Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clearing gel review

I first came across the Peter Thomas Roth range around 4 years ago when I was having a really hard time controlling my acne/clog prone extremely fussy 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. I spotted PTR Acne clearing gel in a Space NK Christmas brochure and decided to give it a try.

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 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. 

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.


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.  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. 


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. 

    Does anyone use anything from the brand?


  1. I haven't tried this particular product but I have used the Acne Spot and Area treatment by PTR which I found to be really good.

  2. Hi Meeta, I was wondering what that was like actually, might give that one a go!

  3. This sounds great, do you think it'd dry out dry skin? :)

  4. Vintage, I find I need to use a moisturiser sometimes during the winter when my skin's a little bit drier. I find adding a little bit over the top of the gel normally does the trick. Overall I find the gel fairly gentle though and not particularly drying :)

  5. I was in search for a product that can clear up my pores and diminish them.Tried Paula Choice for a while and worked ok, but I don't see improvements from it anymore. I need to give this one a try.

  6. I absolutely love this stuff. I don't have acne, but my pores can get congested and make my skin feel a little rough. One week after starting this, and it's smooth as silky again and the wee melasma spots are fading, as well. In fact, I use quite a few products from this brand, from sunscreen to Body Buffing Beads to Un-wrinkle Lip Balm. All great stuff.

  7. @Zuzu's petals. It does work brilliantly on marks and scarring, it's really helped to fade mine. I use quite a few products from the brand too and I love them all. I haven't tried the sunscreens yet but I have had my eye on the powder one from the range (the brush on one), it looks great! x

  8. This is a fantastic review! Now I wish I had looked into this brand earlier. Maybe I'll grab a sample this weekend. :)


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