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Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash

What it is:A fabulous, oil-free, all-purpose antiaging exfoliating cleanser. What it is formulated to do:This oil-free antiaging cleanser contains a gentle form of glycolic acid along with pro vitamin B5 and allantoin to help soften and exfoliate the skin. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging while clarifying the skin and smoothing out rough texture. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Phthalates Research results:In a 4-week consumer efficacy study on 25 women: - 88% agreed they saw a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles - 88% agreed their skin felt exfoliated - 88% agreed their skin felt softer
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Questions & Answers for Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash

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Does this work well with the Clarisonic?
Also, how well does this cleanser fade away acne scars?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
gohuskers18
(Lincoln, NE)
on Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes, it works well with the Clarisonic! It does not foam a lot however, it leaves your face feeling very clean.
answered 1 year ago
melissabt
answer 2
I'm think it would work fine with a Clarisonic, however, I don't see my acne scars improving.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
mmxo
(New York, New York)
answer 3
I use it with the Clarisonic and my results have been great! I have these clear acne like bumps around my hair line on my forehead, and the combination of the Clarisonic and the cleanser literally erased them!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
anniejg
(Walnut Creek, CA)
answer 4
I use it with Clarisonic and it works well. I put the wash on my face and start to get it foamed up , then I continue with the Clarisonic brush. It really works well, I like it much better than the cleanser that came with the brush.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
jennifer726
(Saint Paul, Minnesota)
answer 5
I use this with my Clarisonic and love it! It leaves my skin feeling smoother. Plus the breakouts I've recently been dealing with are starting to go away which is a plus! I also think my pores are looking smaller. (glycolic acid is good for exfoliation and getting out the gunk) Good luck!
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
dlb4ever
(Mishawaka, In)
answer 6
I don't know about the affect this product has on acne scars, but it works AMAZINGLY WELL with the Clarisonic! :)
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
udub12
(Lakewood, WA)
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What to use on "off" days?
I love this product but it's too drying for every day use for my combination. What product should I use on in-between days? I have large pores on my chin and forehead and am oily there but dry on the lower half of my face. Help!
asked 4 years ago
bickey
(Narrows, VA)
on Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash
6 answers
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answer 1
Instead of skipping days, try diluting it so it doesn't dry out your skin so much. I haven't had any problems since I started doing this.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
dawnno
(Orlando, FL)
answer 2
This cleanse has been great in the following way: I have these clear acne like bumps around my hair line on my forehead, and the combination of the Clarisonic and the cleanser literally erased them! But, using it all over my face made my horribly dry. My solution is to use this cleanser daily but only on my problem area (forehead), and then for the rest of my face I use a cleanser more suitable for my normal skin. I like to experiment with different cleansers, but right now I'm using Dior Foaming Cleanser. It's really creamy and completely cleans the skin. Check out the reviews or try a sample at Sephora. I think you will find that the combination of these two may be just the recipe you are looking for! ;)
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
anniejg
(Walnut Creek, CA)
answer 3
Try the Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging formula...the orange one without the exfoliating beads. Also try his Cucumber Mask to soothe your skin if you've gotten too tight and dry.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
diannah
(Amherst NY)
answer 4
I like to use PTR glycolic at night with my Clarsonic and use Philosophy Microdelivery in the morning. Using PTR glycolic twice a day irritated my skin. I used to use PTR anti-aging formula twice a day without issues, and may return to that once this bottle is gone (only had it for 2 weeks).
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
lilpritch04
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 5
Have you tried Cetaphil? I use that on my "off" days.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
socalgal53
(La Mesa, CA)
answer 6
On off days from this I use Clinique Take the Day Off, it is gentle on my combination skin and the formula is awesome!
answered 4 years ago
adinam
(seattle, wa)
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Daily
Is this something you can use everyday?
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
MC12
(Nepean, ON)
on Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash
6 answers
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answer 1
I think it is, I use it everyday because it is not too harsh on the skin. I have combination skin.
answered 6 months ago
theyanique
(Toronto)
answer 2
i use this twice a day
answered 7 months ago
jaguman
(Manitoba, Canada)
answer 3
Yes, I use it once daily (at night in the shower) and I moisturize about 5 minutes after exiting the shower. Works wonders and my skin is clear and glowing in the morning.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
FloridaNurseB
(Tallahassee, FL)
answer 4
Yes! I use it twice daily and it is gentle. I combine it with the PTR oil free moisturizer and my super sensitive skin is not irritated by it!
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
krissa73
(NY, NY)
answer 5
I use this once a day although my skin could handle twice. I find that if I overdue it and use this twice a day for a couple weeks it is not quite as effective. I just use a more mild wash in the morning when I am makeup free and use this in the evening to wash away my day!
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
jrooks
(Georgia)
answer 6
I would start off using this a few times a week and see how your skin reacts (especially if you are dry or sensitive).
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
taramac22
(Philadelphia, PA)
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Does this get rid of bumpiness, does it cause "purging" of the skin first & is this gentle?
Sorry so many questions. I have been trying to take care of bumpiness on my skin and can't seem to find something that works. I am currently using the PTR 2% salicylic wash and while it has been clearing my breakouts, I don't see much help with roughness. Is this gentle enough that I may switch and it will not cause more breakouts?

Thanks!
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(Riverside, CA)
on Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash
5 answers
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answer 1
i know what you mean about the bumpiness. I am not sure if this cleanser alone will get rid of the bumpiness because I am also using the max correction pads (PTR) as well as the sulfer masque (PTR), and i think in combination it got rid of my bumps. The correction pads will overdry your skin, so when I use it, i only use it on certain spots (where it's oily and on blemishes and new pimples). When i notice that my pimple/blemish is starting to dry, i don't use the correction pads on it...
answered 7 months ago
jaguman
(Manitoba, Canada)
answer 2
To help with the roughness you should try the PTR cucumber gel mask. It is oil free and amazing! I use it about once a week (but avoid the days leading up to that time of the month)
answered 1 year ago
krissa73
(NY, NY)
answer 3
this did not cause "purging" like a salicylic does for me. It also did not seem to irritate my skin further or make it itchy like a salicylic does. I think everyone is different on which works better but for me this is it. The glycolic acid also seems to do a better job of fading old acne marks as compared to salicylic, hope that helps!
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
jrooks
(Georgia)
answer 4
Sorry, I can't answer that question. My skin is sensitive and I am going thru menopause and having some issues. I don't use this product everyday, only 3-4 times per week but so far I like what I am experiencing. I'm not sure what you mean by "roughness".
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
jeo08
(Delaware, OH)
answer 5
I wouldn't call this "gentle", but if you use a good moisturizer it's great. Clears acne, oil and bumpiness/roughness. I use an antioxidant serum after then moisturize. My skin looks great now!
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
cbeckrun
(NC)
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Should I use salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide with this?
I have really bad acne scarring and acne and want something that will help with both. For a treatment should i use a salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide treatment with this afterwards to help clear up acne or does this do it on it's own and should i only use a mild toner and moisturizer. And would it be too drying if i incorporated one of those treatments into my regimen with this cleanser?
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
(Topeka, Ks)
on Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash
5 answers
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answer 1
I found that the glycolic acid cleanser was sufficient for keeping my skin clear and I did not need to use salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide at the same time (although, I never found either of those things worked to keep my skin clear).
answered 1 day ago
CalineDabine
(New Westminster, BC)
answer 2
I have been using this with an OTC benzoyl peroxide gel. I've read in many acne forums that you can use the glycolic acid first if you're using a gel wait ten minutes then spot treat with benzoyl peroxide. PTR makes a great glycolic gel. You can use this cleanser once a day to not over dry.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
lset
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 3
I definitley wouldn't use salicylic acid. That's what I was doing before and my oily skin turned into combination oily/dry skin which sucked big time. I use this cleanser with a sensitive skin toner and moisterizer and my face has cleared up. The glycolic acid should be sufficient. You should also make it a point to exfoliate at least once a week, or purchase one of sephoras Face Complexion Brushes and use that with your cleasner every other day, that's what I do. This is what helps your skin glow and rid it of scars/dark spots quickly, which will at the same time also help with the acne. Hope I helped :)
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
jazzyvb23
(Riverside, CA)
answer 4
One word....no. I would NOT recommend using this with any other treatment, it would be too drying. I've used this for a couple months now, and its drying even though i have oily/combination skin. This clears up scars and acne, but make sure you put on sunscreen before you head out the door, use a really good moisturizer after washing, and do not scrub hard. This face wash is strong and i wouldn't recommend using it more than twice daily.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
nathaliav
(toronto, ON)
answer 5
Use glycolic acid!!! They say its an anti aging treatment but actually works amazing on acne prone skin like mine! It also shrinks pores and clears blackheads! That is so hard to find in one skin care treatment! It also help smooth your skin and reduce the appearence of scars, i promise! :)
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
makeupfreak95
(Baltimore, MD)
Question
does this also remove makeup?
asked 4 years, 9 months ago
aznmakupjunkie
(Iselin, NJ)
on Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash
4 answers
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answer 1
YES! Removes makeup much better than other cleansers I have noticed! When you wash with it i can see all of my foundation or bronzer come off in the water!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
makeupfreak95
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 2
I use it for that; seems to work ok.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
jeo08
(Delaware, OH)
answer 3
Yes, this product takes off almost all of my makeup. The only thing it doesn't get off is my waterproof mascara, but I think that is the case with most waterproof mascaras. Be careful when taking off eye makeup, though. It does sting if you get it in your eyes because of the glycolic acid.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
LorelyB
(Berkley, MI)
answer 4
Sure it does. I just dont use it anywear near my eyes. use a eye makeup remover. I always use a wash cloth also.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
suema
(pittsburgh pa)
Question
Should I go with gylcolic acid 3% facial wash or beta hydroxy acid 2% acne wash as a first time user with oily acne prone skin?
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
lulurunner
(Windsor ca)
on Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash
4 answers
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answer 1
I found the glycolic acid 3% was PERFECT for my acne prone skin. I've not tried the other one you mention, but this one worked very well for me. Totally cleared up my skin. Only downside, it made my skin quite sensitive so I only use it twice a week or so. But even just using it a couple times a week keeps my skin clear. Love it so, so much.
answered 1 day ago
CalineDabine
(New Westminster, BC)
answer 2
i tried this product and it works great. I say, try this first, if you don't like return it for the acne one (love sephora's return policy!)
answered 7 months ago
jaguman
(Manitoba, Canada)
answer 3
I bought this and the orange one. I use the orange PTR 2x a week and the clear one daily. Both are amazing and last forever! I would just buy both because I have been using the same bottles for about 6 months so they last a long time.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
krissa73
(NY, NY)
answer 4
Technically you should go with Beta Hydroxy Acid for acne breakouts, it's more able to get into pores to unblock them. I've found that my skin doesn't respond that well to BHA alone, however, so I would recommend a combination AHA/BHA treatment. You could get an all-in-one combo treatment or just use an AHA cleanser and a BHA topical treatment. It depends on how sensitive your skin is though; if you've never used any type of Hydroxy Acid before, start small and if you feel you need something stronger, go up from there.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
leahc
(Lake Katrine, NY)
Question
Do you need separate make-up remover for skin?
I just bought this and am wondering if you need to use something to remove skin make up (BB cream/foundation) before using this on your skin, or if this will remove usual skin makeup as well.

thank you
asked 1 year, 1 month ago
ChristinaEsq
(New York, NY)
on Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash
4 answers
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answer 1
I wipe my makeup off with a facecloth and warm water before I use this and that works. But this is a sudsy facewash so it would probably remove most of your makeup anyways. (I found this one more cleansing than other glycolic acid washes and that's why I chose it).
answered 1 day ago
CalineDabine
(New Westminster, BC)
answer 2
It does remove makeup well but depending on how much foundation for example (liquid or powder) you would need to wash you face twice.
answered 6 months ago
theyanique
(Toronto)
answer 3
I never need a separate remover when I use this product.
answered 1 year ago
krissa73
(NY, NY)
answer 4
Hi! You definitely need an eye makeup remover with this. However, I find it removes my makeup well. If I am wearing the full face (foundation, blush, highlighter, etc.) I have to use a bit more than if I am washing my bare face.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
francescap
(Roseville, CA)
Question
my own regime
I am 39, have LARGE pores, with many black heads, fairly oily skin & occasional breakouts. I have never found a regime that works for me yet. So, I am still trying. I am looking at the below products. Would they be to harsh as a combo?

Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash
Glycolic Acid Clarifying Tonic
AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(jacksonville, fl)
on Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash
3 answers
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answer 1
I have oily skin with the occasional breakout as well. I found that using this face wash at night with my Clarisonic and applying Clinique Youth Surge Night Age Decelerating Moisture for Combination Oily to Oily Skin really helped balance my skin out and clear up acne. I really also like Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3, it's a toner for oily combination skin. This toner keeps my skin from looking oily throughout the day and I love it with any daytime moisturizer. Hope this helps.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
cebe
(Boise, ID)
answer 2
I currently only use the facial wash, but I'm in the process of adding in the moisturizor as well. When you first start using the facial wash it can make your skin very dry, so you might want to add in each of the products at different times. Starting out with the facial wash then adding in another product after a few weeks might help your skin get used to one product before it is exposed to another.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
Korrey
(Chicago, IL)
answer 3
Not sure, but I would start with one, then another and finally the last. You might start with the wash because a clean face is the basis.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
iseeoz
(Wichita, Ks)
Question
Is this for all ages?
I'm 23 and I am looking for a a cleanser that will keep my skin looking bright and clear. I have recently been getting under the skin blemish bumps. I'm wondering id this will help and most importantly be good for my skin.
asked 5 years ago
posh
on Glycolic Acid 3 percent Facial Wash
3 answers
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answer 1
Well, I'm 52 years old and have just started using it. My estitician recommended I purchase this and try it. So....here I am.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
jeo08
(Delaware, OH)
answer 2
My 15 year old son uses this .....he has BAD acne if you dont you should try another from his line ..... i use ALOT of his stuff and most are great
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
bobbiej
(Kershaw SC)
answer 3
I'm 20 and I use this product and have had no problems. I recommend you try it!
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
Korrey
(Chicago, IL)
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