Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel


4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars59%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars12%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%


Oil-free, fragrance-free deep pore-clearing gel. Advanced formulation with maximum strength 2% Salicylic Acid (BHA) penetrates and cleans out pores to clear up acne and blackheads while helping reduce the appearance of pore size, fine lines, wrinkles, acne marks and residual discoloration. Potent 10% Glycolic Acid Complex (AHA), Retinyl Palmitate, Licorice, Arnica and Aloe Vera help chemically exfoliate the skin. Clears acne breakouts while dramatically improving the look of aging skin.

2% Salicylic Acid (BHA) - OTC level chemically exfoliates to clear up, treat and prevent acne and blackheads.

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

Aloe Vera - helps calm and hydrate the appearance of skin.

Retinyl Palmitate - a form of Vitamin A that is more gentle than retinol.

Licorice - helps improve the look of skin.

Arnica - helps calm 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. 


• For the treatment and management of acne.

• Clears up active acne blemishes and blackheads and allows the skin to heal.

• Helps to prevent new acne blemishes and blackheads.


For external use only.

Using other topical acne medicationsat the same time or immediatelyfollowing the use of this productmay increase dryness or irritation ofthe skin. If this occurs, only one medicationshould be used unless directedby a doctor.

Avoid contact with eyes. If excessive skin irritation develops or increases, discontinue use and consult a doctor.

Keep out of reach of children. If product is swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away 






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  • Should this be used only on acne or the entire face?1 Answers
  • I'm 25 and I see this contains a milder form of retinol. ...1 Answers
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Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
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Nic 🥀.
Pittsburgh, PA
10 reviews
Purchased at: ULTA
I truly cannot say enough about this product. I recommend it to everyone around me who comes to me with problematic acne prone skin. I have NEVER had a product clear up my skin in the way that this gel has worked for me. I’ve been on prescription pills, creams, ointments, washes, etc. since the age of 13. Now at 21, I have finally found a product that combats clogged pores, texture, cystic acne and white heads. Great for all ages too! The only issue you may face with this product is dryness if you are not moisturizing your skin after. I’ve been using it for over a year now and two bottles have lasted me this whole time (I use it every single night all over my face)
jen k.
21 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I had a huge zit near the bulb of my right nose and it was red and painful. I stopped picking at my zit since I've noticed my pores were getting bigger from the acne scars so I left it alone for the whole day and it just kept getting worse. I remembered that I had the Acne clearing gel that I received in the beauty subscription box and I applied it at night before I went to bed. When I woke up in the morning obviously the zit was still there but it was ripe and since it was about to burst and gross looking I had to pop it. Right after I popped with a cotton swab it reduced in size drastically and after 24 hours it started to fade. Honestly, I think I would need to use it a few more times to see if it really works or not but I think my overall experience from this one time use was positive.
Kassandra T.
90 reviews
LOOOOOVE THIS STUFF! Since it’s an a
AHA it will act as an enzyme above skin and ear away all the dead skin and debris while also being a BHA which goes below the service and kills bacteria under your skin. I will say this is something you should use in and off while also using a really hydrating moisturizer, it helped get rid of my texture
Heather S.
Burkesville, KY
37 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I enjoy this product and feel as if it has helped my skin. Peter Thomas Roth is one of my favorite brands I just hate that it's so expensive. If it were more affordable, I would have everything. I'm not sure I would repurchase because of the price but bottom line it's a good product and I would recommend to a friend.
Keshia K.
Sebastopol, CA
8 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This product is a God send! After not having acne problems as a teen and being the envy of all my HS friends, I now have very regular, non-hormonal breakouts as an adult. Between the PTR cleansers and the Max Complexion Pads, this gel works wonders. Acne clears up within a few days. This is also perfect for any texture issues. It can be, however, a bit drying. So if you have dry skin like me, only use this as a spot treat and not all over the face. I also use only once a day at night to avoid sun exposure. Overall, a great product. The price point is particularly high, but it is worth it in my opinion. A little goes a long way!
Theresa C.
San Antonio, TX
22 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Bought this for my husband who has oily skin and is prone to breakouts. His skin is so much less shiny at the end of the day and his pores appear smaller. He doesn't feel like it really "cleans his face", but I see a difference, hence the 3 stars. Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
Liz V.
Denham Springs
33 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I was expecting more since the other Peter Thomas Roth products I’ve used have been very effective. I have slight cystic acne on the jaw area and really was hoping this would help clear it. I’ve been using it for a month now and have not seen much of a difference. May be good for treating small breakouts. I will be hanging on to this and using it some more.
Lauren S.
Madison, WI
120 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Game changer! I started to get acne at age 31. It was so frustrating. I want to use anti-aging products, but a lot of them cause me to break out. This has helped clear up my acne tremendously! It has also helped with my fine lines and acne scars. I have combo skin and I didn’t find this to be drying at all. I follow with a hydrating serum, oil and moisturizer. I can even use it on the nights I use Retin A. I just let this sit on my face for about 30 minutes before I apply it. I’m so happy I finally found something that fights both acne and fine lines.
Kristi G.
Rosemead, CA
190 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time! Guys, don’t underestimate this! I promise it actually works. I’ve had acne ever since I was 9 years old and it sucks! Now, I’m 21 and I still have some hormonal acne here and there with a bunch of scarring from my previous breakouts! This product helps me get rid of my scars ( I’m serious) and it prevents future breakouts. Although it’s pricey, it’s honestly worth every penny. The only thing I regret about this product is NEVER GIVING IT A CHANCE UNTIL NOW. please, do yourself a favor and go buy this!
Alexis B.
Pasadena, MD
31 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
If there were more than 5 stars.. this product would earn it. I’ve purchased countless bottles of this & although it is pricey, it is worth every dollar. I use this on my face every single night & on my back/chest every other night. It’s the only product that has ever made a difference in my acne. It’s a must have!!
Paola V.
39 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I've been using this for a month and see no difference how long does it take to see a difference?
I'm 25 and I see this contains a milder form of retinol. Is this safe to use? Should I use sunscreen with this product?
Should this be used only on acne or the entire face?
Lauren H.
76 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This is first time I'm using this product and I'm trying to figure out whether I should use this before or after moisturizing? Also if it's better to use it in the morning or at night before bed? 
Anna M.
30 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
can i use this as a spot treatment?

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