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Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash
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8.5 fl. oz. for $35
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash lists 2% salicylic acid as an active ingredient, but this is rinsed from the skin before it can have an effect. This is otherwise a very simple fragrance-free cleanser for all skin types except very dry.

Claims

A gentle and effective oil-free acne wash that deep cleans without over drying. Helps eliminate the breakout cycle while removing excess oil and bacteria. Penetrates pores to eliminate, clear up and help prevent the development of new whiteheads, blackheads and acne blemishes. Oil-free, alcohol-free and fragrance-free. For oily, problematic and acne skin types.

Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Allantoin, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Quaternium-15, Methylparaben

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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05.17.2014
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Can I please give these a "0"? I tried this once what a waste! I cannot emphasize that enough!I've looked at other products from his line. One I think had like 46 percent alcohol. Are u insane? That should be criminal!I had to look at the ingredient list not just one but two of the products suggest had alcohol listed at the beginning of the ingredient list and there sold at sephora? Seriously? Needless to say I haven't purchased anything from his line ever! I only sampled this cleanser.

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