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Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel

What it is: A potent, oil-free formula that minimizes the appearance of blemishes. What it is formulated to do: This advanced formulation reduces the appearance of whiteheads, blackheads, and blemishes, while cleansing pores and helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne marks, and residual discolorations. It contains maximum strength salicylic acid, along with potent glycolic acid complex, retinyl palmitate, licorice, arnica, and aloe, which support natural cell turnover. This product delivers proven antiaging benefits, leaving skin looking smooth, healthy, and younger. What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Sulfates - Phthalates What else you need to know: For optimal results, follow with Clini-Matte All Day Oil-Control SPF 20
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Questions & Answers for Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel

Question
Is this a cleanser or a leave on treatment?
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
hometowngirl
(NY)
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
It's a leave-on product. I use it once a day, in the morning, and it's the first product I use before putting on my anti-aging serum or sunscreen.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
jls66
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 2
It's a leave on treatment. works great! you can use it morning and night, after you have cleaned your face. I use it every night before bed.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
michamicha2
(Jacksonville, FL)
answer 3
This is a leave on treatment
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
donicer
(Dallas, TX)
answer 4
leave on treatment
answered 4 years ago
la7cali
(St Louis, MO)
answer 5
don't rinse it off.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
momma101
(PA)
answer 6
This is a treatment product used after cleansing. i noticed a few reviews for a cleanser under this product, but it is not a cleanser.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
shellme79
(Peoria IL)
Question
Is there a 'purging period'?
I've been using the gel for about a week and in that time, my skin texture has gone from 'ok' to 'less than ok' haha. Now it's bumpy here and there with a some breakouts as well. All within a week! Has anyone else had this problem and if so, did it get better or worse?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
mEliza
(Los Angeles, CA)
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I used this product with ren glycolactic renewal face mask to help with the texture difference. It helped me clear my face in 2 weeks! All i have left are dark acne marks.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
hiimriri
(Murrieta, Ca)
answer 2
Yes I had the same thing! Stick with it for another week or two and see if it goes away for you. I expected this to happen at first but then going into the 2nd week and so forth, it's gone away and broke way to even-toned skin and reduced blackheads and blemishes. I am very please, even though I broke out in two spots at first. Good luck!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
tannin86
(South St. Paul, MN)
answer 3
Yes, mine was like that for about 3 weeks. Very discouraging but hang in there mine is about 75% improved from before I began using it. I also use the DDF 5%BP over this at night.
Best of luck.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
tylie
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
answer 4
I have not had this problem? It could be that it's bringing all the toxins to the surface to clear it out. This product is the best! Stick with it.
answered 4 years ago
la7cali
(St Louis, MO)
answer 5
I think you should continue using it for a few more weeks. It is probably just getting out all the stuff in your pores. I swear you will see results.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
momma101
(PA)
answer 6
There is a purging period with this gel. I noticed that my skin started breaking out shortly after I started using it, but after a week or two, it started clearing up. I've been using this gel for several months now, and my skin has never looked better. This product is amazing!
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
ANDS
(Nebraska)
Question
Do I use this with a toner?
I just purchased this product and want to know how to use it. I used to use a cleanser, followed by a toner and a moisturizer. I know I put this on after the cleanser and before the moisturizer...but what about the toner? Do I use this with a toner? If so, do I put it on after the toner and before the moisturizer? Do you all use this AM and PM? Thanks!
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
(Arlington, VA)
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I understand I used to be the three step rule as well! I would say you don't need a toner with this product. I would also suggest you use the face wash of this brand the are like an all in one. I usually was my face, put the gel on and then a moisturizer. I feel that it seems to work best that way. To add though if you use a spray toner that is mostly for refresh it will be fine.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
spoon86
(New Jersey)
answer 2
I had the same question and called sephora customer service to ask. this is what they told me: use product morning and night after cleansing (if you use a toner, I would do that before you do this) wait 20 minutues and then apply eye cream and or moisturizer. I have used this with and without moisturizer and haven't had any problems iwth dry skin at all (maybe one or two flakes in the 3 weeks I've been using it). It's personal preference... the customer service rep did tell me to make sure to wait the 20 minutes because there are "actives" in the gel (the beta hydroxy acid & salicylic acid) and that you should let it dry before adding a moisturizer to it or else it might react with the active ingredient in the gel and not be as potent. I hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
michamicha2
(Jacksonville, FL)
answer 3
Order of use. Cleanse skin, use toner, use PTR (thin layer), and then moisturize.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
donicer
(Dallas, TX)
answer 4
you can use this day or night. with or without a toner
answered 4 years ago
la7cali
(St Louis, MO)
answer 5
When i used this product I use a cleanser, then the clearing gel then a moisturizer. This product has alcohol in it so if you used a toner it might be a little over-kill.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
sherlock123
answer 6
Use face wash then use the AHA/BHA gel (only a very small amount) Its pretty intense. Once it dries use your moisturizer. I would not use a toner with this. Start with 1 time and if your skin tolerates then move to am and pm.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
sfenste
(Barnhart, Missouro)
Question
Do you rinse it off?
do i leave it on? or rinse it off?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Laguna Beach, CA)
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
leave it on. I put it on at night and rinse in the morning.
answered 3 years ago
4bookers
(Ann Arbor)
answer 2
Do not rinse off the gel, keep it on. Put on a thin layer and let it dry.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
donicer
(Dallas, TX)
answer 3
I only use a thin layer of product and I leave it on my skin. No need to rinse. I always moisturize after.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
tannin86
(South St. Paul, MN)
answer 4
leave it on!!!
answered 4 years ago
la7cali
(St Louis, MO)
answer 5
Leave it on.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
momma101
(PA)
answer 6
Cleanse, then apply the gel. Do not rinse off, as it is a topical treatment product that delivers results through penetration of the upper layers of the skin.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
KateMadeUp
(Knoxville, TN)
Question
do i leave this on my face? do i use this before toner? or after?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(Laguna Beach, CA)
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I dont use toner with this but rather acne control lotion and use toner when I am not using this product. I don't think you need both for potency. If you have very oily skin I would recommend the PTR Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gell. I got a sample when I bought the acne kit, it really does give a matt look which combines well with the strong acne properties of this product.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
michi082704
(Somerdale NJ)
answer 2
Please use a toner first and then use the gel and let it dry, do not rinse off.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
donicer
(Dallas, TX)
answer 3
I leave this product on my skin - just a thin layer is all you need before you moisturize. I don't use a toner.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
tannin86
(South St. Paul, MN)
answer 4
Leave it on your face and use it after toner, it should be the last thing you put on, (besides make-up, if you are using it during the day).
answered 4 years ago
la7cali
(St Louis, MO)
answer 5
Yes, it goes on after toner and should stay on your face. It is just a gel that helps with acne.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
piapoo
(Lakewood, CA)
answer 6
This product is best used after toner. Depending on how astringent your toner is or isn't, you may even find the product works more effectively if you don't tone first. Try both ways and see what works for you.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
KateMadeUp
(Knoxville, TN)
Question
compared to others?
how is this compared to some of hte other clearing gels? I'm debating between the ole hendriksen blemish attack and this since it is similiar and has glycolic acid. also does it smell bad?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
ckn2386
(Bethesda, MD)
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
It hardly smells at all, nothing harsh. I haven't tried the other product so I can't compare.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
rinkrat
(Saint Paul, MN)
answer 2
I found this to be more effective than the Ole Hendrikson gel. It really makes your skin feel clear and smooth. And it has no bad smell at all....actually it really has pretty much no scent.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
mollylvsmkp
(Woodstock,NY)
answer 3
doesn't smell at all and it's my lifeline. It's the best out there!
answered 4 years ago
la7cali
(St Louis, MO)
answer 4
I personally like the PTR gel. Have not tried the other. I think glycolic acid is a major key though. Try the cheaper of the two, or the product line you are familiar with. You could also try going to a Sephora store and getting small samples of both products. =)
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Rutherfordton, N.C.)
answer 5
This doesn't smell bad at all, but the PTH spot treatment does. Good product, works and doesn't dry out skin, would recommend and I have tried many many products.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
StephFT
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 6
I would recommend trying the other product. I have not been overall satisfied with the PTR acne clearing gel.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
DocE
(Jonesboro, AR)
Question
extreme oiliness
my face gets extremely oily during the first few days of using PTR acne gel.
Is that normal?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
jax09
(Jacksonville, FL)
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
If your face appears oily then you are placing too much on the face. A thin layer is all that is needed. Usually the "oil" you see on the face is the reflection of the gel. Using a small amount of the gel and then allowing to dry, take a blotting paper and dab in T-Zone and you will be fine all day.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
donicer
(Dallas, TX)
answer 2
I think any time you use a drying product, your skin will react by overproducing oil. Mine is always oily, so I've never noticed a difference using this product.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
productwhor
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 3
Somrtimes a product like this is really cleaning out clogged/congested pores, and it can seem like your skin is oilier at first because the pores are starting to clear out. Make sure to put it on super clean skin ( I use my clarisonic first) and really let it sink in and dry thouroughly before putting anything over it. I use a very light oil free cream after about ten minutes.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
mollylvsmkp
(Woodstock,NY)
answer 4
I've never heard of that or had an issue with it. Talk to your dermatologist
answered 4 years ago
la7cali
(St Louis, MO)
answer 5
It could be that your skin is rebelling against the drying effect. I have been an oily girl for years and this product dries me out. I have to use several products on my face to control my oil, but not turn my face into a prune. For me, the PTR products together are working.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Rutherfordton, N.C.)
answer 6
Actually, yes that happened to me too. But I have very oily skin to begin with. I started using Vivites daily cleanser and that help with my oiless and my pimples. I still have oily skin though.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Munekita
(Sacramento, CA)
Question
Can you wear this under makeup ?
Just wondering if you could wear this under makeup, or should it strictly be a "nightime" thing. Thanks for any help ! :)
asked 4 years, 9 months ago
diiorable
(Baltimore, MD)
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I put it both at night and in the morning. It has not affected my makeup application but make sure to moisturize after putting this on.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
shaylove
(Old bridge New Jersey)
answer 2
I wear it under a tinted moisturizer. It does not work well under any other type because it tends to prevent foundation makeup from clinging to your skin.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
gradgirl
(Sheridan, WY)
answer 3
yes you most certainly can!!!
answered 4 years ago
la7cali
(St Louis, MO)
answer 4
Ladies/Gentleman '' A heads up" i really wouldn't recommend this during the day it has glycolic acid and will do more harm than good if wearing it during the day! I only sell this to my clients telling them this is ONLY a NIGHT treatment.... thanks
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
lalatarik
(Fort Worth, TX)
answer 5
I use it under makeup and at night. I don't have a problem with it affecting my makeup.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
momma101
(PA)
answer 6
Yes, most definitely, I use this morning and night. It is light enough to put makeup on after, and it actually smoothes the skin so that makeup can go on nicer.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
piapoo
(Lakewood, CA)
Question
Cystic acne
Can this gel help prevent/control the formation of cystic acne?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
trojengrr
(Los Angeles, CA)
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, it clears all types of acne.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
gradgirl
(Sheridan, WY)
answer 2
I think it has helped mine a lot (knock on wood). Initially I had a lot of pore purging for a few weeks. But now when I get the cystic bumps they heal within 2 weeks instead of months like they used to. I use it with the DDF 5%benzoyl peroxide nightly.
I also use it on my back and i like it does not discolor clothing like BP does.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
tylie
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
answer 3
I had a cystic pimple coming in on my cheek, I dabbed this on it the for 2 nights and 1 morning, and it's already almost gone. I put a moisturizer on too after I apply this product.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
luxiboo
answer 4
Cystic acne comes from bacteria that is able to form deep down in the skin. So yes, you have to go to the dermatologist initially. But the PTR system can help dry out existing blemishes and get you on the right track.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Rutherfordton, N.C.)
answer 5
Maybe control acne but not prevent it; at least not in the last three weeks for me. However, I think over time, people's skin gets tolerant to a product and it loses its effectiveness
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
tootsnthigs
(Palm Beach Gardens)
answer 6
cystic acne needs to be treated by an oral medication. sorry, most over the counter products only treat mild to moderate acne. time to go to a dermatologist.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
alreadeanmdot
(Orange County)
Question
My skin has much acne but is also very dehydrated. Will this product dry out my skin and cause me to break out even more?
asked 4 years ago
Anonymous
(Toronto, Ontario)
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I have never had dry skin as a result of the product. I use it as a spot treatment. I still use a moisturizer.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
madorarose
(KnoxVegas)
answer 2
try it for a couple of days but at a minimum stick to it for a week. If it irritates your skin or breaks you out after a week just return it for something less intense.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
boyd123456
(KNoxville, TN)
answer 3
My skin is combination and I haven't noticed any drying. I use it by itself after I wash up at night and in the morning I use it and then use Oil of Olay moisturizer before I put on my makeup.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
demelisfashions
(New York, NY)
answer 4
Probably not—it's pretty gentle on the spectrum of acne solutions—but you should wear a moisturizer with spf while using this product anyway since it contains alpha-hydroxy acids which make you more sensitive to the sun.

If you're concerned, just try it once a day and see how it goes (the bottle recommends three times per day, but it's usually better to work up to multiple applications).
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
cherylbee
(brooklyn, ny)
answer 5
The glycolic acid helps exfoliate your skin and renew it. I don't find it drying but it is strong. I use a moisturizer after I put it on and that keeps my skin from becoming over dry.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
caitlindb
answer 6
the acne gel is a bit drying but I use the PTR oil-free moisturizer and haven't had any problems. I also use an additional under-eye moisturizer since I have the fine lines and wrinkles to contend with as well.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
mlynchtn
(Chattanooga TN)
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