks due to the rapid cell renewal, but I’m afraid to try it on my neck again. The burn and the flaky patches are the only drawbacks I’ve seen, and I do like the benefits. My skin is much clearer; I don’t seem to be breaking out nearly as often. And at Ulta the other day, the makeup girl who was helping me told me I had really soft skin (which I do since using this product!)
There are 45 pads in a jar, and the price at Arcona’s website is $45 — $1 a pad. I thought that seemed a bit pricey, until I thought about it. If I use two pads a week, then I’m spending $8 a month on good quality skin care, which is a bargain. I do like this product, and I will continue to use it. I might eventually try it on my neck again, and if I have no issues, use it only once per week in that location.