Peter Thomas Roth

Clinical Peel & Reveal Dermal Resurfacer

3.40 fl. oz. for $ 58.00
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This tube-packaged product aims to provide manual exfoliation from aluminum oxide crystals and “chemical” exfoliation from pumpkin enzymes and the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) ingredient lactic acid.

As it turns out, this is more a scrub for oily skin than anything else—it’s not a peel per se because the amount of lactic acid is likely too low to exfoliate, and the pumpkin enzymes are, at best, an unreliable way to exfoliate. They’re unreliable because enzymes are extremely unstable in cosmetic formulations and unlikely to be of much benefit in a product like this, which is meant to be rinsed from the skin after only a few minutes. Also, there’s no research proving pumpkin enzymes are effective for exfoliation.

There isn’t much else to say about this product, other than that as a scrub (which is really the only exfoliating ingredient in this ridiculously expensive product), it will leave skin feeling softer and smoother, assuming you use it gently and rinse thoroughly. For certain, this overpriced scrub is not preferred to the results you can achieve from a well-formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant, and there are certainly less expensive “scrubs” that work as well if not better than this one.

  • As with most scrubs, this leaves skin feeling soft and smooth when used gently.
  • Expensive for what’s essentially a glorified scrub.
  • The AHA lactic acid is likely present in an amount that’s too low to exfoliate.
  • The pumpkin enzymes are unreliable exfoliants due to their inherent stability issues.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Instantly transform your skin with this intensive anti-aging three-in-one resurfacer: peel with alpha hydroxy acid, exfoliate with pumpkin enzyme, and polish with aluminum oxide.

Water, Alumina, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Lactic Acid, Diazolidinyl, Urea, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance

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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