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Peter Thomas Roth
AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
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3.4 fl. oz. for $54
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Blemish/Acne Treatments > BHA
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel contains 2% salicylic acid in the correct pH range for exfoliation to occur, but the amount of alcohol makes this too potentially drying and irritating for acne-prone skin.

Claims

This product penetrates pores which eliminates, clears up and prevents the development of new whiteheads, blackheads, and acne blemishes, while allowing the skin to heal.

Ingredients
Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Alcohol Denat., Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Arginine,Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ammonium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Brand Overview

Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on Web site; most products are fragrance-free; very good AHA products; wide selection of water-soluble cleansers and scrubs; some excellent sunscreens, benzoyl peroxide products, and many antioxidant-rich formulas.

Weaknesses: Expensive; mostly lackluster toners; mostly boring to potentially irritating masks; no BHA products that do not include at least one needless irritant; jar packaging.

Unique in the world of spa and salon specialty lines, Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.

A novel aspect of this line is that there are few (if any) nonsense ingredients. Roth products conspicuously lack the exotic, potentially irritating, sensitizing, and often unnecessary plant extracts and the irritating, fragrant plant oils that show up in most pricey skin-care lines, especially spa lines. Many of these products don't have fragrance, and they lack the long lists of ingredients that are often unnecessarily complicated. Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian and gender-friendly. No pretty pink bottles, sexy curved jars, or bejeweled caps—all of which reinforce the clinical nature of Peter Thomas Roth. Overall, this line should be admired for its simplicity and, for the most part, for its well-thought-out formulations.

After all that glowing praise there are a few embarrassing missteps to avoid, such as products that contain hydrogen peroxide, which can cause free-radical damage and hurt skin; irritating acne products that contain sulfur; unimpressive masks (odd for a spa-oriented line); and a bumper crop of products claiming to affect expression lines and wrinkles in a manner similar to cosmetic corrective procedures.

For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014
Why the bad review?

I don't understand the bad review of this product. The only reason given is "too much alcohol" but like the other reviewer, I have not had any problem as far as peeling or feeling dried out. I've been using this for more than a year.

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Friday, May 02, 2014
Best thing for my acne!

I don't know what is in this stuff but it is the only product to clear both my acne and my blackheads! I've tried so many different products ranging from prescription to over the counter and this is the only one that actually works! What makes it the most surprising is I can apply this several times a day and NEVER experience drying or peeling, which I often dealt with from other products. I have gotten my friends to fall in love with it too, this stuff is seriously magic!!

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