Peter Thomas Roth

Acne-Clear Oil-Free Matte Moisturizer

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 38.00
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Peter Thomas Roth’s Acne-Clear Oil-Free Matte Moisturizer is a good product to add hydration to acne-prone skin – but with just one tweak it could have been truly great.

Housed in an opaque bottle with a pump dispenser, this fragrance-free moisturizer has a lightweight, gel-lotion texture that works for the oily and combination skin it’s designed to treat. It smooths across skin with ease and provides lightweight hydration.

As to the finish, after initially being a bit wet-feeling, it dries down to a true matte finish. However, if your skin is very oily and needs a lot of help controlling shine, you might find this formula isn’t mattifying enough.

Peter Thomas Roth claims this moisturizer can fight acne, and on paper, it has what it takes to do so. This contains 2% salicylic acid, the gold standard in exfoliating into pores to unclog them and help clear breakouts. At issue is the fact that this has a pH of 4.45, slightly above the optimal range of 3-4 for salicylic acid to best work its exfoliating magic. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have any benefits because even at a higher pH, salicylic acid fights acne-related redness, calms skin, and provides hydration.

Other ingredients include antioxidant mushroom extracts, skin-soothing allantoin, hydrating panthenol and jojoba, and skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate. Lesser but still potentially effective amounts of plant-derived antioxidants and glycosaminoglycans round out a fairly impressive mix.

No question this comes close to ranking among the best, but in terms of effective acne-clearing exfoliation, we advise selecting an alternative from our list of best acne treatments.

  • Lightweight gel-lotion texture is ideal for combination and oily skin.
  • Contains gold-standard acne fighter salicylic acid in a 2% concentration.
  • Includes antioxidant and skin-soothing ingredients.
  • Opaque packaging protects its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Moisturizer is likely not mattifying enough for very oily skin.
  • pH is slightly above what is considered optimal for salicylic acid to have acne-fighting benefits.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Lightweight and oil-free matte gel moisturizer helps clear up, hydrate and soothe the look of dry, flaky, overly treated acne-prone skin. 2% Salicylic Acid clears acne blemishes and helps prevent future breakouts.

Active: Salicylic Acid 2%. Inactive: Water, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Isodecyl Neopentaoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Polysilicone-11, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Trametes Versicolor (Mushroom) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Ceteareth-20, Isohexadecane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Polyglycerin-3, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Sodium PCA, Sodium Citrate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Maclura Cochinchinensis Leaf Polyflavonoids, T-Butyl Alcohol, Glycosaminoglycans, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Trisodium EDTA.

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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