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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
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 4 years, 9 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, 1 month 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, 3 months ago
michamicha2
(Jacksonville, FL)
answer 3
Order of use. Cleanse skin, use toner, use PTR (thin layer), and then moisturize.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
donicer
(Dallas, TX)
answer 4
you can use this day or night. with or without a toner
answered 3 years, 5 months 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 3 years, 10 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 4 years, 8 months ago
sfenste
(Barnhart, Missouro)
Question
Do you rinse it off?
do i leave it on? or rinse it off?
asked 4 years, 8 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 2 years, 5 months 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 2 years, 7 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 2 years, 7 months ago
tannin86
(South St. Paul, MN)
answer 4
leave it on!!!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
la7cali
(St Louis, MO)
answer 5
Leave it on.
answered 3 years, 10 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 4 years, 8 months ago
KateMadeUp
(Knoxville, TN)
Question
do i leave this on my face? do i use this before toner? or after?
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Laguna Beach, CA)
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
Answers
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 2 years, 6 months 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 2 years, 7 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 2 years, 7 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 3 years, 5 months 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, 2 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 4 years, 8 months ago
KateMadeUp
(Knoxville, TN)
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 4 years, 8 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 2 years, 5 months 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 2 years, 7 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 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 3 years, 5 months 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 3 years, 10 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 4 years, 8 months ago
ANDS
(Nebraska)
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, 2 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 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 ago
gradgirl
(Sheridan, WY)
answer 3
yes you most certainly can!!!
answered 3 years, 5 months 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 3 years, 9 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 3 years, 10 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, 2 months ago
piapoo
(Lakewood, CA)
Question
After having a baby my skin started breaking out . I started using PTR AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel and it has gotten worse. Is this normal?
My face is breaking out so I started using this product. I am not sure if this is normal or not but my skin has actually gotten worse. I do not normally have acne but after having a baby my skin is going crazy I have combination skin and currently use Boscia facial cleansing products. What should I do? Help
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Humble, TX)
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
This product seems gentle, but It's kind of harsh. Your skin is breaking out because of hormonal imbalances, not because of something directly skin related. I'd try something a little softer.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
chimunga
(WA)
answer 2
You are probably getting acne for a couple of reasons: fluctuating hormones, less sleep, more stress, diet to name a few. Also, when using a new skin treatment you can sometimes break out more at first as the treatment purges all the sebum from your pores. Try to drink plenty of water, keep away from greasy foods, dairy and peanuts can be triggers as well. I've heard taking a probiotic can help too.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
lv2bpretty
(Boise, ID)
answer 3
Mine got worse before it got better too. It took a solid 3 weeks. It was worth the headache though. My skin texture is greatly imprved and the breakouts monthly are fewer and heal faster. I use the DDF 5% BP with it at night.
answered 3 years ago
tylie
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
answer 4
Mine did too after my baby and I started using this and it has been my lifeline, it's made it much much better, my skin is flawless. I would check with your dr or dermatologist.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
la7cali
(St Louis, MO)
answer 5
After I used this product my acne started clearing out. I have thick oily skin
so probably my skin can with-stand more or stronger medicine. I can use
up to 4% to 6% salicylic acid at night to keep my skin clear, and it works.
:)
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
Tovar
(Socorro Tx.)
answer 6
I have been using this product for about one month. In my opinion there are probably much better products for acne out there. My skin got worse initially and I cut back to using it only once a day and it is about back to where it was before starting the use of this product. I am committing to using it for a few more weeks to see if any improvement is made. I used the same products for 10 years prior to changing and feel like I need to give the new products a chance to work.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
DocE
(Jonesboro, AR)
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 3 years, 10 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, 1 month 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, 2 months ago
mollylvsmkp
(Woodstock,NY)
answer 3
doesn't smell at all and it's my lifeline. It's the best out there!
answered 3 years, 5 months 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 3 years, 5 months 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 3 years, 8 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 3 years, 9 months ago
DocE
(Jonesboro, AR)
Question
the pump of my bottle got distatched from the pump thingy, how do i fix it?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
alyyk123
on AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I would recommend you take the whole thing back to Sephora, and they will likely replace your product with another. Their customer service is superb, and I think they will stand by the products they carry - whether in formulation or the physical delivery mechanism.

If you are reluctant to do this, and you do like the product, you could always buy another bottle of it and just take the pump from the new bottle and put it on the old one. Just make sure you use plastic wrap or some sort of tight seal on the new bottle so that air doesn't get in and disintegrate the ingredients.

Just to let you know, I have bought 4 bottles of this stuff, and all the pumps were fine, so I think you just had an odd pump by chance. Good luck!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
sephphora
(Toronto, ON)
answer 2
That happened to mine too. I just pushed it firmly back on. One bottle, the top broke, so I would use a q-tip to apply the gel to the skin.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
madorarose
(KnoxVegas)
answer 3
That happened on mine too!! I put the top back on, the tightly twisted the cap and the cap came off. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
tvchic
(Memphis, TN)
answer 4
If you take it back in to the store they will give you a new one since yours is defective, they may even be able to fix it for you. Sephora always guarantees their products!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
audreyhepburn
(Indianapolis)
answer 5
take it into Sephora to exchange it for a new one.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
la7cali
(St Louis, MO)
answer 6
I would just return the bottle and get a new one.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(Rutherfordton, N.C.)
Question
Is this a cleanser or a leave on treatment?
asked 4 years, 10 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 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, 3 months ago
michamicha2
(Jacksonville, FL)
answer 3
This is a leave on treatment
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
donicer
(Dallas, TX)
answer 4
leave on treatment
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
la7cali
(St Louis, MO)
answer 5
don't rinse it off.
answered 3 years, 10 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 4 years, 9 months ago
shellme79
(Peoria IL)
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 3 years, 4 months 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, 2 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, 2 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, 2 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 months ago
mlynchtn
(Chattanooga TN)
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