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Acne Spot and Area Treatment


Acne Spot and Area Treatment

What it is:A maximum-strength acne treatment.What it is formulated to do:Clear up acne and prevent breakouts, keeping skin clear and blemish-free without over-drying with this invisible, non-drying treatment cream. It helps control acne blemishes, pimples, and blackheads at the source.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Sulfates- Synthetic Fragrances- Synthetic Dyes- Phthalates- GMOs- Triclosan
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Questions & Answers for Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot and Area Treatment

Question
too harsh as an all over treatment?
I have very stubborn acne that Ive had for almost 9 years, and very oily skin, along with acne scarring. This seems like it would be a really good all over treatment, but would it be too harsh and run out too quickly?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
nikolasa
(palmetto, FL)
on Acne Spot and Area Treatment
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
I do use it as an all-over treatment, but I mix it with my moisturizer so it will spread better and be less harsh. Then I also use it as a spot treatment on individual blemishes, under my concealer.
answered 1 year ago
nycteris
(nashville, tn)
answer 2
I had terrible acne (pimples, blackheads and scarring) and have started using this as an all over treatment. It is a little drying but I have seen a HUGE improvement and just pat a good moisturizer over it. I am using it 2-3 times a day - you don't have to use a lot so I have not noticed that I am going through the container quickly. Hope this helps. :)
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
NotAGurlyGurl
(Portland, OR)
answer 3
If you've tried every product out there and it still doesn't work for you then I would recommend trying this one. It will last you for at least 2 months (if you use it as a spot treatment and not all over). I tried a lot of different acne products and this is the only one that has consistently helped me tame my acne!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
macguru
(Detroit, MI)
answer 4
It does make you itch when you put it on problem areas. It stinks like puke, but works in about three days. I did find that if I put it on an area without acne it creates acne. I have very oily skin as well. This product worked for a little while. I switched back to Proactive.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
mactx
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 5
I have sensitive skin and this was too harsh for me. I say use as a spot treatment and use something more mild as an overall treatment. Or use every 2-3 days to prevent over drying your skin out.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
Maquicomplet
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 6
It is not a huge amount so it may run out quickly. It is very strong/intensive. Honestly, the best way to know is to try it. Go to your local sephora and get a sample. The sales people are really helpful. If you can't get to a store, order it online and return it if it's horrible. I would still recommend concentrating the product more heavily on the actual blemishes.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
shawnah
(Newark, NJ)
answer 7
I have sensitive skin and I use this daily as an all-over, preventative treatment and I think it is great. The key is to use just a tiny bit (think pea-sized) and, if your skin is still damp, it will spread very easily and you won't have to use as much product to cover your face. Good luck!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
sclucas
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 8
this is better as a spot treatment. though i do spread it out beyond the blemish i am treating.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
groucho
(Hammond LA)
answer 9
It depends on how sensitive your skin is, and how frequently you apply it. The 3 main active ingredients are sulfur, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid which may cause redness and dryness on very sensitive skin types.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
cosmogeek
(New York, NY)
answer 10
I just hit the PTR site and it says "May be applied to the entire face for more active acne". Depending on your individual skin, no it's not too harsh to use all over. If you're uber oily (like me!) and your skin is not sensitive (mine's not!) you should not have any problem (I don't!). As with everything skincare related, YMMV (your mileage may vary)
answered 4 years ago
bluefedora
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 11
Definitely a bit harsh for an all over treatment. If you use a quality cleanser and acne lotion, while sticking to a once or twice a week deep exfoliation, I love Exfolikate (Kate Sommerville), pricey but well worth it, and lasts forever. Then pick this up to add as a night time treatment product. You can use one pump for your jawline, chin, nose, and forehead. You would run through this small bottle very quickly if you try and use it all over constantly. I hope this helps!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
healthyskinlover
(Madison, WI)
Question
What color is this product?
Is like like a white lotion, or a clear gel? If not a clear gel, could you suggest one with similar ingredients?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
on Acne Spot and Area Treatment
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
It's more like a paste. Amazing as a spot treatment. I also mix it with my moisturizer so I can use it all over my face.
answered 1 year ago
nycteris
(nashville, tn)
answer 2
This is a white, creamy lotion on the thicker side so a little goes a long way. It blends into you skin like silk, I love it.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
nytengal
(Syracuse New York)
answer 3
It's kinda like yellow cream and works amazingly! Much better than any gel cuz it does not dry your spots out. The only down side is the Sulfur smell is not pleasant.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
ify1110
(Quincy. MA)
answer 4
The product is a light yellow, kind of like coconut lotion. I don't know of any gel products but I would def love to know if there is an alternative to this product with similar ingredients as it's very expensive for a small bottle.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
macguru
(Detroit, MI)
answer 5
This product is a off-white cream. If you're worried about being able to wear it under makeup or go out with it on your face, no worries! It blends in like a moisturizer and mattifies the area, making make-up application very easy. No one can tell that you're wearing it. With gels, I find that they can dry and peel under makeup, giving a not-so-pretty finish.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
sarahk
(Fort Worth, TX)
answer 6
its more of like a light whitish-yellow cream. It is best to use at night or when you are lounging around the house. ;)
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
amirandas
(Boca Raton, FL)
answer 7
It is a yellow color but comes on white/light yellow. It can still be worn over/under make up though if rubbed in fully so it is transparent.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
paigey5
(Baton Rouge, LA)
answer 8
white lotion. Invisible on the skin once rubbed in.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
mizbiz
(Canton, Ma)
answer 9
This is the very first thing I put on after I wash my face. Then I use a 4% bleaching cream, then .1% Retin-a (I use Trentonin) and then eye cream. In the morning I use a moisturizer with AHA.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
nvofmyfriends
(Tampa, FL)
answer 10
It's not a clear gel, but it rubs in clear. You can wear it both day and night.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
bbugg
(Seattle, WA)
Question
Does this product actually work?
asked 5 years, 7 months ago
jidohbb
on Acne Spot and Area Treatment
7 answers
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answer 1
It worked for me.. I tried everything and this is the only thing that works. But I also use the Blemish Buffing Beads For Face and Body by PTR as a face wash in the morning and night before applying the spot treatment.. works amazing and now I am acne free
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
macguru
(Detroit, MI)
answer 2
YES - it often clears up a pimple overnight. I usually put it on and then use a moisturizer over top to avoid overdrying...I do have fairly dry skin. I've also used it when you feel one of those pimples coming up from under the surface and it's stopped the zit before it fully came out.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
sunshine7181
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 3
YES!
I went in the store to find a concealer for the zits that were popping up on my face just days before my wedding after my skin care regime that I had been doing for 2 months failed. I went in on Tuesday and my wedding is on Saturday. The consultant helped me find the perfect concealer that won't melt (Conceal FX Camouflage Concealer in X-Light- I have fair/light skin with slight pink and olive undertones- strange I know!) and she was nice enough to give me a small sample of PTR to try and to help me get rid of the acne before my wedding. I'm telling you it's only day 2 and this stuff is working like a charm! It dried out my zits and my skin is NOT flaking as other products have done. It may be expensive but it is totally worth it. I will definitely be coming back to purchase this product after the wedding.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
amirandas
(Boca Raton, FL)
answer 4
Yes! BEST on the spot acne treatment I have ever used.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
paigey5
(Baton Rouge, LA)
answer 5
It is very drying, so if you can handle the dryness, then it will help with acne, but if you have sensitive skin, it may not be for you.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
Maquicomplet
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 6
Not for me. The reviews seem to suggest it works for other people, though, so maybe you can go to a store and ask for a sample before buying.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
melissa22
(ny, ny)
answer 7
Absolutely, the three active ingredients in this product are proven to rid skin of harmful bacteria, while combating blemishes and exfoliating dead skin cells to prevent further breakouts.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
BelleDeJour
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
Subsurface Bumps!!
Does this work WELL (i mean really work) for subsurface bumpiness? I have VERY stubborn skin colored bumps (not acne - though I want it to help my stubborn acne as well) that just will not go away!! Can anyone help before I go spend the 45 bucks???
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
angeehem
(Riverside, CA)
on Acne Spot and Area Treatment
7 answers
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answer 1
Yes I would say it works. But honestly Sephora is amazing about their refund policy. If you are worried about spending $45, don't because if it doesn't work for you, just return it for a full refund!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
macguru
(Detroit, MI)
answer 2
My acne is very stubborn too. I tried a Murad product and it made my bumps worse. I tried this and it worked a little. I went back to Proactive and have used now for four weeks and all my bumps and blemishes are 98% gone. I found that if you put this right on your bumps it takes three or four days to make them go away. If you put it on an area that does not have a bump, you will get one in the next day.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
mactx
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 3
I have stubborn bumps too and in the morning the bumps were less noticeable. But it is hard to layer under makeup so I only use at night. Bumps are back, for me, during the day if I don't use it.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
tootsnthigs
(Palm Beach Gardens)
answer 4
This product worked great for me. I had lots of tiny little bumps on my forehead that, thanks to my freckles, you couldn't see, but felt really gross. I use just a really sheer layer daily and it got rid of the bumps and is keeping my skin clear.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
sclucas
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
Sub-surface bumps sound like clogged pores/whiteheads. I have these on my cheeks and forehead. Every time I try to squeeze them out, I end up irritating them and turning them into inflamed cystic pimples which hurt a lot and end up hyperpigmented. I don't think PTR works completely for underskin bumpiness. I would suggest getting a facial to clean out the pores and using PTR for prevention. Hope this helps.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
cosmogeek
(New York, NY)
answer 6
NO, this is not going to help you. Your problem is most likely caused from using too much product, most likely a moisturizer of some sort. I know exactly the type of "bumps" you are referring to. Very common and most women think they are a form of acne. Wrong. You need to exfoliate regularly (I love Exfolikate, Kate Sommerville), pricey but well worth it, will last you a long time, do this once a week to start then up it to twice. You should start seeing a difference within 3-4 weeks at least. BUT make sure that when you put your serum and moisturizer on that you are using the appropriate amount. Also make sure you are using the appropriate product types for your skin (dry, combo, oily). If the product isn't fully penetrated (still feels wet or your still rubbing it in) within 10 seconds you are using too much. Good rule of thumb.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
healthyskinlover
(Madison, WI)
answer 7
It helps me. But my preference is always to get the junk out of my skin, which this solution does not support. This solution suppresses the underskin pimples so that you can't pop them. They get smaller, painless, and invisible within 2 to 3 days depending on the severity of the underskin pimple. After that I can only feel them when I touch the spot that was treated. It takes a while for the underskin pimple to completely be gone (but it is not visible nor it is painful at that time).
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
wantmybabyskin
(Miami, FL)
Question
does this help with cystic pimples?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
zippyliz
(New York, NY)
on Acne Spot and Area Treatment
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
YES!
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
madsiren
(San Diego, CA)
answer 2
Yes! I get cystic acne, especially around my menstrual cycle and this is the only thing that seems to combat it effectively. It's not a miracle by any means, but size and duration seem significantly reduced. I definitely recommend it and plan to continue buying it.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
callmebettina
(Norfolk, VA)
answer 3
Yes, in my experience it does help with cystic acne.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
florimund
(Springfield, MO)
answer 4
Yes, it makes cysts go down quickly. A facialist recommended this product because of hte sulfur content. It seems to work.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
groucho
(Hammond LA)
answer 5
It isn't BAD wqith cystic acne... but until it surfaces a little more (like when it's deep and painful under the skin) it doesn't do much.
I think it helped a lot, and I would probably reccommend it. It can take a while, but it gets rid of it within a week or so.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
tayaburz
(Toronto, Ontario)
answer 6
I used this on a cystic pimple as it was just developing. It didn't completely prevent the cystic pimple from coming out, but I think it did reduce the redness, inflammation and size of the thing, as opposed to if I used something else or didn't use anything at all. I would suggest applying it religiously if you feel a big pimple coming on. For me at least, I find it cuts down on the pimple life cycle and healing process.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
cosmogeek
(New York, NY)
answer 7
YES! From time to time I get deep cysts on my chin that hurt and take weeks to really get rid of. When I felt one coming on, I used this morning and night for 2-3 days and it never made it to the surface. I used it in conjuction with the AHA/BHA gel morning and night and the sulfer mask twice weekly. I have not had a cyst for the month I have been using these products and I have NEVER had anything else be so effective. If you are interested in trying it I highly suggest the starter kit so you can try the gel and spot treatment at a great price.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
VickiT
(Philadelphia, PA)
Question
packing problems?
I bought this treatment and i love it - my only problem is the packaging. it finished so quickly - i couldn't believe it. so being an investigator - i cut the container open to find a wealth of product still in the container. it's like a waste
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
Karyl
(Hagerstown, MD)
on Acne Spot and Area Treatment
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
If you keep this product at room temperature, it dispenses easily. If the room you store this product in is colder, it will dispense slower. Solution, run warm water over the container if the room you store it in is cold or chilly. Additionally, think about storing it upside down to help with ease of dispensing.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
nytengal
(Syracuse New York)
answer 2
I agree... I love this product too but hate how it's in a hard to use bottle. It's like once the product is gone, the pump doesn't work! I'll have to cut it open next time too. Thanks for the suggestion!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
macguru
(Detroit, MI)
answer 3
I do the same thing so I applaud you for cutting it open. Beauty products are not cheap and we want to get every last drop out of those bottles. Especially with this great product I plan on cutting it open also.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
zumbachic
(Leavenworth, KS)
answer 4
Wow... that does stink!!! Good thing that you did what I would have done! ;)
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
amirandas
(Boca Raton, FL)
answer 5
I used another product with sulfur in it by sonya kushak and it evaporated rather quickly without getting to use all the product. it may have something to do with the sulfur.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
groucho
(Hammond LA)
answer 6
I agree, the product does go quickly. Good idea, cutting the package open to find more inside.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
CrystalStar
(Monroe, NC)
Question
under makeup?
How well does this work under makeup? Does it pill? Can I use it under moisturizer, then foundation? Thanks!
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
reddahlia
(Laguna Niguel CA)
on Acne Spot and Area Treatment
6 answers
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answer 1
i like to mix a bit of this spot treatment with my moisturizer so it will spread over my entire face - less harsh that way, still very effective. i've had good results using this product with josie moran's argan oil cleanser and daily moisturizer. i also use apple cider vinegar diluted with lots of water (braggs brand) as a toner before moisturizing. :)
answered 1 year ago
nycteris
(nashville, tn)
answer 2
I have been using it under my makeup for a couple of months and it seems to be helping prevent breakouts. I would wait a few minutes to let it soak in before putting on moisturizer or makeup. It seems to stay in place and not be affected if you do that.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
mgarr
(Nashville, TN)
answer 3
I use my moisturizer first, then this spot treatment. Dries immediately and is just fine under makeup!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
HayleyTN
(Nashville, TN)
answer 4
I use it under BareMinerals moisturizer and PrimeTime primer. I have not noticed any pilling or rub-off at all. I use Bare Minerals foundation and have found it actually lasts longer when I use this, I am guessing because my face is less oily now...not sure how it would work with liquid foundation though. Hope this helps. :)
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
NotAGurlyGurl
(Portland, OR)
answer 5
No tell tale signs when you wear this under make up, no pilling, chalky feeling or flaking, its perfect!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
nytengal
(Syracuse New York)
answer 6
I just started using this myself, I've been using it at night and also during the day underneath foundation. I know what you mean by the "pilling" effect and I don't seem to have that issue with this stuff. I use it on the spots that need it the most and a little goes a long way. It seems kind of pasty but when you're actually using it as a spot treatment it shouldn't give you any trouble.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
alcmeow
(New England)
Question
% salicylic acid and glycolic?
I see that the sulfur content is 5% but what about the % of salicylic acid and glycolic?
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Maine)
on Acne Spot and Area Treatment
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
4% glycolic
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
madsiren
(San Diego, CA)
answer 2
I am not sure what the amount is but I am assuming it's very small because it's not listed as one of the first ingredients. I was recommended this product by worker at sephora because I have tried every salicylic product and none of them worked for me so I decided to try one with sulfur instead.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
macguru
(Detroit, MI)
Question
blackheads?
Wondering if this actually helps to get rid of blackheads? Or just prevents new ones from forming?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
cutevar
(Boston, MA)
on Acne Spot and Area Treatment
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
I havent seen that big of a difference in my acne. I feel that this product is just ok. I definately wont repurchase.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
SHurley
(Shelby, Montana)
answer 2
I don't think it prevents blackheads. It's meant to prevent acne only. I have a few blackheads on my noise and it hasn't help to remove it. I think you would be better off using a cleanser/scrub for that particular reason.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
macguru
(Detroit, MI)
Question
How does this compare with PTR AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel?
asked 1 year, 2 months ago
jin2
(New York, NY)
on Acne Spot and Area Treatment
0 answers
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