Back in the day when I was still a poor little gymnasium student with no access to Internet shops, the only way to get my hands on a properly formulated BHA (2% salicylic acid at a pH <4, that is) was to resort to good old Clearasil. Nowadays, I’m using the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, which is much better (review coming soon!), but some two years ago, the infamous blue-and-pink tub was my only option.
Now, one tub contains 65 very generously pre-soaked pads. When I got my first (and only) tub, I was some seven months away from majority, which is when I would finally be able order stuff from the Internet. That meant stretching that one tub from lasting for two months to lasting amlost the five-fold.
It’s actually quite easy: First, I cut the pads in half. They’re made from two layers of cotton, so I separated them — now I had made four BHA pads out of one, which in total means 260 pads, which is about 8,6 months worth of product. (The Cosrx BHA came in late November, a month after my birthday, and I had still a month’s supply left that I used up on my arms and legs, which are ridden with keratosis pilaris sometimes.)
You see, it’s actually quite easy! One word of caution, though: If you can, look into BHAs that arent as shitty as this one. Paula’s Choice do great ones, as does Cosrx, which is also a bit cheaper. Clinique once had a 0,5% salicylic acid alcohol-free lotion at the right pH, but I’ve heard somewhere that it has been either dropped or reformulated. Anyway if it still exists, very sensitive skins should have a look into it — the percentage is very low, so you can actually use it multiple times per day if you want.
I hope this helped those of you who are on a serious budget!