Review: Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

This mask is a triple threat. It contains an exfoliating enzyme (pumpkin), a chemically exfoliating acid (AHA), and physical exfoliant (aluminum oxide crystals). While it is certainly effective, I find the combination a bit too harsh on my skin. Where they really go wrong is with the physical exfoliant. To use this, you smooth on some delicious-smelling orange brown goo all over your face. The directions say to massage it into your face. If you do this, you'll feel the gritty crystals tearing up your skin and smear away the real winners in this mask: the AHA and the enzymes. So, instead I recommend my method, which is to just let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse off. You can mostly bypass the physical exfoliant this way but still get the benefit of the more gentle AHA and pumpkin. Be warned, chemical exfoliants and enzyme masks do give a tingling feeling for most people. If it spikes into a painful burning sensation, rinse off immediately. All in all, if used correctly, the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask yields a smooth, glowing skin surface. I like it, but would not repurchase because I find the exfoliating crystals annoying and unnecessary. There are plenty of other masks in this market that do the job without risking skin damage if used incorrectly.


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