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I decided to buy this product after reading a positive review of it on DooYoo. The gel is quite expensive at about £30 a bottle, but I don't mind paying that sort of price for a product that works. Despite having acne prone skin, I have also somehow managed to have skin that is sensitive in some areas and occasionally a little dry.
When I first used this product I noticed that the gel seemed to be of a really good quality, had a nice "clean" smell to it and applied really smoothly to my skin. The pump design of the bottle also makes it really easy to use and means that you can really easily control the amount of product that you put on. At this point in time I was very optimistic! Unfortunately, when I woke up the next day, the more sensitive areas of my face seemed irritated. I have tried the gel again on a few other occasion and the same thing has happened. So, unfortunately, I don't think this particular product would be recommended for sensitive skin...
As I did not use the gel regularly because it irritated my skin, it is hard for me to judge fairly whether or not it is effective at helping acne. Personally though I think it would not work for me no matter how committed I was to it as it actually seemed to cause me to get a few spots! Overall, this product would have to get a very poor review from me but it could just be that it is clashing with my skin, as I have used other Peter Thomas Roth products and adore them.
I'm really surprised to see that there are so few reviews on Peter Thomas Roth products. I discovered the brand about four years through Space NK who have since stopped stocking the range and the products I've tried have been excellent. I mainly use products designed to help with acne prone skin but I've also read some fantastic reviews on products designed to help combat aging/wrinkles and sensitive skin issues.
When I first came across the range I was at a total loss of what to try next on my extremely fussy, clog and acne prone skin. I tried pretty much everything I could get my hands on including benzoyl peroxide, topical prescription medications, antibiotics and entire skin care lines that cost me a small fortune. Admittedly most of the products I tried did produce positive effects but none of them actually cleared my skin completely apart from the antibiotics. These gave me perfectly clear skin when I was taking them but as soon as I finished my three month course the spots came back and were sometimes worse than before I started.
Anyone who has suffered with acne or spots knows what an embarrassing, frustrating and upsetting problem it can be and if you have a doctor like mine how unhelpful GPs can be. The last time I went to my doctor to ask for help I was prescribed yet another course of Doxycycline antibiotics which I decided not to take and instead started to look for new products that might help me. That's when I discovered Peter Thomas Roth's range of products in a Space NK Christmas brochure and I decided to give the line a go.
About Peter Thomas Roth
Peter Thomas Roth developed his own skin care line after searching and failing to find products that were effective on his acne prone, problem skin. The company launched in 1993 and offered a range of different products designed to treat everything from acne to wrinkles and redness. The products are designed for skincare professionals as well as for at home use and the brand now offers over a hundred different items that are suitable for pretty much all skin types and concerns and has won numerous awards for it's creations, including two best of beauty awards from allure magazine for its Botanical Buffing Beads.
What is AHA/BHA Acne clearing gel?
AHA/BHA acne clearing gel is a medicated oil-free blemish clearing gel for the prevention and treatment of acne. It's oil free, fragrance free and is formulated to help clear up whiteheads, acne blemishes and blackheads whilst also refining pores and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It contains 10% glycolic acid (AHA) to exfoliate dead skin cells and 2 % salicylic acid (BHA) to loosen sebum within pores.
How does it work?
The glycolic acid or AHA in the product works by weakening the glue type substance that holds dead skin cells together and allows them to be exfoliated allowing new skin cells to be exposed. It's mainly used in products to improve the look and texture of skin so it can be really helpful with acne scarring, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. The salicylic acid or BHA works in the same sort of way, by exfoliating but also helps to open pores and kills bacteria within which helps to clear existing spots and also helps to prevent new ones forming. I have used both ingredients separately in various different products but have found them to be most effective when they're combined in a product such as this one.
Price and availability
Peter Thomas Roth products are available from a number of different sites in the UK including lookfantastic.com, mankind.co.uk and beautybay.com. I normally order from either mankind or beautybay because they are normally the cheapest and also regularly give free samples with orders. The product is currently priced at £28.95 at beautybay and they currently offer free postage/shipping within the UK. There are plenty of other sites that offer products from the range and you can occasionally find products for less on sites such as ebay so it may be worth shopping around before buying.
All peter Thomas Roth packaging is quite plain and the acne clearing gel is no exception. The product is packaged in a tall glass 57ml bottle and has a clear pump dispenser that's covered by a clear plastic lid/cap. The bottle has a white label which contains the brand name, size and product name on the front and directions for use and ingredients on the back.
I like both the fact that the bottle comes with a pump for hygiene reasons and the fact that the bottle is clear and you're able to see exactly how much product is left inside. The fact that the packaging is quite plain doesn't actually bother me since I'm more concerned with the contents when it comes to skincare products.
How to use
The product is a clear, odourless gel that's quite runny in consistency. It's supposed to be applied to thoroughly cleansed skin in a thin layer avoiding the delicate eye area. It can either be used over the entire face or applied to specific areas where blemishes and blocked pores are present. I normally apply to my whole face instead of using to spot treat since the product is also supposed to prevent blemishes as well as heal existing ones. One pump is enough to cover the entire area in a thin layer of product which is quickly absorbed into skin and leaves no residue. Sometimes I experience a little bit of tingling/stinging when using products containing glycolic acid but I've not really had either with acne clearing gel. I occasionally get a slight tingle if I've manually exfoliated beforehand or if I've added other products into my routine that have dried my skin slightly but normally I get no irritation at all.
Once the gel's had time to sink in which isn't long (normally a few minutes) my face feels hydrated, smooth and clean. I sometimes add a little bit of moisturiser depending on the condition of my skin but I find the gel normally hydrates my skin enough without having to add more products. I tend to apply all treatment products at night because my face stays free of make up and has chance to breath and heal but I have used also used the gel before make up application and have found it makes an excellent base for foundation.
After I began using the product four years ago I started to see results within the first week. There wasn't a dramatic improvement but blemishes started to dry and heal and blocked pores started to unclog, I also noticed an improvement in the amount of oil my skin was producing. After about a month of using I really started to notice a difference in the amount of new spots I was getting and also noticed a significant improvement in scarring from previous break outs and skin texture. Scarring was always a major concern for me as even when I managed to control my skin enough to stop the break outs, I still had the purple/red marks left over from previous spots. After a few months of continued use I really did start to see the results I wanted and I finally felt like I had my skin under control for the first time in a good few years. Instead of constant blemishes, I was getting the occasional spot that didn't last long and went away without leaving too much of a mark and my skin looked clear and even.
I've been using the product on and off for quite some time now. I occasionally stop using it and replace it with new products in case I get better results but I always end up coming back to this one. It's continued to work its magic and still keeps my face clean and clear without drying out my skin and making it red.
How long does it last?
A 57ml bottle lasts me a good six-seven months using a generous amount everyday so although it's quite an expensive product it's really quite long lasting.
Would I recommend?
I would recommend the gel to anyone who suffers with stubborn acne and clogged pores. It's not a miracle worker and it hasn't cured my problem but used as part of a routine with a few other products that I've discovered it really has helped me to deal with my skin issues. I've also used other products from the range and have had similar results with those too. I highly recommend the oil free moisturiser which hydrates my skin but leaves it matt and doesn't clog pores and the award winning botanical buffing beads are also great at gently exfoliating and softening skin.
I know the range is expensive but the products really are effective at helping to control acne and blemishes without over drying or irritating skin and I urge anyone with skin similar to my own to give the products a try as I really don't think you'll be disappointed with the results.
Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2.00%, Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol Denat., Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Arginine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ammonium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
Peter Thomas Roth products are not tested on animals
Oil-free, fragrance-free deep pore clearing gel, exclusively formulated to clear up whiteheads, acne blemishes and blackheads, refine pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles / Helps regulate healthy cell turnover and delivers anti-aging benefits that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles / 10% Glycolic Acid (AHA) / Helps exfoliate dead surface skin cells and stimulate cellular turnover2% Salicylic Acid (BHA) / Helps to loosen sebum within the pores and prevents future breakouts