Blemish Buffing Beads
8.5 fl. oz. for $36
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

The fact that jojoba oil is the second ingredient in this body scrub makes it unsuitable for blemish-prone skin. However, the oil keeps the detergent cleansing agent sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate from being as drying as it typically is. This is otherwise a very basic scrub whose cinnamon bark content isn’t going to do your skin any favors. Overall, it is a problematic formula that fights against itself, putting your skin in the boxing ring as well.

The inclusion of 1% salicylic acid may seem helpful, but this anti-acne superstar is of little use in a rinse-off product because its contact with skin is too brief for it to be effective. For best results, treat acne from the neck down with a leave-on products that contains salicylic acid, such as Paula’s Choice Weightless Body Treatment with 2% BHA.


Salicylic acid clears up acne blemishes while glycolic acid complex and oil absorbing ingredients help produce flawless, clear skin. Soft, ultra-fine jojoba beads work in two ways. First, they help exfoliate surface dead skin cells without irritation, allowing acne treatment products to penetrate better. Then, the ultra- fine jojoba beads help open clogged pores and emulsify the sebum that contributes to blackheads and whiteheads.


Active: Salicylic Acid (1%) Other: Water, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Carbomer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Glycolic Acid, Arginine, Cinnamomum Zeylancum Bark Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Sarcosine, Capryloyl Glycine, Propylene Glycol, BHA, BHT, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben ,Yellow 5, Fragrance

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: Can be pricey; some products contain irritants; jar packaging for several products that contain air and light sensitive ingredients.

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 are fragrance free, and lack the long lists of complicated ingredients—all great qualities for any skincare brand.

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— which reinforces 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, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.

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

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