Rated 4.33 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Holy Grail
I have sensitive combination skin. My skin is prone to adult acne -- unless I use this serum. This is, hands down, my go-to HG skin care product. I use it morning and night, after I cleanse and tone/clarify my face. I follow with an SPF moisturizer in the am, and a night cream in the pm. I have tried so SO many products, high/low end, drugstore to prestige. This one product is more effective, dependable and skin-perfecting than Murad, Proactiv, Neutrogena, Cetaphil, Cerave, Burt's Bees, Clinique, DDF, Mario Badescu, Philosopy, Decleor, Ole Henriksen, Shiseido, Boscia, Rx treatments... you name it, there's a good chance I've tried it.
Most Helpful Critical Review Better off with something else
This is a gel formula that you dispense into your hand and smooth over your face. I am no stranger to acids, and I had previously been layering Paula's Choice BHA 2% and The Ordinary Lactic 10% + HA in the morning. In strong contrast to this combo, I am seeing more sebaceous filaments in my T zone, I've had the occasional whitehead, and this doesn't seem to be doing anything for the texture of my skin. I only purchased this because the Ulta I went to didn't have the Unwrinkle pads in stock, and I was out of my Lactic Acid. The base of this formula is alcohol (and you can tell, the gel smells like rubbing alcohol), and though I don't find it particularly drying, it's not doing anything for my skin. I won't ever purchase this again, and it may have put me off the entire range to be honest. Terrible formulation.
Other acids I would use instead: Tarte Tingle Exfoliating Treatment, Paula's Choice BHA, Paula's Choice AHA, The Ordinary Lactic 5/10%, Biologique Recherche P50 (1970 or the reformulated version), Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads.
Reviewed by 78 customers Miracle worker!!!
Rachel from Dallas, TX
This is seriously like magic! I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin that breaks out if someone looks at it wrong. I'm always hesitant to try new products because I break out instantly if I try something different. I bought this on a whim and I'm so glad I did! I've been using it for a few months and I can't confidently say it will be something that I will be repurchasing when I run out. Which, a little goes such a long way! I don't use it every single night seeing as I use a prescription retinoid, and I've had this for about 4 months now and have used less than 1/4 of the bottle. I use this at the first sign of a zit, usually when I feel that pain under the skin, and it truly works, it zaps the acne before it comes to the surface. I also use it when I get a zit that has popped and this heals it so quickly! Like literally the next morning my acne is less irritated and less red. I know everyone's skin is different but if you suffer from stubborn acne, I would give this a try!
jean from CA
The bottle was open when it was shipped to me.
amber from charlotte NC
this has been life changing for me. I suffer from hormonal cystic acne and i have had NO cystic breakouts since I started using this 2 weeks ago.
does not dry out my skin!
honestly just an amazing product!
Replaced my 1oz spot treatment
Billy from Orlando
I usually Stan the Clinique Clearing Gel for my spot treatments but this one has proven to be an amazing investment for me and I notice it hasn't over dried which sometimes the Clinique one can do. I usually use my Clinique one for BAD ones and this one for pimples coming in under the skin. This stops it in their tracks.
She123 from Texas
I bought this after seeing someone else rave about it constantly and her results seem to be amazing. Been using it nightly for two weeks and have only had more acne as a result. Still giving it a try, but seems as thought everyone else had instant results.
Works to reduce acne already flaired up
HH from In
I use this on new /active breakouts and overnight the bumps goes down, redness down and is on its way to healing.
Sara051812 from Tulsa,OK
I have very oily skin and have battled acne since I can remember. I was using Clinique acne line all over gel. I hated it and was looking for something else as they have been out of their lotion for at least a year. I was looking around online to see what other options there were for acne issues and come across this. I noticed a huge difference in the texture of my skin with the first use. I have never seen over night improvement like this before on my face. This is definitely my new every day morning routine. I can't believe it has taken me this long to find something this amazing.
This gel is great
Liz from New Hartford, NY
I bought the sample pack of acne treatment from PTR and I loved this...it clears any acne I have. I put it on at night and its smaller or gone in the morning.
the only thing that worked for me
hzkamila from Florida
I had a really bad breakout and I tried everything but nothing really worked till I used this product. It helped clear out and was really fast to be honest
I wasn't sure about this because of the price of course but I gave it a try AND I wish I would've done it before because if I sum up all the "cheap" things that I tried before and didn't work I would be able to buy about 2 or 3 of this one
It Really Works!
Rox from North Little Rock, AR
I am so impressed with how well this product is working - and quickly.
I had noticed blackheads around the nose. You know the ones the aestheticians extract during a facial, and the pain is horrible!!! I thought I'd look for a topical that might work instead of the pain of extractions, but I didn't expect much by way of results.
I started applying once a day, and in 4 days could tell a difference. I bumped it up to twice a day because it was clearly working. In less than 2 weeks, all signs of blackheads are gone.
I have added this product to my skin care regimen. It only takes a tiny amount so this bottle will probably expire before I use it all.
Does Not Work
KK from Allentown, PA
For me this product did not work. Once I started using this my face broke out even more than it normally does. I gave this product a try for 3 weeks and it has not helped. I will definitely be returning this. I bought it because it was on sale and thought it would help but I now see why it was on sale.
Helped me so much
Jess from Jersey
I never get around to writing reviews but this worked so well for me! I use it everyday before I sleep or sometimes in the morning. After a couple weeks my skin was clearing dramatically and so were the scar marks so i'm super happy with this purchase and very thankful. WEAR SUNSCREEN. No matter what especially with an AHA/BHA product!
Chowbella from TN
Use this daytime before makeup application but after moisturiser for the smoothed makeup finish of your life. Seriously. Use at night for smooth, supple, youthful gel skin. I also love the texture of it, weird i know but I do
Did absolutely nothing for my skin/harmful ingredients
EstheticsDes from Tennessee
I went out on a whim buying this as i am a licensed Esthetician and usually use my own skincare line. I've been experiencing breakouts due to digestive problems and hormones, i used this for a month with no change in my skin. ALSO this product contains methylparabens which has been found in breast tumors and is not safe for long time use, Ive done research and most of there products contain these parabens. I didn't see it on the ingredient list or i wouldn't have purchased. There's much better clean options out there less expensive.
Feels great Works great
TrishFish from NJ
My skin is very sensitive and dries out very very easily. At the same time I always have clogged pores and occasional whiteheads. Lately though I've been getting that early thirties hormonal acne around the chin line and it's been driving me crazy. Acne products (even prescription) usually destroy my skin with itchy red irritation because they all seem to be made for oily skin.
I just started using this yesterday and it's ridiculous how good my skin feels. Almost immediately I felt relief from that itchiness you get when pimples are breaking out. I used it twice yesterday and once this morning. Already blackheads on my nose are significantly reduced. I have no new bumps (been waking up with new ones every day for months). More than anything I'm so happy that my skin feels moist and plump. No dryness at all! So far I haven't changed anything else about my routine. I guess we'll see how it keeps up.
Better than Clinique
Danielle from Michigan
I tried Clinique acne gel and this had better results so far
great for acne treatment
eyecatcher1 from Los Angeles, CA
I use this mostly for acne spot treatment on my chin and chest & on areas where I have had blackheads like the nose. I like that it helps clear the acne & blackheads gently. I think it also helped minimize the pores on my nose! I did not have any bad reactions using this product. Unlike the PTR max complexion pads that caused me breakouts, this works for me!
Kk from Ohio
I've been acne free for over 10 years and suddenly my jawline has been covered with cystic acne. I was worried to try this (along with the PTR acne cleanser and sulfur mask) because my skin can dry out very easily and can be extremely sensitive. This hasn't dried out my skin at all! Within days I noticed my acne and acne scars diminishing, which for me isn't even the best part. I've always had huge pores on my cheeks - literally since 6th grade. Ever since using this gel I noticed my pores look dramatically smaller! I've NEVER felt so confident going without makeup!!
Love, Love! The reviews are correct!
Steff19 from Michigan
I have been using this product for over a week morning and night. Since I started, I have had no new cystic acne! I am 53 and have the joy of cystic acne and early wrinkles. This product helps with both! I purchased it based on other reviews and I am glad I did! It also reduces the size of pores. I am very satisfied. I have very oily skin - I have not found the product to be drying but I do have a lot of oil.
Skincarejunkie from Toledo, OH
I've been breaking out so much lately that I was willing to go out and splurge because I couldn't take the look of my skin anymore. PTR has always been my go to for skincare this past year and this product along with the PTR max correction pads really did the trick for me! I've only been using them both for about a week and my skin already looks amazing. Couldn't be happier with this product!
Skin care junky from Savannah, GA
Like all products consistency is key. When I used as directed it worked wonders, but when I slacked off blackheads etc.. would reappear.
Most re-bought skincare item
cloves from los Angeles
Yes to all the comments about how it cleared up cystic acne! I dealt with it all over my cheeks for years and this stuff not only helps treat and prevent, but helps to lighten old marks as well. The best test is that when I had to stop using when I was pregnant, I started getting breakouts again, which continued for the first couple months of having a baby because I was too tired to keep up on my routine. But once I got back into the habit of using this daily (in the morning usually) I'm back to my normal, smooth skin. I still get a pimple or two on my chin around my period, but never like the deep, cystic breakouts I had before.
Jiga from Indiana
Great product for combination skin!
Andrea from New York
PTR is a go to for skin care needs!
Frenchie owner from Cleveland, OH
Have tried many acne products, this works so well. I have tried a Murad and Clinique acne treatment and this blows both of them out of the water. I suffer from hormonal and cystic acne.