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Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleanser Review

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleanser is an effective deep cleanser with slight foaming action (and it’s black!).  It’s great for evening to make sure you effectively wash the day off.  However, I would shy away from using it twice a day since it can be a bit harsh and drying for sensitive skin.

The Irish Moor Mud and activated charcoal help draw impurities out of pores.  The presence of salicylic acid and lactic acid will help somewhat with this as well.  It’s also fragrance free, which is great for sensitive skin.  This cleanser removes makeup well (though not quite as well as some others).  To get the full effectiveness of this product, you will likely want to remove makeup prior to cleansing.

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Propylene Glycol, Peat, Charcoal Powder, Sargassum Fusiforme Extract, Lava Powder, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mica, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol.

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleanser comes with a lot of lofty claims for a face wash. Purifying and decongesting clogged pores it can certainly help with.  But it can’t do a whole lot other than clean your face because it just isn’t in contact with your skin for very long.  Claims of nutrient packed ingredients (irish moor mud, hijiki seaweed) that will protect against skin damage etc, are exaggerations to say the least.

I am a firm believer than cleansers should be relatively basic products that exist to cleanse effectively.  They do not exist to infuse your skin with antioxidants and nutrients.  Maybe some anti-irritant, calming, or hydrating ingredients.  But anything above and beyond is what toners, serums, essences, and moisturizers are for.

This is a good cleanser, and I like it.   I would recommend it for oily and sensitive skin types (it may be too drying for dry skin).  You get a pretty reasonable amount for the price and it lasts a long time.  But its marketing claims are definitely above what it can deliver.

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleanser is available in an 8oz bottle for $38USD at Sephora and DERMSTORE.


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