Peter Thomas Roth

3% Glycolic Solutions Cleanser

8.50 fl. oz. for $ 38.00
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This cleanser's claim to fame is the glycolic acid it contains. While this AHA ingredient is good for skin, adding any amount of it to a rinse-off product isn't going to give you the impressive results possible from using a leave-on AHA exfoliant. See More Info for details.

Otherwise, 3% Glycolic Solutions Cleanser is a fairly standard, thick gel cleanser for normal to oily or combination skin. Its gentle gel texture feels refreshing and rinses without a residue, removing most types of makeup. All well and good, but the price is a sticking point when there are lots of other less costly gel cleansers do the same thing—and you're not getting an exfoliating benefit with this one.

Cheers for this being fragrance free, as fragranced cleansers can bother the skin and eyes, and Roth also includes hydrating panthenol and soothing allantoin to buffer skin during the cleansing process.

On balance, 3% Glycolic Solutions Cleanser is a very good cleanser…it's just not worth the money given the exfoliating benefit gets rinsed down the drain.

  • Gentle gel texture feels refreshing.
  • Rinses without a residue, leaving behind softer skin.
  • Removes most types of makeup.
  • Fragrance free.
  • The 3% glycolic acid isn't likely to exfoliate.
  • Expensive for a relatively basic formula.
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This cleanser contains glycolic acid, an ingredient that when included in a well-formulated leave-on product work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, in a cleanser or scrub, AHA ingredients are far less effective, if effective at all, because they are rinsed off before they can begin to work.

So, if you're hoping this cleanser will provide exfoliating benefits, think again. On the other hand, the AHA can provide hydrating benefits during their brief contact with skin.

Some companies recommend leaving these types of cleansers on skin for a longer period of time so the AHA can absorb, but that means the cleansing agents also are left on longer, which can cause dryness and irritation.

Because Peter Thomas Roth makes exfoliation claims that are not likely to occur, its rating is not as good as it would have been. It's not worth spending money on a product whose exfoliating ingredients probably can't perform as claimed. Instead, look for leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliants.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
This remarkable oil-free, anti-aging and exfoliating cleansing gel helps to effectively remove impurities, makeup and excess oil. A gentle dose of Glycolic Acid helps improve the look of pores, smoothness, brightness and clarity while helping reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Allantoin, Panthenol, Arginine, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Chloride, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol.

Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance

Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.

Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin brighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian.

After all that glowing praise, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.

For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.

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