Peter Thomas Roth - Acne Spot & Area Treatment

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot & Area Treatment

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Exfoliation
  • Anti-blemish
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • salicylic acid
  • panthenol
  • allantoin
  • arginine
  • bisabolol
  • cetyl alcohol
  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate
  • epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract
  • glycerin
  • isopropyl myristate
  • octyldodecyl myristate
  • titanium dioxide
  • vitis vinifera seed extract
  • zinc oxide
  • +13 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
31 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Acne Spot & Area Treatment"
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WIMJ summary

Effective ingredients missing or their concentration is too low.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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LOW
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HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product contains vitis vinifera seed extract. This ingredient might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness, but there is not enough evidence that it actually works.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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LOW
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"About Acne Spot Treatment Extra strength, oil-controlling, invisible 5% Colloidal Sulfur acne treatment with 4% Glycolic Acid Complex, Aloe Vera, Allantoin, botanical extracts, and Vitamins C, Vitamins E, and Pro-Vitamin B5."
WIMJ summary

This product contains ingredients (morus alba bark extract) that could help reduce hyperpigmentation (for example, post-acne marks or age spots) in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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HIGH
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Works as a chemical exfoliator to help reduce the look of dullness."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain effective exfoliating ingredients. It might be able to deliver physical exfoliation, that is scrub off some of the dead cells on the surface of the skin. We do not recommend physical exfoliation, because it is not uniform (some bits of skin can get exfoliated too much while others not at all). It can also traumatize the skin and aggrevate acne and other skin conditions.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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HIGH
does not meet threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Helps calm and hydrate the appearance of skin."
WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: allantoin, arginine.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: arginine, isopropyl myristate.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (vitis vinifera seed extract) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
23% - 35%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
4.7% - 7.1%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
2.9% - 4.3%
2.1% - 3.2%
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
1.6% - 2.3%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
An active component of chamomile plant that historically has been used to calm down irritated skin. A recent study shows that bisabolol indeed can have some anti-inflammatory effect on skin, even though conclusive data is lacking. Bisabolol has a sweet floral scent and can be added to products for its aromatic properties
0.6% - 1.35%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.95% - 1.4%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin, dissolve other ingredients and create a thicker product consistency
0.55% - 1.25%
A preservative
0.45% - 1.1%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together. Has some emollient properties
0.35% - 0.85%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.8%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.1% - 0.45%
A plant extract that is used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and lead to photosensitivity
0.1% - 0.4%
A salt derived from licorice. Works as an emollient to soften the upper layer of the skin and can help calm down inflammation. Might be helpful for skin lightening
0.1% - 0.4%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
0.05% - 0.3%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.1% - 0.35%
Plant extract that might contain antioxidants, have antibacterial effect and help reduce inflammation, but solid evidence is lacking. Can be irritating
0.05% - 0.25%
A plant extract that might contain antioxidants
0.05% - 0.25%
0.05% - 0.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.05% - 0.25%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.05% - 0.3%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
0.05% - 0.2%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.05% - 0.15%
Helps create a more spreadable product texture
0.05% - 0.2%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.05% - 0.25%
0.05% - 0.15%
An emollient that helps soften the skin. Could be comedogenic
0.05% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.05% - 0.25%
Used as a fragrance
0.05% - 0.15%
0.05% - 0.15%
A preservative that comes from radishes fermented by a bacteria. New research suggests that the preservation properties in the ingredient come from an ammonium salt that is not present naturally in radish root but used in its cultivation. Is problematic because the exact amount of the preservative agents is difficult to determine
0.05% - 0.2%
Might be helpful in restoring skin barrier function and, when combined with zinc carbonate and malonic acid, reducing fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating elastin production. Also helps stabilize the product formulation
0.05% - 0.2%
A derivative of vitamin C that is more stable, but less bioavailable than the pure form of vitamin C. It does not penetrate the skin well, but has been shown to convert to pure vitamin C once in skin. It can be helpful in stimulating collagen production and lightening the skin tone, but the required concentration is likely to be very high
0.05% - 0.2%
0.05% - 0.15%
0.05% - 0.2%
0.05% - 0.3%
0.05% - 0.3%
Helps dissolve other ingredients in a formulation
0.05% - 0.2%
A plant extract that might have anti-oxidant properties and help even out skin tone, but solid evidence is lacking
0.05% - 0.15%
Helps oil and water mix together. Could be comedogenic
0.15% - 0.5%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.05% - 0.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.05% - 0.2%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.15% - 0.6%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.25%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Used to improve product texture and help oil and water mix together
0.05% - 0.3%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.05% - 0.25%
Helps preserve the product formulation
0.05% - 0.25%
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
0.05% - 0.2%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. It contains a compound salicin that can theoretically be converted into salicylic acid that, in turn, helps reduce inflammation in skin, but the evidence of effectiveness in skin is lacking and the extract is usually not used in a concentration that would enable an exfoliating effect
0.05% - 0.1%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.1% - 0.4%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.05% - 0.25%
A type of silicone that helps oil and water mix well together. Helps to disperse other ingredients, e.g. pigments, evenly in a formulation
0.05% - 0.2%
Used as a fragrance. Rarely causes irritation
0.05% - 0.1%
A plant extract that contains resveratrol and other anti-oxidant compounds that can help neutralize free radicals, reduce inflammation in skin and even out its tone. Can be also used to stabilize the product formulation
0.05% - 0.2%
Plain old water
0.05% - 0.15%
Used to thicken the product's consistency
0.05% - 0.1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.05% - 0.15%
A broad spectrum sunblock (protects from both UVA and UVB rays). Is suitable for most sensitive skins. In small concentrations, can be used as a colorant
0.05% - 0.25%

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