Clinical Peel & Reveal Dermal Resurfacer
3.4 fl. oz. for $58
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This tube-packaged product aims to provide manual exfoliation from aluminum oxide crystals and “chemical” exfoliation from pumpkin enzymes and the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) ingredient lactic acid.

As it turns out, this is more a scrub for oily skin than anything else—it’s not a peel per se because the amount of lactic acid is likely too low to exfoliate, and the pumpkin enzymes are, at best, an unreliable way to exfoliate. They’re unreliable because enzymes are extremely unstable in cosmetic formulations and unlikely to be of much benefit in a product like this, which is meant to be rinsed from the skin after only a few minutes. Also, there’s no research proving pumpkin enzymes are effective for exfoliation.

There isn’t much else to say about this product, other than that as a scrub (which is really the only exfoliating ingredient in this ridiculously expensive product), it will leave skin feeling softer and smoother, assuming you use it gently and rinse thoroughly. For certain, this overpriced scrub is not preferred to the results you can achieve from a well-formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant, and there are certainly less expensive “scrubs” that work as well if not better than this one.

  • As with most scrubs, this leaves skin feeling soft and smooth when used gently.
  • Expensive for what’s essentially a glorified scrub.
  • The AHA lactic acid is likely present in an amount that’s too low to exfoliate.
  • The pumpkin enzymes are unreliable exfoliants due to their inherent stability issues.

Instantly transform your skin with this intensive anti-aging three-in-one resurfacer: peel with alpha hydroxy acid, exfoliate with pumpkin enzyme, and polish with aluminum oxide.


Water, Alumina, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Lactic Acid, Diazolidinyl, Urea, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, 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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