12.09.2014
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Acne Spot And Area Treatment
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1 fl. oz. for $32
Category:Skin Care > Anti-Acne Products > Shine Control/Other
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:No
pH:3.10
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Acne Spot And Area Treatment lists 5% sulfur as its active ingredient. Although sulfur is a potent disinfectant, it is very drying and irritating for most skin types. For that reason, it is not preferred to benzoyl peroxide or even tea tree oil. The pH of 3.1 serves only to make the sulfur more irritating, but it does allow the blend of glycolic and salicylic acids to exfoliate.

Claims

A unique treatment that incorporates the most advanced and effective acne fighting ingredients to treat blemishes at their source without over drying. Fast acting formula works quickly to clear blemishes and helps prevent the formation of new ones. Maximum levels of acne fighting ingredients are combined with a high concentration of aloe vera so skin is never overly dry or irritated. Helps control oil production and absorb excess oil. Glycolic acid complex sloughs off dead skin cells, helping to increase the absorption of sulfur and Trikenol.

Ingredients

Active: Sulfur 5%, Other: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Silicoaluminate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Polyacrylamide, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Morus Alba (Mulberry) Leaf Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Leptospermone, Isoleptospermone, Flavesone, Methylpropanediol, Polysorbate 80, Arginine, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Butylene Glycol, Allantoin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Zinc Oxide, Bisabolol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Disodium EDTA, 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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11.02.2014
Have to disagree..

This product actually does wonders for my acne, from the occasional pimples to full-on breakout attack to painful cystic zit. It annihilates whatever I've got- I cleanse my skin and apply the treatment and within about a day my acne is healing. I generally trust Paula's Choice and stray from products with bad reviews, but I have to say that I'm glad I never read the review for this one because now I can't go without it!

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09.19.2013
Grain of Salt...

I came to this site looking for help with navigating the vast amount of beauty products out there. But I have to say, I disagree with several of the reviews. Paula loves Olay regenerist products (as does my mother) but they do nothing for me except break me out. I really like this product that got a "POOR" rating. I use it on my nose where I have issues w/both redness (mild rosacea) and large pores. It's one of the few products that doesn't make my nose MORE red.I just think everyone is differe

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