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Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash

This is the first of those pending cleanser reviews that I told you about here. Initially, this would have gone into 'product rave' territory but after a bit more research it's only poka-poka.

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash - www.modenmakeup.com

From their website: "This all-purpose, oil-free, anti-aging, exfoliating cleanser contains a gentle form of Glycolic Acid to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Helps clarify the skin's appearance and smooth out the look of a rough texture.

Participants in a four-week consumer efficacy study reported*:

• 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
• 84% agreed their skin appeared clarified
• 84% agreed their skin felt smoother
• 76% agreed they saw a reduction in the appearance of signs of aging

*A total of 25 female subjects, ranging in age from 35 to 65.


Benefits: 3% Glycolic Acid (AHA) - works as a chemical exfoliator to help reduce the look of dullness.

Allantoin - helps to calm the appearance of skin.

Pro Vitamin B5 - helps condition and nourish the look of skin.

Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.


Usage: Combination, oily and acne prone skin, use once or twice daily. Normal, dry and sun damaged skin, use two to three times a week at first, increasing usage if well-tolerated. Apply a small amount of cleansing gel over moistened skin with the fingertips. Work into a rich, foamy lather and massage gently for one minute. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and gently pat dry.

IngredientsWATER/AQUA/EAU, 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.
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Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash ingredients - www.modenmakeup.com

I purchased this from Sephora in a 'Glycolic Acid Duo' for $25USD. I'm not seeing either of the products available on Sephora.com currently but upon checking Peter Thomas Roth's website, I've discovered that this 8.5 fl. oz. bottle retails for $38USD.

Sephora Haul - www.modenmakeup.com

While I'm pleased with the amount of product given and the fact that the marketed key ingredient is fourth on the list, I don't know if it's worth the full price. I'm close to half way through the bottle and I don't agree with all those efficacy study claims. As I mentioned previously, cleansers don't stay on our skin long enough to render the benefits in most of these marketing blurbs. That said, I'm enjoying using this product; especially paired with The Original Konjac Puff Sponge. If you're not a cleanser ingredient purist like Caroline Hirons, who's said repeatedly that cleansers shouldn't foam, then you might like it too. While it does suds and foam I don't think it's overly oil stripping.

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash dispenser - www.modenmakeup.com

The dispenser and the packaging are pretty basic and I appreciate that. You can clearly see when the product is running out and the spout top dispenses as little as you need. Very little product is required...unless sometimes you get igrunt like me and decide to bathe with it too.

If you see that duo deal on Sephora.com I'd say hop on it. Peter Thomas Roth is currently offering 15% cashback on Ebates!1 😲 So now would be a good time to buy it there if you're interested.

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